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Valentine Camping Romance | 6 Top Utah & California Spots

 

Add a Little Valentine Camping Romance to Your Life…

 

Valentine’s Day is coming soon, why not try something a little different this year and take your special someone(s) out for a romantic Valentine camping getaway? Lost Campers is here to provide your budget gateway to some of the West’s best Valentine camping spots, all for a reasonable price that won’t leave you with empty pockets. We’ve selected four romantic places to spend your special vacation that are near at least one or more of our three campervan rental depots in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Salt Lake City.

Mystic Hot Springs is Your Gateway to Relaxation

valentines camping in Mystic Hot Springs, Utah

Mystic Hot Springs, photo courtesy of utahoutdooractivities.com

For a little desert action, consider traveling to Utah for an experience you and your companion(s) won’t forget! Utah has numerous natural hot springs that make for an excellent way to unwind, and being away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life will make it so much easier to connect with whomever you’ve chosen to spend this valuable time away with. Located only two and a half hours away from our Salt Lake City depot, we highly recommend many Mystic Hot Springs visits! Mystic Hot Springs offers plenty of space to camp, so you don’t have to make a drive or hike into the springs if that isn’t your style.

 

Satisfy Your Need for Adventure in Southern Utah

valentine camping in Zion National Park

Zion National Park, photo courtesy of nps.org

For the hikers out there, we propose heading down to Southern Utah to check out Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, or even Natural Bridges National Monument. All three of these locations have amazing scenery during the day, but the night sky is definitely something you don’t want to miss. Natural Bridges was the world’s first dark sky park, and it certainly doesn’t disappoint. Treat your partner(s) to exhilarating hikes by day, and dazzling star-filled nights at any one of these locations.

Last year one of our campers proposed to his fiance at Zion National Park! Check out the video they submitted below. This is the ultimate valentine camping experience you will both never forget.

 

Let Yosemite Take Your Breath Away

valentine camping in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park, photo courtesy of nps.org

If Utah isn’t your thing, that’s a-okay! Consider starting off at our San Francisco depot and making a short 3 hour drive over to Yosemite National Park. If you prefer to pick up in Los Angeles, Yosemite is only four and a half hours away. This National Park has plenty to offer, you certainly won’t run out of things to do during your stay. The park has a lot of snow over February, but there’s plenty to do! Yosemite has its own outdoor skating rink, and slopes for skiing or snowboarding. You can even go snow tubing! Bundle up and prepare for a fun adventure in one of our budget campervans, they’re perfect for getting you where you want to go.

 

Relax Among the Giant Trees of Sequoia National Park

valentine camping in Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park, photo courtesy of nps.org

For those of you that would rather start off in Los Angeles, we highly recommend chening out Sequoia National Park. It’s a short 4 hour drive away from our depot (only four and a half hours away from San Francisco) and it’s well worth the drive. Sequoia is home to some of the largest trees in the world, some that you can only find in that area. There are plenty of things to do at the park all year round! If hiking is not really your thing- fear not. Not all of Sequoia’s trails are strenuous- they have many paved trails as well for visitors that need more accessibility. Over winter, skiing and snowshoeing are popular activities to participate in. Crystal Caves is another fun destination inside the park- you can pre-order tickets online! Lost Campers campervans can even let you see the many unique drive points inside the park – all without worrying about having to take down your entire campsite to do it. For you stargazers that may prefer California, both Sequoia and Yosemite are known for their breathtaking night skies.

We’re booking up fast for summer! Be sure to snag your reservation soon. Our prices are at their lowest until March 2017, don’t miss out on these excellent deals.

Submitted by Aspen in SLC

National Park Free Entrance

National Park Free Entrance Days 2017

National Park Free Entrance Days 2017

National Park Free Entrance Days 2017 Photo Courtesy of NPS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The National Park free entrance days for 2017 have been announced! The National Park Service offers 413 amazing sites throughout the United States.  There is over 80 million acres of beauty to explore. For 10 special days during 2017 entrance fees will be waived for all park visitors. Let the road trip planning begin!

Mark your calendars!

  • Jan. 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Feb. 20: Presidents Day
  • April 15-16 & April 22-23: National Park Week weekends
  • Aug. 25: National Park Service birthday
  • Sept. 30: National Public Lands Day
  • Nov. 11-12: Veterans Day weekend

 

Camping fees are applicable everyday of the year. We recommend to reserving your campsites ahead of time. Everyone loves the National Parks and campgrounds book up quickly.  For more information about camping visit the National Park website to plan your visit.  We also recommend checking out State Parks along your route. They are definitely worth seeing and often have great campgrounds.

