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Classification of campgrounds by their designation and way of commercial operation Edit or translate this description.
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camp_type=* - classification of campgrounds by their designation and way of commercial operation


Classification of campgrounds that are accessible for the general public (tourism=camp_site and tourism=caravan_site) by their designation and commercial operation.

Camping is done in the following types of accommodation:

  1. Standard campgrounds (camp_type=established) - any campground that is designated and advertised as campground irrespective of the service level provided or the fee charged;
  2. Supplementary campgrounds (camp_type=informal) - types of informal campgrounds are:
    1. Businesses that provide sites for camping as an opportunistic activity for a fee.
    2. Locations that offer facilities needed by campers such as showers, restrooms and protection.
  3. Wildcamps (camp_type=wildcamp) - locations that are not set up to offer camping, but are more suitable for camping than other places in the neighbourhood and therefore valuable to know. Only in very rare situations wildcamps shall be mapped: usually if there is an important reason to select the place over other places in the neighbourhood it an informal campsite, If the place is a spot along the road, chosen just because it got dark or if it is a beautiful wild camp, then it shall not be mapped. If it is they only place along a 500 km long road where you can leave the road and stay secluded it is an informal campsite.

Rationale and Scope

The proposed tags are in particular important in areas with few or no regular campgrounds. They show (sometimes desperately needed) alternative options for camping, but prevent that the alternative is confused with regular, designated campgrounds. Overlanders, people who travel for a long period with their own vehicle over long distances, often in developing countries, need this type of information. The tag is not intended for classification of campground facility levels, access by specific groups or pricing.


standard, supplementary, non_designated


Standard campground type: designated camper site in a small town in France
Supplementary campground type: camping in front of a hotel in Uganda
Non-designated campground: public beach in Dubai near public toilets and showers
  1. Established campgrounds are all types of designated campgrounds. This campground type includes (list is not exhaustive):
    1. Guarded and staffed commercial and park operated campgrounds providing amenities such as drinking water, toilets, showers, waste stations, laundry and/or dish washing, etc.
    2. Overnight (RV) sites: sites that charge no or a nominal fee, have some or no facilities, sometimes limited length of stay, self managed;
    3. Trekking campgrounds: often very inaccessible, no amenities;
  2. Informal campground are campgrounds that are opportunistic in nature. The campground is supplementary to provision of hotel, hostel, motel, resort or chalet accommodation, running a bar or offering overnight parking. Other examples are fuel stations along highways and parking lots at touristic sites;


  1. Intentionally the key camp_type=* instead of camp_site=* was chosen for the proposal. Initial discussions about a separate proposal for classification by amenity level are in progress. It is expected that tags like camp_site=basic, camp_site=luxury will be the result;
  2. The proposal implies that the tag impromptu=yes (March 2015: used 488 times) will be deprecated. By our reasoning impromptu=yes is a contradiction in terms - an impromptu campsite is one chosen without prior knowledge of its existence;
  3. The proposal applies to tourism=caravan_site as well. However, the better alternative is that always tourism=camp_site is used with tents=no for caravan sites;
  4. In case of an supplementary camping the node or area of the sponsoring hotel/hostel/motel node or area will also be shown.

Applies to

The proposal applies to nodes and areas.


For rendering the following symbols should be used:

  1. Standard sites or sites that are tagged tourism=camp_site but have no other clarifying tags, should get the blue tent symbol Camping.n.16.png as currently in place;
  2. Informal sites should get the red tent symbol;
  3. Wildcamps should get the red tent symbol Camping.n.16.grey.png.

Features/Pages affected

The following tags will be affected:

See also