When the temperature drops and the last leaves fall from barren branches, some people prefer to hibernate inside until the beginning of the official “outdoor” season. But January and February here in the foothills are nothing to hide from! We love camping in the winter months! Popular camp sites that are impossible to secure in the high season can be deserted in January, and longer, chillier nights mean more stargazing by the warmth of the campfire.
There’s nothing fun or glamorous about shivering on the cold, hard ground in your tent, however. Our teardrops are well insulated and ready to hook up and hit the road with fully charged batteries and the amazing ALDE system for heating the cabin and the water for your morning shower. And nature just seems so much prettier when you wake up on a comfy bed!
Here are a few of our favorite places to take a teardrop trailer for a wonderful winter getaway.
Costanoa KOA, Santa Cruz
Just a little north of Santa Cruz is the perfect spot to explore California’s stunning coastline from the comfort of a teardrop trailer. Winter day time high temperatures around 60 degrees are perfect for hiking, biking or strolling the deserted beach to Pigeon Point Lighthouse, and if a rain shower happens by this Resort KOA offers a spa with sauna and a bar and restaurant.
Spring Lake Regional Park, Santa Rosa
This 72 acre reservoir in Sonoma County is one of the busiest parks in the region during the summer months, but this time of year you can score a lakefront campsite and fish, kayak or hike over 10 miles of trails without the crowds of people, well, crowding you. A lovely paved trail goes around the lake and there’s a natural history center that offers guided hikes on the weekends.
McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park
You may get a little wet visiting this California landmark in the winter, but the journey to one of this state’s most beautiful waterfalls on the off season is so worth it. During the summer this park gets such high volumes of visitors that people get turned away when it fills to capacity. Skip the crowds and have the falls and campground to yourself. The Pacific Crest Trail runs right through the park so there’s no shortage of great hiking to enjoy.
It’s easy to enjoy nature when all year round when you have a warm and cozy teardrop “home” along for the ride, so don’t let the calendar keep you indoors!