We’re kicking this new year off with a new initiative—the annual Campspot Awards.

At Campspot, we’re so thankful to partner with amazing campgrounds working to connect people with the outdoors and facilitate memorable experiences. To celebrate our partners and connect them with more campers, Campspot joined forces with a panel of outdoors industry professionals to identify top campgrounds across the country.

The Vision for the Campspot Awards

The mission of the awards is to recognize excellence in the campground industry and elevate businesses leading the way in important aspects such as top destinations, camper experience, unique offerings, and design. It’s our hope that the awards can not only serve as an annual moment of reflection but also as a signal to campers that speaks to a park’s high level of excellence and commitment to camper experience.

The Selection Process

To be eligible for a Campspot Award in most categories, campgrounds needed to be a Campspot Marketplace customer by October 1, 2021. Depending on the category, we used specific criteria, campsite bookings, and public park data to create shortlists which were then presented to our 2022 Campspot Awards panelists.

See the Full List of 2022 Award Winners

The Campspot Awards Categories

The 2022 Campspot Awards features organizations in seven categories.

Top Campgrounds in the USA

Angel Fire RV Resort. The entrance of a timber-framed building with a fire pit in front of it.

Angel Fire RV Resort – Angel Fire, NM

To create a shortlist for Top Campgrounds in the USA we looked at the popularity of a campground, reviews, amenities, and location to curate a list of contenders for our panelists to rank.

See More Top Campgrounds

Most Popular Campgrounds in the USA

An RV site surrounded by redwood trees at Santa Cruz Redwoods RV Resort

Santa Cruz Redwoods RV Resort – Felton, CA

To find our most popular parks, we looked at camper searches, Marketplace bookings, Marketplace favoriting, reviews, and photos to determine our most popular parks.

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Top Campgrounds for Families

Two children sit on the steps of a cabin at Yogi Bear Jellystone Park Golden Valley

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park: Golden Valley – Bostic, NC

To select winners, we created a shortlist of campgrounds with the most kid-friendly amenities, variety of accommodations, and history of being popular with families and then had our panel vote for their winners.

See More Top Campgrounds for Families 

Top Campgrounds with a View

An aerial photo of Yellowstone Hot Springs campground. The campground is near a river with mountains on either side.

Yellowstone Hot Springs – Gardiner, MT

In this category, we looked at campgrounds that boast incredible views directly from their campgrounds and individual sites. After creating our shortlist, we had our panel vote for the winners.

See More Top Campgrounds With a View 

Top Campgrounds for First-Timers

RVs parked along a bay of water at Sun Outdoors Rehoboth Bay.

Sun Outdoors Rehoboth Bay-Millsboro, DE

To select finalists in this category, we identified campgrounds that provided amenities sure to make life easier for a first-time camper. Stores, cabins, and concrete pads are examples popular with first-timers. After creating our shortlist, we had our panelists vote on who they would recommend most for first-time campers.

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Top Camping Sites

A picnic table overlooks a lake surrounded by trees at Yogi Bear Jellystone Park Lakes Region

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Lakes Region – Waterfront Premium Site

These sites have something special going on. To curate our list, we looked at our most popular sites and selected the ones that stood out to us—each for their own reason. From our shortlist, our panelists voted for their favorites.

See More Top Camping Sites

Top Campground Design

Two people stand on the balcony of a lodging site with RVs in the background at Cava Robles RV resort

Cava Robles RV Resort – Paso Robles, CA

Some campgrounds go above and beyond when it comes to design and aesthetic. To create our shortlist, we looked at campgrounds with interesting layouts, interior design, artwork, stores, and other experiences on the property. Our panelists then ranked our shortlist.

See More Top Design Campgrounds

The 2022 Campspot Award Winners

Be sure to explore the full list of campgrounds to check out all of the incredible winners. Here’s what two campgrounds had to say about receiving this distinction:

“We are beyond thrilled for the recognition of Top Campground and Top Design for 2021!

“A sincere thank you goes to the panel of outdoor industry professionals, outdoor influencers, & CEOs of RV and camping based businesses, for recognizing Elkamp. Thank you to CampSpot! Your user friendly reservation platform, combined with responsive customer service support, helps to make the all around camping experience the best in the industry. Most of all, thank you to our customers! We’ve been honored to serve you and look forward to many more years of fun, friendship, and memorable camping experiences here at Elkamp!”

— Brian and Tom, Owners at Elkamp Eastcreek 

“It’s so rewarding as owners to be recognized for the very features we spent timeless hours working on and aimed to stand out for. And to receive these accolades in just a little over a year of being open is incredibly humbling. It reaffirms that an RV park like Dark Sky is what travelers are seeking!”

— Britt Roth, Owner/Host at Dark Sky RV Campground


We’re thrilled to embark on this new annual celebration. Please join us in congratulating this year’s winners and lifting them up as shining examples. We can’t wait for another year of time well-spent outdoors and finding new favorite Campspots.