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Family camping is a delightful adventure that can be both memorable and stress-free with a bit of thoughtful planning. As parents of energetic 2 and 4-year olds, we break down how to camp easily with toddlers from our first camping trip to Mono Hot Springs and others since then. Here are some valuable tips to make your camping experience with toddlers as smooth as possible—and nothing short of magical!

Preparation Is Key

On the Road

Things to Avoid

How to Travel

By opting for a camper van, you not only simplify the logistics of camping with toddlers but also enhance the overall comfort and enjoyment of the journey. The camper van becomes a home on wheels, providing a familiar and secure space for your little ones amidst the beauty of the great outdoors. Embark on your camping journey with toddlers, armed with these tips, and create cherished memories amidst the beauty of the great outdoors. Happy camping!

Traveling from San Francisco to Seattle with a campervan is a fantastic way to
explore the natural beauty and unique attractions of the Pacific Northwest. Here's a
guide on where to visit on the way to Washington:

  1. Redwood National and State Parks: Located in Northern California, the
    Redwood National and State Parks are home to some of the tallest trees in the
    world. Take a scenic drive through the Avenue of the Giants, hike through the
    towering forests, and spot wildlife like elk and black bears.
  2. Crater Lake National Park: Cross into Oregon to visit Crater Lake National Park,
    a stunningly beautiful area with a deep blue lake surrounded by cliffs and
    forests. Take a boat tour, hike one of the many trails, or simply enjoy the
    stunning scenery.
  3. Mount Hood: Mount Hood is a beautiful mountain located in northern Oregon.
    Explore the Mount Hood National Forest, hike the trails, or go skiing or
    snowboarding in the winter.
  4. Olympic National Park: Head north into Washington to visit Olympic National
    Park, a diverse area with mountains, rainforests, and beaches. Hike through
    the Hoh Rainforest, explore the rugged coastline, and soak in natural hot
  5. Seattle: The Emerald City is a vibrant and diverse city with plenty of things to
    see and do. Visit the iconic Space Needle, stroll through Pike Place Market, and
    explore the city's museums, parks, and neighborhoods.
  6. San Juan Islands: Take a ferry from Anacortes to the San Juan Islands, a
    beautiful archipelago located in the Puget Sound. Explore the islands' quaint
    towns, go whale watching, or simply relax on the beaches.
  7. North Cascades National Park: Finally, visit North Cascades National Park, a
    rugged and remote area with snow-capped peaks, glaciers, and alpine lakes.
    Hike the trails, go fishing or kayaking, or simply take in the stunning scenery.
    Overall, traveling from San Francisco to Seattle with a campervan is a fantastic way
    to explore some of the most beautiful areas of the Pacific Northwest. Be sure to plan
    your route carefully and pack for all conditions, and you're sure to have an
    unforgettable adventure.

Many national and state parks in the United States allow campervan parking and camping. In California, some of the popular national and state parks that allow campervan parking include:

  1. Yosemite National Park: Yosemite has several campgrounds that can accommodate
    campervans, including Upper Pines, Lower Pines, and North Pines.
  2. Joshua Tree National Park: Joshua Tree has several campgrounds that can
    accommodate campervans, including Black Rock, Indian Cove, and Jumbo Rocks.
  3. Redwood National and State Parks: Redwood has several campgrounds that can
    accommodate campervans, including Jedediah Smith, Mill Creek, and Elk Prairie.
  4. Big Sur State Park: Big Sur has several campgrounds that can accommodate
    campervans, including Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Andrew Molera State Park, and Julia
    Pfeiffer Burns State Park.
  5. Death Valley National Park: Death Valley has several campgrounds that can
    accommodate campervans, including Furnace Creek, Mesquite Spring, and Stovepipe
    It's important to note that each park may have its own specific rules and regulations regarding
    campervan parking and camping, so it's a good idea to check with the park ahead of time to
    make sure you're aware of any restrictions or requirements.

