Thrive Outside! Camping 101

by Ryan Martinez
STYLE Magazine
April 2023

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If you’re seeking something a little more private, cozy, and fitted with fun games, then Camp Nauvoo checks all the boxes. Located on the outskirts of Placerville, the camp was originally founded in the 1960s as a girls’ camp, later to become a Boy Scout camp, until finally being transformed into the family-friendly camp destination it is today.

The off-the-beaten path getaway boasts over 86 acres of tranquil scenery, with traditional tent camping and a choice of beautiful safari tents, mini glamping tents, or a teepee glamping experience.

The secluded nature of Camp Nauvoo makes it an excellent kid-friendly choice, with tons of activities like ping pong, pickleball, corn hole, basketball, and volleyball. The fun doesn’t stop there though. The camp also has swing sets, seesaws, and tractor play. With large group sites on the premises, you can even plan a getaway with several families for some added fun.

The glamping safari tents themselves are definitely “Instagram worthy” and bring cozy getaway vibes, while the teepees are a seriously fun option for kiddos.

The camp also offers multiple sites to pitch a tent and unwind, too, and feature propane fire pits and picnic tables. Take note that open fires are not allowed, and the camp offers propane barbecues for cooking.

Regardless of how you choose to stay, you still have access to the on-site amenities like covered dining, bathrooms with flushing toilets, hot showers, electricity for charging your (hopefully unused) gadgets, and even a compressor to blow up those comfy air mattresses. They also have a small selection of rental gear and a store to pick up forgotten amenities.

Being close to home yet far from city life, you can easily access many fun outdoor activities, including rafting, horseback riding, hiking, swimming, and all the other outdoor escapes our backyard is known for.

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