Hardshell Rooftop Tents Vs. Softshell Rooftop Tents

Are you ready to make your purchase on a roof top tent? While we know we’ve got you covered, a common question many folks have is this: What are the benefits of a hard shell roof top tent vs. a soft shell roof top tent? Let’s weigh the options.

Hard shell roof top tents:

What do we prefer about this option?


Hard shell roof top tents are a relatively newer and improved upon product than their soft shell roof top tent counterparts. One of the biggest draws to the hard shell model is the aerodynamic capability when traveling. Soft shell roof top tents don’t collapse completely flat, which provides less stability among long, high-speed road trips and tight overlanding routes. Our Roofnest models are designed with an aerodynamic shape that allows you to drive without worry of losing your tent, hindering your gas mileage, or being slowed down on the road to your destination.

Living Space

Hard shell roof top tents tend to raise completely up, almost always allowing four entirely vertical walls. In comparison, many soft shell roof top tents have sloped walls inside the sleeping area due to the shape and design. Inside a hard shell roof top tent, every inch of livable space is optimized to provide as much room inside as possible for any sized camper to be able to sleep comfortably.

Setup and Takedown

Hard shell roof top tents provide a large advantage in the ease of setup and takedown. With our models specifically, its as simple as four clasps and two handles for the actual set-up and take-down. The built-in gas struts inside our tents make it incredibly easy to simply push up on the tent to open it, and a light pull down to close. One person is able to do it alone with ease and in minutes.

Soft shell roof top tents:

What do they offer in comparison?


Soft shell roof top tents are typically smaller in size for actual transport, but can open up and allow for extra quarters to be attached and essentially double in size. With this feature and depending on the specific model, you can often fit multiple people in the tent with ample room to move around.

Setup and Takedown

While they may be larger in living space size, this feature also adds some extra work for setup and takedown. These tents often require complex and multiple folds that can be somewhat difficult to get back into their outer casing for travel. That being said, these tents do typically require less roof area when actually traveling. Additionally, if a soft shell roof top tent has an extended living quarter it may require stakes to hold it up off the side of the vehicle, which creates added steps for setup and takedown as well.

Living Space

As we mentioned above, the soft shell model typically allows more space for living and can accommodate for more people. An added feature to these tents is the small awning created by the landing that is suspended off the side of the vehicle. This covering can provide a small shaded place for lounging or setting up a prep area for food and cooking cleanup away from the elements.

The Verdict

Both types of rooftop tents provide a comfortable way to camp off the ground with different attractive features. Whether you value more living space or a certain amount of roof space to give on your vehicle, there is an option for you. However, when it comes to versatility and user-friendliness, we can’t help but think Hard shell roof top tents are definitely the way to go. In minutes you can be set up or on the move, have the most utilized sleeping space, and are ready to hit the road without any hindered gas mileage or worry. So whatever your draw may be, let’s get out there and enjoy the outdoors.

Why Roofnest Is The Best Rooftop Tent

We now live in a time when outdoor living is more accessible and easier to prepare for than ever. That being said, all types of new, high-tech camping equipment is being released every day and it can be difficult to sort through it all to find the very best pieces for your specific needs.

One of the most tedious parts about going camping is getting to your site, scoping it out, setting up your tent, and hoping you’ve chosen a good spot. With the invention of rooftop tents, this task has been greatly reduced to simply just parking your car and popping it up. While rooftop tents are a relatively new addition to the world of outdoor living, and we’re here to provide you with the facts on why Roofnest is the best roof top tent for you, whatever your adventure may call for.

Roof top tents are an easy setup alternative to the typical “car camping” setup. When thinking about which rooftop tent may be the best for you, there are a few options on the market to consider. They are an investment that will last a long time, so there’s all the more reason to make sure you’re getting the right model for you. With Roofnest’s unique features, it stands out above its competitors. When considering a roof top tent purchase, your questions may be along these lines: How warm will it keep me? How comfortable is it? How difficult is the setup and take down? Will it fit on my vehicle? Can it sleep myself and a partner comfortably? Can it handle all the elements? And more. We’re here to provide you with all these answers, and also to show you why Roofnest is the best roof top tent out there.


