California Camping Site Eliminates Online, Pre-Trip Hassle

California Camping Site Eliminates Online, Pre-Trip Hassle

Reservation site Hipcamp personalizes the experience to campers' needs and wishes

Hilary Weaver
  • 22 july 2014


Summer camping trips are for the spontaneous, but there can be a hitch in the plan when Internet research doesn’t yield the results that an avid camper wants. California camping website Hipcamp’s mission is to make summer camping about the camping, not the copious work that goes into planning the trip. The online trip booking service allows campers to scope out the site that works best for them by looking on each park’s profile to decide what features most attract them.

When a hopeful camper accesses Hipcamp, he or she can select “today,” “this weekend” or next weekend” for a camping trip. Different selections will emerge from that query. From those selections, the camper can click on the camping site that interests them and learn more about it.


Hipcamp takes sites like Reserve America, which allows campers to search and reserve sites across the country, to a new level of service. By offering specific options for each camper, the Hipcamp search puts a personalized spin on the basic reservation process.

The search can also be narrowed down based on activities of interest, such as bicycling, boating or hiking. When a camper selects an activity, the map narrows in on California, and tree emblems line the map where those sites are available. Users also select which amenities they would like provided for them in a camping site, as well as what geographical features they would like to be part of their experience. After selecting from the choices of beach, meadow, desert, hot spring among others, the search is narrowed down further to find the perfect camping spot.

Each park features tips for travelers, such as where to go for nearby wine tasting when staying at the Bothe-Napa Valley Park. The site also suggests activities, such as horseback riding and swimming and provides a complete history of each camping location. This service-friendly site allows users to get to know their online destination before they camp and personalize their experience.

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