Research Reveals the Best States for Camping: Where Does Your State Rank?

What are the best states for camping in America? According to new research, Wyoming topped the list, followed by Montana and New Mexico. But, of course, camping is one of America’s favorite pastimes, and there are plenty of fantastic places to camp all over the United States.

How were the best states for camping determined? By creating a Camping Index Score/100 based on factors such as:

  • RV parks and campsites per 100,000 people
  • National parks and landmarks in the area
  • Rainfall
  • Diversity of plants and animal life

Here are the 15 best states for camping in the USA. Where does your state rank?

Wyoming

Best States for Camping: WyomingPin
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Overall Score: 72.12
Hiking trails per 100,000 people: 350
Campsites per 100,000 people: 117.82
National parks and landmarks per 1,000 sq miles: 0.13

Montana

Best States for Camping: MontanaPin
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Overall Score: 69.29
Hiking trails per 100,000 people: 418
Campsites per 100,000 people: 90.04
National parks and landmarks per 1,000 sq miles: 0.12

New Mexico

Best States for Camping: WyomingPin
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Overall Score: 65.94
Hiking trails per 100,000 people: 103
Campsites per 100,000 people: 39.61
National parks and landmarks per 1,000 sq miles: 0.22

Idaho

Best States for Camping: IdahoPin
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Overall Score: 63.62
Hiking trails per 100,000 people: 178
Campsites per 100,000 people: 51.47
National parks and landmarks per 1,000 sq miles: 0.22

Vermont

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Overall Score: 61.23
Hiking trails per 100,000 people: 405
Campsites per 100,000 people: 24.42
National parks and landmarks per 1,000 sq miles: 1.52

South Dakota

Best States for Camping: South DakotaPin
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Overall Score: 61.12
Hiking trails per 100,000 people: 75
Campsites per 100,000 people: 44.51
National parks and landmarks per 1,000 sq miles: 0.25

Utah

Best States for Camping: UtahPin
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Overall Score: 60.15
Hiking trails per 100,000 people: 212
Campsites per 100,000 people: 18.23
National parks and landmarks per 1,000 sq miles: 0.21

New Hampshire

Best States for Camping: New HampshirePin
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Overall Score: 59.93
Hiking trails per 100,000 people: 309
Campsites per 100,000 people: 15.62
National parks and landmarks per 1,000 sq miles: 1.45

Colorado

Best States for Camping: ColoradoPin
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Overall Score: 59.86
Hiking trails per 100,000 people: 141
Campsites per 100,000 people: 26.58
National parks and landmarks per 1,000 sq miles: 0.28

North Dakota

Best States for Camping: North DakotaPin
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Overall Score: 58.81
Hiking trails per 100,000 people: 104
Campsites per 100,000 people: 39.78
National parks and landmarks per 1,000 sq miles: 0.10

Maine

Best States for Camping: MainePin
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Overall Score: 58.68
Hiking trails per 100,000 people: 188
Campsites per 100,000 people: 20.79
National parks and landmarks per 1,000 sq miles: 0.58

Arizona

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Overall Score: 57.82
Hiking trails per 100,000 people: 80
Campsites per 100,000 people: 18.13
National parks and landmarks per 1,000 sq miles: 0.28

Oregon

Best States for Camping: OregonPin
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Overall Score: 56.39
Hiking trails per 100,000 people: 85
Campsites per 100,000 people: 30.23
National parks and landmarks per 1,000 sq miles: 0.17

West Virginia

West VirginiaPin
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Overall Score: 53.30
Hiking trails per 100,000 people: 63
Campsites per 100,000 people: 18.20
National parks and landmarks per 1,000 sq miles: 0.92

Alaska

Best States for Camping: AlaskaPin
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Overall Score: 51.58
Hiking trails per 100,000 people: 119
Campsites per 100,000 people: 14.46
National parks and landmarks per 1,000 sq miles: 0.50

Source: Adventures on the Rock

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