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					   ALTERNATIVE CAMPING
         Opportunities to Address
   Leisure Time Trends and Preferences


“Emerging Recreation and Tourism Opportunities
           in a Changing California”
                 Nina Gordon
           Chief, Planning Division
    CA Department of Parks and Recreation
    State Park Mission
To provide for the health, inspiration
   and education of the people of
California by helping to preserve the
   state's extraordinary biological
diversity, protecting its most valued
 natural and cultural resources, and
   creating opportunities for high-
      quality outdoor recreation
   Breakdown of CA State Park Campgrounds


Environmental   RV
3%              7%
                            Developed
                            55%
            Dock/Moor
            9%


Hike/Bike       Primitive
2%              24%




                                  Alternative
                                  Camping <1%
 California State Parks has 3,600 miles of
     trails and over 15,000 campsites.

Over 5 million visitors
enjoyed hikes and tours

Over 95,000 attended
campfire programs

Approximately 550,000 school children
attended interpretive programs
The Demand is Growing…
    Park Attendance
1993/94       59 million
2004/2005     80 million
    Beach Attendance
1995/96       20 million
2004/05       35 million
No Tent?
No Gear?
No Problem.

Try “Camping Lite”
with Yurts and Cabins
           Meeting needs
RESPOND TO
TRENDS

IMPROVE
CUSTOMER
SERVICE

INCREASE PARK
USE IN SHOULDER
SEASON
      Trends

• POPULATION GROWTH

• DEMOGRAPHIC SHIFTS

• STRESS IN DAILY LIFE

• DEMAND FOR CAMPING
             Customers
AGING BABY        CHILDLESS
BOOMERS           MIDDLE AGERS

PARENTS WITH      NEW OFF-SEASON
YOUNG CHILDREN    CAMPERS

FORMER RV         YOUNG ADULTS
OWNERS            (’TWIXTERS)

CAMPERS WITH
DISABILITIES
    What other states said




Happy Campers      Revenue
Approximately 6,000 units in state
     parks across country
Oregon
179 Yurts
“Camping Light”
Off-Season Camping up 4-5%
Volunteer Yurt Hosts

Washington
Facilities rented 200 nights/year
Cabins and Yurts
Cabins in historical areas to reflect theme
Existing CA Parks facilities




Rustic Cabins
                  Floating Camps



                  Tent Cabins
        What can be added

Yurts

                           Modern Tent Cabins




             Slightly Bigger Cabins
               Schedule
  2-year market test

BEGIN         EVALUATE      EXPAND (if warranted)

2005                         2007



              CONTACT INFORMATION:
          CA State Parks Planning Division
        Nina Gordon, Chief, Planning Division
       (916) 653-9901 ngordon@parks.ca.gov

				
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