Plan Your ATV or UTV Camping Trip
Just like any camping trip, you can’t skip the planning phase. It’s one of the most important things you can do to ensure you have a trip that goes off without a hitch. And if there is a hitch, then you’re prepared for it. Will you camp in one place that offers easy access to multiple trails, or in multiple areas along your route? How will you get there? What do you need to bring? These are all important considerations before heading out. And be sure to look up permitted riding trails using a trail navigation app like RIDE COMMAND® as part of your planning process.
Types of ATV Camping Trips
There are a few ways you can do this, and it all depends on what type of camping experience you want. You can head to a UTV- and ATV-friendly campground that has trails that can be ridden directly from the campsite. Many of these places also rent vehicles. You can head out on an off-road trail and locate various campgrounds to overnight along the way. Or you can go fully off-grid and roll into the foothills, desert or forested wilderness and make camp where you wish, as long as it’s legal to do so.
The Length of Your ATV Camping Trip
Where you go, who you bring and how much you need to pack will depend a lot on how long you plan to be gone. Overnights or weekend trips will require a little less rigor in your packing. But if you’ll be gone for a week, you’ll want to figure out how much food and water will be need for the number of people in your party, with planned stops in towns to restock and replenish. Add more vehicles for more storage on longer trips, or tow a trailer for extra space.
The Distance to Your ATV Campground
Knowing this will help you decide a couple of things. If you’re heading to a UTV- and ATV-friendly campsite, you might need to trailer your vehicle there or consider renting. If you plan to ride the trails for days, you’ll want to set up manageable legs and plan gas-ups along the way.