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Find Your Park with Lost Campers

Find Your Park

for the National Park Service Centennial

Find Your Park Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park Night Sky, courtesy of NPS

 

“Science is the best idea humans ever had, and our national parks, monuments, and historic sites are often called ‘America’s Best Idea.’ We need to preserve and protect them. Let’s work together to understand the impact of climate change on our parks and sites, so that we can enjoy them now and well into the future, beyond the centennial of the National Park Service.” –Bill Nye, Centennial Embassador

 

The National Park Service is celebrating 100 years of service, conservation and stewardship of our most treasured places in America. National Parks belong to all of us. They are places that resonate in our souls and make memories that last a lifetime. The National Park Service and the National Park Foundation have teamed up to start the Find Your Park movement (FindYourPark.com). They are setting out to inspire people  to find the National Park or Public land that will stay in their heart forever in turn bringing about education and preservation of these precious places.

 Here at Lost Campers we are very excited to be able to offer people a way to enjoy the America’s most cherished lands with comfortable and affordable camper van travel. It makes me a little misty eyed to think about it, but some of my fondest memories were made in National Parks, and to think that we help people go on adventures like this everyday, well…..makes me love my job all the more. On that note, if you already found your park, the Find Your Park website has an option where you can share your experiences and memories. How cool is that? Humans connecting with nature and in turn connecting with each other to inspire! Whew! I am just feeling the love as I write this post!

Find Your Park Craters of the Moon National Park

Craters of the Moon National Park, Courtesy of Matthew Nelson

There are going to be centennial celebrations throughout 2016 at all of the 407 National Parks! Here are some of the events that caught my eye, but be sure to follow up with some of your own research as well, because there is loads of great things going on! 

Upcoming Find Your Park Centennial Events

Golden Gate National Recreation Area California

 

The National Parks BioBlitz

 

Bike Your Park Day

 

*Along with the awesome events going on, there are also Free Entrance Days for the 127 National Parks that typically require an entrance fee. Mark your calendars!

 

Find Your Park Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park


Free Park Entrance Dates:

April 16 – 24: National Park Week

August 25-28: National Park Service Birthday (Happy 100th Birthday!)

September 24: National Public Lands Day

November 11: Veterans Day

So what are you waiting for? Book your campervan and get out there and  Find Your Park!

 

 

 

Submitted by: Launi Haygood, Professional Camper, Lost Campers Crew

 

2016 Music Festivals with Camping

The 2016 Music Festivals with Camping Schedule To Rule Them All…(at least the western U.S.)

Yes folks, the daffodils are peaking out of the earth and spring is in the air. Music Festival planning is upon us and we here at Lost Campers are pumped up to get you on the road for an epic music festival experience.  The following is the 2016 Music Festivals with camping schedule for the western U.S.A. to make your planning easy street. This post will be regularly updated as we move into summer, so keep chomping at the bit for more 2016 music festivals with camping updates!

I mentioned these three major festivals in a previous blog post as well, but they are some big ones and definitely deserve extra attention. Go go gadget campervans!

April 2016

Country Thunder- Arizona

Get your boots on and cowboy up! Head south to the desert for some country music fun. Florence, AZ is a 7 hour drive from our Los Angeles location. Joshua Tree National Park is a great place to camp along the way.

2016 Music Festivals with Camping

Digital Banner source: www.arizona.contrythunder.com

When: April 7-10

Where: Florence, AZ

Camping available: Yes!

Website: http://arizona.countrythunder.com/

 

Coachella- California

This is one of the biggest music and art festivals in the U.S. and this year is going to be epic. Coachella Valley is only 3 hours drive from our Los Angeles depot , 9 hours drive from our San Francisco depot and 10 hours from our Salt Lake City Depot. There are loads of great places to camp along the way from any of these locations. Why not make a week or two of your trip? Our LA depot is already nearly booked out so we recommend acting quickly if you would like to travel from LA!

2016 Music Festivals with Camping

Photo Source: www.consequenceofsound.net

When: Two Weekends April 15-17 and April 22-24

Where: Coachella Valley, CA

Camping available: Yes!

Website: https://www.coachella.com/

 

 

May 2016

Bottle Rock- California

Amazing live music in wine country, who could ask for more? Napa Valley is only a 2 hour drive from our San Francisco depot. Booking early is recommended to assure availability-early bird gets the campervan!

2016 Music Festivals with Camping

Digital Banner Source: www.craveonline.com

When: May 27-29

Where: Napa Valley, CA

Camping: CampCarneros at Skyline Wilderness Park, located just 7 miles from BottleRock, offers RV and tent camping options

Website: http://www.bottlerocknapavalley.com/

 

Sasquatch- Washington

One of my favorite bands is playing this festival this year- the Alabama Shakes (lead singer Brittany Howard just won herself a Grammy)! Check out the line up with the festival website link below. George, WA is approximately 13-14 hrs. drive from our San Fran location, there is loads of great places to camp along the way through Northern California and Oregon to break up the trip. www.reserveamerica.com is a great site to research and book campgrounds.

