Finding the right campground is essential to having a good camping experience. We’ve all arrived at campgrounds that looked good on paper but were nightmarish in reality. If only there was a way to learn about other campers’ experiences at a particular location before we reserve a spot there. They could give us the dirt – the pros, the cons, and the best sites for quiet, cleanliness, water views, and amenities.
There are a number of ways to learn more about a campground before planning a stay. We recently published a post and video on our favorite trip planning tools, and today we’ll be going into a little more depth about one of our favorites — The Dyrt app.
What does it do? How does it work? That’s what today’s post is all about, so let’s get rolling.
- 1) What is The Dyrt App?
- 2) Find Campgrounds Near You with The Dyrt App
- 3) Features of The Dyrt App
- 4) What is The Dyrt Pro?
- 5) Reviews Make The Dyrt App Great
- 6) How to Find the Best Campground for You with The Dyrt App
- 7) Could You Use a Tool Like The Dyrt App?
What is The Dyrt App?
The Dyrt is a free camping app (available for iOS and Android) and website (TheDyrt.com). It’s a highly-regarded app that includes photos, reviews, information, and tips on over 500,000 locations throughout the United States.
And here’s the best part — the information is crowdsourced directly from fellow campers who also use The Dyrt… users who have experience camping at these locations. They’re simply sharing their experiences with the rest of us so that we can make informed decisions about where we’d like to stay (or not!) based on our criteria for what a great camping experience involves.
Find Campgrounds Near You with The Dyrt App
The Dyrt allows you to locate campgrounds near you, conducting your search by features or amenities important to you.
With photos, reviews, tips, and information on over 500,000 locations, there’s an excellent chance that you’re near a campground on The Dyrt app. There’s also a very good chance the app can help you assess whether a particular campground is right for you.
The creators of The Dyrt app had a fantastic idea to gamify The Dyrt. They gave campers the ability to earn points toward free gear if they posted honest campground reviews. With this incentive, the app exploded with more photos and reviews than any similar app.
They even have a giveaway running for 2021. If you post a review of any campground that you’ve ever visited, you’ll have a chance to win prizes from top outdoor brands like Eddie Bauer.
Features of The Dyrt App
The Dyrt has many unique features, including a trip planner (PRO level membership required… keep reading), user forums, and even a magazine full of articles campers might like. Let’s take a closer look:
Campgrounds and Filters
The 500,000+ campgrounds featured in The Dyrt app are searchable using a variety of filters.
For example, you can filter by 7 park types, 18 site features, 4 site access options, or use your own keyword.
The Dyrt Trip Planner
The Dyrt Trip Planner is a feature of the optional Dyrt PRO membership. Even though the PRO level is a subscription-based service, you can try it free for 30 days! It lets you build your camping trip from scratch or start with a recommended trip.
You can customize your route, select campgrounds along the way, estimate your fuel costs, and find big rig gas stations. You can even export the trip to Google Maps to guide you through the entire journey.
The Dyrt Forums
The Dyrt offers forums for all users, and you can choose your discussions of interest by sorting through the topics of each “campfire discussion.” You can ask questions or just browse the campfires and read through the conversations that interest you.
There are a wide variety of topics in conversations throughout the forums about traveling in different areas of the U.S., campgrounds, custom vehicle build-outs, heaters, air conditioners, refrigerators, and just about anything any camper might be interested in chatting about around the campfire.
The Dyrt Magazine
The Dyrt Magazine is as interesting as the forums are. Each issue features articles of interest to campers, RVers, and outdoor adventurers. The articles and photos are so enticing that they beckon readers to hit the road and find their way to any one of dozens of campgrounds, resorts, national forests, or parks.
What is The Dyrt Pro?
The Dyrt Pro is a fee-based membership that offers premium features not found in the free version of The Dyrt app. These include using the trip planner feature and map layers that allow you to find free dispersed camping. There’s also offline access that lets you use the app, even when you don’t have an internet connection.
Even though there’s a cost associated with Pro level access, we think the additional tools and services it includes are well worth the price. And again, you can try it free for 30 days!
After your free trial, The Dyrt Pro costs $35.99 per year (as of the date of this post), but you’ll likely get your money back in campground and gear discounts. You could also get 40% off your first stay at an affiliated campground, which could pay for the entire year’s membership.
Use the "Go To The Deal" button to access the website, then click the "Redeem Your Gift" button found there to start your FREE 30-DAY TRIAL (a credit card is required, but you can cancel at any...Show More
Use the "Go To The Deal" button to access the website, then click the "Redeem Your Gift" button found there to start your FREE 30-DAY TRIAL (a credit card is required, but you can cancel at any time).