It’s that time of year when our emails are blasted with the new “must have” gifts for your special someone. The latest gadget, the trendiest hoodie, or the best mittens ever! The marketing can be very seductive, but do you really need that new thing and will it actually get used? This is the real list, the basics, the essential things you and your loved ones are certain to use and be thankful for on your next camping trip, BBQ, or just that spontaneous stroll and picnic in nature.  


For some reason it took the outdoor community a while to catch on to the awesomeness of hands free flashlights. Miners had it figured out centuries ago, and boy were they right. Having two hands to climb, pack, cook, work, or do whatever at night is priceless. They are also just as useful around the house if you need to get something done under the sink, that corner of the garage, or in the yard at night. They come in a range of prices and functionality to fit every budget, here is one of our favorites:


Campfires, candles, and stoves all need a spark!  It is possibly the most essential of all camping gear. Stay warm, stay fed, and stay romantic with the help of the simple lighter. We keep them in all of our vehicles and next to the candles in the house because you forget how essential they are until you can’t find one! Stock up, they’re cheap, and your friends and family will be relieved the next time they are searching for a fire starter.


So, you can see what you are doing (headlamp), you have the fire going (lighters), and now your hungry! Cooking gets tricky without a way to open packaging and dice up your favorite ingredients. Enter the trusty knife. No explanation necessary here, just remember how hard it is to slice tomatoes with a spoon! There are infinite options in this department, we like our trusty old leatherman:

Battery Pack 

Technology is nice. But oh yeah, we’re human! We inevitably forget to charge our phones before we depart, or we don’t want to leave things plugged into the car when we are around the campfire. The simple battery pack is so convenient here (and everyday, everywhere for that matter). Your loved ones will never return that awesome little brick of power you give them, guaranteed! Not too big, not too small, just right:


Portable speakers are everywhere these days, and for good reason. Tunes change EVERYTHING! Now they are lighter, more powerful, more portable, and sound better than ever. Instant party. Done!  These come in a range of sizes and prices as well, this is our go to:

Already have everything on your list? Well then it’s time to get out, get away, and go enjoy this beautiful planet we call home. Contact us today for a free consultation and to get pricing on one of our beautiful camper vans, 1-877-350-VANS (8267) or [email protected]. We’ll discuss your interests and help you build a trip you’ll never forget.

Oh, and don’t forget Toilet Paper! 🙂

Unless you’re allergic to relaxation, there’s no better way to spend an afternoon than kicking your feet up in the soothing waters of a natural hot spring. Whether you’re seeking the healing benefits of the mineral water, or simply want to unwind your aching muscles after a long day of hiking, chilling out in a picturesque hot spring is easy if you know where to look.

Here are the top four hot springs you should include in any California camping vacation: 

Mercey Hot Springs - Firebaugh, CA

Mercey Hot Springs, tucked away among the mountains of western Fresno County, offers the amenities of a resort experience with the tranquility and natural beauty only found far off the beaten path. Enjoy some much-needed alone time or relax next to your loved ones in the resort’s individual soaking pools, and be sure to take advantage of mountainous landscape that surrounds the hot springs. 

With hiking throughout the property, a 9-hole disc golf course, on-site yoga classes, and easy access to nearby mountain bike trails, Mercey is perfect for those groups with different ideas of how to spend their vacation time. And with its remote location, you’ll enjoy mind-boggling views of the night sky. Don’t forget the telescope! 

Where to camp: 

The resort offers a range of sites ideal for campervans, all within walking distance to the pools. 

When to go: 

Mercey is open year-round, but you can take advantage of significantly lower camping rates outside the springtime high season, and during weekdays. 

Also nearby:

Mercey can easily be linked to the seaside havens of Monterey and Carmel for a beach and mountain combo trip, and nearby Pinnacles National Park offers additional camping options and your best chance to catch a glimpse of the elusive California Condor. 

Additional info:

Wilbur Hot Springs - Williams, CA 

Originally established in 1865, Wilbur Hot Springs is the perfect Northern California getaway for those seeking an escape from the breakneck pace of the modern world. The resort is fully off-the-grid and solar powered, offering a welcoming space for personal reflection through connection with nature, and free yoga classes are a welcome bonus. Be forewarned—all pools at Wilbur are clothing-optional.