2016 music festivals with camping

photo credit: sasquatchfestival.com

When: May 27-30

Where: George, Washington

Camping: There are several different types of festival camping passes offered at Sasquatch, check out the website for more details.

Website: http://www.sasquatchfestival.com/festival-info

 

 

Lightning in a Bottle- California

This Music Festival is fantastic and is known for being the most environmentally friendly festival out there. There are loads of opportunities for education on green living and energy conservation. Lightening in a Bottle is a great example of how all music festivals should be in regard to their environmentally friendly approach. Bradley, CA is roughly 3 hours drive from our San Fran location, and 4 hours drive from our LA location. We are booking up quickly for memorial day weekend, so booking your campervan early is recommended.

2016 music festivals with camping

Web header credit to http://lightninginabottle.org/

  When: May 25-30

Where: Bradley, CA

Camping: Be sure to purchase a car camping pass in addition to your festival pass to campervan camp- all standard camping with out a car camping pass is tent only. Check out the website for further information and pricing.

Website: http://lightninginabottle.org/

 

June 2016

Ogden Music Festival- Utah

This is the 9th annual Ogden Music Festival and it is going to be fantastic! This festival features a wonderful variety of bluegrass artists. This is a family friendly festival where youth under 16 years and under are invited to attend the festival for free. OFOAM strives to encourage music interest and education for people of all ages. There is even an instrument “petting zoo” where kids and adults alike can fuel their curiosity with a hands on experience with various musical instruments. At OFOAM, music is love and love is music!  (I have already booked my campervan for this one!)

2016 music festivals with camping

Photo shared from www.ofoam.org

When: June 3-5

Where: Ogden, Utah

Camping: On site in  Buenaventura State Park

Website:http://www.ofoam.org/festivals/ogden-music-festival.html

 

 

 

Telluride Bluegrass Festival- Colorado

This is the 43rd annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Welcome the summer solstice with 4 days of bluegrass music and magic in the San Juan mountains of Colorado. This legendary festival offers an amazing line up of artists like Bela Fleck and the Flecktones and Emmylou Harris. This festival should be on your list every year if bluegrass is your thing!

2016 music festivals with camping

Photo Credit: Benko Photographics, shared from http://www.bluegrass.com/telluride/

When: June 16-19

Where: Telluride, Colorado

Camping: Yes! Several campgrounds within 0-7 miles of the festival

Website: http://www.bluegrass.com/telluride/

 

 

 

 

 

 Country Jam- Colorado

Dust off your cowboy hat and get ready to jam! With an amazing line up of country stars you can’t go wrong with Country Jam! This is one of the largest country music festivals in the U.S. so get geared up and book your campsite early as they fill up quickly!

2016 Music Festivals with Camping

Banner Credit: http://countryjam.com/colorado/

When: June 16-19

Where: Grand Junction, CO

Camping: Yes, book soon as they are nearly sold out!

Website: http://countryjam.com/Colorado/

 

 

 

 

 High Sierra Music Festival- California

Can I just say one thing? Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals in the beautiful High Sierras….okay I know that is more than one thing, but need I say more? I think not.

2016 Music Festivals with Camping

Banner Shared from www.everntbrite.com

When: June 30-July 3

Where: Quincy, CA

Camping: Yes, it is booking up quickly so act fast!

Website: http://highsierramusic.com/

 

 

 

 

July 2016

Northwest String Summit- Oregon

2016 Music Festival with camping

Compliments of Spady Photography

 

 

When: July 14th-17th

Where: North Plains and Horning’s Hide Out, Oregon

Camping: Yes! At Horning’s Hide Out

Website:  http://stringsummit.com/

 

Red Ants Pants- Montana

2016 music festival with camping

Photo compliments of redantspants.com

When: July 28-31

Where: White Sulfur Springs, Montana

Camping: Yes! Lots of it!

Website: http://redantspantsmusicfestival.com/

 

Oregon Jamboree- Oregon

2016 music festivals with camping

Header compliments of oregonjamboree.com

When: July 29-31

Where: Sweet Home Oregon

Camping: Yes, but it very limited!

Website: http://oregonjamboree.com/

 

 

 

August 2016

Pickathon- Oregon

2016 music festivals with camping

compliments of pickathon.com

When: August 5-7

Where: Happy Valley Oregon

Camping: Yes!

Website: http://pickathon.com/

**We will be continually updating the 2016 music festivals with camping schedule, so stay tuned….

 

 

 

 

September 2016

To be updated very soon!

 

October 2016

To be updated very soon!

November 2016

To be updated very soon!

December 2016

To be updated very soon!

 

 

Lost Campers Contest Announcement!

Lost Campers ContestThe Lost Campers Contest!

Submit Your Photos, Videos or Stories and Enter to Win Prizes!

