1969

Milt Kuolt forms Pacific Rim Group, Inc. and purchases 640-acre parcel of land near Chehalis, Washington.


1971

Opting not to sell the Chehalis property, Kuolt moves forward with the membership campground concept. He changes the name of Pacific Rim Group, Inc. to Thousand Trails, Inc., in a nod to an energetic little squirrel named Herbert.


1972

Chehalis, the first preserve in the Thousand Trails Network opens to members.

1975

Leavenworth Preserve welcomes members.


1976

Thousand Trails purchases third preserve in Mt. Vernon, Washington.


1978

Trading Posts open at both Chehalis and Leavenworth Preserves; TT purchases Bend, Oregon property.


1979

Cultus Lake, La Conner and Lake of the Springs open; TT membership is at 13,000 families. A new color tabloid, TrailBlazer, replaces member newsletter.

1981

Singer and cowboy actor Roy Rogers becomes TT's first official spokesperson. Oakzanita Preserve opens.


1982

TT takes on Texas opening Colorado River, Lake Conroe, Medina Lake and Lake Whitney. Nevada comes next as TT opens the Las Vegas Preserve. TrailBlazer switches format from tabloid to magazine.


1984

TT continues to grow adding Michigan's St. Clair Preserve, Indiana's Horseshoe Lake, Ohio's Kenisee and Wilmington preserves, as well as Virginia's Chesapeake Bay, North Carolina's Forest Lake and Florida's Orlando preserves.

1985

1985 Palm Springs opens.


1987

Thousand Trails and NACO campgrounds are combined under common ownership; Roy Rogers, and son Dusty, are welcomed by more than 1,000 members at Soledad Canyon's Western Hoedown.


1989

Roy Rogers and Dale Evans perform at the first Thousand Trails Rally held in Laughlin, Nevada.


1999

Thousand Trails acquires the Leisure Time Resorts campgrounds.

2004

Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc. purchases the Thousand Trails and NACO campgrounds.


2006

Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc. purchases the Outdoor World and Mid-Atlantic Resorts campgrounds.


2008

Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc. assumes management of membership campgrounds.

TT Trivia!

Thousand Trails and Herbert the Squirrel

While planning the membership campground concept, Milt and Lois Kuolt noticed a squirrel in their backyard one day, running up and down a large fir tree "making a thousand trails in pursuit of his business and play." The Kuolts named him Herbert and he became the first mascot for the new venture, Thousand Trails!

Thousand Trails
& Roy Rogers

Roy Rogers, the famous American cowboy and actor was a spokesperson for Thousand Trails during the 1980s. He and his son, Dusty, would appear at the preserves in events billed as "Roy Rogers Hoedowns." In regard to Thousand Trails, Rogers once remarked, "all over the country, families are making Thousand Trails their vacation paradise."