Let’s cut to the chase — many popular campgrounds started taking reservations up to 6 months in advance. This means, by now, most are already booked for the summer.

According to the Outdoor Industry Association, 7.9 million more people went camping in 2020. And based on our most recent survey, this number will only grow. In fact, more than half of the respondents are planning a summer RV road trip.

All this is to say, campgrounds, especially those in or near popular National Parks, will be booked and busy. BUT don’t give up on your summer road trip plans just yet. If you haven’t yet booked a campsite, there’s still hope!

So, where can you pitch your tent or park your rig when most campgrounds are full? You have a few options:

  • Book a private campground
  • Stay free on public lands
  • Check campground apps
  • Snag a canceled reservation

Book a private campground

There a plenty of private lands for you to camp. These sites will help you find them.


Whether you want to glamp, camp, or spend the night in a treehouse, there’s something for you on Hipcamp. Find a yurt at Zion or a cabin near Joshua Tree. Hipcamp makes it easy to find a campsite near you with unique listings and hosts all over the United States — and Australia!


Vanly has the coolest driveways on the block. Search by location and amenities to find a host with the perfect, safest place for you to park your van or RV for the night. #Vanlife has never been this easy.

Harvest Hosts

With a Harvest Hosts membership, you have your pick of thousands of RV stays — wineries, breweries, farms, museums, and other unique campsites to choose from! For just $99 a year, RVers can stay at any Harvest Host location at no additional cost.

Become a member

Stay free on public lands

If you want to camp for free and don’t mind the off-the-grid lifestyle, boondocking is always a great option.


This app specializes in compiling and sharing data of free campsites, dispersed or without hookups. You can also help others out and submit free camping locations to the database.

Snag a canceled reservation

If you have your heart set on a popular park campground, you just might get lucky. Sign up to get notified of cancellations at your choice of over 8,000 campgrounds across the U.S. and Canada on Campnab.

We were able to score spots at two separate campgrounds that are extremely difficult to get into unless planning 6-12 months in advance.

Mallory Bacon

Signing up for cancellation notifications could be your ticket to snagging those primo camping spots this summer.

Ready to road trip?

Campgrounds may be booking fast, but there’s still room for everyone in the outdoors. So, get looking and get booking! Your perfect RV and campground are just waiting for you to find them.Find an RV near you

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