KOA Monthly Research Report: 2021 Summer Camping Outlook

The KOA Monthly Research Report, June edition, reveals strong summer camping intentions. Each month KOA (Kampgrounds of America) tracks camping incidence and behavior for all campers throughout the US and Canada on a month-by-month basis. This new reporting will evaluate the camping market from both a look back at the previous month, but also look forward and provide trends and projections into how the camping market is growing and changing.

The 2021 summer camping season is ready to push into full swing and campers across the country are turning out in record numbers. Forty-eight percent of all campers plan to get out this summer, resulting in 19.8 million camping households just over the 4th of July holiday alone. Some campers note they never camp over the 4th of July holiday (26% this year). Another 21% say they still have concerns over COVID and are waiting longer to get out. But something to note, 22% are reporting financial concerns as their reason for not camping over the holiday, which now outranks COVID concerns.

As plans begin to take shape for campers, summer cancellations are just 15%, with 62% who believe that camping is still the safest form of travel

KOA Monthly Research Report Summer Outlook stats

Camping Accommodations For Summer

Percent of all camping households that have taken or are planning to take a trip

KOA Monthly Research Report Summer Camping

19.8 million households will get out on the 4th of July holiday

KOA Monthly Research Report July 4th Trends

Overall we anticipate more than 53 million camping households by the end of 2021 based on this month’s trending data

KOA Monthly Research Report 2021 Camping Househols

For 2021, we are estimating an additional 4.8 million NEW campers that will try camping for the first time

KOA Monthly Research Report Camping Behavior


Households that have camped in 2021

KOA Monthly Research Report Monthly Camping Households

The KOA Monthly Research Report is part of KOA’s commitment to thought leadership to our industry and our franchisees.

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