Top Winter Camping and Hiking Trips

joshua-tree-national-park-bysrikanth_jandyWinter is officially here now that December is upon us. Many areas that attract thousands of hikers and campers every year are covered in snow drifts as high as buildings which means these areas are closed to campers and hikers for the season. Some areas, however, are best accessed during the winter because of limited crowds and better conditions than the rest of the year. If you’re looking for a trip this winter, check out these adventures:

United States

  1. Joshua Tree National Park—temperatures are mild and perfect for camping and hiking in the winter.
  2. Death Valley National Park—although busy in winter, the breath-taking sunrises and sunsets in winter and mild temperatures make Death Valley a place of beauty this time of year.
  3. Mt. Hood National Forest, Oregon—if snow is more your speed, Mt. Hood is a winter wonderland in December with snowfall averaging 50 inches and January averaging 58 inches. Be prepared for harsh winter conditions and pack cold-winter camping essentials.
  4. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan—during the summer, the crowds are excessive on Michigan’s lakes. Winter brings peace and quiet to the picturesque area, and snow just adds to the beauty.
  5. Padre Island National Seashore, Texas—it’ll be months before spring breakers swamp the islands to celebrate spring and winter is a great time to see wildlife that migrated south for the winter.
  6. Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado—cool at night but with sun during the day warm enough to make the sand hot, the Great Sand Dunes in Colorado provide some unique winter weather fun.

Abroad

  1. Te Araroa Trail, New Zealand—December in the Southern Hemisphere is actually summer! This 3000km route has anything and everything, from volcanoes to cities to beaches.
  2. The Sir Samuel and Lady Florence Baker Historical Trail, South Sudan to Uganda—this trail opens in 2014 for 360 miles of a journey back in history to the trail the Bakers used as the first Europeans in the heart of Africa.
  3. MacLehose Trail, New Territories, Hong Kong—up through some of the highest mountains in the area, this trail is a popular trail for section hiking and taking in some Hong Kong culture at the same time.

No matter if you’re traveling the world or staying in our backyard in Arkansas, really enjoying winter camping takes certain gear. Being cold and uncomfortable is no way to spend your hiking or camping vacation! Come by Uncle Sam’s in Evelyn Hills to get kitted out for maximum safety and comfort on any adventure.

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