Lost Campers Contest

We are very excited to announce the Lost Campers Contest for Photos, Videos and Stories! Over the years, it has been our amazing customers who inspire us with the photos, videos and stories about their adventures. You have shown us new places to camp and discover . We feel honored to be part of these experiences and so this contest was developed to inspire all of the Lost Campers out there past, present and future to share their adventures with us and keep the fire of adventure and curiosity burning well into the future! We are all about having fun and being rewarded for it! The rules are easy, no matter if you enjoy writing, photography or videography there is something for you.

Theme: Customers submit stories, photos and videos from their Lost Campers campervan adventures

Lost Campers Contest

4 Categories to choose from:

Best Video, Best Slideshow, Best Photo, Best Short Story

 

 

Lost Campers Contest

Nature


 

Lost Campers  Contest

People


 Criteria for entries:

Photos must include a campervan in the shot.

Videos must also include a campervan at some point and be at least 2 minutes in length.  

Slideshows must include a campervan in at least 1 shot and be at least 60 seconds in length with music.

Stories/articles must be at least 1000 words, reference why you love Lost Campers vans and include at least 1 photo.

Prizes:

Best Video wins a $200 rental voucher

 Best Slideshow $100 voucher

 Best Short story wins $100 rental voucher

 Best Photo wins $55 rental voucher

 

*Runners up for each category will receive 10% off the daily rate vouchers and credit for their submissions on social media and LC blog.

Lost Campers ContestJudging:

Social media likes will narrow down the entries, then a staff vote will narrow down the finalists and the Owners of Lost Campers will select one winner, and one runner up for each category.

Winners are announced twice a year: Round One-July 1st and Round Two- Jan 5th of each year. Submissions for the Round 1 must be received by June 1st, Submissions for Round 2 must be received by December 1st

 

 

Contest Rules and Restrictions:

  • Have Fun!!! We are in the fun business and want your submissions to entertain, inform and inspire you, us and fellow Lost Campers!
  • Once a submission is made, the contestant agrees to allow Lost Campers to use the photos, videos and slide shows for promotions and marketing.
  •  Booking deposit is required for all bookings made utilizing a winning voucher, the  booking deposit collected is equal to the amount of sales tax due for the booking, booking deposits  are non refundable and would be considered a cancellation fee in the incidence of a cancellation made within 14 days of pick up.
  • Bookings must meet the minimum day booking requirement for the season they are booking for.
  • Vouchers apply to daily rental rates and extra gear rentals only, insurance and mileage packages are excluded, extra gear cannot be guaranteed in stock at all times.
  • Renters are responsible for sales tax. Once the renter arrives to collect the van,  the booking deposit will be applied to the sales tax due.
  • Vouchers are good for one use only, they are redeemed upon confirmation of a booking, any remaining amount is forfeited once the voucher has been redeemed
  • Bookings that redeem a voucher and cancel after confirming their booking, the voucher is forfeited:  Cancellations made 14 days or more prior to pick up, the booking deposit will be held as a credit on file for future use up to 2 yrs. from cancellation date, voucher would be forfeit, cancellations made within 14 days of pick up, booking deposit and voucher are forfeit.
  • All of Lost Campers standard Terms and Conditions apply to all rentals utilizing a winning voucher
  • Vouchers are not valid for Burning Man Rentals.
  • Vouchers are fully transferable with written permission of contest winner
  • Voucher is valid for one year from the date of issue
  • No foul language, nudity or disrespect will be accepted
  • Late submissions will be automatically entered into the next round
  • One entry per category per person
  • Rules are subject to change at the discretion of Lost Campers
  • Did we mention Have Fun!?

How to Enter Lost Campers Contest:

Submit your entry to our reservations email address: RESERVATIONS@LOSTCAMPERSUSA.COM

Email subject line:  LOST CAMPERS CONTEST

We can’t wait to receive your submissions to the first ever biannual Lost Campers Contest!

 

 

USA Campervan Travelogues | Travel Videos | Travel Photos

California Travelers Photos and Travel Videos

USA Campervan Travelogues

The following is a cool collection of USA campervan travelogues from our customers and friends.  Some of the greatest places for US campervan travel we have learned about has been from videos and photos submitted to us by our amazing customers.

Check out these inspiring camping adventures through out  California.  Please also check out our other blog posts with great campervan camping tips for California, Utah,  Joshua Tree  & Death Valley and more that are great resources for planning a fantastic camper van road trip.

Epic California Coastal Adventure & Yosemite Camping

A millennial couple’s California road trip from San Francisco, along the Northern California coastline, Gold Country foothills and Yosemite camping adventure in a Lost Campers campervan. Awesome high definition images of the coast, Yosemite and nature you will love.  This video will leave you with a longing for adventure.

Special thanks to Matt & Kristin Fowler with M&K Photography for sharing their grand adventure.