The Japanese-style “Fluminarium” not only contributes to the rustic feel, but separates water into three distinct areas with varying temperatures. The springs are open day and night, allowing you to soak your muscles under the starry sky after a long day spent exploring the surrounding area. 

The property is full of hiking trails perfect for viewing California’s renowned wildflowers. The site even includes a natural geyser, which erupts about once an hour. 

Where to camp: 

Campsites are available on-site from April - October, but are only accessible by foot. Cache Creek and Clear Lake offer nearby sites suited to van camping. 

When to go: 

The resort is open year-round, but you can take advantage of complimentary yoga and a healthy event schedule from April - October. Note that this area is chilly during the winter months. 

Also nearby: 

Just 2 hours north of the Bay Area, Wilbur is a perfect stopping point on a trip to explore Lake Tahoe to the west or Shasta Lake farther north. 

Additional info:

Summer Lake Hot Springs - Paisley, OR

Ok, we cheated. Summer Lake may be in Oregon, but the unique landscape surrounding the resort is well worth the drive. Located in the aptly-named “Oregon Outback”, you’ll relax in outdoor rock pools and camp in vast grasslands framed by buttes that would look right at home in classic Western films. 

Outdoor pools vary in size and temperature, but their rock construction provides a natural feel. There’s also a large indoor soaking pool. In addition to the plethora of pool and hiking trails throughout the property, Summer Lake provides ample opportunity for socialization. Two musical festivals, “The Coyote Festival” and “Outback Music Festival”, visit the property each year, and are perfect for singles, couples, and families alike. 

Where to camp: 

On-site camping is available. The vistas are noteworthy, so it’s highly recommended. Admission to the hot springs is included in your camping fee. 

When to go: 

Those feeling social should plan ahead and visit at Summer Solstice for the Coyote Festival, or in fall for the Outback Music Festival. 

Also nearby: 

Plan a road trip throughout Oregon, visiting nearby Crater Lake (summer months only), and continuing to the charming city of Bend just two hours north. 

Additional info:

Mono Hot Springs: 

Don’t let the name turn you off—this campground and resort is nestled between two of Northern California’s greatest treasures, Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks. Take your pick between over a dozen natural springs that run along the San Joaquin River, or enjoy the benefits of the crisp mineral water in concrete-sided pools. 

With its high alpine location and rustic campground, Mono offers visitors a more laid-back, out-there feel than many other hot springs in Northern California. Summertime visitors should visit nearby Doris or Tule Lakes, the perfect place to cool off after a morning spent hiking the rugged trails of the High Sierras. 

If your group is looking for challenging adventure and easy relaxation in a single location, look no further than Mono Hot Springs. 

Where to camp: 

Mono Springs Campground is managed by the Forest Service, and is your best bet for enjoying the springs. Spots fill up quickly, so make reservations far in advance of your visit. 

When to go:

Due to Mono’s location in the High Sierras, it’s best enjoyed during the summer months. 

Also nearby:

Yosemite. Sequoia. King’s Canyon. Lake Tahoe. Mono Hot Springs is located in the heart of Northern California’s greatest playground for adventure. Make the most of it. 

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Few experiences capture the magic of camping like a night spent sleeping under the stars. From stories shared around the flicker of a campfire to the joy of waking up surrounded by stunning beauty and natural light, a camping trip is the quintessential way to make the most of the West’s breathtaking landscape. 

Camping isn’t just a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of your daily routine and connect with nature—you’ll also find that the experience brings you closer to anyone you share it with.

Whether you’ve got a quick weekend trip or a month-long adventure, planning your excursion doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. With some basic planning and the right packing list, anyone can have an unforgettable camping experience. Here at Trekker Vans, we believe the most important elements of any successful trip are an appetite for adventure and great company eager to join in the good times. 

Follow the handy guide below to find everything you need for an unforgettable trip that doesn’t break the bank.

