Palo Duro Canyon State Park in the Texas Panhandle has been named among the top 10 camping sites in the U.S. by The Dyrt, the No. 1 camping app in the iOS and Android App stores.
The app compiled a list of the top 10 best U.S. campgrounds of 2021 according to its users.
With more than 1.5 million reviews and tips for more than 45,000 campgrounds, The Dyrt crunched the numbers using a combination of ratings, number of ratings and the quality, length and character of reviews to arrive at the top 10 list.
The result is varied, ranging from noteworthy national park sites to hidden gems:
10. Camp Rockaway — New York
9. Palo Duro Canyon State Park — Texas
8. Monte Sano State Park — Alabama
7. Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort — Washington
6. Fort De Soto Campground — Florida
5. Split Rock State Park— Minnesota
4. Goblin Valley State Park— Utah
3. Alabama Hills Recreation Area — California
2. Havasu Falls — Arizona
1. Jenny Lake — Wyoming
According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife website, visitors can explore the canyon by foot, mountain bike, horse or car as the park features more than 30 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails.
Campers can choose from sites with water and electricity, tent sites, equestrian sites, or backpack camping areas.
For more information on the park, visit tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/palo-duro-canyon
Co-founder Sarah Smith came up with the concept for The Dyrt so she could know where to go camping and which spots to reserve.
“With all the campground reviews that come flooding into The Dyrt each day, I have endless camping options to add to my bucket list,” she said in a news release. “Starting The Dyrt has given me the opportunity to not only inspire myself but inspire the entire camping community to camp more and explore new places.”
Camping interest has skyrocketed in the past few years as health trends and the pandemic drove more people to get outside. In fact, 71% of campers planned to camp more in 2021 than in 2020.
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