 

Big Sur Campervan Camping Adventure with Lost Campers

Two groups of friends on a laid back California Big Sur campervan “glamping” adventure to a secret free ridge top camping spot high up in Lost Padres National Forest in 2 Lost Campers campervans. This secret road is called Nacimiento-Fergusson Rd, Big Sur, CA    This video defines the fun and simplicity of camper van life on the road.

 

Family Friendly Campervan Trip to the California Redwoods

These photos and camping recommendations were submitted by a mother-daughter travel team of their June 2015 camper van adventure from San Francisco to the Redwoods. Special thanks to Shana Miller & Sami Watters for these fun photos and family friendly recommendations.

 

USA Campervan Travelogues
Two Happy Campers

Traveling with my young daughter of 7 years old was fun and easy with a Lost Campers camper van. Sami and I had everything we needed to camp in comfort and explore the Redwoods and coast line.

We camped in State Parks along the way. I booked our campsites ahead of time to avoid any hassle with trying to find a spot. All of the State Park campgrounds were great, however my favorite was definitely MacKerricher State Park, it was really beautiful and close to the ocean.

USA Campervan Travelogues

Sand Art in the works, MacKerricher State Park

 

 Our California Campervan Trip Highlights

  • Pier  39 was a great afternoon excursion for some lunch and to watch the sea lions lounge about on the pier
  • We visited 2 aquariums during our adventure: The Ocean World Aquarium in Crescent City and Aquarium of the Bay in San Francisco. Both were really fun. Sami’s favorite moment: “Petting the sharks at Ocean World, it was so cool!”
  • The lighthouses were really fantastic, however, for Point Reyes lighthouse, be sure to plan accordingly as the access to  stairs and lower chamber of the lighthouse is only open Friday thru Monday. Battery Point offers another beautiful light house with amazing views as well
    USA Campervan Travelogues

    Point Reyes National Seashore, California

  • http://www.nps.gov/pore/planyourvisit/hours.htm
  • Fern Canyon was a beautiful place to take a leisurely hike and the fact that Jurassic Park was filmed here made it all the more exciting for a little girl who has a huge imagination and a passion for dinosaurs! We followed up our visit to Fern Canyon with a screening of Jurassic World in Crescent City
  • Eureka- it is a very cool little city to take a stroll and do some shopping. I recommend the restaurant at  Lost Coast Brewery, the pub style food was delicious!
  • Driving the Pacific Coast Highway, the views are incredible

A few more fun photos of our California campervan trip:

USA Campervan Travelogues

Dinner Lost Campers Style

USA Campervan Travelogues

Sami’s Napping Nook

 

 

 

 

USA Campervan Travelogues

Chandelier Tree, California

USA Campervan Travelogues

Toes in the Sand

 

USA Campervan Travelogues

Feeling free as a bird on the Pacific Coast Highway

 

Check Out Shana and Sami’s Campground Itinerary Here:

 If you want to have your awesome USA campervan adventures too, check out our campervan openings in our Los Angeles, San Francisco or Salt Lake City offices here today.

*Note to recent and future Lost Campers customers- We’d love to learn about your camper van experience and adventures.  Please share your USA campervan travelogues with us and get a chance to win a Free Campervan rental. Send it via email at : reservations@lostcampersusa.com

This USA Campervan Travelogues blog post was a collaborative effort by “Tourism Tim” Warren and Launi Haygood. Above all special thanks to our amazing customers for their contributions:

Matt & Kristin Fowler

Shana Miller & Sami Watters

Camping Hacks For Camper Van Travel

Camper van camping hacks that every Lost Camper should know!

Camping hacks make life easier! Here at Lost Campers we are all about practical solutions while camping and road tripping. Here are some of our favorite camper van camping hacks that work well for campervan life on the road.

 

1. Make your own lantern jug

camping hacks

The Lantern Jug

Tie your headlamp or flashlight to a jug of drinking water for a soft radiant light within the van. This is one of my favorite camping hacks and I have been using it for years. (Kids love it as well)

2. To get air flow and keep bugs out of the van during the hot months:

Make sure all interior lights are off within the van. Open the rear pop out windows, close all of the privacy curtains and open the side windows just slightly. This will allow some much needed air flow and bugs are more likely to stay away as long as there is not light for them to follow in. You can also purchase rolls of screening at a hardware store that you can cut to size and close into the doors if you prefer a window or two to be all the way down at night. I have had a few renters use the screen option for desert camping and were glad they did, just be sure to cut the screening big enough that you can close it in the door to secure it, as using tape or adhesives will leave damaging marks on the van and that is no fun for anyone involved.

