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A Hierarchy of Campsite Attributes in Dispersed Recreation Settings
Leisure Sciences
  • Mark W. Brunson, Utah State University
  • B. Shelby
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Knowledge about preferences for campsite attributes is needed so that management strategies can be guided by users' preferences for settings and experiences. However, results of campsite choice studies have shown great variability across settings. Reexamination of this research shows a hierarchical typology of attributes: most important are necessity attributes, which supply basic camping needs, followed by experience attributes, which enhance preferred experience outcomes, and finally amenity attributes, which are relatively minor but can improve site quality. A survey of Whitewater boaters confirmed the predicted order of attribute importance and generally supported the proposed definitions of attribute types. A tentative model of campsite choice is offered in which sites are evaluated first for their ability to provide necessity attributes, then experience attributes, and finally, if more than one potential site remains, amenity attributes. Constraints may cut the evaluation process short anytime after the initial (necessity attribute) stage.

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Brunson, M.W., and B. Shelby. 1990. A hierarchy of campsite attributes in dispersed recreation settings. Leisure Sciences 12: 197-209.