When purchasing a roof top tent, your first question is most likely “Will it fit on my car?” Our Roofnests come in several models and sizes, making them able to be equipped on almost any vehicle you may have. When deciding on which tent is is the right fit for your vehicle, the roof racks are the most important piece in the equation. Equipped with the proper racks, our tents can fit on almost any vehicle. We have four models available, ranging from 47” x 82” on our smallest model to 53” x 82” on our largest. The smallest model, the Sparrow Eye, is able to easily fit on your Subaru, hatchback sedan, or jeep. For our larger model, any small SUV or larger off-road vehicle is good to go. Check out our FAQ for which type of racks are most suitable for your vehicle.


A big draw for roof top tents versus the traditional tent is the comfort level. Our Roofnests come equipped with a 7cm high-density foam mattress. Even in our Sparrow Eye, the smallest model, there is plenty of room for two to comfortably sleep with some room to spare. The interior of the tent is lined with a polyurethane-coated polyester and cotton blend with a waterproof rating of 3000mm to help insulate and keep the tent temperature controlled. For extra warmth in the winter, we also offer an attachable ptarmigan insulation to fit your desired comfort level. Our customers have tested our tents in some pretty extreme conditions, and it’s our goal to make your outdoor experience enjoyable no matter what mother nature throws at you.

Whether it’s sunshine, snow, or rain- we’ve got you covered and protected from the elements.

Setup and Takedown

When camping, the site is everything. For our Roofnest customers, we’ve enabled anyone to be able to close down and move spots as easily and as often as you would like. Our easy pop-up and take down technology allows you to set up and break down your tent in less than two minutes. The process is able to be completed by one person, so if you’re solo adventuring- no need to worry. Check out our videos to see for yourself how easy it truly is.


We’ve spent a long time developing the best possible product for our customers. Throughout the years we’ve listened to your reviews and ideas to make any improvements and changes that we felt could improve our customer experience. The hard top shell is equipped to handle whatever nature may throw at you, enabling you to stay out there and enjoy the trip even if the weather wasn’t as predictable as it once seemed. Inside the tent, you can enjoy a good nights sleep on a high-density foam mattress for your next day’s adventure. With our canopy sides, you’re able to be protected from the elements and still enjoy an amazing view and breath of fresh air. We also have zippered screen windows for extra airflow, and increased viewpoints so you’re able to really take it all in.

While our competitors have similar features, no rooftop tent provides the same quality and comfort as our Roofnest-specific models at our price point. We’re here to provide a comfortable solution for all outdoorsmen (and women) at whatever skill level they may be. Let Roofnest show you the world of rooftop tents, and why we believe a Roofnest is the best roof top tent for you.

Hard Shell Roof Top Tents

Hard shell Roof Top Tents are a whole new way to go car camping. Although they’ve been around for some time, they are really breaking onto the camping scene now in a big way. In 2019, you’ll likely start seeing them everywhere you go (if you don’t already). They are like a car-top storage box but they pop up to form an enclosed, protected, comfortable bedroom.

If you’re thinking about getting into the roof top tent game or you’re considering upgrading from a different kind of vehicle tent, one thing you’ll want to consider is whether to get a Hard Shell Roof Top Tent (HS RTT) or a Soft Shell Roof Top Tent (SS RTT). Here are some factors you might consider while making this decision:

Soft Shell Roof Top Tents:


  • Because they fold out from the footprint on your roof they often have more floor area when deployed and can sleep more people. If you have a family of four, this can be a critical PRO.
  • When deployed there is space underneath the extended tent which can provide shade and protection (the caveat is that if you have a smaller car this becomes a CON because the space become unusable and just makes it harder to get in your car if you need anything).


  • Significantly taller footprint on top of your car both in weight and aerodynamics. Most soft shell Roof Top Tents (SS RTTs) have very tall and very blocky when closed and affect gas mileage, road noise, and appearance much much more than hard shell Roof Top Tents (HS RTTs).
  • Significantly longer setup and take-down time. Because SS RTTs require a protective cover, must be folder out, and require tent poles they become much harder to setup and exponentially harder to take down (especially in any kind of bad weather – rain, wind especially, and snow).
  • Because the entire SS RTT is made from fabric they are not as waterproof as a Roofnest which made from plastic and/or fiberglass.
  • Noisier in the wind. SS RTTs have a lot more fabric close to a lot more poles and so the inevitable flapping occurs despite best efforts to secure everything.

