5 Of The Best River Campsites In The World

5 Of The Best River Campsites In The World

Some of the most beautiful places in the world are only accessible via raft and river.

And, to pitch a tent there — or better yet, just to sprawl out and slumber beneath the stars — is soul food of a sort you never forget.

Take this photo above, as our first example.

Join us on the Tatshenshini River for 11 nights just like this: snow-capped peaks, glacial blue waters burbling not far from your bed. How many friends would perk up as you began to recount camping on a river beach in Alaska?

Pancho's Kitchen

On the Grand Canyon, there are almost too many marvelous campsites to pick a winner. But, if you get a chance to spend the night at Pancho’s Kitchen, you won’t soon forget it. This geological feature is a curious sight, to say the least.

Feeling Good On The Fu

Campsites with incredible vistas aren’t limited to rivers in the U.S. Take a trip down to Chile’s Rio Futaleufu. Yes, those would be Andean peaks within view of the riverside hot tub.

Your Own Private Idaho Beach

The Lower Salmon River in Idaho is probably the perfect family-friendly rafting trip — just the right amount of whitewater, the perfect helping of floating, swimming and playing. Not uncommon to throw up a volleyball net at the campsites here, as there are football field-sized beaches everywhere.

Starry Yampa Sky

We’re all guilty of forgetting to look up often enough and soak up the starlight. You can’t miss it, though, on the clear nights you spend on the beach along the Yampa River. You’ll wonder if the giant lizards that give Dinosaur National Monument its name paused to consider this beautiful universe, too.


Where is your favorite campsite? Got a photo of your own to share? Drop us a note in the comments below.
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  • tt

    Awesome article…especially inviting activity to plan immediately..thanks for your work, I am sure you really enjoy your life now…from another ex-classroom educator

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  • Scott

    Poncho’s . . . I’ve sprinted there many times 😉 . . . but for a small group, less than 15 say, the one above Poncho’s on the left, just above Deer Creek, with full sight of the falls, is Epic too 🙂 . . . and then there’s Nankoweep . . . and . . . 😉 In short, never met a campsite in the Grand I didn’t like 🙂 . . . or any rive for that matter

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