 

3. Use the dish bin as an additional wash basin

Remove the dishes from the dish bin and store them safely while you fill the bin with water and use it as an additional wash basin for dishes and cleaning up.  It comes in handy for washing and rinsing bigger dishes, then all the clean dishes can be stored in it once again when your done!

camping hacks

Homemade coffee dipper- Thanks to gearjunkies.com for the pic


4. Make your own coffee dippers

With some coffee grounds, coffee filters and dental floss you can make what I like to call “coffee dippers” Put some coffee grounds in a filter, tie it up nice and tight with dental floss, then just like making a cup of tea, boil some water and steep your coffee dipper in the hot water for a few minutes to make a magical cup of Joe to start your day of adventure off right. Most people use 1-2 tbs. of grounds per cup of coffee. Yes, I know there are instant coffee bags out there, however you can make these with coffee you will actually enjoy!

5. Make the most of your cargo space

Use soft sided backpacks and duffle bags when packing for your campervan adventure. This is one of our most popular camper van camping hacks. When traveling with more than two people having bags that are pliable will allow you to fit more stuff into the cargo box of the van freeing up more space to ensure comfortable passengers at the back.

 

We hope that these camper van camping hacks provide you with some easy solutions to make your trip even more enjoyable!

 

Submitted by camper van camping hacks fan, Launi Haygood

 

 

 

 

Winter Camping Sedona, Arizona

Winter Camping Sedona

Winter camping Sedona is a great way to take a break from the grey days of winter. This gorgeous area of Arizona exceeded my expectations and reminded me of how much beauty the desert has to offer during the colder months. The landscape changes gradually on the drive from alpine mountains to red cliffs as you go along making for scenic ride from our Salt Lake City Depot. From there, the drive can be broken up to see some other amazing sights along the way such as Capitol Reef Natl. Park, Escalante, Bryce Canyon Natl. Park, Zion Natl. Park or the Grand Canyon. From LA you can stop off in Palm Springs and Joshua Tree Natl. Park. From either of these locations Sedona is around a great destination for a week of winter camping Sedona fun.

winter camping Sedona

Beautiful View of Sedona

 

 There is camping just north of Sedona in the Coconino National Forrest in Oak Creek Canyon at the Manzanita Campground. For us, winter camping Sedona needs to fit a budget.  Manzanita offers the basics: drinking water, vault toilets and picnic tables with a daily camp fee of only $20 it’s a great fit. This campground is tent camping only and does not allow RV’s so it is great to be in a campervan and know that you are good to go! This campground is lower in elevation and there was not snow on the ground as we had seen further up Oak Creek Canyon. We still recommend zero degree sleeping bags, thermals and anything else that will keep you warm through the chilly nights. Winter camping Sedona requires being prepared if you want to stay warm and comfortable  Check out REI’s winter camping checklist to assist with your planning:

 http://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/winter-snow-camping-checklist.html

 Manzanita campground is only 30 minutes from uptown Sedona where you can find eclectic shops and restaurants. For more info about this campground and Coconino National Forrest visit:

http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/coconino/recarea/?recid=55352

winter camping Sedona

Boynton Canyon Trail

Trail heads are very easy to access in Sedona and there are literally over a hundred to choose from. We hiked Boynton Canyon to the vortex and to Dead Man’s pass. We hiked with our young son so we chose an easier hike that offered beautiful views. There are four well known Vortexes in Sedona. These are places where there is said to be a high concentration of earth energy. People visit the vortexes for reflection and healing as they are said to bring peace and rejuvenation. We visited the one of the Vortexes near the airport in addition to Boynton Canyon, it was very crowded and parking was difficult to find, however, this Vortex does offer an incredible panoramic view of all of Sedona. The Boynton Canyon Vortex was a better experience for us and we were happy to combine the 1/2 mile trip to the Vortex with another hike in the same area to make a day out of the journey. To plan your hikes we recommend stopping by the Hike House or take a look at their website for great information about the trails in this area: http://thehikehouse.com/ Winter camping  Sedona is not an adventure until you take a nice hike!

 

Winter Camping in Sedona

Amazing Glass Art

Winter camping in Sedona

An original Dodge Campervan found at Gold King’s Mine

Be sure to check out the surrounding towns. We really enjoyed visiting Jerome and Cottonwood. Cottonwood has a charming main street with loads of great thrift and antique shops. Jerome is an old mining town perched on a mountain side where you can find some of the most amazing artwork in the southwest. Be sure to take the legendary Jerome art walk to see creative and inspiring works from the gifted locals. We discovered Gold King’s Mine and Ghost Town while walking around Jerome. Throughout the ghost town there are really fantastic old vehicles that the owner of the mine has collected. Many of them are fully restored, some not so much, but they are still cool to look at. Our son enjoyed panning for gold and breaking open geodes. We wandered around for an  hour checking out classic cars, motorcycles and old trucks- we even found an original Dodge Campervan there. Of course I had to take a photo in the spirit of the ancient lost campers that sought adventure before our time.  The people of Jerome have managed to make a living doing what they love while residing in a very charming and unique little town. You can see this in the smiles on their faces and the feeling of pride they take in their work, we definitely recommend a visit to Jerome. Be prepared to navigate narrow streets and make sure to park in designated areas, this is a very pedestrian oriented town so watch for foot traffic along the way.