You’re Going To Need Some Shelter

Even during the year’s warmest months, you’ll need some shelter to ensure you’re cozy out there no matter what Mother Nature has in store. Campervans are a popular option for campers that want an easy setup when it’s time for shuteye. Trekker Vans include all the warm bedding and pillows that’ll keep your toes toasty on your adventure. Sleeping inside a campervan or in the rooftop tent will provide the peace and shelter from rain, wind, and sun when you most need it. 

A standalone tent is the classic option. If you want to sleep in spaces where traditional vehicles don’t fit, a tent is the perfect answer. Bivy sacks are an often overlooked, but perhaps most versatile, option for the adventure-minded camper who wants to sleep directly under the stars with an unobstructed view. These lightweight, waterproof sacks slip directly over your sleeping bag to provide an extra layer of warmth and protection. They’re basically insignificant when it comes to packing space, so they’re an excellent option if you have any backpacking trips on your bucket list. 

Wherever you choose to sleep, hanging a tarp over your campsite is a simple solution that provides extra shelter that’s easy to transport. You can pick one up for a reasonable price at your local hardware store.

Food and Water 

There may not be a Chipotle or Whole Foods within ten minute’s drive at your favorite camp spot, but that doesn’t mean you need to spend the weekend surviving on nothing but canned tuna and sardines. We suggest packing a mix of easy-to-grab snacks and sandwich ingredients to keep you fueled through your daytime adventures (carbs and protein are your friends here), supplemented by some quick-to-cook but hearty options for dinner that will leave you satisfied at the end of the day. All Trekker Vans include an 8-gallon (30 liters) refrigerator where you can store your perishables. We love bringing our favorite bread, cheese, and meat as staples for any camping trip. An easy meal option at the top of our list is ramen with peanut butter for a scrumptious, warm, and filling meal that requires nothing more than hot water to enjoy. Trust us, it’s a thing! 

Speaking of water, make sure you have access to a clean source before you set out. Some campsites have water on-site, but check ahead of time, and don’t fret if your destination does not. Purchasing water and packing it in is easy...just make sure you have at least a gallon per person, per day. 

If you want to avoid the waste and extra weight that comes with packing in water jugs, a water purifier is your best bet. Products like the Sawyer Squeeze filter natural water sources into safe drinking water, providing you ultimate versatility and peace of mind. Just remember—stagnant sources aren’t as clean as moving ones, even when they’re filtered. All Trekker Vans already have 7 gallons of fresh water to use from your indoor sink to brush your teeth, wash your hands, or whatever else you might use the sink for.

Your Outdoor Kitchen 

With all these tasty treats you’ve brought along, you’re going to need some kitchenware to fully enjoy them. It’s easy to keep things simple with a plastic Tupperware or bowl from home, along with a fork and spoon. If you’re looking for something more compact, visit your local outdoor store to pick up a conveniently-packaged mess kit. If you’d rather not buy new equipment, Trekker Vans provides all the cookware, plates, bowls, utensils, cups, coffee maker, and more! 

Minimalists will do just fine cooking over a campfire, but a campstove is the most reliable and convenient cooking option. Propane-fueled stoves with two burners like the classic Coleman allow you to do everything from simply boiling water to sautéing your favorite meats and veggies. One stove is normally all you need, but two stoves are suggested for the chefs out there. 

Those looking for an ultralight and lightning-fast way to boil water should consider a JetBoil or similar stove. These compact contraptions bring cold water to boil in just minutes, which is especially handy on a chilly or rainy morning, or if you’re hungry for a simple meal once it’s already dark. What’s more—these compact stoves are about the size of a large coffee mug. 

When it comes time to do the dishes, you’ll want to make sure you have a bit of sustainable soap. Campsuds is a highly-concentrated, environmentally-friendly product that’s been around for years, and no outdoor kitchen should be without it. Don’t forget your sponge! 

