Columbia Falls Campground Offers a Vintage Experience

June 9 — The grounds and campers at Urban Woods Camp have a retro vibe.

The campers’ brightly colored interiors and exteriors, coupled with the campground’s location in the heart of Columbia Falls, provide a unique camping experience for those looking to easily access outdoor activities while still enjoying the amenities of be in town. Equipped with 10 campers, Urban Woods Camp is Northwest Montana’s only vintage trailer camping experience.

In addition to essential amenities such as a private bathroom and kitchen, each reservation includes access to a stereo, charcoal grill, picnic table, coffee maker, cruiser bikes, community fire pit and a game room equipped with ping pong, old school arcade games, pop-a-shot basketball, shuffleboard, cornhole and board games.

Camp host Erick Gelbke, director and self-proclaimed “poop tank technician,” said, “We are lucky to live in a tourist area.

I’ve always chosen to live in a tourist area because it’s usually an amazing place,” he said. When people come to visit, they are here because they want to be here rather than passing through maybe they were I planned this trip to Glacier National Park and I’ve been waiting my whole life to come here, so I love being able to convey that joy to people.”

A former waiter, bartender and rental manager at Whitefish Lake, Gelbke always dreamed of having a campground to maintain. After connecting with Urban Woods Camp owners Kelcey and Tawnya Bigham, Gelbke was named director and was involved in every aspect – from marketing to carpentry – to bring the vision of Urban Woods Camp to life.

“I get involved in taking care of the plants, getting to know all these campers and solving problems, and the people part. I love people and have always been customer service oriented, so I really enjoy it when I have people to interact with and answer their questions and help them I thrived here,” Gelbke said.

Each brightly colored, vintage-style camper has a name referencing important elements such as “Going to the Sun Road” and “North Fork” and Gelbke said that in the future he wants to add artwork. art or a photograph for each camper’s namesake.

“Everyone is a little different,” he said. “We’ve recently upgraded the mattresses and added some duvets and pretty pillows, so when you walk in everything is presented in a nice way and there’s usually a little personalized coffee for your first day.”

Campers can accommodate single travelers, couples, or small families – the most spacious model has a queen bed and bunk beds. Gelbke said part of what makes the camp unique is the proximity to town while still maintaining campground status.

The name Urban Woods truly reflects their space and provides comfort to those embarking on a camping experience for the first time.

“Maybe you don’t want to or don’t have the ability to haul an RV across the country, or you don’t want to stay in a tent in the dirt, but you…

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