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Cold Weather Camping in California

Oct. 16, 2019

One of the appeals of camping is getting away from it all. While summer camping is popular, winter camping affords the visitor a chance to get back to nature without the crowds. Whether you want to grab your warmest sleeping bag, or prefer a more ‘glampourous’ experience, the Golden State has the perfect rustic winter getaway for you.


Mount Shasta Ski Park: Experienced skiers will relish a stay in the Beyond the Boundaries Rustic Cabins in Mt. Shasta’s backcountry. Nestled in at 7,400 ft., the cozy cabins boast amazing panoramic views, starlit nights and quiet solitude. The location is ideal to explore open glade powder runs and a mix of challenging terrain.

Curry Village: Located in Yosemite Valley, Curry Village has everything from rugged tents to glamping in a setting just steps from all of the park’s most famous sites, hiking trails and exhibits.

Pine Mountain Camp: If roughing it is not your idea of a vacation, you can still get out in nature in Lake Arrowhead at the luxurious Pine Mountain Camp. An array of cabins and a main lodge sit on 40 acres of gorgeous private pine forest. Sledding and snowshoeing are available on property, and ski runs are a mere 20 minutes away.

Sturtevant Camp: The hike-in Sturtevant Camp in the upper reaches of Big Santa Anita Canyon gives intrepid travelers a chance to travel back in time. While there are electric lights at night, there are no outlets, no Wi-Fi and no cell service. If you’re looking for a gorgeous digital detox in Los Angeles County, look no further.


Mendocino Grove: Elevate the camping experience in Mendocino at Mendocino Grove. Six neighborhoods of canvas tents on wooden platforms give campers more privacy, and the comfortable beds inside with warm down comforters ensure a cozy winter night’s sleep. 

Calistoga Ranch: For the ultimate luxurious getaway to unplug, Calistoga Ranch in Napa offers a Sound Off Quiet Retreat. Requiring at least a four-night stay, retreat guests enjoy the solitude of a private cabin complete with private deck, soaking tub and outdoor shower. Activities include meditation, hikes, yoga and wellness services.

Vineyard RV Park: With a wide variety of cabins available, the Vineyard RV Park takes the cold out of cold weather camping. Located in Vacaville, the site is convenient for exploring the wines of Napa Valley, hiking nearby trails or taking in the city sights of San Francisco.

Ventana Redwood Canyon: It doesn’t get much better than camping in style in Big Sur at Ventana’s Redwood Canyon Glampsite. Inside your canvas tent you’ll find custom-designed glamping mattresses, premium linens, electricity and even USB hubs. During the day enjoy the views of the 20-acre canyon and at night cozy up to your fire pit and roast some s’mores.

Safari Tent: For a little bit of Africa in San Diego, reserve a special Safari Tent at the KOA in Chula Vista a family campsite. Complete with beds, microwave, refrigerator and coffee maker, there’s no roughing it here.