What we look for in a good campsite
While you can't always find the perfect campsite, some of our best campsites have had these good qualities:
|A wonderful campsite at Crater Lake National Park with a view of a canyon and a visit from a silver tip fox.|
It's wonderful to be able to put the trailer into a site that has plenty of privacy — preferably in the back part of the site.
Shade (or sun) and wind protection
Plenty of trees add to the privacy and provide shade. It's also nice to have a sunny spot if you are camping in an area that is more chilly. It's also nice to have a site with rocks or trees that offer protection from winds.
Being able to easily back up to a picnic table is ideal for us. We have also been able to manually maneuver the trailer so that the galley is close to a picnic table for easy cooking and eating. A pull-through spot is also nice to have, but those are usually reserved for larger trailers.
Who doesn't love a great view? It's the icing on top of the cake if you can open your teardrop doors and see a lake, river, canyon or snowed capped mountains.
Quiet or nature sounds
Having a quiet campground or site is wonderful. Add in the sound of a creek or river, birds or wind in the trees and you might have the perfect campsite.
What we like to avoid in a campsite:
We have had our fair share of not ideal campsites as well. These usually have the following bad qualities:
|A cramped and noisy campsite at a KOA in Idaho is not our favorite type of spot.|
Everyone knows these types of campsites: trailers nearly on top of each other, noise and very little space available to spread out.
Some campgrounds have sites in bad terrain. The ground is rarely level, there are usually badly located rocks, roots or tree limbs that make the site a walking hazard at night.
Sometimes having quick access to a road is nice, but a busy road right next to your sleeping head is not.
"Nazi" camp hosts
We are quiet, clean campers who respect nature and campgrounds. We don't really appreciate being harassed by campground hosts who watch our every move or want us out of the site by 9:00 a.m.
I would love to have access to more big cities while camping, but have yet to find a beautiful, quiet campsite nearby. Has any city thought of opening up a teardrop campground in an empty parking garage? I'd go...