Group campsites are rarely featured in western travel brochures and most individual campers tend to shrug these places off as just being another forbidden zone. Obviously, the people that seem to be interested in group campsites the most are event organizers. Event organizers know these places well and those who are in the group touring business know which group campsites please guests the most.
Choosing a great group campsite location certainly can make an organized event outing a real success, so when an ideal group campsite is spotted it is best to take note of it. This applies to members of large families or small local organizations too, because one never knows when an acquaintance will ask if you would kindly help organize a big group outing, like a wedding weekend, anniversary party campfire or church campout function.
There are ho-hum boring group campgrounds and then there are spectacular group campgrounds where everybody is excited to go. The boring group campgrounds far outnumber the good ones, so picking a spot with no prior research done is not wise to do. Fortunately, everybody posts pictures on social networks, so seeing is believing can hold true when researching the matter.
I have seen dozens of group campgrounds out west in recent years and most were not really worth remembering. Some only offer a large piece of flat ground with a pit toilet out in the middle of nowhere. Some do not even provide picnic tables or an event gazebo. These kind of group areas appeal to ATV enthusiasts, anglers and hunters, but they are a bit too raw for the average city dweller. The mode of the group campsite is definitely something to consider. Another point is the fancier the site is, the more expensive it will be, so the rustic group campgrounds do serve a thrifty purpose.
Premium group campsites are always in high demand, so they must be booked well ahead of time. One of the all time best that I have run across can be found at Dinosaur National Monument. The Split Mountain Group Campground is located in a majestic setting on the banks of the Green River. The views of the gigantic split solid rock mountain across the river is of such enormous proportions that the shadow provides plenty of shade on the river throughout the day. Swimming and floating in the river in the shade of Split Mountain literally is an experience to remember for a lifetime. One look is all it takes to fall in love with the idea of organizing a group outing in this majestic place, so be sure to chalk the Split Mountain Group Campground high on the list!
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