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Campfire at Rip Van Winkle

Fire Safety Reminders for Camping Season

As the weather warms up and the camping season begins, we are all eager to spend more time outside. From March 16 through May 14, 2024, the annual New…  read more →

The Story of Rip Van Winkle

The Story of Rip Van Winkle

Have you ever heard the tale of or friend Rip Van Winkle? Well now, you can share his story the next time you are sitting around the camp fire…  read more →

Saugerties Lighthouse NY

Saugerties, NY Area Attractions

There's always plenty of things to do in and around Rip Van Winkle Campgrounds located in Saugerties New York. Tucked snuggly between the…  read more →

fall camping in the Catskills

15 Tips for Fall Camping in the Catskills

Is there anything more fun, relaxing, and enjoyable than spending a weekend camping in the Catskills? (No.) Beautiful scenery, the quiet chirping of…  read more →

Rip Van Winkle Heron

Our Natural World: Herons and What Happened to Those Ducklings?

 I saw a... wait, what is that at the pond? Those beautiful birds are called herons. There are 64 species of heron, with the blue heron…  read more →

Bees buzzing at Rip Van Winkle Campgrounds

Our Natural World: Bees Buzzing at Rip's

 I saw bees!  The bees are buzzing at Rip Van Winkle Campgrounds! We don’t normally have more bees than anywhere else. However, for a…  read more →

hiking in the Catskills

Hiking in the Catskills

Health & Safety in Fall Fall in the Catskills is absolutely beautiful. More photo ops abound as the foliage bursts with the colors of autumn.…  read more →

Rip Van Winkle Ducks

Our Natural World: Ducklings

When you're camping in the Catskills you're bound to come across all kinds of wonderful wildlife. We've seen baby bears nearby, baby deer walking…  read more →

baby bear at Rip's

Our Natural World: Summer Solstice and Baby Bears

The Summer Solstice on June 21st marks the beginning of the summer season - but not everywhere.  South of the equator, it marks the start of the…  read more →

Deer Watching workers

Our Natural World

After a winter locked up inside, there is nothing like the smell of spring. The weather is a bit warmer during the day but nights are still cold. Many…  read more →

Campsite at Rip Van Winkle Campgrounds

Ever Wonder: Why can’t I book several sites together? Why can’t there be more than 6 people on an individual site?

Sound seems to travel farther in the woods, especially at night. The sound of chatting and laughing can be heard several sites away. Music can be…  read more →

People hiking through the woods at Rip Van Winkle Campgrounds

5 Items You Should Never Forget When Camping

Camping at Rip Van Winkle Campgrounds is a mixture of adventure, relaxation, and fun. Exploring the 160 wooded acres with stunning views of Plattekill…  read more →

Blue Skies and Forest Woods at Rip Van Winkle Campgrounds

3 Reasons to Choose Rip Van Winkle for Your Camping Experience

Built for the “lover of nature” because of its uniquely heavy wooded natural environment located in the beautiful Saugerties, NY (voted…  read more →

Two boys swimming in a creek

Fun Zones Your Kids Will Love

The Fun Zones at Rip are the perfect getaway for the family, especially for your kids and their friends. We have 11 fun packed zones that your kids…  read more →

people walking at Ulster County Fair in Ulster, NY

The Perfect End-of-Summer, Family-Friendly Event!

With summer quickly coming to a close, there is no better time to visit Rip Van Winkle Campgrounds than now! Every weekend, there is a new, fun and…  read more →

R/C Racetrack at Rip Van Winkle Campgrounds in the Catskills

Feed Your Need for Speed

As our motto says, Rip Van Winkle Campgrounds is for families, for friends and for FUN! That's exactly why we offer several unique and exciting Fun…  read more →

flag flying for the fourth of July at Rip Van Winkle Campgrounds in the catskills

Celebrate the Fourth of July with a Bang!

If you were looking to get away for the long Fourth of July holiday week, then come and join us in celebrating at Rip Van Winkle Campgrounds! Everyone…  read more →

Member of Rip Van Winkle Campground holding his daughter in honor of Father's Day

Celebrate Father's Day Weekend at Rip!

All Dad really wants for Father's Day this year is to spend some quality time with his family. So what better way to spend some bonding time with Dad…  read more →

Group of people camping at Rip Van Winkle Campground in the Catskills

Camping in the Catskills

Take a step back from your hectic day-to-day schedule and take a step into Saugerties, NY - home to Rip Van Winkle Campgrounds. Saugerties, which has…  read more →

Girl petting dog at Rip Van Winkle Campgrounds in the Catskills

Making Your Camping Trip Pet-Friendly

Here at Rip Van Winkle Campgrounds, we believe that camping trips are the best types of vacations for people to bring their pets along, especially…  read more →