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Cabin Camping: A New Phenomenon

Let's face it, we are not all campers.

Those who camp have long known the allure of the out of doors, but not everybody wants to stay in a tent or RV to experience it. Today, there is a new way that you and your family can enjoy spending time with nature. Solution? A new phenomenon called "Cabin Camping." Over the past few years Cabin Camping has become wildly popular and offers everyone the opportunity to enjoy the out of doors.

Offering a wide range of cabins or park models to suit everyone's need, Cabin Camping emphasizes the outdoors experience. A setting of barbeques and fire pits encourage interaction not only with your own family, but other guests of the facility as well. These rental units offer those folks who have never owned camping equipment the opportunity to discover first hand the magic of the camping experience.

And what exactly is the magic behind the camping experience? The sounds. The smells. The peace and relaxation that only nature can inspire. Gazing at the starts, the crackle of a campfire, and roasting marshmallows over the fire with family and friends. Building memories that can be cherished for a lifetime.

There are many different types of cabins that can be rented throughout Colorado. Many Campground and RV Park owners have expanded the vision of their facilities and offer not only campsites for RV's and tents, but a selection of cabins as well.

In years past, campgrounds offered only bare bones cabins that were merely rooms with beds and mattresses but no bath or kitchen facilities in the cabin. Today, they offer cabins that range form the original bare bones units, to units that offer kitchens and bathrooms, with or without linens and cookware. You can bring along your own equipment and bedding, or save yourself the hassle and rent a unit that is fully stocked where you can arrive and be ready to relax in a heartbeat.

There are many cabin only facilities in Colorado that offer cabins in a setting that is both breathtaking and relaxing as well. While not affiliated with campgrounds or RV parks they offer a similar experience by offering barbeques and fire rings while encouraging social interaction with all their guests. Like campgrounds, they often have 24 hour on site managers/owners to assure customer safety and are family owned and operated.

While offering everything you might find in a hotel, most facilities with cabins and park models will offer heated pools or hot tubs, playgrounds, game rooms, laundry facilities and convenience stores. Some offer planned activities for both the kids and parents that encourage family interaction.

Another great benefit of cabin camping is the abilities for campers and their non-camping friends to stay in the same resort. Many people who camp have friends that do not, and cabins offer the ability for those friends to join those summer camping trips that can be so much fun.

A recent survey by the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC) found that 51 percent of campgrounds have some type of rental units available. "Cabins expand the market for parks. They can appeal to RVers, campers and non-RVers as well," reports Linda Profaizer, ARVC President. "Campers, seem to like the availability of cabins. This is particularly true if they want to go camping with friends, and the friends don't have an RV or tent. Generation Xers and Generation Yers travel mainly with friends, so it is a nice option for them.

Cabins also offer the opportunity for an inexpensive vacation for those who aren't ready to plunge fully into the camping experience. Cabins offer an alternative to tenting for those who prefer not to sleep on the ground, either because they have 'been there, done that,' or they're 'tired of it,' or because they aren't ready or cannot afford an RV at this time. Also, cabins can introduce the lifestyle of camping to those who have only previously experienced the hotel method of vacationing.

With many people taking shorter vacations than ever, they don't have the time or the desire to set up camp. The convenience of simply packing their suitcase and driving to a cabin for a "camping" experience that now includes warm, comfortable beds, fully stocked kitchens and baths and all the amenities you would find at home is a welcome treat. Rick Spear, manager of Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park of Estes notes, "We get people form Europe and all over the country. Our units are full supplied with dishes, linens, a barbecue and everything they need. It's home away from home."

Young families are also increasingly renting or owning park models, according to manufactures and campground operators. Because they can function just like vacation homes at a fraction of the cost, there is an appeal to younger families. Many facilities offer the option to either rent a fully furnished cabin or purchase a park model and put it on a site at their resort. Some parks, in fact, are becoming park model dealerships themselves. "We are new at this, but we feel this has a tremendous future," said campground owner Klaas Bakker, who added that park models are attracting young families and retired folds alike.
Featured Colorado Campgrounds
Arrowhead Point (Buena Vista) Elk Meadow(Estes Park) Royal View(Canon City)
Cutty's Resort (Royal Gorge) Highlander RV Campground(Lake City) Spruce Lake Resort (Estes Park)
Dakota Ridge RV Park (Golden) Lone Duck Campground(Cascade) Sugar Loafin'(Leadville)
Loveland RV Resort (Loveland) Tiger Run(Breckenridge)

Gunnison Lakeside Resort (Gunnison)

Paradise on the River (Estes Park)
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