Hard Shell Roof Top Tents


  • Aerodynamic and attractive shape. Saves you gas because on most cars the HS RTT sits within the slipstream of your car’s design so that, in many cases, they do not affect gas mileage at all.
  • Room inside to store bedding while the tent is closed.
  • Most take less than 30 seconds to set up – that’s right – LESS THAN 30 SECONDS. Just unlatch the Roofnest’s buckles and push up… you’re done. Closing the tent is only a bit more difficult – pull each side down and stuff the tent material between the shells, latch the buckles and away you go.
  • More weatherproof – that impermeable top combined with the taught, vertical tent walls make the tent virtually weatherproof and very quiet in the wind.
  • More comfortable. While some soft shell Roof Top Tents have mattress as thick as Roofnest’s 3 inch mattress, most do not because the mattress has to fold over on itself to close the tent. This is a big deal if you like sleeping in a comfortable tent!


  • Really the only con is the sleeping area size – this is the only advantage the SS RTTs have over hard shell roof top tents like the Roofnest. If you’re by yourself, with a friend, or have a couple and a small child then Roofnest’s hard shell roof top tent is going to be the right size.



Top 10 Holiday Gifts For A Roofnest Owner


As the holidays approach, what do you get someone who has the ultimate set up? Well, the first best thing, of course, is a Roofnest. But if they already have that why not help them have THE BEST Roofnest? We have put together a list of the top 10 gifts to get someone who already has #1.

#1) Roofnest

We all love spending time outdoors, but do we really love setting up tents on the ground, inflating sleeping pads, drying our gear, and finding that perfectly flat campsite? I don’t think so. That is why the #1 gift to get this year is one of our Roofnest Rooftop Tents. With a 7cm high-density foam mattress, you will get the good nights sleep we’re all looking for.


#2) Kelty Double Wide Sleeping Bag

The Kelty Double Wide Sleeping Bag is as good as it gets when it comes to bedding for your Roofnest. Wide enough for the Eagle model this bag is incredible, it has two built in blankets so each person can regulate their own temperature, a large hood to keep your pillows in place, and a zipper top that you can take off to bring an extra blanket around the fire. We personally own one of these and couldn’t imagine going back to a regular bag.


#3) Roofnest Down Blanket

Perfect for some extra warmth on those frigid winter nights, or for sitting around the fire at any campout. Our Roofnest Down Blanket is made with only top quality materials like 20 denier fabric and filled with 750 fill power down. Being 7’ long and 6’ wide, this blanket is perfect for any Roofnest and any occasion.


#4) Goal Zero Portable Camping Battery

Having a power supply on a trip is a true game-changer, whether you want to power your laptop, charge your phones, set up an electric blanket, or power your 12v Fridge, this little battery will change the way you camp. The Goal Zero Yeti 400 can power everything you need and even has the option to charge through solar panels, which you can add for an additional cost.


#5) Biolite Site Lights

No campsite is complete without a good lighting system. With the Biolite Site Lights, your campsite will be illuminated no matter how big or small. The daisy chaining system lets you add as many sets as you want, that each come with 10 feet of cord. Each light lets out an impressive 150 lumens which means there is no longer a need for giant spotlights, a million flashlights, or even your classic headlamp while you’re on site.


#6) Roofnest Protective Cover

This practical gift will help protect the Roofnest for years to come. With durable, waterproof cordura fabric, the cover will last a lifetime and keep their Roofnest looking new. At $125 the Roofnest Cover is cheap insurance!

Roofnest Tent Cover

#7) National Park Pass

If they have a Roofnest, you can bet they are ready to go use it. But, heading from national park to national park can get pricey, costing anywhere from $30-$35 a park! The perfect gift for any member of our flock is a yearly National Park Pass, with a small price tag of $80 the pass basically pays for itself after only two visits and you get to skip the lines. With options like the Grand Canyon, Zion, The Grand Tetons and more, there is no reason not to get it – and you’re supporting our world class National Park system!


