Campsite managers shared insight into their experience managing, maintaining and living near campgrounds around Utah.
According to Statistica , over 53 million people went camping last year in America and the number of outdoor adventurers is steadily increasing for both regular camping and RV camping.
Terri Wahlberg, the main receptionist at the Bear Lake State Park from Garden City, said she sees thousands of visitors come and stay in the various available campgrounds year-round.
“We have a huge park with 10 different entrances, so we do a lot of different things, ” Wahlberg said. “We have four campgrounds on the east side of the beach, and then we have a full marina. ”
Wahlberg said each of the four campsites she helps run have different layouts and perks, giving campers a wide variety to choose from.
Lindsay Whimple from Tennessee said she works as a reservationist at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort answering calls, booking reservations and responding to the questions of people wanting to camp at Zion Nat ional Park .
Whimple said most of the management is done off site or near the campsite, but they do not have someone staying there constantly.
“The campground is part of our resort, so there isn’t really a need to have a campsite host, ” Whimple stated. “We have a bunch of staff that can help take care of any issues that arise during your stay. ”
Beth Ellet from St . George, Ut said she helps to manage Settlers Point Luxury RV Resort . She said they just had their grand opening at the end of August.
“We’re a Luxury RV Resort with lots of amenities, ” Ellet said. “There’s a pool, a hot tub, pickleball courts, a basketball court, a putting green, a dog park, a dog wash and two laundry facilities. ”
Ellet said she helps facilitate a similar process of guiding travelers to their ideal spot to relish the beautiful outdoors. She said that one of the benefits of running an RV park is that campers have the flexibility to remain or leave whenever they want.
“We have some that come just for overnighters, and we have some that come on the weekend, ” Ellet said. “We have had some people stay up to three months here. ”
Wahlberg landed her campground management position by starting with something simple in the park, and then working her way up.
Wahlberg said she began working at the beach. “Then when this position opened, I applied for it and got it, ” she said.
Wahlberg said that her husband works as the Garden City fire chief, so they are by Bear Lake all the time.
“We go camping, hiking, biking, the whole nine yards, ” Wahlberg mentioned.
Whimple started her campsite management career as a recreation guide in Zion Ponderosa Ranch Vacation resort. She also enjoyed all the outdoor benefits of working in the park.
“I loved being able to do off-roading activities, ” Whimple said. “It’s one of my favorite pastimes, and I got paid to do it. ”
Whimple said when she was a guide, she stayed on the resort and got into horseback riding. She worked there for a year, but then moved to Tennessee with her husband.
“I wanted something where I could work from home when I moved, ” Whimple stated. “I asked to switch to an off-site reservation role because I already had familiarity with the resort. ”
Whimple said she is able to easily and effectively manage the resort even from a distance because of the tools they have set up for online booking.
Ellet said she found her job through a connection to the RV park while looking for a safe place to work in the area.
“I just happened to know the particular owners while it was still under construction, ” Ellet said. “I wasn’t really looking for this position, but it kind of just fell into my lap because I was available. ”
Ellet said she enjoys working there in St . George because she gets to spend time with her grandkids, play pickleball and enjoy the growing variety of entertainment.
Wahlberg said that she loves camping out in Utah because it is so different from one end of the state to the other.
“The most unique thing is that we have such a vast difference between the top of Utah to the bottom in what we have for recreation, ” Wahlberg said of camping in Utah. “We have Bear Lake with snowmobiling trails in Logan Canyon, the park as well as the camping; then you have all the way down to the red rocks in southern Utah. ”
Whimple also said the girl loves her job due to the fact she gets to enjoy the peaceful sunrise and hear the birds in the trees every day.
“The most notable aspect about our campground specifically is how quiet it is, ” Whimple mentioned. “Our resort as a whole can house up to 1, 000 guests total, but because of how spread out everything will be, it is a very peaceful place to camp. ”