Winter camping up 40 per cent during pandemic

According to a study by US camping app The Dyrt winter is the fastest-growing camping season in the country recording a 40.7 per cent increase in participation since 2019. The survey of more than 3,000 users of The Dyrt indicate that camping participation is increasing in popularity throughout the year but the most significant increase has come in the colder months.

The Dyrt CEO Kevin Long said: “For some people, solitude is one of the things they love most about camping. With the surge in camping over the last two years filling up campgrounds, more and more people are realizing that there are amazing camping experiences to be had all year round. A lot of campers are currently busy planning trips for 2022, but many are out there right now braving the cold and finding their peace.”

The Dyrt recently added commission-free bookings for campgrounds so that its million registered users can instantly book camping on the platform.

“One of the things we're hearing from campground owners is that they want to extend their season,” said Kevin. “Fortunately, it seems The Dyrt community is on board.”

In addition to the drastic increase in winter camping, the other seasons have also seen a bump. Since 2019, camping in the springtime has gone up by 27.7 per cent, fall saw a 15.1 per cent increase and summer, already the most popular camping season, rose 2.3 per cent.