#8) Roofnest Ptarmigan Insulation

Who says the camping season has to end with summer? With our Ptarmigan Tent Insulation, you can camp comfortably all winter long. Our insulation is packable and easy to install in all of our models (Sparrow Eye excluded).


#9) Portable Camping Fan

Although all of our tents have excellent insulation, sometimes there is no avoiding the summer heat. Bring the comfort of your ceiling fan at home into the great outdoors with you with a portable camping fan. With up to 30 hours of power on high speed, this weather resistant, lightweight, and portable fan will keep you cool all night long.


#10) Roofnest Little Wing Awning

At just 60” wide when stowed away you will barely notice this awning when stored on your car. When deployed the amazing dome shape provides superior rain protection to a traditional awning and more headroom which gives you many options for mounting, even with a smaller car. This awning is perfect for any vehicle and any weather you may encounter, not to mention it matches your Roofnest…..

Well, there it is folks the team over here at Roofnest saved the headache of Christmas shopping for you. Now go trick out your Roofnest and let us see what you do by tagging us @Roofnest on Instagram or Facebook or using the hashtag #Roofnest. Who knows, we might even feature you!


Winter Storage

As the leaves fall and the temperature drops we know most people have decided that camping season is over. Time to swap out the Roofnest for a ski rack, unless you have a Sparrow X of course… Now the question arises, how and where are you going to store your Roofnest safely for the winter? There are a few options to store your Roofnest if you don’t want to camp all winter long.


If you do want to camp all winter long, get your Roofnest today!

The Leaner

The first is an easy solution if you are limited on space and do not want to spend time and money installing a pully system style storage device. We always recommend that you keep your Roofnest at least 2” off the ground in case of any moisture. The first step is to purchase a moving bag designed for mattresses, a queen size should work perfectly. Wrap your Roofnest in the bag, seal the end with duct tape, fold excess, and tape to side. Once the Roofnest is wrapped, take four 12” long 2×4 sections and space them out evenly over the width of the tent on the ground against a wall. Now take your Roofnest, and lean it against the wall on top of the supports. For added security drill an eyehole screw a few inches into the wall on either side of the tent half way up and secure your Roofnest to the wall with a cam strap or rope.


Flat Stanley

Another easy solution for Roofnest storage if you have the room, is to store it flat as if it were still on your car. We still recommend using the mattress bag mentioned above to keep your Roofnest dust free and to keep any pesky bugs out. Once you have your Roofnest off of your car store mounting materials in Roofnest for safe keeping. Insert Roofnest into bag, seal, and then set on four 2×4 sections spaced out 20 inches apart.


The Houdini

This is a great solution if you plan on taking your Roofnest on an off all year long. It requires a lot more work but is a great way to have the ability to detach and install your Roofnest alone if needed. This is built from two bike pully racks and webbing, these are listed below and available on Amazon.

Pully Rack


Place each pully from one set across from each other horizontally on the ceiling of your garage, spaced approximately 51”-59” apart depending on your Roofnest model. Mount the second set of pullies 40″ away from the first in the same fashion (51″-59″ apart) so when you hoist your Roofnest there is approximately 20” on either side of the pullies. Lastly, create a basic webbing loop from hook to hook that can slide under your Roofnest and hoist it up to your garage roof!


4 Season Camper

If you don’t want to take your Roofnest off for the winter, you don’t have to. With our ABS-Fiberglass shell paired with walls that received a waterproof rating of 3000mm (3x a typical tent), you’re Roofnest is safe on your roof all winter long, no matter what Mother Nature throws at it.



Keep your Roofnest safe all winter long using any of these options and be sure that it will be ready to enjoy for many years to come. If you have any further questions regarding storage or anything else, always feel free to reach out to us at support@roofnest.com

Feather Your Nest For Winter Camping

As winter rolls around the corner, we all want to keep camping. Luckily, with a Roofnest, you can camp comfortably all winter long if you prepare and outfit your Roofnest with a few key items that will keep you warm all winter long.

