Winter Festival Camping – Cure Your Cabin Fever!

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.


Bluff International Balloon Festival Jan. 15-17, 2016

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:



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

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


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.

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 th
e 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