Should you go dispersed camping or prepared campground camping. Well first, let’s define primitive camping and prepared campground camping.

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Dispersed Camping

Primitive/Dispersed camping with a campfire.Dispersed camping is where facilities and utilities such as restrooms, running water, and electricity are not provided. This type of camping is more akin to finding your own camping location and not going to predefined camping locations.

Some people take dispersed camping even a little further and try and limit the gear, food, and comforts they bring with them. They try to make their experience as “primitive” as possible.

Prepared Campground Camping

Campground with picnic table and camp sites.This type of camping is where you camp at predetermined “camping” spots. These locations often have utilities like bathrooms/toilets, running water, metal fire pits, picnic tables, etc.

At some of these campgrounds, you might have to pay for a camping site and reserve a spot weeks in advance to ensure you get a spot.

Which One is Right For You?

Let’s take a moment to break down some of the pros and cons of each of these types of camping.

Dispersed Camping Pros

  • Quieter with no neighbors

  • Ability to pick your own camping location

  • You don’t have to worry about disturbing neighbors

  • You get a more natural feeling of camping in the wild

  • No need to reserve a camping site

  • It’s easier to spread out if you want a larger campsite

Dispersed Camping Cons

  • It’s not always easy to find a great location

  • Sometimes not easily accessible

  • There are no public utilities

  • You must pack out everything you bring in (i.e. trash)

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Campground Pros

  • Public utilities such as toilets, tables, trash cans, etc.

  • You have the chance to meet new friends camping near by

  • Easily accesible

  • You can often reserve a location

  • Campsites are often in great locations

  • You can easily find new location online

Campground Cons

  • Campsite often feel less like you are out in the wilderness

  • You have to be conscious of neighbors

  • Some campgrounds cost a fee per night

  • Popular locations can fill up quickly

  • Camping sites are often limited to a specific size and spot

Ultimately It’s Up To You

So the choice is up to you to decide between dispersed camping or prepared campground camping. Try them both and find out what you like. If this is your first camping trip, I would recommend going with prepared campground camping. It eliminates a few aspects to worry about and gives you an easier way to simply get out an camp.

Alright been camping a handful of time but haven’t tried dispersed camping yet? Give it a try. You might be surprised how much you enjoy being out in the wilderness without other neighbors.

Regardless of what type of camping you do, just have fun with family and friends. Camping is a great way to unwind and relax.