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Utah Festival Camping |Ogden Music Campervan Fun

Utah Festival Camping

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Lost Campers proudly sponsors the Ogden Music Festival & Utah Festival Camping!

Lost Campers Salt Lake City kicked off the summer by sponsoring the 9th annual Ogden Music Festival. Ogden is a lovely city about 40 minutes north of SLC. This event is presented by the Ogden Friends Of Acoustic Music every year, or as we Utah locals like to call them…OFOAM.   The festival is growing in popularity each year and we here at Lost Campers were excited to show our support. OFOAM has a mission to expose local youth to acoustic music and traditional instrument playing. The event flourished with families and fun as a variety of great bands played for the 3 day shindig held at Fort Buenaventura State Park along the beautiful Weber River. This is Utah Festival camping at it’s best!

Ogden Music Festival

Launi and son, P.J. part of the Lost Campers Family , hangin’ in the roof tent!

I, my husband and 8 year old son worked as a family team and set up a Hotel Sierra camper van in the vendor row to show festival goers how fantastic campervan rentals are for music festivals! Rae Rae the van stirred up curiosity from everyone there. As no could resist the charm of our cozy camper van, we met loads of wonderful people and volunteers of the festival. It was so cool letting people know about Lost Campers and what we do.

Volunteering & Utah festival Camping

One of the things I thought to be truly awesome about the Ogden Music Festival is that the entire thing is volunteer based. People from the community and surrounding areas pour their hearts into this event. There were excellent food vendors and the local brewery, Roosters was serving up some cold ones. There was excellent camping on site in the State Park along the river. Also, an entire area along a lovely fishing pond was dedicated to fun and music education for kids that included an “instrument petting zoo” where kids can get their hands on any instrument they are curious about, get their faces painted or throw down some competitive bean bag tossing. There was also a booth to make your own washtub base instruments that my son absolutely loved.  A bunch of kids got on stage and played their hand made instruments with the Hogslop String Band for the big crowd on Saturday, it was awesome! Along with the music, food and handmade jewelry booths there were places to ride your bike and walk along the river.  On the second day they held bike races for various age groups! 

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Camper Van Festival Fun- and Pauly’s awesome kilt!

With so many great vendors at the event, I of course had to check out what everyone had to offer and I discovered some fantastic local artists and companies. One of my favorites was Outdoor Gangster, a local Ogden based outdoor hand printed apparel company. These guys were super cool and I absolutely love the T-shirts we purchased from them. Through their apparel company they promote a love of nature and the outdoors. They have a website and fun blog  that is definitely worth checking out:



OFOAM will be holding a second to bring the summer to a stunning close and enjoy some Utah festival camping!e67ec824afbc9f855ad850f1b49c5b05_L

The 4th annual Roots and Blues Festival will take place August 26th-28th at North Fork Park in Liberty, Utah.  Once again, there will be camping on-site and kids 16 and younger receive free entrance. Check out the OFOAM website for more details, and book your camper van early to assure availability (now that these festival goers know all about us, we will likely book up fast!)

We look forward to getting you on the road and we’ll see you there!

Submitted by Launi, Lost Campers SLC Manager and aspiring acoustic guitar player

Fall Utah Camping Tips | How to Avoid Crowds and Save Money

Fall Utah Camping Tips

Fall Utah camping in Zion Nat'l Park

Zion Narrows, Courtesy of NPS

Fall Utah camping is a the BEST time to get away for a relaxing vacation without the large crowds that the popular summer season draws in. Utah summer temperatures drop September through November, making the days delightful for hikers that want to explore the many trails that the mountain and desert environments have to offer. And to help you save money, many campervan and RV rental companies (especially Lost Campers) have lower rental rates during Fall.  Here’s some great Fall Utah camping recommendations.

Utah is famous for 5 great National Parks (affectionately called the Mighty 5) and over 40 State parks. Of course Utah makes for a wonderful get away any time of year, but the fall season just can’t be beat. In the mountains, the Quaking Aspens turn from their gorgeous green to bright orange and yellow. It’s a sight one can only truly appreciate in person. Down south, the hot desert temperatures become more bearable for those daytime treks to see the many canyons, caves, and natural geological phenomena that Utah has to offer.

 Cool “Mighty 5” Utah Camping Video

Fall Meteor Showers Best Seen while Camping in Utah

Every year the Draconids Meteor Shower peak at about October 7th and 8th, and many of Utah’s National Parks have spectacular clear night skies that provide a glimpse at outer space that you just can’t find in more populous areas. Unlike many other meteor showers, the best time to view the Draconids is just after sunset, before nightfall. All you have to do is lie down, get comfy, and watch the sky overhead.


  Dinosaur & Arches National Park Camping Deals

Fall Utah camping in Arches National Park

Todd and Quinn off to Arches National Park in Sean the van

Those on the way down to Dinosaur Park may want to take a pit stop in Vernal, Utah, to see the Utah Field House of Natural History and its many exhibits on prehistoric life.

Fall Utah camping is also a great time to save on our Awesome Campervans rentals, as daily rates drop from our busy summer period. This makes our already affordable vans even more affordable for your adventures.



Arches National Monument Fall Utah Camping Tips

Arches Nat’l, courtesy of NPS


How to Get the Best Campervan Rental Deals?

Check out our campervan rental availability availability here for awesome Utah Fall camping at unreal prices, great weather and fewer people.  






