Winter is definitely here. Temperatures are dipping to freezing at night, giving some thought as to where camping might be just right for this time of season. We live in one of the prime areas for desert camping destinations. Just as some camping areas are closing for the season, many desert camping are primed for some good winter fun.
Mount San Jacinto State Park has developed camping at the Idyllwild campground. If you want a more rugged atmosphere, Stone Creek campground is a good choice. A fun side trip would be the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Mount San Jacinto State Park is open all year.
Niland is southeast from our high desert. The Fountain of Youth Resort is a bargain. A bargain, as there is plenty to do at the resort but not much in the way of outside activities in the general area. The resort does have so much to keep you amused. The mineral baths, pools, spas, and ongoing activities within the park are a nice getaway. Many people drive through Niland on their way to Glamis Dunes. It is worth a look-see to check out the RV Park.
Indio is also a nice relaxing town. The date orchards of Shields have tours that are really interesting. Date shakes are a must if you camp in the area. Indio rarely gets any rain, as it gets sunshine about 97 percent of the year. Indian Wells RV Resort is a very relaxing place to park your RV.
We like to mention Death Valley again, as it does have some spectacular camping this time of year. Yes, it can get cold, but you certainly will not experience 115 degree summer heat. Along with the campgrounds in Death Valley that are open all year, Sunset, Texas Springs, and Stovepipe Wells are now open for the winter season.
There are some regulations with regard to camping at Death Valley that is keen to be aware of. Campsites are limited to no more than eight people and one recreational vehicle, or two vehicles. If you have a larger group than that, get ahold of Furnace Creek Campground. You can reserve group sites there. Burn only the wood that you brought with you. All vegetation within the monument is protected. All stoves and grills must be gas operated. If there is fire danger, rangers will prohibit campfires as necessary. The pet regulations are mandatory as well. Leashes no longer than six feet at all times, never leave the pet unattended, and four pets per campsite maximum.
How about our very own Mojave National Preserve? 1.6 million acres are just waiting for you to do some camping in. Dry camping is great. The American Yucca grows here like nowhere else. The daytime temperatures can be very pleasant and warm. If the wind kicks up, be prepared with windbreakers or jackets. The evenings can be pretty chilly as well. Those in the high desert need only take Interstate 15 to the camping and Off Highway Vehicle areas. If you have desert toys to ride in or on, that is great. Even if you do not, camping here can be excellent. Camp close to the off road action, or you can camp away from it. The choice is yours.
Russ and Lori have a bit of RV advice for winter camping. If you live in the high desert, we strongly recommend you winterize your RV as soon as you get home. This sounds like sort of a hassle but it really isn’t. Winterizing an RV takes about 1-2 hours and is worth every minute of protection from freezing temperatures. One night of below freezing temperatures can destroy much of an RV water system that is not winterized.
The stars at night seem so have a bit more twinkle to them in the winter months. Enjoy your RV during this wonderful season and Lets Get Rollin’!
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