If you're looking for where to go camping in the winter, you're not as crazy as other people may have told you. There are actually a number of excellent winter camping destinations that will not only offer you a variety of great experiences, but also allow you to see nature at a time when most people stay indoors and far away from it. There are basically two types of camping that you can do in the winter months: snow camping, which entails being surrounded by snow in the mountains, and desert camping, meant for those who prefer more dryness and sightseeing. Check out some of the best places to go camping in winter, listed below.
The Sierra Nevadas in the winter months can be a formidable place, as the Donner Party learned the hard way. However, if you have the right guide, these mountain peaks can turn into the setting of an incredibly unique and enjoyable camping experience. A number of guided tours exist that can take you into the mountains for a long weekend and teach you how to build your very own snow cave that you can sleep in. A minimum of 5 people will be needed for the trip and you will stay within a 30 minute walk of a lodge if sleeping in a cave made from snow doesn't work out as well as you thought. However, a snow cave is actually much more comfortable then you may have ever imagined. When constructed properly it creates an igloo-like warmth that people actually pay top dollar to stay in; take places like the Ice Hotel in Norway, for example. Here you'll be doing it all on your own.
Located in the lower corner of Texas and bordering Mexico, this national park the size of a small country offers some of the best winter camping in one of the most scenic desert environments in the world. There are a number of different campsites that have been designated for camping by park authorities, ranging from 50 primitive campsites off dirt roads to 4 developed campsites that have bathrooms and park ranger stations. Despite being primarily desert, Big Bend has a little bit of everything within it, like the lush and cool Chisos Mountains that sometimes get snow; to the massive sand dunes along the banks of the Rio Grande river. It still drops below freezing at night due to the lack of cloud cover to hold in the heat, but the daytime temperature rises to around sixty degrees, making it perfect for a 14 mile hike to see something like Chimney Rock.
Located in Utah, this intensely named outdoor area is made for the more experienced outdoor campers who want a dry but active winter camping experience. Here there is horseback riding and a number of steep and extreme trails that are only meant for those who are in the right shape. However, if you can conquer these hikes, the views of Utah in the winter are truly breathtaking. There are guided tours through this region or you can set out without any professional help if you have confidence in your own survival skills in the winter.