winter camping Sedona

Sun bathing white tiger

Another family friendly activity that was an unexpected find, is the Out of Africa Wildlife Park. This place is not a Zoo. It was refreshing to see the animals have acres and acres of space to roam and you can venture out on an African style safari to see them in action. You can even go big and take unimog tour or zip line between towers across the park. This ended up being one of the highlights of our trip. If you are traveling with kids or love animals, this park is a must see. I have to say that I have never seen animals living in captivity that were as happy and well adjusted as these animals. The owner of the park hosted some educational live shows where he educates people about the animals, our relationships with them and the life lessons that we can all learn from our fellow creatures.  For more information visit: http://outofafricapark.com/

Your winter camping Sedona adventure awaits you. Lost Campers can get you there!

 

Submitted by winter camping  Sedona, campervan fan- Launi Haygood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Super Bowl Van Rentals

Super Bowl Van Rentals are ready for game day!

Super Bowl Van Rentals

Photo credit: inthenetssportsacademy

 

Super Bowl 50 is happening on Feb. 5th and the buzz is all over the Bay Area! This epic event is taking place at the beautiful Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. Our Super Bowl Van rentals are ready to roll whether you are in need of an awesome campervan or if you need a regular passenger van our San Francisco crew wants to get your fan van on the road!

Did you know?

There are events and celebrations during the week leading up to the epic game day at “Super Bowl City” a fantastical fan village that will be open and free to the public from Jan. 30th- Feb. 7th. The fan village will be located near the famous Market Street in San Francisco at the Justin Herman Plaza. There will be fun for all ages to enjoy as the NFL celebrates 50 years of sportsmanship and competition. For more information and a list of events check out:

http://www.sfbaysuperbowl.com/super-bowl-city#d24detHgHGDGcyib.97

For Camping near Levi’s Stadium:

1309 Oakland Road

San Jose, CA 95112
 
4.9 miles
150 East Grove Street

Boulder Creek, CA 95006
 
21.4 miles
3401 E. Bayshore Road

Redwood City, CA 94063
 
13.4 miles
2399 East 14th hStreet

San Leandro, CA 94577
 
23.7 miles
4501 Pleasanton Avenue

Pleasanton, CA 94566
 
18.5 miles
917 Disc Drive

Scotts Valley, CA 95066
 
24.8 miles

 

We recommend booking reservations ahead of time as with a massive event like the Super Bowl all accommodations in the Bay Area will book out quickly!

Also to assure availability we recommend booking your Super Bowl van rentals with us as soon as possible!

P.S. Don’t forget your face paint and jersey.

Submitted by Launi Haygood -Super Bowl van rentals freak

Camping Music Festivals 2016- Spring Schedule

Camping Music Festivals 2016

YUMMY! Source: pinterest.com


Camping Music Festivals 2016….campervans and music go together like peas and carrots

Here is the Camping Music Festivals 2016 spring schedule for the western U.S. March through May

 Camping Music Festivals 2016 are one of the best reasons to rent a campervan. You can get your groove on to amazing live music and have a cozy place to sleep at the end of the night, save money with the option to prepare you own meals with our awesome kitchen kit and you will also have camp chairs to rest your dancing feet.  Although winter is upon us at the moment, spring is coming sooner than we think and now is a great time to plan your next Lost Campers adventure.  We book up quickly for festival weekends and so do the camp sites so plan early and get your fun on lock down!

March 2016

McDowell Mountain Music Festival- Arizona

Camping Music Festivals 2016

Digital Poster source: www.phoenixnewtimes.com

When: March 11-13th

Where: Margaret T Hance Park, Phoenix

Camping available: Yes!

Website: http://mmmf.com/festival-guide/#camping

 

 

 

 

 

Tree Fort Music Festival- Idaho

Camping Music Festivals 2016

Digital Banner source: www.musicfestivaljunkies.com

 When: March 23-27th

Where: Downtown Boise

Camping Available: No…* There is not on site camping for this festival, however there is loads of near by options in the Boise National Forrest. I have heard great things about this festival so of course I have included it in this schedule! Check out more camping info at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/boise/recreation/camping-cabins/?recid=5026&actid=29

 

 

 

 

April 2016

Country Thunder- Arizona

Camping Music Festivals 2016

Digital Banner source: www.arizona.contrythunder.com

When: April 7-10

Where: Florence, AZ

Camping available: Yes!

Website: http://arizona.countrythunder.com/

 

Coachella- California

Camping Music Festovals 2016

Photo Source: www.consequenceofsound.net

When: Two Weekends April 15-17 and April 22-24

Where: Coachella Valley, CA

Camping available: Yes!

