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5 Beautiful Western Summer Camping Spots

Summer is upon us and the time to plan your next western summer camping trip has arrived! Camping is one of America’s favorite pastimes, and with such an assortment of beautiful places to visit it’s no wonder! National parks and State parks fill up months in advance for the summer months, and there’s just so many to choose from it’s often hard to decide what places to visit during summer vacation. We’ve assembled a few suggestions to kick off your summer adventure!

 

Western Summer Camping’s First Stop

western summer camping

Joshua Tree National Park, photo courtesy of nps.gov

Start off your western summer camping trip at Joshua Tree National Park. It is home to not one, but two desert areas to explore! The Colorado desert and Mojave desert are both homes to unique ecosystems – the park even gets its name from the joshua trees that populate the Mojave desert part of the park. Desert camping can be a challenge, but those hot days give way to cool nights and clear skies. Hiking, rock climbing, backpacking and several types of guided tours are just a few things you can do at this great park. One of our Lost Campers campervans can get you there in no time, and provide some respite from the hot desert sun while you relax in between activities.

 

 

Crater Lake will take your breath away

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Crater Lake National Park, photo courtesy of nps.gov

Head up north to visit Crater Lake National Park for a drastic change in scenery. Crater Lake lies within a caldera- a volcano that collapsed in on itself when it erupted over 7,000 years ago. Crater Lake is a sight to behold- Mt. Mazama is rich with green forests and the lake itself is known for it’s beauty. There are plenty of things to do at Crater Lake, the park even has brochures that it puts out each season that can be found online. Hiking and backcountry camping are popular attractions, and the park even has the hiking trails divided up by difficulty in their brochure so there aren’t any surprises. Night sky lovers will also find that the view overhead is perfect for observing astronomical phenomena as well.

 

 

Sea or Forest? Why not both!

western summer camping

Olympic National Park, photo courtesy of nps.gov

Continuing north, Olympic National Park in Washington is rich in green forests to lose yourself in. Detach from the business of everyday life in the city and get in touch with the rhythm of the forest in this beautiful park. If the forest isn’t for you, head on down to the beach and explore the tidepools! Backpacking, hiking, boating, and fishing are just some of the things you can enjoy at this National Park. A Lost Campers campervan can get you there and provide a nice warm place to wait out any summer rain that Washington might throw your way. Olympic National Park even has their own flickr, be sure to check out their amazing photos!

 

 

 

Idaho’s Sawtooth National Forest is Perfect Year-Round

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Sawtooth National Forest, photo courtesy of fs.usa.gov

Head southeast down to Sawtooth National Forest for a different kind of view. Sawtooth is home to the Greater Sage Grouse (among other unique animals) which is known for its peculiar courting ritual. Hiking, bicycling, nature viewing, and scenic drives are a few things that this park offers. Known for its all-season attractions, Sawtooth is sure to provide an amazing summer vacation for you and your friends and family. This western summer camping spot is sure to provide wonderful memories for you to treasure for years to come.

 

 

 

Visit the Crown of the Continent

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Glacier National Park, photo courtesy of nps.gov

Continuing to the east, Montana’s Glacier National Park is a must see. Glacier sits right along the USA-Canada border, and the water from the glacier melts here lead to the Pacific Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, and to Hudson’s Bay. This earns the park the title “crown of the continent.” Since what happens in Glacier affects the water in a lot of places in the western US, Glacier’s water supply is monitored carefully. Hikers, fishers, photographers, and backcountry campers are bound to love what Glacier has to offer. Lost Campers can provide the perfect campervan to get you there and back while sticking to your summer budget.

 

 

 

Get your quote today! Our summer season books up fast- you definitely don’t want to miss out on your chance to experience nature with the flexibility of a Lost Campers campervan to take you wherever you want to go, whenever you want to go.

Submitted by Aspen in SLC

2018 Camping Music Festivals in the West | Lost Campers Campervan Rentals for Music Festivals

 2018 Camping Music Festivals 

Your 2018 camping music festivals can be found right here! 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 Camping Music Festivals 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 camping music festivals 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!

2018 Camping Music Festivals – Spring

April 2018

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.

Image result for country thunder 2018When: April 5-8

Where: Florence, AZ

Camping available: Yes!

Website: http://arizona.countrythunder.com

Digital Banner Source: www.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 Camping Music Festivals

Photo Source: www.consequenceofsound.net

When: Two Weekends April 13-15 and April 20-22

Where: Coachella Valley, CA

Camping available: Yes!

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

 

 

May 2018

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 Camping Music Festivals

Digital Banner Source: www.craveonline.com

When: May 25-27

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.

