PRESENTED BY THE COLEMAN COMPANY, INC. AND THE OUTDOOR FOUNDATION
Camping is one of America’s favorite outdoor activities, attracting 40.5 million participants in 2016. Americans participated in the activity in various ways, camping in a conventional tent, enjoying the comforts of an RV, relaxing in a cabin or roughing it in a bivy. The 2017 American Camper Report profiles the more than 40 million people who used camping to connect to the natural world in their own unique ways.
A Look Back at 2016: Overall Trends
40.5 million Americans, or 13.7% of the population over age 6, camped at least once in 2016. The participation rate was up slightly from 13.6% in 2015 due to an addition of 500,000 new or returning camping participants.
Campers logged a collective 587.2 million camping days, or an average of 14.5 days per person. While the number of total days camped remained steady, the an average days dropped marginally from 14.7 in 2015.