Are you looking for a great place to park your RV? Last year, we spent 152 days camping at military campgrounds. We love staying on military bases and always look for them before any other campground. There are hundreds of military campgrounds at amazing locations with luxurious amenities just waiting for you.
Why We Love Military Campgrounds
Campground fees will vary from location to location with the average daily rate at about $15-30 per night. Since we hit the road as full-time RVers, we have paid between $19-$50 per night and $450 monthly. Although, military campgrounds are much cheaper than local campgrounds they provide the same if not more amenities.
2. Campground Amenities
You may be surprised to find beachfront access, lake access, or stunning mountain views at military campgrounds. We had beautiful views of the Colorado mountains while staying on the Air Force Academy and walked right out on the beach from our campsite at Pensacola Air Station and Fourth Cliff Recreation Area. We were also provided beautiful sunsets on the Potomac River thanks to the military campground on Fort Belvoir.
Other amenities at military campgrounds may include a laundry facility, lounge, dog park, WiFi, playground, cabin rentals and so much more. Wildlife such as deer, wild turkeys, and other animals call military campgrounds home which will enhance your breathtaking views.
3. Base Amenities
There are many base amenities that can be used when you stay on a military campground. A great place to start is the Tours and Tickets office. They can provide information on things to do in the area as well as discounts for local attractions. The Morale, Welfare, and Recreation office should be your second stop. They can provide rentals for items such as boats, kayaks, skis, snowboards or other outdoor equipment to enrich your stay. Base amenities may also include the commissary, gas station, exchange, pool, and gym.
When traveling to new areas it can be difficult to know which areas are safer than others. Military campgrounds provide you the safety and security of the military base. This is one stay that won’t require you to search the internet for crime statistics. You can also stop by base security for tips for areas you might want to avoid when exploring the local area.
Military campgrounds also provide an amazing community of like-minded RVers. The military culture is unlike any other and when you stay on the military base you will be among people with shared experiences. It is a great place to expand your community and possibly your circle of friends.
Finding Military Campgrounds
There are many resources available to help you find the perfect military campground. Military Living is an excellent resource for all types of military travel, including campground information. Each military branch also has its own resources: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine, Coast Guard. An often overlooked resource is the Morale, Welfare, and Recreation office on your local base. So don’t forget to drop in there for info.
Who Can Stay
Military campgrounds are available to active duty, retirees, reservists and some Department of Defense personnel. To see if you are eligible to use these facilities check this website: Military Eligibility.
So, the next time you are looking for a campground be sure to see if a military campground is close by. Because they are the perfect place to park your RV. And when you get there be on the lookout because you might just find us there as well!
Author: Stacy Farley, You, Me & the RV – All rights reserved