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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.  

 

 

 

 

 

Submitted by Aspen Read, Salt Lake City Depot

Winter Festival Camping

Winter Festival Camping – Cure Your Cabin Fever!

winter festival camping

photo credit: sodahead.com

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.

Utah

Bluff International Balloon Festival Jan. 15-17, 2016

winter festival camping ballon festival Utah

Photo credit to the Bluff International Balloon Festival

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:

http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/monticello/recreation/activities/camping/sand_island_camp_ground.html

 

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

Sundance Film Festival Park City Utah,  winter festival camping

photo credit: askmen.com

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

California

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.

winter festival camping

photo credit to ebsporttours.com

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 the 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

 

 

 

 

 

MArnie and Melinda traveling in our campervans!

Thank you for the shots. I am glad you had an awesome time in Sebby the Van