National Park Free Entrance

“P.J.” the van under a blanket of Stars- Courtesy of Happy Camper, Ignacio Rodrigez

 Our camper vans also book up fast! Booking ahead will keep you savvy- check out rates and availability here.  Here is a quick tip for your planning: Off season travel offers the lowest rate of the year. You also deal with less crowd in the parks. Check out January- March and October-December and get more vacation for your money. Be sure to check out our other blog posts for great off season destination tips!

 

 

 

From all of us here at Lost Campers; we wish you all a very Happy New Year. 

See you in 2017 for an adventure of a lifetime! 

National Park Free Entrance

Roof Tent Lights on “Ina”, courtesy of Happy Camper, Melissa Hostrup,

Submitted by Van Fan Launi Haygood in Salt Lake City, Utah

5 Awesome Arizona Winter Camping Spots

Winter break is upon us, and what better time to check out Arizona Winter camping? Arizona may be near unbearably hot during the summer, but in winter the harsh desert temperatures drop to a manageable 70 degrees in some areas. You can get all the beauty of Arizona’s unique geology and wildlife, without having to suffer the summer sun. Check out these Top 5 Arizona Winter camping spots for your vacation!

 

Your First Arizona Winter Camping Spot is Only Hours Away!

arizona winter camping

Red Rock State Park; Photo courtesy of wikimedia

To start off your getaway be sure to stop by Red Rock State Park. Only a 9 hour drive from our Salt Lake City Depot and 7 hours from our Los Angeles campervan rental depot, this park is just the first stop in our Arizona Winter camping adventure. Red Rock is located only a short drive outside of Sedona. Sedona is a popular destination for all sorts of travelers. Camping within the city limits is not allowed, though. On your way out of town you can stop to check out the beautiful scenery that Red Rock has to offer! Red Rock State Park offers many activities for all ages. Some activities include guided hikes to see geological or archaeological sites, bird walks, and nature walks. Camp sites are just outside of the park in several places. Cave Springs campground is a popular destination to spend a few days relaxing.

 

 

Stop in to see Coconino National Forest

arizona winter camping

Coconino National Forest; Photo courtesy of fs.usda.gov

Right in the same area is the Coconino National Forest. This park is open year round and offers an array of fun activities to do. Hiking, biking, and even winter sports are just a few of the things to do at this National Forest. They even offer horseback riding! A Lost Campers campervan can get you there and keep you comfortable while sticking to a perfect holiday budget.

 

 

 

Continue South for the Real Warm Weather

arizona winter camping

Patagonia Lake Bridge; Photo courtesy of Tucson.org

Of course, to get to the real warm weather you have to continue down south. Patagonia Lake State Park stays a mild 64 or so degrees Fahrenheit even in December! If this park gets any snow, it quickly melts away. Patagonia Lake goers can enjoy hiking trails, boating, and fishing during their stay. A Lost Campers campervan can get you down there for this top Arizona Winter camping spot with plenty of storage to carry your gear.

 

 

 

 

Check Out These Amazing Limestone Caverns!

arizona winter camping

Kartchner Caverns; Photo courtesy of southernarizonaguide.com

An hour outside of Patagonia Lake State Park is the Kartchner Caverns State Park. This unique park makes for an excellent winter getaway. Cave exploring is a popular summer activity because it allows explorers to get out of the sun for a while. But Kartchner Caverns stays warm even in winter; this allows exploration all year round! If caves aren’t for you, this State Park is still worth exploring. If only for the hiking trails, beautiful scenery, and they even have fossil exhibits! Whether you choose to stay long term or just drop in for a visit, a Lost Camper’s campervan can give you the freedom to move around without worry!

 

 

Head to the Border for some Amazing Views

arizona winter camping

Organ Pipe Cactus; Photo courtesy of nps.gov

One more must-see destination is the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Located right along the Arizona-Mexico border, it’s home to amazing sights that make it worth the drive. Not to mention, even in the middle of winter this park manages to stay nice and warm. It’s just the place for any travelers that would like a break from the snow. With plenty of things to do and sights to see, this National Park is a perfect place to vacation. One of our Lost Campers campervans can get you there in no time. This park is only about a 8 hour drive away from our Los Angeles depot!

 

 

 

 

Our rates are at their lowest for the year, and we’re booking up fast! Be sure to book your reservation today.

 

 

Submitted by Aspen in SLC