One solution to stay toasty in any condition while sleeping in your Roofnest is our Roofnest Ptarmigan Insulation. Our insulation is packable, easy to install, and will keep you warm all winter long. With quick and easy installation, you just hook the edges of the insulation to the top edges of your tent and it will extend your comfort range by around 30 degrees.

If you don’t want to insulate your tent and just want to be nice and toasty in your Roofnest when it’s a little chilly out, nothing beats an electric blanket! For this option, you will need access to a portable camping battery, check out our blog post to see how to make one yourself. There are endless options for electric blankets on Amazon for anywhere from $40 – $140 and they are a great way to stay warm all night long.

Another thing that might seem obvious but will always help, is having a reliable sleeping bag. Sleeping bags can range in price and can end up costing you a pretty penny, but they are a great investment if you plan on camping into the fall and winter, our friends over at Best Hiking rated the top 5 sleeping bags for winter camping.

Staying off the ground in a Roofnest will already keep you warmer than in a regular tent and with these tips you can make sure to stay warm no matter what mother nature throws at you. We always love to hear any tips and tricks you guys have found along the way so submit yours to us on Instagram or Facebook for a chance to be featured on our blog!

Happy Adventuring!

DIY Portable Camping Battery


You’ve got your camping setup dialed in and you want to extend the weekend to milk a little more out of your trip. But you also want to charge your phone, run your 12V Fridge overnight, light up your camp, and bang out a little work on your laptop so your boss doesn’t get testy while you’re out hiking through canyons on a work day.

Portable power is a great addition to modern camping setups and there are a bunch of companies catering to this need (e.g., Goal Zero, Anker, etc) but they charge anywhere from $300-$500 for most batteries! In this post I’m going to show you how you can easily build your own 35Ah portable battery box with 12V outlets that you can charge with your car’s cigarette lighter or solar panels for under $125.

First, a disclaimer, we are not electricians and we do not make any claims as to the longevity or safety of this setup

We’ve used this in our own camping setup and have never had a problem but please consult a professional if you have any concerns about the setup.

Our goal was to create a portable power system which we could easily bring camping, charge while driving, and that would power our 12V portable refrigerator overnight while also providing power for other small devices like lights or phones. We’ve chosen to use a 35Ah battery but you can use another size battery according to your needs.

To build a portable camping battery you need a battery (duh), some outlets to use the power, and a charge controller that takes power from an outside source (cigarette lighter or solar panels) and efficiently charges the battery. Let’s get to it!

Here’s your parts list:

35Ah Battery $68
Battery Box  $12
Charge Controller $21
12V Outlets $12
12v Charging Plug $8
Total $121


1. Attach the charge controller and 12V outlets to the outside of the battery box, I just used small screws but you can also drill small holes into the box to use nuts and bolts.

2. Wire the battery to the charge controller – cut off about 12-15” from the 12V plug cable and use this. Attach the leads to the battery (red=positive; I drilled a hole in the batter box to thread the leads through – in the photo I drilled the hole near the top but I would suggest drilling it near the bottom where the controller is). Then strip the free ends and insert them into the battery terminals on the charge controller.

3. Wire the 12V outlets to the battery in the same way – again, I drilled a hole and left the fuse on the outside of the box.

4. Finally attach the 12V plug to the charge controller by stripping the free ends and inserting into the “solar” leads on the controller. (Note that charge controllers are designed to accept varied electrical current and output a “controlled” current to charge batteries. The controller we’re using is designed to accept up to 18 amps of current so it works with most vehicles’ cigarette lighter – if your vehicle puts out more than 18 amps from its cigarette lighter plugs you may need a different controller).

The 3 Best Ways to Light Your Roofnest

Nothing quite beats heading out into nature to enjoy some peace and quiet, sit around a campfire, and gaze at the stars. Enjoying a peaceful night in the nest is not a hard task, but what do you do when you want to read your favorite book, find your stuff, or nature calls in the middle of the night? We put together our list of the best 3 lighting options for your Roofnest.



