The Best Winter RV Camping Destinations
The winter season isn’t just for skiers and snowboarders – it can also be prime time to take an RV trip. The “snowbirds” know that escaping the winter by heading down south can be a highlight of the year, while those looking for a unique adventure can get their kicks by camping out in a region that’s typically extremely hot – but not during the winter months. Whether you’re a snowbird well acquainted with traveling to warmer climes or someone simply searching for an interesting new winter vacation destination, you’ve got a ton of options.
Let’s take a look at some of the coolest (no pun intended) RV camping destinations during the winter, divided up by the humid Southeast and drier Southwest regions:
The Everglades, Florida: The Everglades region may be famous for its damp humidity and giant bugs – but if you want to avoid these things, you’ll definitely want to look at camping here between December and April. An article from National Parks Traveler discusses the Everglades’ two developed campgrounds, Long Pine Key and Flamingo Campground, and notes that the former is available on a first-come basis while the latter accepts reservations. Given how popular Florida is for snowbirds and RV campers, you’ll be wise to start your planning early if you’re looking to spend your winter vacation in this sunny destination.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina: For the traditional RV snowbird that wants the beach experience, you can’t do much better than Myrtle Beach. The area is home to more RV parks than you can shake a stick at, and it offers plenty of opportunities for every traveler, from the shopper to the outdoors explorer to the avid mini-golfer. Myrtle Beach’s campgrounds website notes that when it comes to their locations, “many are oceanfront and offer fishing piers, pools, playgrounds and more.” As with the Everglades above, though, it’s a good idea to book well in advance of your RV trip, since for as many RV parks as Myrtle Beach has, they’re all very popular with the snowbird crowd.
Savannah, Georgia: A truly unique destination, Savannah has a wealth of options for the traveler looking to indulge in great food, interesting culture (pirates and ghosts!), and gorgeous landscapes both architectural and botanical. In a blog post about the “secrets of Savannah,” Trusted Choice comments specifically that the city is “rich in history and infused with innovation” and details trolley tours, walks through the City Market, and Spanish moss hanging from the trees. They also divulge that you can park your RV overnight at the Visitors Center downtown! “The downside is that there are no hookups and 48 hours is the maximum stay,” says Trusted Choice. “It is, after all, just a parking lot. But it’s perhaps one of the best parking lots in the country.”
South Texas Region, Texas: “Each year, campers from the north choose Texas parks for the mild winter, friendly people and many social activities that these parks have to offer,” says Texas Campgrounds, and it’s no hollow boast — the Lone Star State is a great place to visit when it starts to get cold up north. With mild winters, tons of entertaining local culture, and some of the best food in the country, Texas should definitely be on your winter vacation list. The Rio Grande Valley / South Texas region in the south is a particularly good bet for campers since, according to the website, “the winter is mildest and the outdoor mountains and other scenery provides a beautifully tranquil place to park your rig for a while.” Check out the Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine for Texas state parks with stunning views!
Albuquerque, New Mexico: Once you’ve been through New Mexico, you’re sure to agree that there’s no state quite like it. Cacti, red mesas, and canyons abound, along with indigenous artwork and a deep cultural history. “The mild temperatures, sunny weather, quiet and economical locales, friendly people and lots of activities makes it a draw for snowbirds,” says Snowbird Destinations, and it’s definitely a top choice for RV travelers looking to get a little bit off the beaten path. The American RV Park of Albuquerque has a ton of amenities including a heated pool, spa, and recreation field, so it’s worth a stop as you traverse the sun-drenched highways of New Mexico.
Tucson, Arizona: Ready to embrace the heat? This Arizona city is well known for its arid temperatures, as well as its burgeoning culture and nightlife. Snowbirds Destinations notes that “snowbirds love the Tucson area” and that “Tucson boasts the best of both worlds... the progress and innovation of a metropolitan community and the friendly, caring atmosphere of a small town.” As a snowbird-friendly region, you’re sure to find a strong RV community there during the winter months, avoiding the snow and ice of their hometowns and soaking up the constant Arizona sunshine instead.
Death Valley, Nevada: An interesting name and an even more interesting place to camp, Death Valley is a struggle to traverse during the summer – but fortunately, the lower elevation campgrounds that are closed due to summer’s extreme heat open up again during the winter months. National Parks Traveler quotes the official park website as saying that “in contrast to the extremes of summertime, winter and spring are very pleasant. Winter daytime temperatures are mild in the low elevations, with cool nights that only occasionally reach freezing. Higher elevations are cooler than the low valley.” However, they do note that Death Valley features some very remote terrain, so it’s a good idea to check out the park information and regulations before you go.
Palm Springs, California: Count ‘em: 354 days of sunshine every year. That’s the average for Palm Springs, California, also known as a top destination for snowbirds fleeing blizzards and ice storms. A city in Coachella Valley, Snowbirds Destinations describes Palm Springs’ weather as idyllic, noting that “winter temperatures average in the 70s with nights in the low-to-mid 40s. Palm Springs is the only spot in California where frost and fog are absolutely unknown.” Whether you’re looking to soak in the hot springs, get a massage at the spa, or hit a few links on over 120 golf courses, Palm Springs is where you should be parking your RV this winter.
Escape the Snow This Winter in Your RV
If you’re looking to escape the cold and have yourself a fun RV adventure while you’re at it, there’s no lack of prime destinations to check out across the southern United States. Whether you want an once-in-a-lifetime camping experience like Death Valley or a spa getaway in a place like Palm Springs, you have plenty of great options – just pick a Southeast or Southwest spot, hop in your motorhome or towable RV, and get ready to beat the blizzards!