Your Outdoor Wardrobe 

Packing the right clothing for your trip is pretty dependent on where and when you’re going. That said, make sure you have waterproof outer layers (or at least a rain jacket) is an absolute must. From there, you’ll want to pack lightweight, breathable pieces that easily layer with one another. Keep your options open with a few extra lightweight pieces rather than one heavy jacket. 

A note on materials: cotton is comfy and works just fine, but sweat-wicking and odor-resistant materials like merino wool are a nice luxury when you don’t have many opportunities to change clothes. This is especially true for socks and undies.

Let There Be Light 

No camping trip is complete without experiencing the flickering flames of a campfire and the intoxicating smell of marshmallows roasting on a stick. The fire is what keeps us warm and entertained at night, and provides fodder for the stories and connections that we remember for years to come. So, what do you need to get one started? Fuel and ignition. 

Many campsites will have firewood available for purchase on-site, but as with fresh water, you’ll want to check ahead of time. On the flip side, you’ll want make sure there are no restrictions on bringing your own wood, as some sites actually require you to buy theirs. 

Collecting wood is also an option, but restrictions on doing so vary widely by location, but please always be respectful of the land. At the end of the day, just do a bit of research before you head out, and you’ll be throwing back the s’mores in no time. 

Matches or a lighter are the easiest way to get your fire started, but they’re unreliable if they get wet or you’re faced with rainy weather. A flint and stone not only provide the spark your fire needs in all weather conditions, but you’ll feel like a true survivalist using them. Bring a compact set as a backup, and have fun with it! 

Of course, be sure to abide by all fire restrictions and bans. There are ways to have fun without fire. Headlamps and cards work just as well when Smokey the Bear says fires are a no-go at your location. 

Speaking of headlamps, you’ll want to make sure you have at least one even if you have a fire. Be sure to also bring the correct replacement batteries. Traditional handheld flashlights work just fine, but the convenience of having your hands free for more important things, like building that fire, truly can’t be overstated. 

First Aid Kit. Sunscreen. Bug Spray. Seriously. 

Chances are low that anything will go wrong while you’re enjoying the wilderness, but even small cuts and scrapes can become pesky if you don’t have the materials to treat them. Pack a compact first-aid kit with bandages, antibiotic ointment, gauze, and some basic painkillers, and make sure that it’s easily accessible. This is also a great place to stash your sunscreen and bug spray because nothing ruins an adventure like a rowdy sunburn or getting covered in mosquito bites. 

Throwing in a compact survival/how-to guide is also a wise decision. We like the Collins Gem SAS Survival Guide, available here:

For Entertainment or Directions, Don’t Rely on Your Phone 

A quick note about electronics here: you are better off without them. Bring your cell phone in case you need to make an emergency call, but remember—you’re going camping to get away from the curse of the screen and your daily routine. Just embrace it.

Even if you can’t stand the thought of a weekend without wireless, remember that you may not have service where you’re headed. Plan ahead and make sure you have maps, yes maps, of the areas you’ll be exploring. 

The Most Important Element of All 

At the end of the day, maintaining a positive attitude and surrounding yourself with great company are the best things you can do to ensure a stellar time out in the woods. Go with the flow, and remember that even the most meticulous plans rarely work out exactly as anticipated. Embrace the challenge, rely on your friends and family, and just have fun. Chances are, you’ll look back fondly on even the experiences that seemed difficult in the moment. 

Just Ask 
If you couldn’t tell, we at Trekker Vans like camping. Like, a lot. The only thing we like more than getting out there ourselves is helping others make the most of their experiences. So if you have a question about gear, where to go, what to see, or just want to swap stories after your outing, reach out at [email protected] or hit us up on our Facebook page below. And if you’re looking for inspiration back at your desk in the morning, follow us on Instagram for awe-inspiring nature shots that’ll hold you over until your next adventure.

Are you tired of the crowded tourist hotspots in Northern California? Do you want to experience the true beauty and serenity of the region? Then look no further than a campervan adventure through the hidden gems of Northern California.

With its stunning natural landscapes, diverse cultures, and rich history, Northern California has something for everyone. From secluded beaches to majestic redwood forests, you can explore the wonders of this region in the comfort of your own campervan. 

