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National Park Visits | Government Shutdown

 National Park Visits During The Government Shutdown

The partial government shutdown is not ideal for anyone. However, we believe that it should not hold us back from campervan adventures. We here at Lost Campers are huge supporters of the National Parks Service. We want to encourage our customers to make sure that their National Park visits are planned with safety & environmental awareness in mind.  Also, we want to point out some options for researching an alternative destination for your trip. Since many of the parks have little to no staffing, we hope that you will make an extra effort to look after these treasured lands if you choose to visit them at this time. 

Planning a trip

The National Park Service website may not be updated until normal operations resume, but we encourage you to read up on the travel alerts that are currently posted in regards to the shutdown & road conditions. Even though some parks are accessible, this could change without notice. It is a good idea to have a backup plan. Check out State Parks as an alternative to visiting a National Park. Here are some useful links for Utah and California to help you research other options.

Visit Utah 

Visit California 


Safety & Emergency Services 

If you feel that you must visit a National Park during the shutdown, remember to journey there with a high level of caution and mindfulness. Self-sufficiency is a must and you are traveling to these areas at your own risk. Staffing and resources are very limited for more than general park management services. When it comes to emergency situations there is limited aid available within the parks at this time. Many emergency services are sourced from outside of the parks so response times may take longer. People who are experiencing an emergency should call 911. Backcountry permits are not being provided right now. Please do not travel into restricted areas of the parks. This is not only for the preservation of the public lands but for your own safety. Please be smart about your visit and be diligent about planning wisely.

National Park Visits | Government Shutdown

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Camping Etiquette & Consideration


Practice the 7 Leave No Trace Principles during your trip.


We here at Lost Campers are huge advocates for respect and preservation of the public lands. Please be aware and mindful during your travels. Remember: You pack it in, you pack it out! Don’t be that a$%&^!e human who ruins nature for everyone else. Every visitor leaves a footprint and this impacts the environment and its inhabitants. Please be self-sufficient & self-aware. Make your Mother proud and clean up after yourself!

Please follow local laws and park rules. Be courteous to all park staff that you may come across. They are there out of sheer dedication right now & are not being paid for their hard work. There are some amazing people doing voluntary clean up in the parks right now. We encourage all visitors to consider dedicating a day or a few hours to help out with these efforts. Get involved, every little bit helps!


General information for some popular National Parks in California & Utah that might still be accessible to the public:





  • Yosemite is open for park entrance and there are some concessions available. Parts of the park are closed and there are road closures due to winter conditions. Visitor services such as trash removal and restroom maintenance are not available. Limited camping is still available in open and designated campgrounds. Camping or sleeping in a vehicle outside of open campgrounds is prohibited.


  • Joshua Tree is open for day use only. The Campgrounds are closed but you can arrange camping outside of the park. There are no NPS services available.


  • Death Valley is partially open. The Furnace Creek Visitor Center is open. The Oasis at Death Valley, Stovepipe Wells, & Panamint Springs are open. Recreate at your own risk. **UPDATE*** Furnace Creek & Texas Springs Campgrounds have been closed as of Jan. 4th due to health & safety concerns.


  • The Redwoods is open, however, there are no NPS visitor services available. Travel with caution as dangerous conditions may exist. There are State Park campgrounds nearby in the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, and Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.


National Park Visits | Government Shutdown

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  • Zion is open, the visitors center is scheduled to close Jan. 5th. One loop at the Watchman Campground is currently open, this could change so be sure to do your homework. Shuttles into the park have been closed for the winter season.


  • Bryce Canyon is open and much of the park is accessible. Most services are currently available.



  • Capitol Reef is partially open. The Fruita campground will be open, restrooms will be closed except for the vault toilet. The scenic drive will be closed.


National Park Visits | Government Shutdown

Photo courtesy of Martin S.


We hope this helps with your planning & brings you some awareness. Remember that it is not the end of the world if you cannot camp in a  National Park right now. There are some amazing State Parks that offer fantastic recreation options. Many State Park options may work well for camping outside of the National Parks but are still close enough to allow you to venture into the parks for day use and some reasonable exploration.

From all of us here at Lost Campers, we wish you happy travels!


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“The staff here is young helpful and really understands the campervan people.”

Joao T.    5 Stars*****  Lost Campers, Salt Lake City Campervan Rentals

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Sierra in the woods. Photo compliments of Nora Montaye


“We rented a nice camper minivan to go south to the national parks, and had a great time! The Vans are discrete

enough not to scream tourist from 100 miles away. The staff here is young helpful and really understands the campervan people 😉

Rented before in LA, and will definitely rent again from this place :)”




“I would happily use them again and recommend this rental company to friends.”

Desiree   5 Stars***** Salt Lake City Campervan Rentals

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Lost Campers meeting other Lost Campers along the way and making friends….photo compliments of Diane Skurski


“Clean, budget-friendly, and well-stocked campervan that we got to use for our Utah adventure. I absolutely loved that there were no ads on the vans, especially when we saw how tacky some of the other ones looked. If you want something comfortable and reliable that doesn’t scream “I’m a tourist” this is the one! I would happily use them again and recommend this rental company to friends.”


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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.

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Where: Florence, AZ

Camping available: Yes!


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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!

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

Where: Coachella Valley, CA

Camping available: Yes!




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

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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




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.

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.




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.


2018 Camping Music Festivals – Summer


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

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When: 2018 TBA

Where: Ogden, Utah

Camping: On site in  Buenaventura State Park





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

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When: June 21-24

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 Camping Music Festivals

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When: June 14-17

Where: Grand Junction, CO

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





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!




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

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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

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When: July 19-22

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

Camping: Yes! At Horning’s Hide Out



Red Ants Pants – Montana

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When: July 26-29

Where: White Sulfur Springs, Montana

Camping: Yes! Lots of it!




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

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When: August 3-5

Where: Sweet Home, Oregon

Camping: Yes, but it very limited!




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!



 Rockin the Rivers – Montana

Dust off your leather pants and get ready to rock!

2016 Camping Music Festivals

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 When: August 10-12

Where: Cardwell, Montana

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





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!



September 2018

Nocturnal Wonderland – California

Everything glows!

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2018 TBA

Where: San Bernardino, CA

Camping: Yes!



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!



American River Music Festival – California

Family friendly fun!

2016 Camping Music FestivalsWhen: 2018 TBA

Where: Coloma-Lotus, CA

Camping- Yes….near by



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








Dirty Bird – California

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

Where: Coloma-Lotus, CA

Camping- Yes….near by



2018 Camping Music Festivals – Winter

November 2018



December 2018


January – February 2019