Now There Are 3 Kinds of KOAs for Every Way You Want To Camp

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March 10, 2014

For the past 52 years, KOA campgrounds have been your home for fun, memorable adventures with your family and friends. All of our 485 KOA locations across North America have always been special places designed for the ways you like to camp. That will never change.

But now, there’s a new way to make it easier for you to select the right KOA for your camping needs: KOA Journey, KOA Holiday, and KOA Resort. These descriptive words are being added to some KOA locations to help define your camping experience and better match your expectations. You’ll still see the welcoming KOA yellow sign wherever your travels take you, but there’s even more than you may have imagined going on behind these Yellow signs.

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KOA Journey campgrounds are conveniently located near the highways and byways of North America and are waiting for you after a long day on the road. KOA Journeys offer long pull-through sites that help make setup fast and easy, have well-lit after-hour check-in service, and offer a robust line of RV supplies. They are great places to unwind and relax before the next leg of your journey.




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Whether you’re looking for a base camp for exploring the area or a fun place to stay with lots of activities, you’ll love our KOA Holiday campgrounds. There’s plenty to do at these KOAs, with amenities and services to make your stay memorable, whether it’s overnight or for a longer stay. Each KOA Holiday features full service RV sites and KOA Deluxe Cabins with bathrooms. Take a hike, see the local attractions or enjoy a campfire. It’s your holiday!





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KOA Resort campgrounds offer a carefree vacation in the great outdoors with plenty of patio RV sites and Deluxe Cabins with linen service. KOA Resorts also have an abundance of activities led by dedicated recreation staff, on-site food service, group meeting space, and so much more. KOA Resorts are all you could want in a vacation destination – all in one place.

At each of these campgrounds, you’ll find KOA’s well-known friendly smiles and high quality, exemplary service. Additionally, each has free WiFi, premium tent sites, a KOA store and a Kamp K9 pet park for your four-legged friends.

Meeting Your Expectations
“With these new brand positions, our campgrounds will be better able to meet the expectations of all of our campers, no matter what kind of camping trip they have in mind,” said KOA President Pat Hittmeier. “We want to make planning your next trip as easy and fun as possible.”

Port Huron, Michigan KOA owner Howard Stein is the first to adopt the new KOA Resort brand. Over the year’s Howard has developed his campground from a small, 160-site facility to more than 450 sites that include single and double-room Cabins, Deluxe Cabins, Deluxe Patio RV sites and many shaded tent sites.

“We look at the transition to becoming a KOA Resort as a mere alignment of our longtime guest-services philosophy,” Stein said. “Our development has always been driven by the desires of our guests, and being the first KOA Resort is a perfect fit for us.”

Look for the KOA Journey, KOA Holiday and KOA Resort icons throughout the 2014 KOA Directory, and on the campground pages of the website.

  • Arlie Rauch

    We used to be members, but the memberships became so expensive relative to the number of times we could use them, that we no longer purchase them. Though we like the standards of KOA, we usually now stay elsewhere. Also, where we used to stay at Kamping Kabins, we discovered that through Priceline we could get cheaper lodging in a brand name hotel and not have to bring a sleeping bag.

    • simoneriviere

      I wonder why Arlie Rauch felt the need to post this here? This kind of information would have been better sent to KOA directly, not posted as a whine under a promotional article.

      • Arlie Rauch

        Actually it was sent to KOA, and there was no response. I was just giving my experience here. I still like KOA and still stay occasionally when it is convenient, but years ago, if I remember correctly, a membership lasted two years, and I could actually get my money back. Now I can’t stay there enough to make it happen. I don’t think I’m stupid just because I won’t pay more to stay at KOA than I have to pay somewhere else. I guess the KOA experience is not worth that much more to me.

      • Wags

        A value card costs $24. You get 10% off each stay when you use it. You also earn points toward free nights. If you don’t spend more than $240 a year camping then it would probably not be a good value to you. From my travels we have learned that KOA has clean bathrooms, is family friendly and have standards. Sadly too many “private” campgrounds have none of these. Unless you know the campground your buying a “pig in a poke” when you make a reservation. I compare it to a name brand restaurant, or hotel. I know if I go a McDonalds i will get a certain level of service and a consistent product. That is what KOA gives me..a consistency, I know what i will get. We have stayed at scores of KOA campgrounds over the last 4 years some better than others, all offered clean facilities. Can’t say the same for the private campgrounds or, the public state – federal campgrounds, they seem to vary all over the board from great to horrible. Some we paid for and once there didn’t even pull in, they were dumps in disrepair with shady characters..

      • mom to 4

        Just don’t go to the one in Moab, it was terrible and I was disappointed that KOA thought it was okay.

