When Canada and the northern states head into the winter season, with its freezing temps and damp conditions, follow the birds (and the snowbirds) south for the winter. Our home state of Arizona is known for comfortably cool weather, vibrant deserts and clear hiking trails in the winter, perfect for outdoor adventures. Here are four of the best winter RV camping destinations to explore in your RV rental.
Chiricahua National Monument
Known as “a wonderland of rocks,” Chiricahua features nearly 12,000 acres of scenic trails, bird watching and historic tours. The park’s rhyolite rock formations tower hundreds of feet in the air. Campers can take in the sites by car or explore the 17 miles of trails on foot. If you’re interested in learning the history behind the national monument, take a park ranger-led tour of the Faraway Ranch House. Onsite campsites are available for RVs up to 29 feet long.
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Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
This thriving desert is located on the border of Mexico, roughly two hours south of Phoenix. While famous for its abundance of organ pipe cacti, the park is actually home to more than 30 species of cactus, as well as a flourishing wildlife population. Designated as an International Biosphere Reserve, conservationists and scientists are working to protect its precious ecosystem. RV camping is available at the Twin Peaks Campground — just a heads up that this a hookups-free site. As a popular winter camping destination, you’ll want to book your campsite in advance to ensure a space is available.
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Patagonia Lake State Park
Winter vacation at the beach with this winter camping destination in Arizona. Patagonia Lake State Park features a campground, lakeside beach and full marina with boat rentals. This campground is also perfect for RV campers wanting full hookups and private picnic areas. In addition to spending your days on the water, travelers can also explore a variety of nearby day-trip attractions. Western movie buffs will enjoy a day spent in Tombstone; if you have a history enthusiast in your group, visit Fort Huachuca, which is located just a little more than an hour away from the campground.
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Lost Dutchman State Park
Located at the base of the Superstition Mountains, Lost Dutchman State Park is full of legend and mystery. Named after the Lost Dutchman Mine, a fabled gold mine nestled in the mountains, visitors come from afar to explore its folklore. The area’s mild temperatures during the day are perfect for hiking and the Treasure Loop Trail is one of the most popular. If visiting in late winter, you may even be treated with a view of the blooming wildflowers.
This year, you can be walking in a winter wonderland that doesn’t include snow in the forecast. Instead, enjoy clear skies, sunshine and beautiful temperatures with these winter camping destinations in Arizona. Happy trails!