Desert Camping, Perfect for Fall and Winter

I came across an interesting recommendation the other day: camping in the desert during the fall and winter seasons. At first, it took me a moment to adjust my mental models of camping and fall/winter. You see, living in the Pacific Northwest, I tend to equate fall and winter to wet and cold (mostly wet). I suppose it never occurred to me that in other parts of the country (or even my home state!) winter and fall don’t necessarily look like that.

The author of the article I read listed several parks he recommended for camping this fall and winter season:

  • Joshua Tree National Park (California)
  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area  (Arizona-Nevada)
  • Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument (Arizona)
  • Big Bend National Park (Texas)
  • Death Valley National Park (California)
  • Everglades National Park (Florida)
  • Biscayne National Park (Florida)

The author included links to information on all the parks in addition to thorough and informed descriptions on each. However, for those looking to stay a little closer to home, the state parks in the eastern parts of Washington and Oregon and southern Idaho should prove manageable climates, though perhaps less so than the recommended national park areas. Only a handful of campgrounds remain open year-round in the Pac NW, so visit the states’ respective parks and recreation web sites for more information (links above).

Also, for more information on fall and winter camping, including greats tips and advice, check out the following resources:

Fall Camping Fundamentals

Winter Camping

Winter Hiking

[photo: Florian]

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