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Ogden Music Festival Camping Deals 2016


Ogden Music Festival Camping Special 2016

Save Up to $60 off a Lost Campers Campervan Rental 


OFOAM Staff & Volunteers Save Even More!

  • Ogden Music Festival Camping Campervan Special:  Rent any of our popular campervans for only 3 day.  We typically require a 4 day minimum rental, but for OFOAM goers, rent for only 3 ( a $60 value)

  • Ogden Music Festival (OFOAM) Staff and Volunteers: 10% off daily rate vouchers to all OFOAM staff and volunteers for low priced shoulder & off season rentals. Valid  October 1, 2016 – April 15th, 2017  only (save up $100. or more)


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About the Ogden Music Festival and Camping

In nine years, the Ogden Music Festival has grown into just the kind of thing you’re looking for to start your summer off on a high note, whether its high, lonesome bluegrass or some hot licks on the fiddle. Set in an oasis just minutes from downtown Ogden, Weber County’s Fort Buenaventura, is Utah’s oldest settlement and provides camping, walking and bike trails, the Weber River, and the perfect spot for our growing community of friends of acoustic music. 


Lost Campers – budget camper van rentals Salt Lake City branch is honored to sponsor Ogden Music Festival Camping

Working together with the hundreds of artists, vendors ( including Lost Campers), volunteers, sponsors, and logistical teams, it’s the event collective dream to promote and celebrate Ogden’s arts, culture, and natural beauty to residents and visitors, alike. Kids, 16 and younger, are invited to attend the festival for free, with the hope that their experience with live, traditional music performed in an outdoor setting will inspire this next generation to keep these traditions alive. Kids will love Todd’s Musical Petting Zoo and other music and outdoor-themed crafts and activities. 

Generating its own unique culture and spirit, we find that festival goers not only fall [further] in love with their favorite performers and many previously unknown, but also the company and natural environment around them. There’s plenty of melodic flavor to go around for all to enjoy during the festival, so be there, take part, get involved, and soak up every last bit of it!


A less visited National Park

Great Basin National Park, a less visited National Park

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Photo courtesy of the NPS.

Great Basin National Park is a less visited National Park in the United States, but it certainly has a lot to offer. With the Centennial celebrations going on, many folks are hitting the road to celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th birthday. For those campers that want to experience the beauty America has to offer without a huge crowd, we’ve scouted out a park that may be the place for you. Located in Nevada, it is home to the Lehman Caves. The caves house over 300 rare formations which park-goers are welcome to view in a guided tour. You can even purchase a ticket for the tour online! If exploring caves isn’t your thing, the park also has Wheeler Peak to test your fear of heights on.


Temperatures in the park average about 85F over summer, with lows of about 55F. The park offers fishing and several hiking trails – it’s advised to try them out in the morning as afternoon storms can be fairly common! At night, the sky offers the best view of the Milky Way in the Continental United States.


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Photo courtesy of the NPS.

Of course, summer isn’t the only time to go. Great Basin is open year round, weather permitting. Fall makes a spectacular time to explore, as the park has less visitors during this time. The winter season brings snow, which makes it the perfect time of year to go skiing or snowshoeing. Mule deer make their seasonal migration this time of year, too!


Camping in Great Basin is solely on a first-come, first-serve basis. They have 6 campgrounds available, 5 of which are developed. While their developed campgrounds have affordable fees associated with them, their primitive campgrounds are free to use. This year, Upper Lehman Creek is receiving some renovations which make it unavailable. Lower Lehman Creek will not have water as a result, so be sure to bring your own!

For further information about the events going on for the National Park Centennial, visit


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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 ( 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

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When: April 7-10

Where: Florence, AZ

Camping available: Yes!



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

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

Where: Coachella Valley, CA

Camping available: Yes!




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

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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



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. is a great site to research and book campgrounds.

2016 music festivals with camping

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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.




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.

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  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.



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!)

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When: June 3-5

Where: Ogden, Utah

Camping: On site in  Buenaventura State Park





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

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When: June 16-19

Where: Telluride, Colorado

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







 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

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When: June 16-19

Where: Grand Junction, CO

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






 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

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When: June 30-July 3

Where: Quincy, CA

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






July 2016

The Ride Festival- Colorado

Pearl Jam is one of many greats playing this year!

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When: July 9-10

Where: Telluride, Colorado

Camping: Yes, several options nearby-check out website for more info

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Northwest String Summit- Oregon

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When: July 14th-17th

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

Camping: Yes! At Horning’s Hide Out



Red Ants Pants- Montana

2016 music festival with camping

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When: July 28-31

Where: White Sulfur Springs, Montana

Camping: Yes! Lots of it!



Oregon Jamboree- Oregon

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When: July 29-31

Where: Sweet Home Oregon

Camping: Yes, but it very limited!





August 2016

Pickathon- Oregon

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When: August 5-7

Where: Happy Valley Oregon

Camping: Yes!





 Rockin the Rivers- Montana

Dust off your leather pants and get ready to rock!

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 When: August 12th-14th

Where: Cardwell, Montana

Camping: Yes, on site, but spots sell out, so book soon!






September 2016



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



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 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.


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.


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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.

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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
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    Point Reyes National Seashore, California

  • 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:

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Dinner Lost Campers Style

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Sami’s Napping Nook





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Chandelier Tree, California

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Toes in the Sand


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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 :

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

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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!

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Homemade coffee dipper- Thanks to 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:

 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:

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: 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:

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


Submitted by winter camping  Sedona, campervan fan- Launi Haygood