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 A forest and open van in the background. Rocky beach next to a stream. A man and a woman are sitting together on the rocky beach.



It’s camping season! Time to grab a sleeping bag and lie under the stars. Wait, do you not want to just lie down on the ground, where any manner of creature can just crawl all up in your sleeping bag? Nope. Uh-huh. That is no bueno. Not to worry, though. Camping has evolved to the point that you can travel with all the comforts of home. So, with comfort and cost in mind, here are three different ways you can camp in and around Flagstaff, ranked from least to most expensive. 

The Bare Essentials. Cost: $0 - $300

If you’re heading out for a little one on one time under the stars, all you really need is a tent and a sleeping bag. A good tent will put you back somewhere between $100 and $150, while a well-made sleeping bag will cost you about $80 to $140. So a solo camping trip not including food and water will cost you a one-time fee of about $300.  

Rent a Cabin. Cost: $125 - $300 a Night

Who wants to sleep on the floor? With sites like Vrbo and Airbnb, you can rent a fully furnished cabin with everything you’ll need for a fun weekend getaway full of hiking and relaxation. Prices vary, but you can usually count on somewhere between $125 to $300 a night.  

Rent Some Wheels. Cost: $79 - $1,500 a night

Why not take this show on the road? From Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Vans to the Newmar Bay Star Sport, there are almost as many different kinds of RVs as people who want them. Taking your home with you opens up the pocketbook, to be sure, but it also opens up a world of comfort, convenience, and opportunities to meet fellow RV travelers with a built-in conversation starter at the ready. You can rent RVs locally through sites such as RVshare and Outdoorsy. Prices vary depending on what you’re looking for. Some smaller RVs can rent for as low as $79 a night. On the opposite side of the cost spectrum, luxury RVs rent for as much as $1,500 a night. A safe bet for a good RV is between $150 and $450 a night.

For more great ideas on where to go and how to get there, be sure to check out our other Mountain Trail blog posts.