      • v2joecr

        What problem did you have with the Moab location? I’ve stayed there several times & enjoyed it every time.

      • mom to 4

        We were tent camping and when we looked at the tent sites they were tiny with wood boxes of dust for your tent. The boxes were about 5-6 feet across then 1-2 feet was your neighbor. No grass anywhere, just dust. We went to a motel. There was at least one campground that was much better but sold out.

      • v2joecr

        I wouldn’t expect grass in Moab, as it is high altitude desert. Every time I went we were tent camping & the sites didn’t seem as small as you are quoting.

      • Louis Amandola

        i understand and you probably have children, but for us retired folk the are much better out there for less.

      • Blessmyliberty

        I wonder why Simoneriviere feels the need to belittle Arlie for stating his opinion? Since when is it up to you what anyone can or cannot post? The only one “whining” is you….quite pathetic.
        I agree, Arlie. I chose not to renew either, and I’m sure your post will help others decide whether or not they want to invest in one. I chose not to.

    • Margaret Fitzpatrick Blaetz

      It’s a shame you can’t camp more to take advantage of the membership. Every time I renew, I remind my husband that we need to camp X number of days to make it worthwhile. 🙂 He hasn’t let me down yet.

      • Arlie Rauch

        We have a limited amount of vacation days and limited ways we can spend them. So we have to weigh all that and can’t just say we’ll stay a certain number of days at KOA to make it worth our investment. That would cut us short somewhere else.

      • Wags

        You not forced to purchase a value card, for many its a great deal, but for some. It is a reward card for those that spend a certain amount at KOA…not unlike many other companies rewards. Heck even Costco is not a good deal if you don’t shop there often, but if you do, it’s a great deal.

  • Jeanenne Hargett

    They took our KOA Camp in Polson, MT and made it an RV only camp. Leaving us middle class out in the cold. That is NOT right.

    • Wags

      Good thing is , just north is another KOA in Whitefish that does offer Tent sites. We use to tent but now have an RV, so I understand, But today most people camping do have RV’s. it may be just a supply and demand case.. If they have more demand for RV sites and empty tent sites it make business sense to serve those needs. As private owners they can make the choice how best to serve their customers. I have not stayed at the Polson campground so I can’t answer specific questions about why they offer what they do. I know over the years the needs of the traveling public has changed, and, campgrounds, as all business’s, have to change to accommodate those needs..

  • William Patterson

    Where can a person find the prices for these different types?…we used KOA’s in our round the USA trip and found the prices great but am leary of this new rating. Being retired everything is $$$. We just needed a place that was safe to crash for a night.

    • Wags

      I too am retired and enjoy traveling. I think this will actually help in making choices. At a glance I will know the level of services available. Some things are not important to me, so many times the “Journey” campgrounds are just what we need, a place to call home for a day or two. Other times it’s nice to know there are onsite restaurants etc if that is what we want. No need to actually look up each individual campground to get an overview of the facilities.

  • Darlene Hall

    I would like to find KOA for Canada only…. Does the website offer that.

    • Astrid Noonan

      JUst go to KOA site and search for Canada and then by Provinces. We went to Sault Ste. Marie last fall and it was great. We plan to go to PEI next year and there are 3 KOA’s there.

    • Wags

      At you can search just Canada yes.

  • Dixie Thompson

    It would be so nice to be able to afford to camp with KOA!

  • Melissa

    I find this extremely useful as I don’t RV and would prefer to go to spots with more cabins available. Now I will be able to do that at a glance. We live in the East Bay of California and there are at least dozen KOA’s within a few hours. My toughest choice is always which one to pick! Happy Camping!

  • kevinlarsen

    I am a KOA value Kard member and what I have discovered is that the “resorts” are extremely expensive and really don’t offer anything special . we were going to go to one of these Resorts in KY for 5 nights and when we found it would of cost $500.00 for 5 nights then the campground said and I quote” BUT WE ARE A RESORT” so when I asked what that offered they said well. we have a marina. which would be ok if I owned a boat !! but I do not own a boat . then they said they rent golf cart!!!!……..I own my own golf cart so that really wasn’t anything special to justify $100.00 a night. So I avoid all resort’s like the PLAGUE because it just seems its nothing but a way to charge more money,….Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining, if you want to pay $100.00 a night to stay at something called a “resort” thencyou enjoy yourself, I am just telling my experience with it, we love camping and enjoy staying at KOA’s but In my opinion whoever had the idea to call it a resort and raise the prices so high it will scare away most RVers had a very bad idea . like I said we enjoy KOA’s and we don’t mind paying a little more to stay at one knowing that KOA’s are very nice, I just hope our local KOA does not turn into a resort and charge outrageous prices just to take my family camping or we will be camping else where…….HAPPY CAMPING !!!!!