When: May 25-27

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.

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  When: May 24-28

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/

2018 Camping Music Festivals – Summer

June

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 Camping Music Festivals

Photo shared from www.ofoam.org

When: 2018 TBA

Where: Ogden, Utah

Camping: On site in  Buenaventura State Park

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

 

 

 

Telluride Bluegrass Festival – Colorado

The annual festival promises a magical four days of only-in-Telluride performances. Beloved Festival veterans and inspiring new talent. The Telluride royalty of virtuosic bluegrass superpickers, soulful songwriters, and some of the biggest stars in the rootsy Americana landscape and well beyond.

2016 Camping Music Festivals

Photo Credit: Benko Photographics,

When: June 21-24

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 Camping Music Festivals

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

When: June 14-17

Where: Grand Junction, CO

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

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

 

 

 

July 2018

High Sierra Music Festival – California

The four-day festival features an eclectic mix of some of the most famous national and international names in jamband, newgrass and funk. Other represented genres include bluegrass, roots rock, electronica, reggae, jazz and afrobeat. Away from the music stages, patrons can attend films and movement playshops – yoga, pilates, etc., shop for arts and crafts, or enjoy a wide variety of gourmet food and drink. It’s a family friendly and community oriented event with an expanding Family Area full of activities and certified nannies available throughout the weekend.

2016 Camping Music Festivals

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When: July 5-8

Where: Quincy, CA

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

Website: http://highsierramusic.com/

 

 

The Ride Festival – Colorado

The RIDE Festival has quickly garnered a reputation among music fans for its thoughtful performance curation – handpicking rootsy, rocking talent whose music flawlessly compliments the festival’s stunning Telluride, Colorado setting. In addition to stellar live music, The RIDE Festival’s close proximity to the many outdoor activities that Telluride and southern Colorado have to offer help make the festival a unique destination event. Attendees can enjoy hiking, biking, fishing, hot springs, and so much more – all in a truly majestic setting. 

Image result for the ride festival 2018When: July 14-15

 Where: Telluride, Colorado

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

Website: www. ridefestival.com/

 

Northwest String Summit – Oregon

The premier Bluegrass, roots, Americana music festival of the Pacific Northwest, held annually at Horning’s Hideout, North Plains, OR in July.

2016 Camping Music Festivals

Compliments of Spady Photography

 

 

When: July 19-22

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 Camping Music Festivals

Photo compliments of redantspants.com

When: July 26-29

Where: White Sulfur Springs, Montana

Camping: Yes! Lots of it!

Website: http://redantspantsmusicfestival.com/

 

 

August 2018

Oregon Jamboree – Oregon

Jamboree is the Northwest’s premier country music festival. Nestled in the foothills of the scenic Cascade Mountains, the Oregon Jamboree is held on 20+ acre park-like setting that includes the historic Weddle Covered Bridge. 

2016 Camping Music Festivals

Header compliments of oregonjamboree.com

When: August 3-5

Where: Sweet Home, Oregon

Camping: Yes, but it very limited!

Website: http://oregonjamboree.com/

 

 

Pickathon- Oregon

You’ve discovered some new artists, now hear even more. Pickathon Original Series features a ton of recordings not available anywhere else. This is your chance to re-live the awesome, and get a closer look at the artists behind the music.

 

 

When: August 3-5

Where: Happy Valley Oregon

Camping: Yes!

Website: www.pickathon.com/

 

 Rockin the Rivers – Montana

Dust off your leather pants and get ready to rock!

2016 Camping Music Festivals

Logo header compliments of rockintherivers.com

 When: August 10-12

Where: Cardwell, Montana

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

Website: www.rockintherivers.com/

 

 

 

2018 Camping Music Festivals – Fall

 

Strawberry Music Festival – California

The Strawberry Music Festival presents the gold standard in main stage entertainment, intimate side stage performances, top notch children’s programming, workshops and activities for the whole family, and some of the nicest people you will ever meet. 

Family friendly!

When: August 30th- September 3rd

Where: Tuolumne, CA

Camping: Yes!

Website: strawberrymusic.com/

 

September 2018

Nocturnal Wonderland – California

Everything glows!

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2018 TBA

Where: San Bernardino, CA

Camping: Yes!

Website: nocturnalwonderland.com/

 

Bhakti Fest – California

Bhakti Fest West is a Yoga, Dance, Music Festival which celebrates the devotional path that has its roots in yoga, kirtan, and meditation. It embraces ancient and modern sacred wisdom and traditional and non-traditional spiritual practices.

