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Pacific Northwest Camping || 4 Great Spots

 Pacific Northwest Camping || Fall and Winter

 

Summer is ending, but that doesn’t mean that the camping season is over. Fall and Winter can be great times to get away for a little while and reconnect with nature – or maybe just take your mind off of work for a few days. It can be tricky to pick out the best spots to camp, so we’ve put together a collection of 4 great Pacific Northwest camping spots for you to explore in the off season.

 

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Photo courtesy of Chelise Simmons, Lost Campers Crew Member

Cape Disappointment

Don’t let the name fool you- Cape Disappointment is anything but disappointing. With plenty of explore, you’ll have a blast at this State Park. The park has old military ruins to explore, an interactive museum, and plenty of trails to hike. You’re never very far from civilization either, so if you’re worried about being too disconnected from the rest of the world you can set that aside and relax!

Crater Lake National Park

No Pacific Northwest camping trip would be complete without seeing Crater Lake. Depending on when the winter storms settle in, Crater Lake has several different options to choose from when it comes to camping! The upper rims are closed off by November 1st at the very latest, but the Mazama campground is still open year round. If you’re into snowshoeing or snowmobiling, there’s plenty to do even after the snow covers the grounds. Crater Lake is one of the PNW’s most gorgeous parks in Summer, it’s still a must-see in Fall and Winter.

 

Larrabee State Park

Larrabee offers a spectacular view of the Samish Bay and the San Juan Islands. There’s plenty to do from kayaking to hiking, and the park even offers showers! The park is open year round, so you don’t have to worry about getting in before it closes for the season. A Lost Campers campervan would be perfect for settling down to admire the sea on the coastline.

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Photo courtesy of Nora Montanye, Lost Campers Renter

 

Mt. Hood National Forest

Mt. Hood is gorgeous all on its own, but the forest surrounding it is filled with things to do. Hike to Tamanawas Falls to enjoy one of the many beautiful waterfalls Oregon has to offer. If you’re camping in the colder seasons, you can also snowshoe and ski in the area! Pack to suit the season, and you’ll stay warm in one of our campervans.

 

Planning your Pacific Northwest Camping Trip 

Fall and Winter are the best times to travel in one of our campervans – rates are as much as 65% off! Get your quote today, we’re booking up fast! Our new Seattle location would love to see you for a Pacific Northwest camping adventure this fall or winter, availability is limited so booking soon is recommended!

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

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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

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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

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

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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

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 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

November 2018

 

 

December 2018

 

January – February 2019