  • mark and kim

    we are on a one year ride across america on our motorcycle. we like the bunkhouse cabins and the kampgrounds that offer the deluxe cabins make us extra happy! on facebook

    • Wags

      We traveled by Motorcycle for two years. We had a lesure-lite pop up we pulled. Many times if the weather was really bad we stayed in a Kamping Kabin, often for not much more than a regular site. Enjoy your trip !

      • mark and kim

        thanks we are having an amazing time, our only problem so far…we do not want to go home!

  • Wags

    If you go to you can check campgrounds and what facilities they have to offer. You can also get pricing for any of the facilities, from tent, RV sites or Cabins.

  • Helen

    We used to use the KOAs a lot but we have found that they have raised the prices to the point of being uncompetitive. We can buy a Thousand Trails/NACO membership for less (based on cost per night). I am not sure who they think they are selling to: the young family can’t afford them and the retirees won’t pay their prices.

  • Jeanenne Hargett

    The little cabins were $60/night…..those are the ones we want back. Family of fours stayed at W Glacier KOA and paid $110/night, how rediculous is THAT! Some folks can’t afford an RV, they want the little cabins. The little cabins were affordable, but not in TODAY’S GREED of a world.

  • Tony from Tassie

    What a great idea, then the expectations of consumers should change to meet their needs and wants – well done.

  • Monica Lynn Bauer

    Are there any parks that offer monthly rates? is there a limit on how old the RV has to be even if it is in tip top shape and full capacity are dogs allowed?

  • Susan Croome

    The most amazing, beautiful, clean KOA is in Northern Michigan in a place called Pitowski, not only is the campground immaculate but the town just down the raod is breath taking. If you have a chance to go there it is a must!

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  • Scott

    Where can I get a list of Resort or Holiday KOA’s?? Thank you.

  • psmulvaney

    Hi Scott, thanks for your question on where to find a list of Holiday and Resort KOAs. The easiest place to find a current list of locations is on We update the lists in real time as a locations are added. Happy camping! Polly Mulvaney, KOA, Inc. and

  • Michelle Hernandez

    Paraphrased from below- most people who camp own an RV- that is conjecture and one that is costing the industry dearly. Our family- (and our extended family) cannot afford an RV or the gas needed for one even in the current low gas price climate. We want a consistently safe, flexible and affordable camping experience. Fees need to be kept at a minimum, wifi should be free and last minute cancelations should be allowed especially since many are on last minute trips planned around jobs that make taking vacations increasingly hard. I am not interested in “resorts”- if I want a resort I go to the beach. I want a true wilderness experience with consistent service and staff that knows it’s way around a customer service issue.
    If KOA wants to further grow it’s business perhaps a better look should be paid to younger families and people of color who are largely an unexplored market. This isn’t a demand for special service but an attempt to be helpful from someone who happened to fall in love with camping when we pulled into the Devil’s Tower Wyoming KOA at the last minute and camped with an incredible view and exceptionally friendly service from the KOA hosts. This campground was much better than the private RV/campground we booked ahead of time and the state run campground which was nice but lacked the professional service we were paid by KOA Devils Tower.

  • Mike Gast

    In response to Michelle Hernandez’ comment below, KOA values and provides exceptional facilities for all of our campers, be they RVers, tenters or cabin campers. It’s true that nearly 80% of our campers own an RV, but our campgrounds provide ample facilities for cabin campers and tenters, and strive to keep our camping fees fair and affordable.
    As in most hospitality industries, cancellation fees are in place to encourage guests to honor their reservation. If campground owners aren’t notified of a cancellation, it unfairly removes a site from inventory that may have been made available for last-minute camper reservations or walk-ins.
    And while we are adding brands to some campgrounds to better identify their offerings, many KOA Resorts still offer the outdoor experience you desire along with other services such as food services and activities that may not be available at other campgrounds.
    We also offer several levels of affordable Cabin accommodations perfect for young families, from our basic Cabins without bathrooms or kitchens, to our Deluxe Cabins with bathrooms and kitchens.
    My advice would be, if you love tent camping, keep camping at KOA and do your research to find the type of camping you’re looking for. If wilderness is your thing, you may not find it at our urban Seattle facility, for instance (although that location is very convenient for those touring the Seattle area). There are plenty of great KOA locations just like you found at Devil’s Tower. Half the fun is finding your family’s next wonderful adventure.
    – Mike Gast, Vice President of Communications, Kampgrounds of America