HipCamp.com is a website and company who describes themselves as the most comprehensive database of camping sites on the internet, as well as a place where private land owners can use their land to earn money beneficially.
How Does It Work?
According to their website, the creators of HipCamp.com believed that it should be much easier to find a single place where campers and lovers of the outdoors could find interesting and fun places to camp all across the United States. Because of this, they created a database of all the National, State, Regional, and Army Corps parks in all fifty states, resulting in almost 300,000 campsites spread out across the US.
But HipCamp.com says that the reality is that 60% of the land in the United States is privately owned, so in addition to creating a database of these already established parks and campgrounds, they also provide a place where people can list their privately owned land as a place for campers to enjoy and so they can make extra money.
HipCamp says that giving people a way to use their land in order to make money without developing it, but rather in an environmentally responsible way, helps people feel motivated to keep their land protected. In this way, they hope to not only provide useful tools for people who already love the land, but to inspire a new generation of people to feel connected to the world around them.
Using their website is very simple. All you have to do is input the zip code of the area where you are hoping to camp and they will show you all the available sites in that area. You can choose to only search their land sharing properties, if you are specifically interested in unusual and more unpopulated camping options.
Using this website to locate campgrounds and parks is completely free of charge, and website users that refer HipCamp.com to private landowners who may be interested in signing up for their land sharing opportunity will receive a $250.00 credit when the land owner agrees.
HipCamp.com does not provide their own personal Refund Policy. Instead, the people that use their website to find and reserve campgrounds will need to follow the established policies of the campground, park, or land share provider that they do book their reservation with.
Customer Service Contact Info
Customers who wish to speak with Customer Service about their questions, concerns, or complaints can do so by email at [email protected] or [email protected], depending on your issue, or you can use their website’s Live Chat service when available.
While there are not many reviews of this website from people who have successfully used their tools to book campsites, there are a variety of reviews from travel blogs and websites, all of which are very positive about this website is attempting to do and what they offer their users.
Competitors and Alternatives?
If you are happy camping at a traditional campground, National, State, or Regional park, there are many other websites that will help you find available campsites as well as pricing and reservation information.
If you have experience with this company or their products, please leave your HipCamp.com reviews below.
6 ‘HipCamp.com’ Reviews
I would give a negative 5 stars if I could. I tried to book a site, but their listing was incomplete and dishonest, so immediately I tried to cancel the the reservation but even though I tried to contact the immediately, there was no response from the host by phone or online, no one to talk to at the website, 2 days later after contacting my credit union to cancel payment to them, they emailed me back asking me to not follow through with my back and that they would give me a refund. They did but charged a fee for customer service which I should have never even needed. What a complete shoddy business and ripoff. Stay away from these con artists.
My boyfriend and I rented a “yurt” through Hipcamp because the Airbnb we got cancelled at the last minute. There were hardly any photos of this “yurt” but we were desperate for a place to stay in the area due to an event going on. Luckily we drove to the site early to check it out because the site was a DUMP. Literally. There were parts of furniture, cars and junk everywhere. The “yurt” was held together with tarps and duct tape. There were holes all over the tarp and clearly it looked like the owners just dumped old crap from their house in it. The bed wasn’t made, it literally looked like someone was currently sleeping in it. We were so freaked out we drove 2 hours home completely exhausted. Hipcamp also refused to refund us the $100 (!!) we spent. A friend of ours also used Hipcamp and got scammed. They booked a plot of land to camp on out in Palouse Falls and the address was wrong, by the time they found it, it was literally a dump with broken down cars everywhere. The host wouldn’t respond to emails and his phone was disconnected. They stopped by the neighbors house to make sure they were in the right place and they said this happens “all the time”! How on earth are people getting away with scamming campers!! And Hipcamp isn’t doing anything about it!! Beware of this site!
I have been and still am a hipcamp host and I've also hosted on airbnb and freelance. We host about a thousand campers per year on 6 sites on our 722-acre ranch.
We work daily to provide clean, beautiful overnight lodgings, tent sites and cabins, for domestic and foreign visitors.
Yes, we do well financially and, yes, our ratings are very high.
Part of that is us and our ethic and the other part is the hipcamp.com platform and approach. I only wish all the businesses I deal with were as responsive, friendly and helpful as hipcamp. These folks take their mission seriously, as we do.
We're not without our slip ups and faults, nor are our campers, nor is hipcamp. All human.
Hundreds of 5-stars come from somewhere, though.
Gary- River Ridge Ranch
Just got spam from HipCamp. They worded the email as if I had contacted them, and asked if I was still interested in hosting. Of course I had never heard of them. I hate spam and I hate slime ball tactics like this. Not sure where they got my info. If you're legit, act like it.
I rented a campsite through this portal and the only part of the experience which went well was how easy it was to pay them. After they had my money I was hosed. The camp site I rented in no way resembled the one I got when I arrived with my tent. The landowner stated outright the campsite I viewed and booked was what everyone thinks they are getting but they assign you to whatever they have available when you arrive. It's called bait and switch... This property had nothing but GLOWING reviews but when I tried to leave my own terrible review, there was no way to do so. Hipcamp provides ZERO support! Buyer BEWARE!
After hosting a eclipse event that I rented 3 sites out on our place through hipcamp for $00.00 each. They customer paid hipcamp and hipcamp has not paid me. At first they kept saying sorry for not disclosing how you get paid. Then they said great news funds will be sent out August 23rd. 2017 and will take up to 24hrs to get. Since then they will not return calls, emails etc. Its now August 29th and I still have yet to be paid. They have removed all contact phone numbers from their website and the number that were there are disconnected. I have already made a claim through the Federal Trade Commission and will go the bbu and others. I'm looking for other people that have been burned by this group to get a class action going. five 0 three 9 one 0 three 4 two 3