Most parts of the Northern Hemisphere experience crisp and cold temperatures from about November to April as winter hits, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy the great outdoors for camping and hiking trips. But you don’t always have to pack up a snowsuit and snowshoes when camping in the winter months as there are some warm places you can visit.
There are basically two types of camping to pick from in the winter. These are snow camping and desert camping. Snow camping in mountainous areas and plains is ideal for people who love the snow and winter sports. Desert camping is suited for those who like to stay dry and warm and prefer water activities and sightseeing.
There are several excellent places for each type of camping. For snow lovers you can enjoy cross country skiing, hiking, snowshoeing, horse trails and more at Oakwood Lakes State Park in South Dakota. It’s suited for families and offers a variety of activities. You can also try cave camping in California in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. This park offers camping in snow caves under the stars on guided tours. Utah’s Snow Canyon State Park is also ideal as it is filled with wonderful wild life and fantastic scenery.
When you’re looking for a place to enjoy boating, hiking, fishing, horseback riding, water skiing, and canoeing you can try California’s Bidwell-Sacramento State Park, Nevada’s Valley of Fire State Park, and Buckskin Mountain State Park in Arizona, which is ideal for nature watching.