NOTE: the discount code field should fill in automatically. If it doesn't, click "I have a discount code" and enter code RVGEEKS to start your 30-day free trial.Show Less
Reviews Make The Dyrt App Great
Information that comes straight from campers who have similar interests to yours is really helpful. They’ve scored the good, bad, and ugly, as well as the fantastic, memorable, and not-to-be-missed!
They’ve taken photos so that you can see the area from a camper’s or RVer’s viewpoint rather than only showing the perspective of the campground owner or a marketing professional.
For example, The Dyrt app’s reviewers might tell you what happened when they tried to drive their big rig into site #4, or how campground XYZ has a whooooooole lot of ticks, so it’s not great for Fido. They’ll tell you about the most beautiful sunrise they’ve ever seen over the most pristine stretch of water they’ve ever kayaked.
Reviews really do make The Dyrt great!
How to Find the Best Campground for You with The Dyrt App
You can use filters to select what’s important to you. For example, do you need a pet-friendly campground? Simply select that feature. If you’re traveling with your dog and need reliable WiFi, select both features. The Dyrt app will filter your search results accordingly.
You can choose from many features and amenities to find only places that will work well for you. You can even filter results using the type and size of your RV to make sure a campground can accommodate your rig, and be confident you’ll be able to navigate the area.
You can search by site type (tents, RVs, dispersed), access (drive-in, walk-in, hike-in, boat-in), features (fires allowed, alcohol allowed, pets allowed, showers, WiFi, phone service, market, etc.). You can also search by hookups, price, and even air quality!
Could You Use a Tool Like The Dyrt App?
The Dyrt is one of the most popular camping apps for a reason. Actually, for many reasons. There’s value for every camper. The only downside to The Dyrt is the amount of time you’ll spend browsing photos, reviews, articles, and forums because there’s SO much information to find.
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Tuesday 11th of May 2021
Glad Dyrt has a website as I don't know if I have the patience to use the app on my phone. Because the Canada-USA border is still closed to RV travel I am not going to activate the free trial just yet. But once we can travel then I'll give it a try.
I did spend some time looking at the website. I did not see any place to enter the type of RV (5th wheel, 25' trailer or 45' Class A) nor any road preferences. It may be that I have to activate a free trial for that? Not finding this information I did go to the various forums and read several.
I do like that the forums are grouped geographically. But I was amazed to find so many topics a year old with only a half-dozen replies. Perhaps this is just an indication of how young the Dyrt app/website is.
Although I already take photos and put in reviews when we travel, having the perk of possibly winning merch by doing it would be fun.
Peter, John, thanks for introducing me to another source of trip planning information.
Wednesday 12th of May 2021
Hi John. Good plan on waiting for the trial... not sense making yourself depressed looking at places you can't go right now. We know how you feel!
And, yes, the features you mention are part of the PRO subscription for the Trip Planner tool. That's not available/accessible on the free version. And yes, some of the features of The Dyrt are still fairly new, but they're growing fast. We'd guess that some of that slow down in activity on the forums could well be a result of travel slowdowns during the early days of the pandemic, etc. With all the frenzy going on now, we'd expect things will pick up (especially as all the newbie RVers start realizing all that they don't know, LOL!).
If you enter one of The Dyrt's contests... we hope you win! Leaving a review or photo is certainly an easy way to enter! ;)
Tuesday 11th of May 2021
I hope this doesn't come off as a rant, but I'm doing a side by side comparison of the Dyrt Pro trip planner and RV Trip Wizard (which I've used for a year now and absolutely love), and frankly I'm very frustrated trying to use the Dyrt Pro to plan a trip from Indiana to Utah and back. Where is the trip radius feature, how do I find diesel fuel stations (Points of interest)? None of this is available in the Dyrt Pro. It seems so lacking compared to RV trip wizard. I'm about to cancel my 30 day free trial because it just doesn't seem worth it! Please tell me I'm wrong.
Tuesday 11th of May 2021
Hey Dave! We're glad that RV Trip Wizard is working so well for you. Of the three big trip planners, it's the most comprehensive. But the learning curve involved with it is a drawback for some people, especially those not looking for quite as much detail. The Dyrt is easier to use, and provides enough functionality for many people. It's also a newer app, so they'll surely continue to add to it over time. The great part about the 30-day trial is the ability for each person to find out what works best for their travel and planning style. Glad you got a chance to check it out!