Winter Camping Sites in North America



Summary: There are several winter camping sites in North America. Camping in winter allows you to enjoy the solitude of nature without the maddening crowds. You can also enjoy many activities on the snow.


Camping in winter is an altogether different experience. Winter camping is often synonymous with no bugs and no crowds. These are perfect conditions for you to really enjoy nature accompanied by a huge dose of solitude and quiet. You can head to some frigid region having frozen streams and lakes. You will easily be able to discover previously unreachable areas, or you can reach them more quickly and easily. However, you need to do more planning for camping during winters. For instance, you must plan for a good layering mechanism for your clothes which will retain your body warmth without overheating you.


A Look at Different Winter Camping Sites


You can head to Mt. Hood National Forest for camping in winters. It is 32 kilometers to the east of Portland. This forest spreads 97 kilometers to the south of Columbia River Gorge. The forest passes through lakes, streams and forested mountains. You can find lot of options here for camping. Amongst them Trillium Lake Campground offers a great view of the stately Mt. Hood. This place is a well-known spot for a host of snow sports like downhill skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, snowboarding, skating, tubing or sledding, Nordic skiing and skijoring. Skijoring involves going on cross-country ski, with your dog towing you around the landscape.


The Red Cliffs Campground in Utah is tucked in the picturesque Red Cliffs recreation area spreading across 23 kilometers to the northeast of St. George. You may see several historical, natural and cultural resources. The winters seem like a wildlife haven with sights of the endangered Mojave Desert tortoise. There are many impressive trails that can easily be accessed at the campground. For example, the Silver Reef Trail provides a lookout point to the Silver Reef which is a block of red rocks covered with silver ore. This is noteworthy as you will not find silver ore on a sandstone formation anywhere in the world. You can even see early Jurassic dinosaur tracks.


Winter is the best time to visit the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore at Michigan. It is spread across 64 kilometers beside Lake Superior. During winters, you can view the wonderful lakeshore. You can do plenty of activities here like cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, ice climbing, ice fishing, etc. All the campsites here are rustic. You can also view several tracks of animals that can be easily located during winters. Yosemite National Park in California is another must visit in winters. You can look forward to snowshoeing, hiking and skiing. The Badger Pass road or Glacier Point is plowed to Badger Pass skiing area. This is a sought after area for both cross-country and downhill skiing.