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So you have decided to give camping a chance. Or maybe, you need inspiration for your next adventure. Let us help you start planning!
First, have you thought about what kind of camping trip you want to experience? Camping isn’t simply confined to a tent or an RV anymore. In addition to tents and RV’s, glamping and cabin rentals have made a surge in popularity throughout Oklahoma and the US. Below we will discuss the best resources for narrowing down where you want to camp in Oklahoma and also how to make the most of the experiences on your trip.
TravelOK – State Park Information
Oklahoma is home to an incredibly diverse set of State Parks. Ask any Okie and each one would probably state a different park as their favorite. With 33 parks to choose from, there is a park for everyone. Whether you want to stargaze under the vast skies at Black Mesa, ride the sand dunes of Little Sahara, dig for crystals at the Great Salt Plains, or simply watch the leaves change at Beavers Bend State Park, the fact remains: one of Oklahoma’s state parks has something for you.
Can’t decide which one to visit first? That’s ok, visit them all! Our kids have their State Park Passports (available at any park office) and are slowly adding their “stamps” as we visit each park. An easy way to start is just to pick the Park closest to you and book a campsite.
Visit TravelOK today and see what all the parks have to offer. The Travel OK website will help you book your RV site, tent sites, cabins, and even some of your recreational activities.
Another noteworthy site: Recreation.gov offers reservation opportunities at numerous non-state parks across Oklahoma and the US.
Outdoorsy – RV Rental Site
2020 has seen a record rise in RV rentals. Think AirBnB but for travel trailers and motorhomes. There are hundreds of RV’s available in Oklahoma and thousands available across the US. They come in every size imaginable and can sleep anywhere from 2-12 people. No truck? No problem! Many owners will deliver and set up the rig for you or you can rent a motorhome to drive wherever your heart desires.
Click here to get a $50 credit on your first rental with Outdoorsy .
Another noteworthy site: RVshare is another popular RV rental portal.
HipCamp – Glamping Rentals
Do you feel the need to connect with nature, but want a unique and upscale experience? Then glamping (glamorous camping) might be just right for you!
For a variety of unique glamping locations head over to HipCamp. Their site offers everything from treehouses to tiny cabins and even covered wagons! Glamping sites are hugely popular in many other states and the Oklahoma glamping scene has grown significantly in the last year.
Not sure glamping in quite right for you? HipCamp is also your go to resource to find unique tent camping experiences that are off the beaten path. From their website: “Discover and book tent camping, RV parks, cabins, treehouses, and glamping—everywhere from national parks to blueberry farms.”
Another noteworthy site: Head over to AirBnB and search for “unique stays” to find yurts, cabins, and more.
Xscape Pod – Gear Rental
Do you want to experience tent camping but don’t have the gear? You can always borrow from a friend or rent from a gear rental company. One popular rental company Xscape Pod has kits starting at $199 for two people. Pods include tents, sleeping bags, chairs and more to make your camping experience go smoothly. They also offer backpacking pods, a la carte rentals, and food provisions. Round-trip delivery fees are $50 to all 48 continental states.
Another noteworthy site: Arrive Outdoors offers a more affordable a la carte option for those who have some of the gear and just need to supplement their kit.
All Trails – Trail Information
Whether you are looking for information on a specific trail or just looking for a hike near you All Trails offers what their name suggests: all trails. Their easy to use search engine can not only find the trails closest to you, they also provide the complete length of a given trail, and an approximate hiking timeframe it could take to complete the trail. We love to go hiking with our kids. I love the ease with which I can make sure the hike length and difficulty are a right fit for my family.
Another noteworthy site: The American Hiking Society has an easy to use app called the “Hiking Project” with over 200,000 miles of hikes mapped for you across the US. Be sure to download your map if your Wifi is weak.