Campsite Charges Improve Amid Report Tenting Demand


PORTLAND, Ore., December 6, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — A survey of campground hosts and campground managers by The Dyrt, the #1 app for camping information and bookings, found that nearly half (48.6%) said they increased their rates in 2022. A similar proportion (46.4%) say they plan to raise interest rates in 2023. More than a quarter (27.0%) raised rates in 2022 and plan to raise rates again in 2023.

Radl Ranch

“In a year where the prices of almost everything have gone up, it’s not surprising that campsite prices are going up, too,” says The Dyrt’s President John Hayden. “But inflation is only part of the story. With the trend to offer quality glamping accommodations, activities and immersive environments like farmstays, the prices charged by state parks are no longer a benchmark. Private camping facilities are increasingly offering a different product and they are starting to charge a different rate.”

Stephen Radl and his son Perry bought a working avocado ranch just outside of Santa Barbara, Californiain 2020. While avocado trees are maturing, camping is the main source of income for Radl Ranch, which has four glamping sites and two RV sites.

When they first opened campers had to bring their own tents and the price was $30. The pitches were always full, and as they added luxury tents, fire pits, picnic tables, mattresses, and cribs, they upped the rate $60 without a drop in bookings. In 2022, they found that campers are happy to pay higher prices for more amenities and charge fees $105 for larger family tents and $95 for two-person tents.

“At first we were surprised that people would pay $100 for camping, but we found that we offer a really great experience here,” says Radl, who also owns a contract and painting business Enjoy the surroundings and the view. We have four acres of enchanting natural forest for bird watching and breathtaking sunrises, and we’re only about four minutes from downtown Santa Barbara.”

Radl plans to keep prices where they are in 2023. He says he seems to have struck a balance where the property attracts couples, families, and even college students and parents University of California, Santa Barbara.

Dyrt’s survey covered properties in all 50 US states and included all types of camping such as RVs, tents and glamping. The Dyrt PRO waives booking fees for campers and offers PRO discounts of up to 40 percent for campers who book travel on The Dyrt. The Dyrt is the only camping booking platform that offers hosts commission-free bookings.

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Dyrt’s mission is to expand the camping community and help more people enjoy the great outdoors. With 30 million camper visits per year, 50,000 campsite listings and 8 million user-generated reviews, photos and tips for US campsites, The Dyrt is the #1 app for camping information and bookings. The Dyrt PRO allows campers to find free campsites on public land, search for campsites without cell service, use the app offline, get discounts on camping and much more.

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