1) Globe Lights $8.99

An easy and cost-effective solution for lighting your nest is the classic battery powered globe lights. You can string these across the inside roof of your Roofnest for a nice ambient light. Consisting of 40 translucent globes over 13 feet of cord, these little lights are more than enough, and they look awesome. Powered by 3 AA batteries, always make sure to have backups to keep your Roofnest lit for your extended trips.


2)The Biolite Site Light $29.99

The second option is a bit higher end than the classic string lights and is from Biolite, they make a surplus of off-grid items such as stoves, lights, and battery packs. The Site Lights are the perfect addition to your Roofnest, with a daisy chaining light system you can add as many as you’d like or keep it at two (one set). Each light emits 150 lumens of light, charges directly from a USB port, and has 10 feet of cord that easily pack into a compact sphere for traveling.


3) Goal Zero Light-A-Life 350 $39.95

Coming in at a slightly higher price than the Biolite, the Goal Zero Light-A-Life is very similar, with a daisy-chaining system, USB charging port, and compact design. With options to string 8 lights together, you can light your Roofnest and all around your campsite. The Goal Zero packs a punch with 350 lumens of light that last up to 50 hours on low or 10 hours on high, lighting up your Roofnest with ease.


4) Biolite Solar Home 620 $149.95



For the ultimate Roofnest and campsite lighting set up, the Biolite Solar Home 620 will keep your off-grid setup lit for as long as you need. With lighting, energy, and entertainment all built into one off-grid accessory, you will feel right at home in the woods. A 6W solar panel connects to a 20Wh control box that powers 3 overhead lights that are connected with 18-foot daisy chainable cables to cover even the biggest of campsites. You can not only light your site but listen to music with the built-in radio and the best part of it all is it compacts down to fit in a shoebox size box and will last you up to 20 hours on a full charge.


Need a Roofnest to light up? Get yours today.


Whether you need a quick light to read at night or nature calls when you’re least expecting it, be prepared with a proper light setup in your Roofnest.

10 Reasons You Need A Roofnest

You’re an outdoor enthusiast. An explorer. A camper. Who doesn’t like a night out under the stars? We sure do. And owning a Roofnest makes our outdoor experience SO. MUCH. BETTER. It’ll make yours better, too. Check out these 10 reasons to own a Roof Rack Tent, specifically a Roofnest:

1) The #vanlife isn’t as magical in real life as it is on Instagram.

When you search #vanlife on Instagram, you immediately want a vintage Westie parked in the woods around a campfire. The truth: it isn’t so pretty. We pass tons of broken down vans on the road, and with a Roofnest you can have the comfort of a traveling home while still driving a reliable vehicle.

2) Snakes, spiders, bears — you name it!

Being elevated is the name of the game when it comes to camping. Staying off the ground means less chance of encountering a snake in your tent, waking up to a spider on your face, or worst case scenario — a bear. With a Roofnest roof rack tent, you’re up above the rest, taking in the bird’s-eye view.

3) Comfort.

Let’s face it. No matter what sleeping pad you buy, it’s not as comfy as a mattress. In your Roofnest, you’ll be sleeping on a 6 cm thick high density foam mattress. After a long day out hiking, you’re sure to get a good night’s sleep.



4) Set up your tent in one minute, not 10.

Leaving after work on a Friday to get that perfect camping spot before the rush on Saturday morning? You have two options. Get your head lamps out, find a flat spot, roll out your tent, set up the poles, stake it down, attach the rain flap, unroll your bedding, and hope you didn’t put your tent on top of a bunch of rocks. Or get to your campsite, pop up your Roofnest, and get a good night’s sleep. We’ll let you decide …

5) Be the campsite legend you’ve always dreamed of being.

There’s no two ways of putting it, people think you’re badass if you have a Roofnest. You will have people from all over the campsite asking you about it and, if you’re lucky, they even bring beer.

6) You’re ready to go at a moment’s notice.

You’re always ready to head out on your next adventure with a Roofnest. Get in your car and go. Leave the worry about where you’ll sleep behind — your basecamp is right there with you. Get out. Adventure more.

7) Extend your camping season.