Here are some hidden gems that are perfect for your next campervan adventure.

Trinidad State Beach

A silhouette of trees on a beach at sunset.

Image by Vlada Karpovich

  1. Located in Humboldt County, Trinidad State Beach is a hidden gem that offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. With its sandy beaches and rugged coastline, it's a perfect spot for surfing, beachcombing, or just relaxing in the sun. Plus, there's plenty of nearby hiking trails and scenic drives to explore.

Mount Shasta

A lake with a mountain in the background.

Image by Satish Kumar

  1. If you're looking for a more active adventure, Mount Shasta is a must-see destination. This majestic mountain offers a variety of hiking and climbing opportunities for all skill levels, and its stunning views are worth the effort. Plus, with nearby hot springs and waterfalls, you can relax and unwind after a day of exploring.

Lassen Volcanic National Park

A landscape with a field of steam and mountains.

Image by: Cathy Zeiser

  1. Lassen Volcanic National Park is a hidden gem that offers a unique glimpse into the volcanic history of Northern California. With its bubbling mud pots, steam vents, and volcanic peaks, it's a fascinating destination for nature lovers and geology enthusiasts. Plus, the park offers a variety of camping options, from RV sites to primitive backcountry camping.

McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park

A waterfall in the middle of a rocky area.

image by Mike Lee

  1. For a peaceful and scenic retreat, head to McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park. This hidden gem is home to one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Northern California, which cascades 129 feet into a crystal-clear pool below. With its tranquil forests, hiking trails, and fishing opportunities, it's a perfect spot for a relaxing campervan getaway.

Mendocino Coast

A lighthouse on a cliff.

Image by Kevin Wheeler

  1. The Mendocino Coast is a hidden gem that offers a unique blend of rugged coastline and quaint coastal towns. With its historic lighthouses, charming bed and breakfasts, and delicious seafood, it's a perfect destination for a romantic or family-friendly campervan adventure. Plus, with nearby wineries and breweries, you can indulge in some local libations while taking in the stunning views.

No matter which hidden gem you choose to explore, a campervan adventure is the perfect way to experience the beauty and diversity of Northern California. So pack your bags, hit the road, and get ready to discover the hidden treasures of this incredible region.

Are you planning a road trip in a campervan and wondering what to pack? Packing for an outdoor adventure can be tricky, but with a little planning and organization, you can make sure you have everything you need to make your trip a success. Here are some essentials to consider when packing for your next campervan adventure:

Comfortable Clothing and Shoes

When traveling in a campervan, you'll likely be spending a lot of time outdoors exploring. That's why it's important to pack comfortable clothing and shoes that are suitable for the activities you have planned. Pack layers for cooler evenings and early mornings, and don't forget to bring rain gear if you'll be in a wet climate.

A woman hiking in the woods with a backpack.

Food and Cooking Supplies

One of the great benefits of traveling in a campervan is having the ability to cook your own meals. Bring along a portable stove or grill, and stock up on non-perishable food items like pasta, rice, and canned goods. Don't forget to pack cooking utensils, plates, and silverware, as well as a cooler for perishable items.
At Trekker Vans, all campervans come with a portable stove, 2 bottles of propane fuel, a kitchen kit (eating utensils, cooking utensils, drip coffee and filters, plates, bowls, pots, and a pan), and a 30-liter refrigerator to keep things cold. Some customers also bring a separate, portable cooler as well.

A man standing at a picnic table.

Bedding and Linens

A comfortable bed is essential for a good night's sleep, so be sure to pack bedding and linens. Most campervan rental companies will provide bedding, but it's always a good idea to bring along extra blankets and pillows for added comfort. Trekker Vans include a bedding kit with each rental (pillows with covers, blanket with duvet, and sheets).

A little girl standing in the back of a van with a tent in it.

Outdoor Gear and Equipment

Depending on the activities you have planned, you may need to bring along outdoor gear and equipment like hiking boots, backpacks, tents, and sleeping bags. Make a list of the activities you want to do and the gear you'll need, and don't forget to pack any necessary safety equipment like helmets and life jackets.

