Many people find the idea of camping in the wintertime a little on the crazy side. However, with the proper planning winter can be an amazing time to hike and camp. Given the quality of winter clothing, tents, and sleeping bags, it’s surprisingly easy to stay warm, even during the coldest nights. Campgrounds are far less crowded in the winter, and seeing the countryside blanketed in thick snow can offer a brand-new experience to those who are only used to camping in the summer months. Here are some of the best spots in the United States for winter camping.
Death Valley is an amazing place to camp during the winter months. In the summertime, temperatures can easily reach 116 degrees. But in the winter, daytime temperatures hover in the 60s and they can get much lower when the sun goes down. As for where to camp, you’ve got plenty of options. At more than 3 million acres, Death Valley has more wilderness area than any other national park in the country.
Yosemite National Park
Regardless of the time of year, if you have a chance to camp in Yosemite you can need to take advantage. However, winter can be especially beautiful, and the crowds aren’t nearly as large. The important thing to keep in mind when planning a winter Yosemite trip is that many of the trails and roads close down once the snow starts falling. Check the national parks website for closures when planning your trip.
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
This is another park that generally sees insanely high temperatures in the summertime, but very comfortable temps in the winter. If you camp here in the winter, you’ll like see daytime temperatures in the 70s with lows in the 40s. That’s perfect weather for camping! No matter what time of year you visit, though, the real draw is the amazing cacti that blanket the park.
Dry Tortugas National Park
Any excuse to head to Florida in the wintertime is good enough for most folks. Camping at the Dry Tortugas National Park is about as good an excuse as you can get. The national park is located on an island 70 miles west of Key West, and if you book a camping trip you’re going to have to take a ferry boat out to the island. While many folks like winter camping destinations where they can cuddle up next to the fire during a snowstorm, this is for the folks who want to snorkel from their campsite in January.