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Kampgrounds of America LogoBILLINGS, Mont. — Kampgrounds of America is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with 23 new campground locations added to the 2012 KOA Directory, the company announced today.

The 23 new locations throughout North America bring the total of KOA campgrounds to 485.

“We do our best to find campgrounds that are just the right fit for our campers and the KOA system,” said Chris Fairlee, KOA assistant vice president for system development. “There are more than 8,000 private campgrounds in North America, but we are pretty selective. Not just anyone can fly the KOA flag.”

The 50th Anniversary Edition of the famous KOA Directory again provides campers with not only complete descriptions and “last mile” locator maps to all KOA locations, but also a complete set of state and provincial atlas maps, making the KOA Directory the only planning tool campers need to plot their travels.

“Once again, we’ve done a great job of adding beautiful campgrounds right where our campers want to go,” said KOA President Pat Hittmeier. “For instance, we added two more locations in the Orlando area to allow our campers to be right in the middle of the Orlando attractions, or a little farther out – KOA camping any way they like it.”

Flying the yellow KOA flag has already been a boon for the new Kampgrounds of America parks, said Hittmeier.

“Being a KOA has already brought out campground a lot more business,” said Robyn Chilson, owner of the Meadville, Pennsylvania KOA. “We have more visibility and the phones are ringing off the hook. We have new campers in the park. We are very happy. KOA is a class act all of the way around.”

New KOA campgrounds listed in the 2012 KOA Directory include:

  • Oxford/Talladega/Dandy RV, Alabama KOA
  • Picacho/Tucson NW, Arizona KOA
  • Heber Springs, Arkansas KOA
  • Montrose/Black Canyon National Park, Colorado KOA
  • Orlando NE/Wekiva Falls, Florida KOA
  • Orlando NW/Orange Blossom, Florida KOA
  • East Ellijay/Chattahoochee National Forest, Georgia KOA
  • Waterloo/Lost Island Waterpark, Iowa KOA
  • Perry Lake/Topeka NE, Kansas KOA
  • Houghton/Letchworth, New York KOA
  • Springwater/Dansville, New York KOA
  • 1000 Islands/Association Island, New York KOA
  • Homerville, Ohio KOA
  • Salem/Lisbon, Ohio KOA
  • Meadville, Pennsylvania KOA
  • Hohenwald/Natchez Trace, Tennessee KOA
  • Bastrop/SE Austin/Colorado River, Texas KOA
  • Onalaska/Lake Livingston, Texas KOA
  • Weatherford, Texas KOA
  • Luray, Virginia KOA
  • Longview North/Mount St. Helens, Washington KOA
  • Sturgeon Falls, Ontario KOA
  • Bas St. Laurent, Quebec KOA

SOURCE: Kampgrounds of America press release

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) – Campgrounds are going hi–tech and high class, giving campers all the amenities they can find in a hotel stay.

When you think of camping you probably imagine family and friends barbecuing and enjoying the great outdoors.

“They just went for a hike. We’ve been cooking. They’ve been making mud pies and we’ll probably play Apples to Apples later,” says David Simmons who was camping at the Colorado National Monument.

But it’s nothing fancy. “There’s flushing toilets, that’s about it,” says Simmons.

Camping is traditionally thought of as roughing it. “Getting out into the wilderness and getting some fresh air,” says Simmons.

But some campers are changing that perception. “If you take a family, you need a bathroom. And it’s nice to have a shower,” says Steven Smiley who was camping at KOA Campgrounds in Grand Junction.

And perks like Wi-Fi are a huge attraction for campers like Smiley. “I will say we’ve never had Wi-Fi before. That was really nice,” he says.

Campsites like KOA in Grand Junction may not be in the most picturesque of locations, but campers say their amenities like the pool, game room and washer and dryers make up for it.

“This is nicer,” says Smiley.

Curtis Pauli is the owner of KOA Campgrounds. He says more and more people aren’t pitching tents. Instead, they’re rolling up in RVs. He’s even converted some tent only spaces into RV spots to keep up with the demand.

“Upper–end RVs are far more prevalent then they were years ago,” says Pauli.

“I think this camping is much better. We have a 25 ft. RV ourselves. It’s very nice and comfortable,” says Bruce Rahn, as he was staying at the KOA Campground.

But for some campers like the Simmons family, no amenity will ever be worth giving up the scenery of the Colorado National Monument.

“I’d like to make this a yearly thing. This is a beautiful place,” says Simmons.

With those amenities comes a higher price too. To pitch a tent at KOA Campgrounds, it will cost $27 a night. An RV $35 and a cabin between $50-90. At the Colorado National Monument, tents and RVs cost $10 a night.
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