Winter Fun

Daily protests on the evening news, political discord on social media and other dispiriting issues have you yearning for an escape? Then plan a winter campout and take a break from life’s stressors!

While an RV is the perfect escape vehicle any time of year, here are eight reasons to go winter camping.

It Costs Less – Most RV parks and campgrounds offer winter rates with considerable savings compared to peak summer rates. In Washington State, seniors can purchase an off-season state park pass for $75 which allows them to camp for free in standard campsites from October through the end of March or utility sites for $10 per night.

No Ice Needed – You don’t need to buy ice to keep your favorite beverage chilled in your outdoor cooler.

You Can Enjoy Different Activities - Summer camping lends itself to hiking, swimming, biking and boating. Conversely, in the winter months you can go snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing and sledding / tubing. RVs are the perfect way to enjoy these winter sports as most can easily accommodate the required gear and provide a warm dry place to return to at the end of the day.

There’s No Crowds - Not only are campsites cheaper in the winter, but the campgrounds are less crowded, if not practically empty too. Less crowds mean less noise from other campers, larger selection of campsites and the opportunity to enjoy the campgrounds attractions and amenities in relative solitude.

No Reservations Needed – Because demand for campsites is low in winter, reservations typically are not required as there are less RVers competing for spaces. Winter is also a good time to visit popular campgrounds that require reservations in the summer to see what all the fuss is about allowing you to make an informed decision as to whether it is worth the effort to obtain a campsite in the summer.

Exploring is Easier – Foliage has fallen off the trees and underbrush is often flattened by the snow allowing you to see more and traverse off trail easier permitting you to explore places that might not be accessible during a summer camp-out. In colder climates, lakes and ponds freeze up allowing you to “walk on water” to explore areas from camp that would require a boat in summer. Stargazing is also easier in the winter as the cold crisp air settles airborne particulates allowing a better view of celestial bodies and it gets dark earlier. Those in northern locations may even get treated to a glimpse of the Northern Lights.

Gasoline is Cheaper – Winter blend gasoline cost less to manufacture, that combined with less people driving in the winter equals less demand and in turn less costs at the pump for you and your RV.

No Bugs - Flying and biting insects, like mosquitoes, are often cited as a reason why people dislike camping. In the winter, insects are either frozen out or have gone dormant providing for a bug free campout, so leave the bug spray at home.

Need more reasons? Visit the big 2017 Seattle RV Show February 9th – 12th at the CenturyLink Field Event Center and attend the daily Winter Fun with Washington State Parks seminar to learn about winter camping activities offered by Washington State Parks Winter Recreation Program. A complete listing of seminars and a schedule can be found here.

If you don’t already own an RV and are looking to join the lifestyle, the Seattle RV Show is a great place to find your very own escape pod and be camping before the end of winter!

Dave Helgeson
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Dave Helgeson is the MHRV Show Director. He and his wife love to travel across the west in their RV. Dave writes about all things RVing but loves to share destinations and boondocking advice.

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