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experiential travel

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award winning


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a third-generation

southern california


Leaders in Outdoor Hospitalty

Campground Management + Development

  • Kampgrounds Enterprises, Inc was founded in San Diego by Ted & Carol Bell when they started the San Diego KOA.
  • Today Kampgrounds Enterprises, Inc. is a third-generation family business that owns and operates the award-winning San Diego KOA Resort, the Palm Springs / Joshua Tree KOA Holiday, the Grand Canyon KOA Journey, the Williams / Circle Pines KOA Holiday, the Flagstaff KOA Holiday and the St. Louis West KOA Holiday.
  • Additionally, Kampgrounds Enterprises, Inc. operates outdoor resorts through management lease contracts and owns and operates a 700+ Site RV storage facility in San Diego.
  • Members of the Bell Family are passionate leaders in the campground and outdoor hospitality industry. They are one of the longest running KOA franchisees and the only franchisee to be a two-time award winner of the KOA Campground of the Year Award.
  • Eco Structures Australia imports high-end glamping tents to resorts in North America through Kampgrounds Enterprises, Inc.
  • Kampgrounds Enterprises, Inc is headquartered in Chula Vista, CA.

Kampgrounds Enterprises, Inc is a third-generation family business in the Outdoor Hospitality sector with a long history of owning and operating award-winning campgrounds. Established in 1968 by Ted + Carol Bell, the Bell Family management team at Kampgrounds Enterprises, Inc. holds a collective 145+ years of experience in the campground and outdoor hospitality industry. Today, Kampgrounds Enterprises, Inc. is led by President Mike Bell. He leads with immense knowledge and a history of world-class innovation with his 40-years of experience. Mike’s children Josh Bell, Clint Bell and Molly Bell Crawford continue in the strong tradition of innovation and excellence as they grow the business in both number of locations and development of current properties. They have served on campground association boards, KOA franchise steering committees, and are active members of the outdoor hospitality community.


  • All of the facilities at the St. Louis West KOA were first class but what is special is how friendly the people are and the extra care they take to ensure the guests are happy.

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  • Professional staff, it was like calling a friend to stay at their home and being treated like family. Can't wait to come back again to the Grand Canyon KOA.

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  • The best hotel for families in San Diego isn't a hotel...It's the San Diego KOA!

    Michele Whiteaker,
    Michele Whiteaker,, Blogger
  • Awesome campground. Beautifully located next to the national forest, in the pines, near hiking trails, yet also near downtown Flagstaff. All the amenities and wifi never skipped a beat. The nicest campground I've ever stayed at!

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We're a Third-Generation Family Business with 145+ Years of Collective Experience

Ted Bell

Founder + Campground Innovator Extraordinaire

With 49 years of campground management experience, Ted Bell is in a class of his own. He has had amazing vision for the San Diego KOA that has also shaped and guided the campground industry as a whole. Today, you'd have to get up mighty early to beat Ted into work where he continues to lead projects and drive strategy for Kampgrounds Enterprises.

Mike Bell

President + Pancake Aficionado

Today, Kampgrounds Enterprises, Inc. is led by President Mike Bell. He leads with immense knowledge and a history of world-class innovation with his 40-years of experience. What's his secret to success? Maybe it's that he knows breakfast is the most important meal of the day: Over the past 40-years he’s flipped nearly a half-million pancakes at Sunday morning pancake breakfasts.

Josh Bell

Finance Guy + Campground Shopoholic

Josh lives for numbers. He eats equations for breakfast. And dreams about exponential growth at night. His experience with BIG4 Holidays Parks in Australia and Kampgrounds of America, Inc makes him an expert in the international language of numbers. Which is an important skill to have for a guy who likes to go on shopping sprees for…campgrounds.

Clint Bell

Smooth Talking Operations Dude

Donning a Hawaiian shirt by day and a tuxedo by night Clint’s not only an exceptional multi-park campground operator but also a professional auctioneer. In addition to the many Southern Californian event's by Clint Bell Productions, Clint’s smooth voice can be heard at the national KOA convention where he serves as the Emcee. We think that makes him a ‘smooth operator’ –don’t you?

Molly Bell Crawford

In-House Fun Expert

Our in-house fun expert is one-part Walt Disney. One-Part camp counselor. With a few rhinestones sprinkled on top. Molly, the Pied Piper of Fun, is always followed by a trail of children as they rock climb, pillow jump, bike ride, tie-dye, movie watch, flash light hunt and parade through their vacations. Molly also has a big following from young dancers everywhere, due to her skills of bedazzling dance costumes for her business, Showtimes Creations.

