TUE, 10 MAY 2016 BY LINDA ROSADO
Aside from rejoicing over warmer weather and shedding winter coats, a lot of people are excitedly taking their vacation days to flock to the great outdoors. Peak season for camping kicks off during the month of May and continues until September, coinciding with the back-to-school season. Around this time, as a campground manager, you should be gearing up for the amount of visitors that will be staying in your area as well as the maintenance that accompanies that. The following is a way to think about caring for your campgrounds in a way that makes it easier for you and more pleasant for campers.
PLACE PET STATIONS AND TRASHCANS THOUGHTFULLY
On your scenic campgrounds, visitors will want to hike, explore and everything in-between. However, once in awhile, your campers will want to rest to take in the views or to catch their breath. The areas in your campground that don’t have a vast amount of amenities or facilities are called impromptu areas. Here is where you can place waste cans for the random debris hikers can dispose of as well as pet stations for placing Fido’s waste. These areas can also have benches and umbrellas to block the harsh sun and stand as a good stopping place on a long hike or trail. Trash and pet stations can even line the trail for those that want to carry on, so don’t feel limited to where you can place them.
HAVE A WELL-KEPT DEDICATED CAMPSITE
After trekking all day, your camp visitors will want to retreat to their site and have easy access to the necessities: a fire pit, picnic tables and utility hookups for their vehicle. Depending on what kind of campsite you have, you might even have showers and pet facilities with pet stations. No matter where you are on the scale of providing amenities you are, you should have everything you offer in working condition and nicely kept. In the off-season, the maintenance you do greatly affects the kind of season you have. And as you know, the off-season is used to do landscape maintenance, replace things that are falling part, and repair salvageable items, like picnic tables. Picking up trash regularly from trashcans and pet stations, relocating wasp nests and beehives that have appeared, and safely preserving any items when not in use will increase the longevity of your campground and will be appreciated by your guests.
Wherever your trekking campers will go, from trails to their main campsite, you want to offer a consistent experience that makes their trip simpler. The influx of visitors also means increased trash pickups at trash and pet stations, registering guests, and general maintenance work, but the fruits of your labor will mean happier visitors with a high chance of return and a better overall campground.