Snowbirds, if you're looking to get away from the cold weather this winter, we've put together a list of five warm weather winter camping destinations to visit. Tried and true, FRDM approved.
Head over to Southern Arizona to experience the desert it its full glory. Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument has some of the most uniquely shaped cactuses which it takes its name from. The Organ Pipe Cactus is a species native to Mexico and can grow to be up to 16-26 feet high. The Twin Peaks Campground is located within and has accommodations for 34 tent-only site and an additional 174 RV sites. A great destination for warmer weather winter camping, and if you book during the low winter months you might find you have the place practically to yourself.
Southern California weather has a pretty rad reputation as it is (not that we’re biased or anything), and Joshua Tree will definitely not let you down as a great camp site for mild temperatures during the winter months. If you’re looking for that expansive, barren camp feel - Joshua Tree is the place to go. You can find plenty of bouldering if you’re looking to get some rock climbing in, otherwise expect your traditional camping experience. Within the park are eight well-established camp grounds. It does tend to get pretty busy, so we recommend making a reservation ahead of time.
Located in southwest Texas, Big Bend National Park includes the entirety of the Chisos mountain range as well as a significant portion of the Chihuahuan Desert. Bird watchers — this is the spot for you. Home to *hundreds* of bird species, Big Bend National Park is a great opportunity to add to your bird journals. For the kid in all of us, and potentially our favorite part of the park, there are tons of sea fossils and dinosaur bones that sprinkle the landscape.
Everglades National Park is a huge (we’re talking 1.5-million-acres) wetlands preserve on the southern-most tip of Florida, just outside of Miami. The slow-paced swamp life is great for a winter recharge. It’s home to hundreds of animal species, so if you’re particularly interested in camping with critters, this is the place for you. If you’re lucky, you’ll come across the Florida panther, the West Indian manatee, and the endangered leatherback turtle. With coastal mangroves, pine flat woods, and sawgrass marshes, Everglads National Park has something for every snowbird looking to migrate to warmer weather.
Summer in Death Valley? That’s a hard pass from us. But winter in Death Valley National Park is straight up delightful. You can expect temperate weather, around the mid 60s, perfect for a comfortable campsite. Straddling California and Nevada, you can expect the beautiful desert landscape and critters you know and love. Death Valley is most famously known for Titus Canyon — a ghost town and Instagram-worthy colorful rocks. FRDM fact: it’s also home to Badwater Basin’s salt flats, which happens to be the lowest point in North America. Love a trivia moment. Don’t let the name of the park intimidate you, Death Valley is a must-visit.