If you’re in the mountains or other temperate areas, your camping season is short and sweet. It might be cut thanks to rain in the early season or an unexpected snowstorm in September. With Roofnest’s roof rack tents fiberglass shell and thick, insulated, weatherproof side walls, you can camp in the rain or snow with no worries.

8) Save room for your gear.

We know you can always use more room for your gear. Bikes, kayaks, crash pads, harnesses. Sometimes your activities are limited by the amount of room — or lackthereof — in your car. Luckily, you can store all of your bedding and more in a Roofnest, which leaves you more room for the toys you want to bring along. With a Sparrow X, you even have an extra roof rack, too!

9) Become a part of the Roofnest Flock.

When you buy a Roofnest, you get so much more than a tent. As a part of the Roofnest Flock, you can connect with like-minded individuals who will answer questions, show you amazing trips, inspire you to travel more. All while making new friends along the way.

10) Keep it on your car at all times.

With the sleek and strong design of a Roofnest, it has minimal fuel economy reduction and can withstand whatever mother nature throws at it. This means you can keep your Roofnest on your car all year long. You just never know when an impromptu camping opportunity might present itself.

We could go on and on with reasons why you should own a Roofnest, but we’re pretty sure you got the point at about reason No. 4. So, head on over to our store, and order up your next best camping adventure today!

Nest at Mount Rainier


Despite its active volcano status, Mount Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S. It boasts the origin of five major rivers. The highest point in the Cascade Range and the state of Washington is considered one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world. Don’t let that scare you away — the wildlife, scenery, and rich history is worth the trip!

Why You Should Nest Here

If you’re looking for an adventure, Mount Rainier offers a great escape. Spend the weekend exploring forests filled with evergreen conifers, which keep their needle-like leaves year-round, or gaping at waterfalls, which are plentiful! Brighten up your Instagram feed with pics snapped from location hotspots or hike along the 260 miles of maintained trailhead. You can also travel tucked inside a gondola with million-dollar view or feel the wind rush through your hair as you zipline across treetops. There is something for everyone at Mount Rainier.


Pull Over and Pop Up

With three car camping options at this Washington icon — Cougar Rock, Ohanapecosh, and White River — with more than 100 individual sites each within Mount Rainier, you’re sure to find a great spot to pull over and pop up. Sites vary in elevation, with White River ranking the highest, coming in at 4,400 ft. Cougar Rock is slightly lower at 3,180 ft. and then Ohanapecosh is the least, at 1,915 ft.

Must See

Visitors that flock to Mount Rainier National Park often stop to check out Mount St. Helens. Both mountains are active volcanoes, part of the Northwest’s “ring of fire.” Bike up Westside Road with approximately 1,120 feet of gain. Hike alongside Bench and Snow Lakes, the latter of which may have received its name because of the icy meltwater from the snowfields of the Tatoosh Range that drains into it. Hit Old-Growth Forest and stand among trees ranging from 250 to 350 years in age! If you’re nesting in autumn or early summer, venture off to one of the area’s 18 spectacular waterfalls. Ride the gondola up to Crystal Mountain summit for mesmerizing mountain views. During the spring, look for ephemeral waterfalls that appear after rainstorms.

Get Your Sport On

Mount Rainier is a dream for adventurers. Five rivers run through the National Park with water activities abounding. Hiking, fishing, and boating are all accessible in the park and saddle and pack animals are also allowed. Bikers will love the hilly, winding roads. While there are no designated bike trails in the park, bikes can be ridden on public roads and campground roadways. Mount Rainier is also the most glaciated peak in the contiguous United States, ideal for thrill-seeking climbers. Each year, thousands of adrenaline junkies successfully summit the 14,410-foot active volcano. Skiing and snowboarding are also popular during the winter season.


To Help You Navigate Your Trip


Pro: You’ll never run short of where to explore or get tired of the stellar views. Book ahead options are accessible for Cougar Rock and Ohanapecosh campgrounds.

Con: White River is available on a first come, first served basis. Visitation is at its peak July and August. Consider visiting mid-week during these two months.

Cost: $20 per party + $20 registration fee

Access: Cougar Rock is open May 25 – October 8; Ohanapecosh is open May 25 – October 8; White River is open May 25 – September 24