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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

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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!

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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

2017 Total Eclipse | Idaho & Oregon Viewing Spots

The 2017 Total Eclipse is something you definitely don’t want to miss! Eclipses happen with varying frequency, but total eclipses are something to set time aside for. This is the first total eclipse to hit the United States since 1979! Mark August 21st on your calendar and pick a spot to set up camp, Lost Campers can provide an affordable way to get you to where you want to be for this exciting phenomenon.

Start off at our Salt Lake City location to head up to Idaho! The Salmon-Challis National Forest is home to Mt. Borah, the peak is expected to get just over 2 minutes of total eclipse time. It is the perfect location to get a clear view of the action. Be sure to wear some eclipse glasses! It’s still harmful for your eyes to look at the sun even when the moon is blocking it. This national park is only about a 6 hour drive from our SLC location. If Salmon-Challis isn’t for you, there are still plenty of other places in Idaho to mark as your destination. Check out this map of the eclipse’s path to pick your best spot.

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Map of Idaho Total Eclipse, courtesy of greatamericaneclipse.com

If you’d rather have a view from the coast for your 2017 Total Eclipse viewing, pick up in San Francisco and head north to Oregon. While you can catch a good spot to view in several Oregon cities, why not take this opportunity to enjoy some camping for your vacation as well? Oregon is known for its cloudy and rainy weather, but there’s projected to be a good chance of sunshine in the Deschutes Valley near Madras. Strong climbers may want to check out Mt. Jefferson as a potential spot to view from too! Its about a 10 hour drive from our San Francisco location to Madras, Oregon.

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Oregon Total Eclipse map, courtesy of greatamericaneclipse.com

Get your reservation confirmed today, we’re booking up fast for the summer eclipse and you definitely don’t want to miss out on this near once in a lifetime experience! Our Salt Lake City depot has already completely booked out for this event!