America is a world-renowned destination for camping, with more than 15,000 campgrounds across the country. The new 2024 Camping and Outdoor Hospitality Report from Kampgrounds of America shows the number of households who identify as campers in the U.S. has increased by 23 percent over the past decade to 16.5 million. Meanwhile, the number of households who identify as active campers has risen by 68 percent to more than 21 million.

The average age of campers has fallen over the past decade to below 35 years of age, a drop of 3 percent since 2014, according to the report. The level of diversity has also increased among campers, with 39 percent identifying as non-white, compared with 23 percent in 2014.

The report noted a significant influx in campers in the post-pandemic era, with many first-time campers, who were more familiar with leisure travel, continuing to drive the glamping experience.

This past year saw an increase in “blended travel,” according to the report, with many campers incorporating other travel experiences into their trip such as hotels or resorts. Many campers are looking for a non-traditional camping experience with access to technology and extensive services and amenities.

Baby Boomers made up the largest percentage of campers at 59 percent, while the number of Millennials fell off. Other groups of campers who have chosen to take a step back from the pastime noted several reasons, including safety concerns and cost.

Approximately 21 percent of respondents said that they preferred other accommodations, while 19 percent said it is now too expensive. More than 19 percent were worried about their safety and security, and 17 percent said overcrowded conditions were keeping them away.

Retaining campers continues to be a challenge among parks that are looking to enhance the experience for guests. The report noted that those who were most likely to return are people who also enjoyed winter camping, along with families with children and people who started camping before the age of 10.

The report stated that the next 10 years will see a significant change in the camping experience. It is predicted that the camping experience will take on a resort-style feel. AI is also expected to change the camping experience, allowing guests to customize their travel and create more blended opportunities.