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New York campgrounds support National Great Outdoors Month by offering 20 percent discounts through June 25.

New York campgrounds are also offering “buy two get one night free” special through Oct. 10 as well as a geocaching competition on June 11.

Campgrounds affiliated with Campground Owners of New York are doing their part to support Great Outdoors Month by offering fun family activities as well as significant camping discounts during the month of June.

“Camping is not only the most affordable vacation option, but it supports a healthy lifestyle, particularly when you consider the great variety of outdoor activities that are available at campgrounds across our state,” said Don Bennett, president and CEO of Campground Owners of New York.

New York campgrounds will be participating in GoCampingAmerica.com’s Great Outdoors Month promotion, which involves 20 percent discounts on camping between June 1 and 25 at participating parks.

GoCampingAmerica.com will also provide e-coupons that consumers can use to obtain discounts at Camping World stores and RV rentals booked through El Monte RV, which has agreed to provide 500 free miles plus 50 free miles a day to GoCampingAmerica visitors who rent an RV for at least one week during the June 1 to 25 period. The e-coupons are posted on GoCampingAmerica.com.

Twenty-five New York campgrounds are also offering a “buy two, get one night free” promotion through Oct. 10. Visit www.ilovenycamping.com for more information.

Additionally, 16 New York campgrounds are offering a geocaching competition on June 11, in which campers will have the opportunity to search for a hidden coin, which they can redeem for a special prize. More information on geocaching is available at www.gogeocachingny.com.

For more information on New York campgrounds visit www.nycampgrounds.com.

The U.S. Forest Service’s decision not to eliminate substantial camping discounts to seniors this week will no doubt please recreation vehicle owners such as Dean Lang, of Sandy.

Others, including Orem concessionaire American Land and Leisure that operates 400 campgrounds in 11 states, are not quite as pleased.

Forest Service chief Tom Tidwell announced Wednesday his decision not to implement changes to fees charged to holders of Golden Age and golden Access Passports and Senior and Access Passes at agency campgrounds operated by private concessionaires.

“Each year more than 175 million people enjoy recreational opportunities on national forests and grasslands and that includes more than 15 million visits to our campgrounds,” said Tidwell. “Particularly in these difficult economic times, it is very important to maintain affordable access to our national forests and grasslands, giving people easy ways to recreate and find respite in the great outdoors.”

The decision leaves in place a 50 percent discount for pass holders. The proposed change would have reduced that to 10 percent less than full price. During a 60-day public comment period on the proposal, the Forest Service received more than 4,000 comments.

Lang, who was camping at Zion National Park before the decision was made, said he had been following the debate on recreation-vehicle online forums. He said losing the discount would have been a “bad deal” after working all his life.

“It’s expensive enough with the cost of fuels, an RV and equipment,” he said. “This is one of the ways of still getting out to enjoy the country.”

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