10 Instagram-Worthy Camping Spots

It’s no secret that we live in a beautiful country.

It’s also no secret that we live in a country of social media hungry, selfie-snapping photographers.

In this article, we will be sharing our top ten favorite, Instagram-worthy camping spots. It’s time to see those likes roll in.

1. Assateague Island, Maryland

Assateague Island, Maryland Horses

Assateague Island is a salt crusted sanctuary full of marshlands and pristine, windy beaches just off the coast of Maryland and Virginia.

The island offers multiple beachside campsites to pitch a tent. Backcountry camping is also available, but you may have to hop in a boat to access much of the island.

Photo Opportunities: Make sure you get some shots of Assateague’s main attraction, two herds of wild horses — made famous by Marguerite Henry’s 1947 novel, Misty of Chincoteague — that inhabit the island.

Cost: Campsites cost between $16 and $40 per night. Backcountry permits are $5. Only the Maryland side of the island is open for camping.

2. Blackwoods Campground, Acadia National Park, Maine

Blackwoods Campground, Acadia National Park, Maine

Open year-round, the Blackwoods Campground in Acadia National Park is a wooded campground just ten short minutes from the beach.

Photo Opportunities: Just past the entrance to Blackwoods, you can pick up the trailhead of South Ridge Trail. Climb approximately 8 miles, up past the tree line and across Cadillac Mountain’s glacial spine and you will arrive at the highest point on the North Atlantic Seaboard — a spot where, for half the calendar year, you can be the first person to capture the sunrise.

Cost: Campsites are $15 or $30 per night.

3. Paws Up Resort, Montana

Paws Up Resort in Greenough

Have a bit more money and looking for an extravagant take on camping? Paws Up Resort in Greenough, Montana practically invented the term “glamping.” The resort offers six luxury tents.

Photo Opportunities: Look like an Instagram star as you pepper your feed with chic, camp-side spreads. At this location, the campsite itself offers a multitude of photo opportunities, from brass, clawfoot tubs to stylishly turned-down, king-sized beds.

Cost: Luxury tents run from $522.50 a night to $1,670 a night.

4. Big Sur, California

Big Sur, California

Big Sur, California is known for its breathtaking ocean views, forested cliffs, and diverse wildlife. Nestled between sky-scraping redwoods and around 90 miles of rugged beach are campgrounds to fit every style of camper.

Photo Opportunities: While you are in the area, stop by the Esalen Hot Springs. Built into cliffs jutting out over the ocean, the hot springs are open to the public between the hours of 1 and 3 a.m. by reservation. The photos you snap while you lounge between the moon and the sea are sure to make all your friends jealous.

Cost: Campsites cost between $25 and $95.

5. Mystic Hot Springs, Utah

Mystic Hot Springs

In the middle of the Utah desert is a funky, 60’s style resort, complete with hot springs, water massages, five tropical fish ponds, and an empty swimming pool.

Photo Opportunities: Particularly interesting items to snap at Mystic Hot Springs include the one mile long, mineral mound which the hot springs flow out of, the eight outdoor bathtubs filled with hot spring water, or one of Mystic’s painted school buses.

Cost: Campsites are $30 per person.

6. Crater Lake, Oregon 

Crater Lake National Park, Washington

Crater Lake National Park has two developed campgrounds and also offers backcountry permits. The Mazama Campground offers both tent sites and spots to park your RV. The Lost Creek Campground only offers tent camping.

Photo Opportunities: If you get tired of taking pictures of the deep blue waters of Crater Lake, you can also get shots of the lake’s two small islands, Phantom Ship and Wizard Island, or track down “Old Man of the Lake,” a 30-foot tree stump that has been floating vertically in Crater Lake for over 100 years.

Cost: Campsites are between $31 and $10.

7. Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park is host to three campgrounds — South Campground, Watchman Campground, and Lava Point Campground. There are also multiple private campgrounds nearby.

Photo Opportunities: Pictures of Zion’s sinuous rock formations are sure to inspire likes, but if you are looking for something more unique, try taking your selfie stick out onto one of Zion’s sheer, cliff side trails or strap on a Go-Pro as you head off across Angel’s Landing.

Cost: Campsites are $20 or $30. Lava Point offers primitive campsites for no charge.

8. Glacier National Park, Montana

Glacier National Park, Montana

The crown of the continent, Glacier National Park lies on the border of Montana and Canada. The park is home to 13 campgrounds. Backcountry permits are also available.

Photo Opportunities: A hike on Hidden Lake Trail should give you the change to photograph a mountain goat up close.

Cost: Campsites are between $10 and $23. Backcountry passes are $7.

9. Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

The Petrified Forest is located in Arizona’s Painted Desert. The forest itself consists of petrified logs, spread out across the landscape. There are no campgrounds, but backcountry camping is allowed.

Photo Opportunities: Make sure to get macro shots of some petrified wood. Many of the logs are a constellation of bright colors. If you have time, be sure to stop by Newspaper Rock, a site that contains hundreds of ancient petroglyphs.

Cost: Permits for backcountry camping are free.

10. Joshua Tree National Forest, California

Joshua Tree National Forest California

Joshua trees are the boogie-men of the plant world — tall, spindly, and utterly bizarre. Joshua Tree National Park offers eight campgrounds, half of which require reservations while the other half are first-come, first-serve.

Photo Opportunities: Try playing with the Joshua tree’s crazy shapes, taking a portrait of a tree silhouetted against a sunset, or snapping a selfie while standing on top of one of the park’s many giant boulders.

Cost: Campsites are $15 or $20.


There are many beautiful campgrounds spread out across the United States, all with attractions to inspire any photographer.

Where was the last camping spot that you felt inspired to photograph? 

Are there any sites you’d add to the list?

About the Author

After spending 5 years testing gear, meeting people and exploring his home state of Colorado with his wife, Andrej realized something about the outdoor industry. Mostly, that it was complicated. Andrej set out to create no-nonsense gear that was just as easy to use as it was reliable. He recruited a team of wilderness professionals and educators and hit the drawing board. The result was simple gear that you could trust, with specs you understood. Now he’s inspiring others to get out there and explore, by giving them the confidence to trust both themselves and the gear they use.