Courtney Bell

Food + Wine Wonder Woman

This wonder woman’s super power is the ability to pair a locally-sourced, fresh kale salad with the perfect crisp, cool glass of pinot gris. Does she wear a cape? Try a chef’s coat and apron. You may know Courtney from The Farmer’s Market Foodie, her fresh and local food blog. Or from giving cooking demonstrations at the San Diego KOA. You’ll also see her demonstrating those super powers at the San Diego KOA’s Sand Castle Café.

Nannette Bell

Marketing Magician

...and for her first trick, Nannette will make more guests appear at your properties. Ta-Da! She has even more tricks up her sleeves as she works her magic on digital marketing strategies and traditional marketing avenues. And just when you weren't looking: Poof! Nannette appears at Orange Tent, LLC, her marketing consultancy. For her final trick? She just may cut the marketing budget in two!

Since We Established in 1968...

Pancakes Flipped

Years in Business

Years of Experience

Happy Campers Served


  • Kampgrounds Enterprises, Inc. has a proven track record of managing award-winning properties. With experience in managing properties of varying size and location, we know that whether working with campgrounds, holiday parks, RV Resorts or any type of outdoor hospitality venue, each property holds amazing potential and unique challenges.

  • We develop properties with profitability, cost control and guest satisfaction in mind. From managing staff, park layout + planning, delighting guests with the latest in recreation, and surpassing guests expectations, we invest time and resources based on garnering the largest impacts.

  • Whether its unique recreation, food service or retail space we strive to make the guest experience fun, memorable and seamless. These important touch points of a guest's stay are where they find value and differentiation in our properties…and it’s what keep them coming back.

  • Our 48-years of experience in operating a variety of park sizes and offerings have allowed us to tailor, streamline and develop best practices for booking keeping and managing cash flow.

  • It’s tempting to spend marketing resources on flashy ads that give you a tangible result. But in the digital marketing age, we’ve retooled our approach to results driven tactics with online advertising, e-mail campaigns and social media.

  • We are committed to water and energy conservation. We use environmentally friendly best practices in landscaping, building design, recycling, house keeping practices + cleaning products. Our newest ‘green’ endeavor is a 3000 sqft solar power energy system at the San Diego KOA Resort.

  • Of course we have fun! We get to work with Happy Campers in the beautiful outdoor settings of Southern California, the Iconic Grand Canyon and the beauty of the four seasons in the Mid-West. And you may have guessed this by now...when four-generations of the Bell Family put their heads together fun is guaranteed!

  • KEI now a is a distributor of Eco Structures Australia. This high-quality luxury tent was carefully selected after spending many years working in the Australian Outdoor Hospitality Industry and we've determined it to be the best in class product for both campground owners and the guests' they serve. Eco Structures Australia provides cost-effective, quality, aesthetically appealing and environmentally sustainable accommodation. Our alternatives to mainstream accommodation solutions provide mutual benefits to our clients and the environment. Eco Tents effectively service a broad demand base, including “GLAMPING” tourism, pastoral needs, workers’ accommodation, or holiday housing requirements. The Eco Tent is designed to be semi-permanent in nature, and may be used as short-term or permanent accommodation.

Kampgrounds Enterprises, Inc


San Diego KOA Celebrate 50-Years in Outdoor Hospitality Business

San Diego KOA Celebrate 50-Years in Outdoor Hospitality Business

Third-generation Kampgrounds Enterprises, Inc Capitalizes on Outdoor Industry Trends with New Purchases and Development as America Goes Camp ...

Bell Family Continues Growth of Campground Business with Purchase of Williams / Circle Pines KOA

Bell Family Continues Growth of Campground Business with Purchase of Williams / Circle Pines KOA

The Bell Family’s business, Kampgrounds Enterprises Inc. (KEI), is actively looking for more campground purchase and management opportunitie ...

The Bell Family Wins KOA Campground of the Year Award, 1985 & 2013

The Bell Family Wins KOA Campground of the Year Award, 1985 & 2013

December 12, 2012 The San Diego Metro KOA Campground was named 2013 KOA Campground of the Year Friday, November 16 during Kampgrounds of ...