Have you ever missed out on your dream camping spot because it was sold out? Harvest Hosts, the renowned membership program that provides RVers with unique camping options, has a solution. Today, they announced their newest product expansion, CampScanner, a tool designed to help campers secure spots at some of the most sought-after campgrounds and destinations across the country.
The Challenge of Booking Campsites
In recent years, securing a campground reservation has become a competitive endeavor. The surge in road travel, especially during peak camping season, has led to a scarcity of available spots at top National Parks.
Many of these parks now require reservations due to the rapidly growing visitor count, and most campgrounds are already full for the summer months. This scarcity poses a challenge for those still planning trips or those who prefer short-notice vacations.
Enter CampScanner. This innovative tool allows RVers, tent campers, and outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds to access a database of 12,500 campgrounds at 4,900 parks. It scans for spots at sold-out campgrounds and alerts users when a site becomes available.
CampScanner pulls information from Recreation.gov, CA.gov, and Reserve America to “scan” for cancellations and alert campers when something new becomes available to book at the parks they want to visit during the dates they’re looking to travel.
Previously, interested campers would have to manually check each site repeatedly for cancellations. Now, with CampScanner, as soon as an alert comes in, campers will be prompted to reserve through the campground’s booking system to secure their spot.
Imagine waking up in your dream campsite at Yellowstone National Park, thanks to a last-minute cancellation you were alerted to by CampScanner.
Pricing and Features
CampScanner offers three pricing tiers: Basecamp ($39/year), Trailhead ($49/year), and Summit ($79/year), which vary based on the frequency of scans and the number of scans that can be set up.
Scans occur up to every 5 minutes, matching CampScanner users with the thousands of last-minute cancellations daily. Popular locations include Yellowstone National Park, Zion National Park, Glacier National Park, Yosemite National Park, and thousands more.
Impact on Private Campground Owners and Operators
For private campground owners and operators near state, national, and provincial parks, CampScanner could be a game-changer.
With 92 million American households identifying as campers according to the 2023 KOA Camping Report, tools like CampScanner can help manage the high demand for coveted locations. It provides a more streamlined way to monitor multiple campgrounds simultaneously and the ability to act fast when spots open up.
“The process of booking campgrounds has become increasingly challenging with the recent road travel boom,” says Joel Holland, CEO of Harvest Hosts. “We are thrilled to launch CampScanner to help bring back the joy of last-minute travel and ease of booking on the go for campers across the country.”
When camping is at an all-time high, the earlier you know about an opening and the faster you can act on it, the better your chances will be at securing your dream camping destination.
Ready to secure your dream camping spot? Visit CampScanner today. For more about Harvest Hosts and their unique offerings, visit their website.