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A subkey to tourism=camp_site used to categorize camp sites according to the level of facilities provided. Show/edit corresponding data item.
Group: tourism
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Documented values: 6
Status: approvedPage for proposal

Used within tourism=camp_site to categorise campsites ("campgrounds" in North America) based on their facilities.


This key is used in 2 ways. As a subkey and as a key to map certain features within a camp site area.

As subkey

When it's used as a subkey in addition to tourism=camp_site or tourism=caravan_site it defines 4 levels that a camp site may be at in terms of facilities. This usage was approved in a proposal.

camp_site=basic Nothing other than an area to pitch a tent or park a vehicle. Roadside stops, undeveloped parts of National Parks or crown land as long as it is feasible and legal to do so. May be synonymous with backcountry=yes if motorized access is not allowed. In most cases site had been cleared by people, not by an authorities. A slang term observed in California is "usecamp".
Fundy Backcountry Camping.jpg
camp_site=standard Basic + toilets and water. Sometimes those basic facilities are not on site but are nearby.
Sisters Creekside Campground facilities, Sisters, Oregon.jpg
camp_site=serviced Standard + shower + power. Commonly commercial operations, "lower end" camp sites.
NT Lovers Leap Campground bathhouse showers (5113619779).jpg
camp_site=deluxe Serviced + laundry and either a swimming pool or other large scale recreation facility
Grand Canyon Mather Campground SR 6051 (5752481252).jpg

Usage of the tag a key applies in three places.

  • "legal" camp sites only. This may have different meanings in different parts of the world, see below.
  • This tag should always be associated with tourism=camp_site, usually by placing it within a tagged area.
  • The tag is intended to describe tourist-focused camps, not other facilities that also use the word "camp" such as refugee or emergency accommodation.

As features

It is also used to tag features within a camp site area. For instance tourism=camp_pitch and also camp_site=reception from a previous proposal "Extend camp site".

As mentioned above, use of this key does not preclude the use of other keys to describe the facilities at the camp_site. Many are described at Proposed_features/camp_site_pitch. Other more general tags include:

"Legal" Campsites

This tag is designed to describe only camp sites that are legal. The mapper should ensure the site being mapped is legal in the same way they ensure other data they enter is as accurate as possible. However, "legal", when applied to camping, has quite different meanings in different parts of the world. This is particularly so in the lower level facilities, basic and standard. Depending on where the campsite is, at least the following are possible:

  • In jurisdictions where the default is to not allow camping: a positive indication that camping is permitted, a sign, a mention in official documents, etc.
  • In jurisdictions that allow camping by default: the absence of a sign or other indication may be enough to satisfy the mapper that the site is legal.

Please don't use this tag on sites where the legal status is unclear. It is inappropriate to use it on private property except where explicit permission has been granted (a commercial camp ground, for example) and it's clear that is the case. Don't use it where common use is the only indicator that camping is allowed.

Another tag, Proposed_features/camp_type, is probably a far better fit where the legal status is not clear. This tag is both an alternative and a possible complement to camp_site=*

Usage in Belgium

In Belgium, it is not allowed to camp in nature. However, a few designated areas called Paalkampeerplaatsen or Bivakzones are available and are mapped with "camp_site=basic". For more information, see WikiProject_Belgium/Bivakzones. For normal campings, the usual tagging is used.