Website: https://www.coachella.com/

 

 

May 2016

Bottle Rock- California

 

Camping Music Festivals 2016

Digital Banner Source: www.craveonline.com

When: May 27-29

Where: Napa Valley, CA

Camping: CampCarneros at Skyline Wilderness Park, located just 7 miles from BottleRock, offers RV and tent camping options

Website: http://www.bottlerocknapavalley.com/

 

Your Camping Music Festivals 2016 extravaganza awaits you and Lost Campers can get you there!

Submitted by Launi Haygood: Camping music festivals 2016 campervan fan

Utah Hot Springs in Winter

Visit Utah hot springs in winter and enjoy camping year round!

Snowflakes sway gently as they tumble down, steam rises around you from the hot mineral water that envelopes your body, relaxing your muscles and easing your stress.  The air is cold, but the water is hot and the contrast sparks your senses making you fully present in the moment. This is Utah Hot Springs in Winter.  There is nothing like it. The experience is calming, detoxifying and there is a list of health benefits that accompany soaking in hot mineral water.

With a Lost Camper Van you can make the most out of your trip with some winter camping.  Ski, snowshoe or cross country ski all day and then rejuvenate your sore muscles in a Utah hot springs. Then get a good nights rest nestled in your campervan with your zero degree sleeping bag and an electric heater to keep you toasty!

Crystal Hot Springs

Utah hot springs in winter

Crystal, Utah Hot Springs in winter- photo credit to: www.crystalhotsprings.net/gallery/

 

Crystal Hot Springs offers one the highest mineral contents on earth. This is not your average pond in a field hot springs. They offer a main pool, olympic pool, several hot tubs, cold pool and a water slide to boot! There are changing rooms with lockers, bathrooms and showers. It is only $7 for an adult pass to soak all day, $10 if you want to rock the  slide. There is a campground on site but it closed from Oct.30-March 1  for the winter.  For more information visit: http://www.crystalhotsprings.net/

For camping near Crystal Hot Springs we recommend  Golden Spike RV park.  This RV park is located in Brigham City, just 10-15 minutes from the hot springs and is accessible to the I-15 freeway. Amenities include electric hook ups, bathroom and shower facilities and wi-fi.  They are open year round. For more information visit: http://goldenspikerv.com/

Homestead Crater

Located in Midway, Utah the Homestead Crater is an all natural thermal pool inside of a crater that is over 10,00 years in the making. This pool is the only warm scuba diving destination in the continental US. Since Midway is not far from Park City this would be a great excursion during the Sundance Film Festival. After all, they did film scenes for the movie 127 hours with James Franco here. A movie based on a true story that will forever haunt me and ensures that I always tell somebody where I am going hiking. If you haven’t seen it yet, you should pick it up.

*See our blog post about Winter Festival camping for details on where to camp in Park City, about 20 minutes from Midway.

homestead, Utah Hot Springs

Utah Hot Springs- Homestead Crater photo credit: www.gohebervalley.com

Homestead Crater hours: Monday through Thursday 12 pm to 8 pm
Friday & Saturday 10 am to 8 pm
Sundays 10 am to 6 pm

Pricing: Weekdays (Monday – Thursday): $11
Weekends (Friday – Sunday): $16
Snorkeling equipment: $5

Reservations are required, please call the Activity Center to make reservations: 435-657-3840. For more information visit: http://homesteadresort.com/utah-resort-things-to-do/homestead-crater/

 

Mystic Hot Springs

Utah Hot Springs in Winter

Mystic, Utah Hot Springs in Winter Photo Credit: www.utahoutdooractivities.com

Mystic Hot springs is located in Monroe Utah about 2.5 hours from Salt Lake City and is a great stop on your way to southern Utah for some winter camping at the national parks. There is a campground on site that is open year round. Mystic definitely follows it’s name as there is a hippie-earthy feel to the place.  These hot springs have been flowing for ages, the water is cooled through a channel and then it is collected among 8 soaking bath tubs and 2 concrete pools with temperatures varying from 98-110 degrees Fahrenheit.  Monroe is a beautiful area to camp in and the staff at Mystic are all very friendly and welcoming. Camp sites at Mystic cost $30 per night. For more information visit: http://www.mystichotsprings.com/index.html

Here are some other Utah hot springs you may want to research:

Meadow Hot Springs

Lava Hot Springs (Idaho)

Utah hot springs await you and a Lost Camper Van can get you there.

 

Submitted by Launi Haygood

-Utah hot springs junkie and camper van fan

 

 

Winter Festival Camping

Winter Festival Camping – Cure Your Cabin Fever!

winter festival camping

photo credit: sodahead.com

There are definitely some fantastic winter festivals worth a visit.  Prepared to brave colder weather and still have loads of fun? Then we have the cure for your cabin fever! Who would think that winter festivals and camping would work so well together? Well they do when you travel in a Lost Campers campervan! Here are some great winter festival camping ideas to get you through until the snow melts.

