Rue Mapp Sold on KOA’s Park Model Accommodations

April 27, 2012 by   - () Comments Off on Rue Mapp Sold on KOA’s Park Model Accommodations

Rue Mapp

Rue Mapp has spent many nights camping in tents and sleeping bags with her three children.

So when she learned that the Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay KOA had park model cabins for rent, she was eager to try them out.

More like condos than rustic cabins, these 400-square-foot units come equipped with full size kitchens and bathrooms. They even have a flatscreen TV and a loft for the kids.

“Did we really just go camping?” Mapp asked rhetorically on, the website she founded to reconnect African-Americans with camping and other outdoor activities.

After spending the weekend in a “KOA Lodge,” Mapp said in a news release that the experience was nothing like roughing it in a tent and sleeping bag. But it had all the other attributes of an outdoor trip – a beautiful outdoor setting within earshot of La Selva Beach and plenty of outdoor activities, including swimming, a climbing wall, horseshoes and bicycle rentals. Her rental unit also had its own deck, barbecue, picnic table and fire pit – a perfect place to roast s’mores after a full day’s activities.

With so much comfort and easy access to outdoor activities, it’s no wonder KOA and other campgrounds across the country are installing more and more park model cabin rentals. “With these, you can experience a campground without a tent or an RV,” Mapp said.

Mapp notes that KOA offers the full range of camping opportunities, including tent sites, RV sites as well as rustic cabins that are simply a place to sleep. She was impressed by the diversity of the campers who stayed at KOA when she was there.

Her camping neighbors included an eclectic mixture of Bay Area weekenders and travelers from Europe who were taking a breather at KOA in between visits to Monterey and San Francisco, Calif., and Yosemite and other national parks.

By the time Mapp arrived home late Sunday afternoon, she realized how easy it was to have a weekend getaway with her family by visiting a nearby campground and staying in a park model cabin.

“I realized there was no gear to put away; no layers of dirt to wash off our bodies, and I felt rested and energized for Monday,” she said.

To learn more about Mapp and her outdoor travels across California and the West, visit

The website, which Mapp started three years ago, encourages African Americans across the country to network with one another to plan outdoor recreation activities together, such as hiking, camping, biking, climbing and river rafting.

Mapp, in fact, has gained so much notoriety for her website, that she is frequently invited by the White House to share her ideas on ways to better engage African-Americans in healthy activities in the Great Outdoors.

KOA sponsored Mapp’s park model camping trip in cooperation with the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, which is supporting Mapp’s efforts to actively promote camping and other outdoor recreation activities in the African-American community.

For more information on and on Mapp’s upcoming camping trips, please contact Rue Mapp at (510) 913-6100 or email her at For more information on the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds and its efforts to increase the levels of African American participation in camping and RVing, please contact Debbie Sipe at (530) 885-1624 and visit




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