Waking up to the sounds of birds chirping, setting up your own tent, cooking dinner over a fire, exploring unique trails and paths — there’s nothing more memorable than a camping trip with your kids. Finding the right spot where you’ll have fun, and stay safe, can be a struggle. The best camp spots for you and your kids include fun activities, as well as ensured safety inside the grounds. We did some digging and came up with a list of campsites that check the safety box without sacrificing the adventure.
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- Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah
Camp out under the natural stone bridges in this Utah park. The area has 13 different campgrounds for you and your kids to choose from and is full of short, easy hikes that will be great for the kids. The natural sandstone bridges stretch out over your heads and provide plenty of photo opportunities. The park also hosts a junior ranger program, allowing your kids to learn all about the site’s history and geology from certified park rangers. Campsites come with a fire grill, tent pad, and picnic table and cost about 10 dollars per night and can fit about eight people and one vehicle. You must bring your own firewood.
- Echo Park Campground, Colorado
Camp out with the dinosaurs at Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado. The campsite offers up easy hikes that are great for little feet, as well as fossils and reminders of what once lived on the same land millions of years ago. Set up your tent under the protective gaze of the towering rock formations nearby, and be sure to watch out for the bighorn sheep and mule deer native to the grounds. There are 17 individual sites for tents, each with room for eight people. Each costs $10 per night for the stay.
- Edisto Beach State Park, South Carolina
What could be better than camping on a beach? This state park is located right at the water’s edge in South Carolina, near the town of Edisto Beach. Let your kids play in the waves and see what you can catch in a day of fishing, or go for a jog along one of the many nature trails in the park. The campgrounds here cost $21 per night and include water and electrical hookups. Reservations must be made at least one day in advance to stay on the grounds.
- Backwoods Campground, Maine
Acadia National Park — home to rocky shorelines, pine-tree-lined trails, and Cadillac Mountain. The park, in Maine, is a perfect option for a kid-friendly adventure. The trails range from easy to difficult, giving your kids plenty to do. Kids can play by the water or try their hand at fishing. In the summer months the site can fill up fast, so be sure to reserve a spot ahead of time.
- Joshua Tree National Park, California
Joshua Tree National Park, with its nine campgrounds, is the ideal spot to take your kids. With a wide range of hiking trails, unique geological features, and cool desert flora and fauna, your family will have the camping adventure of a lifetime. From October through May, campgrounds fill up quickly and require a reservation. However, during the summer, it’s first come, first serve, so be sure to head over for a spot.