 

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When: September 12-17

Where: Joshua Tree, CA

Camping: Yes!

Website: west.bhaktifest.com/

 

American River Music Festival – California

Family friendly fun!

2016 Camping Music FestivalsWhen: 2018 TBA

Where: Coloma-Lotus, CA

Camping- Yes….near by

Website: americanrivermusic.org/

 

Berkeley Shakedown Street Festival – California

2 days of free live music and fun

2016 Camping Music FestivalsWhen: 2018 TBA

Where: Berkeley, CA

Camping: Yes, near by at Chabot Lake

Website: shakedownstreetfest.com/#new-page-1

 

 

 

 

 

October

Dirty Bird – California

Image result for DIRTY BIRD music festival 2018When: 2018 TBA

Where: Coloma-Lotus, CA

Camping- Yes….near by

Website: dirtybirdcampout.com

 

2018 Camping Music Festivals – Winter

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Campervan Vacation Planning During Busy Season

Why plan your “spur of the moment” camping trip in advance??

Do you want to be spontaneous and book a camping vacation this weekend?? Even last minute trips need planning. The more that do campervan  vacation planning, the less frustrated and broke you will be upon your return, especially when camping! Here are some tips to save yourself time and money while still being spontaneous!

Campervan Vacation Planning During Busy Season | Bryce Canyon Magic

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At Lost Campers campervan rentals we do try to keep vans ready on site but we unfortunately cannot guarantee availability. As the busy camping months are upon us (May – September) we prepare each day for the vans that are already booked to go out. Lost Campers has booked up faster this year than previous summers, which is exciting for us, but we do suggest calling us at  1 (415) 386-2693 or Toll Free: +1 (888) LOST-VAN directly 6 – 12 weeks ahead of time for location availability before just waltzing into our offices.

But sometimes there is some limited last-minute availability and exceptions with cancellations, new vans being added to the fleet, etc.  Best plan. Call us and speak to one of out customer service reservation specialists.

Call or Email Ahead for Your Campervan Vacation Planning Success

By calling ahead you will save yourself time as the reservations member can let you know what model we have available and what time we could get you on the road. This also helps you avoid being turned away. At Lost Campers we like to produce Happy Campers, not take the wind out of your sails for this spur of the moment adventure!

For people that just turn up they run the chance of unfortunately being turned away because of lack of campervan availability. If they are lucky enough to get a van, we do like to take some time to do a once over the van making sure it’s fully outfitted and give it a wash on the outside for their adventure. After all no adventure is official until the photos are on your Social Media! Save that waiting time for packing your favorite swim suit and outfits!

Campervan vacation planning and fun in California this summer

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Campervan Vacation Planning: Which Places to Visit in the West?

Deciding to go North or South is always a big question for spur of the moment travel. Think about your adventure and what activities you would want to do. Although campervan camping may seem like an easy trip to plan, the last thing you want is to be stuck without a campsite arranged. After a few hours of driving to reach your destination you do not want to have to drive around aimlessly at night.

Although one of the things are renters have told us many times  is that the love that there is no advertising of painting on the outside of Lost Camper campervan.  That way they can camp almost anywhere or park without broadcasting they are tourist.

Spontaneity is great! In these moments we recommend sites like ReserveAmerica.com to see what campsites would be available and their rates. Researching this aspect of your trip ahead of time will save you money that can go towards food and beverages. The site rates can make or break the enjoyment of a trip. The difference between a $15 per night park and a $30 per night park would cause less stress on your travel pocket book. Reserve America also shows which sites have first come first serve spaces offered. The first come first serve sites are usually larger parks that can accommodate more campers. This site allows you to “Find an Adventure” by typing in your City and Interest then it will populate a list for you to browse with their “availability details”.

These two details will be the foundation of your adventure and will allow for a better less chaotic trip for you and your fellow spontaneous friends!

 

campervan vacation planning at Devils Tower Wyoming

Photo courtesy of NPS

Campervan Vacation Planning Tip:  How to Reserve Your Lost Campers Campervan Rental

Lost Campers campervan vacation planning and renting with us during peak summer season of May – September does take planning. Reach out to our reservation team of Launi, Cherokii or Aspen via phone @ 1 (415) 386-2693 or Toll Free: +1 (888) LOST-VAN

or Email us   reservations@lostcampersusa.com ideally 6 – 12 weeks in advance. We can talk to you about your dates and availability in our 3 locations in San Francisco, Los Angeles or Salt Lake City.

Also be sure to visit our website, other blog postings or Facebook page for more camping vacation planning ideas.

Have a great Summer

Cherokii Verduzco, Reservation Customer Service