Many military bases in the United States offer camping areas for members of the Department of Defense.
The military offers many programs intended to provide inexpensive recreation and entertainment to its members. Many campgrounds in the United States are located directly on or near military bases, providing convenient access and discounted rates to military personnel. Because they are operated directly by the military, these campgrounds typically require visitors to be members or contractors of the Department of Defense, or immediate family members accompanied by an authorized person.
The campground at Camp Lejeune is located just a short walk from the beach, and visitors have direct access to Atlantic coast activities such as kayaking and surfing. Both camper and tent sites are available, as well as full electrical and water hookup sites for recreational vehicles. Fully furnished mobile homes and lodges are also available for long-term rental. Other amenities include a laundry room, waste dump station, showers and restrooms.
Reservations for the Camp Lejeune campground are accepted up to a month in advance. Camping is open to active, reserve and retired members of any military branch or employees of Department of Defense agencies. A valid military or government agency identification card is required for entry.
Public Affairs Office
Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune
PSC Box 20004
Camp Lejeune, N.C. 28542-0004
Located near the popular tourist destination of Pensacola on the Gulf of Mexico, the Hurlburt Field campground has sites available for tents and recreational vehicles. The campground is directly across the road from the main base entrance, making it convenient for visiting members of the military. For the adventurous, a sport paintball arena is available, as well as a barbecue grilling location and birdwatching area.
Reservations are not accepted and all camp sites are provided on a first-come first-served basis. Visitors must be members of the Department of Defense. Civilian contractors working at the base and family members of military personnel are also welcome.
Hurlburt Field AFB
100 Corlew Road
Eglin, FL 32544
The campground at Camp Pendleton is located in close vicinity to the Pacific coast. Several beaches are nearby, and opportunities abound for surfing. Visitors using tents can camp directly on the beach. Paved sites for recreational vehicles are also available, as are furnished cottages. A playground and a recreation field for sports such as soccer and football is located at the campground.
Reservations are accepted and strongly encouraged, due to the popularity of this campground. Summer visitors are especially encouraged to secure reservations, which can be made up to three months in advance.
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton
PO Box 55020
Camp Pendleton, CA 92055
Nellis Air Force Base
The Nellis Air Force Base campground is located only a short drive from the famous Las Vegas Strip, making the city’s nightlife, casinos and shows easily accessible. The campground features recreational vehicle sites with full electrical, water and waste hookups, as well as sites for tents.
A laundry facility is available, and free Wi-Fi Internet can be accessed from anywhere within the park. Reservations for this campground are accepted and available up to half a year in advance. This location is open to employees of the Defense Department, including both active and reserve military members.
Nellis Air Force Base Campground
4907 Famcamp Drive
Nellis AFB, NV 89115