Utah

Bluff International Balloon Festival Jan. 15-17, 2016

winter festival camping ballon festival Utah

Photo credit to the Bluff International Balloon Festival

The charming town of Bluff is located in southeastern Utah near the Valley of the Gods, Mexican hat, and Monument Valley. This festival pulls off a massive hot air balloon launch every January. For the 18th annual festival they will be launching 28 hot air balloons! There is some great winter festival camping and fun to be had in this beautiful desert area. Temperatures are mild during the day but will still dip down below freezing at night so pack your zero degree sleeping bag and extra layers to stay a warm camper!

 For more information about this Festival Visit: https://www.facebook.com/bluffintballoonfestival/

For Camping:

There is a nice BLM campground at Sand Island Recreation Area. The first come, first serve campsites are open year round. Amenities include: drinking water, picnic tables, pit toilets(I call them drop and plops haha!) and fire pits. The sites are only $10 per night. Bluff also offers some RV parks if you are interested in upgraded camping. You can find more information about Sand Island Campground at:

http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/monticello/recreation/activities/camping/sand_island_camp_ground.html

 

Sundance Film Festival Jan. 21st-31st, 2016

Sundance Film Festival Park City Utah,  winter festival camping

photo credit: askmen.com

The stars shine bright in Park City during the world renowned Sundance Film Festival. Visit  for the film festival and ride some epic Utah snow while you are there. Enjoy local cuisine and micro brewed beer with locals and stars alike. The nightlife during the festival is off the hook as well and you will see TV and movie stars everywhere.

You can find out more information about this Festival at: http://www.sundance.org/festivals/sundance-film-festival

For Camping: Park City RV resort offer great winter rates and partial hook up camp sites where you can utilize an electric heater to keep warm during the cold mountain nights of winter for around $30 per night.  Amenities include: Club house , Rest rooms, Showers, Laundry room, Fitness room , Pool table  and  Arcade. This winter festival camping idea definitely calls for packing for cold weather so please research accordingly.

For more information visit: https://www.parkcityrvresort.com/reservations.htm

California

Snow Globe Music Festival, South Lake Tahoe December 29th-31st, 2015

Held at the Lake Tahoe Community College, the Snow Globe Music Festival is a great way to ring in the new year. So bundle up and prepare to get your groove on with a fantastic line up of DJs and bands. Don’t forget to ride the amazing slopes of Heavenly Ski Resort while you are there! This winter festival camping idea will require winter gear to stay warm while you camp, so pack accordingly.

For more information about this festival: http://snowglobemusicfestival.com/

For Camping: Tahoe Valley RV park is open year round. It is not far from the community college. RV sites run around $75 per day. There are loads of amenities for your stay including: Club house, WiFi, Restroom/ Shower, Pets Welcome and Store.

For more information visit: http://www.rvonthego.com/california/tahoe-valley-campground/

Tournament of Roses- Rose Parade and Rose Bowl, Pasadena Jan. 1, 2016

For you college football fans the Rose Bowl Game is a great way to start off a new year and you might as well check out one of the largest parades in North America while you are at it.  This is a winter festival camping idea that will not feel quite as wintery cold as the other options you’ve seen here. Southern California offers pleasant weather year round.

winter festival camping

photo credit to ebsporttours.com

The Rose Parade begins at 8am on Jan 1, 2016. The 5 1/2-mile Rose Parade route begins at the corner of Green Street and Orange Grove Boulevard in Pasadena, Califronia. The parade travels north on Orange Grove at a leisurely 2 1/2-mile per hour pace and then turns east onto Colorado Boulevard, where the majority of the parade viewing takes place. Near the end of the route, the parade turns north onto Sierra Madre Boulevard and concludes at Villa Street.

Reserved parking for automobiles, buses and recreational vehicles is available for purchase through Sharp Seating Company, (626) 795-4171; the city of Pasadena, (626) 744-6470; and Easy Parking Service, (626) 286-7576. Paid parking is also offered on a first-come, first-served basis at various lots and parking structures near the parade route. Overnight parking on Pasadena streets begins at noon the day before the parade, for that evening only. All “No Parking” areas and red curb zones remain off-limits, and vehicles in violation will be subject to impound and a fine. There is no parking allowed on the parade route itself. Illegally parked vehicles will be impounded. More information on RV parking, limos and buses can be found in the Parade Day Guide.

*view the full Rose Parade website at: http://www.tournamentofroses.com/events/roseparade

For Camping: Malibu Creek State Park is about 40 minutes from Pasadena but offers a nice campground with plenty of outdoor activities. The campground has clean facilities and offers 62 tent camp sites and 4 RV sites. With a campervan you can reserve a tent site as they are not considered to be an RV. If you end up in a part of the campground where shade is a little scarce at the campground, no worries as you have an awning on your campervan to remedy that! There are flushing toilets, solar heated showers (paid), picnic tables and fire rings at each site.

For more information and reservations: http://www.reserveamerica.com/

Winter fun awaits you and Lost Campers can get you there!

Submitted by Launi Haygood -Winter festival camping idea guru