A camping chair with a cup of water and a bottle of water.

Entertainment and Technology

When you're not out exploring, you'll want to have some entertainment options on hand. Bring along books, board games, or a deck of cards for some unplugged fun. And if you want to stay connected, pack a smartphone, tablet, or laptop, along with a charging cable and any necessary adapters.

A woman is sitting on a bed with a book and a cup of coffee.

Image by Uriel Mont

Packing for a campervan adventure doesn't have to be stressful. By focusing on essentials like clothing, food, bedding, outdoor gear, and entertainment, you can make sure you're prepared for anything. Don't forget to plan ahead and stay organized, and you'll be on your way to an epic outdoor adventure in no time. Happy travels!

Colder temperatures shouldn't stop you from getting out to explore the great wild this winter. With a Trekker Van, you and your friends (or family) can reach even the most remote campsites and natural attractions without too much hassle. 

You don't have to buy an old school RV to enjoy all these perks. Trekker Vans offers clean, modern and safety compliant rental vans to make your next camping trip one to remember. We'll even create a customized package with special equipment, if you need it, for your next adventure. Just pack up your crew and head out to any of these three five incredible camping destinations. 

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

If you want to experience the beauty of the mountains and pass time among some of the oldest living things on the planet, a trip to Sequoia National Forest is a must! Although six of them are on seasonal roads that close in October and November, there are eight campsites that are open year-round. You can stay at the Azalea, Sunset, Crystal Springs, Dorst, Lodgepole, Buckeye Flat, Potwisha or South Fork campsites, even during the coldest days of the year. Thanks to the elevation, you may even see some snow. 

You also don't have to worry about the cold, because you won't be sleeping in a tent. There's a built-in queen bed inside each Trekker Van, and you can add a Roof Top Tent for an extra friend or two. We make it possible to enjoy the great outdoors in the company of trees bigger than buildings at any time of the year. We should note that while these camping facilities do not have RV hookups, they do have showers, laundry centers, and markets or gift shops a short drive away. 

Kartchner Caverns State Park

If you're in the mood to do some exploring in a little warmer weather, you can pack up a van and head to Kartchner Caverns State Park, which is just south of Benson, Arizona. You can go underground to explore an incredible cave system that will leave you in awe. Winter is one of the best seasons to visit, as the Big Room is open to the public. It is closed until mid-October each year to protect the population of cave bats that call the Big Room home. 

All of the campsites here have electric hookups and water. Your fee to stay at the campground includes the right to use the restrooms and showers, as well as the dump station. If you decide to drive off and explore, just be sure you're back before the entrance gate closes at 10 p.m. 

Joshua Tree National Park

Few national parks are as iconic and recognized as the Joshua Tree National Park. This park may be the top destination for camping in the winter in California. In fact, it's so popular for winter use that you should make a point of reserving a campsite well ahead of your planned visit. Thankfully, if you can't get a campsite, Trekker Vans gives you the option of camping off-site if necessary. 

The winter desert can be an incredible experience and an adventure you won't soon forget. With the right equipment and a comfortable place to sleep, you can enjoy your trip in warmth and security. 

Death Valley National Park

The hottest, driest, and lowest nNational pPark is best to visit anytime but the heat of summer. The remote and pristine wilderness of Death Valley National Park provides an amazing vistas, unbeatable camping experiences, and some of the most picturesque landscapes in North America. With average winter highs in the 60’s and lows in the 40’s, you can explore the vast expanses without fear of evaporating from the famous heat this park can deliver. 

Jalama Beach County Park

It can be hard to pick a destination when the West Coast of our beautiful lower 48 is over 1500 miles long! This little surfing gem is far enough away to be special, but still just a few hours drive from San Francisco. Jalama Beach County Park is just nNorth of Santa Barbara with an awesome campground that has the best of mild winters, and a secluded beach with amenities that make for easy camping and of course some epic surfing!

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