If you like to go camping in the winter months, like say between December and March, but your not into freezing in sub-zero temperatures with all that snow and ice, you might want to consider a trip to the southern part of the Lower Colorado River Valley.
This area covers about 400 sq. miles of desert country and while not very appealing in the summer, when temperatures climb to 110 degrees plus, it can be very pleasant in the winter months where the daytime temperatures range from the lower 70’²s to low 90’²s with lots of sunshine, very little rain and from time to time some wind to contend with.
There are a multitude of outdoor camping activities to take part in depending on your location and interests in this vast 400 sq. mile area.
If your in the Laughlin, Nevada, Bullhead City, Arizona area you can engage in all kinds of water sports, because these two cities are right across the Colorado river from each other. The river is very wide here and is great for water skiing, boating, jet ski’s and more. There are plenty of camp grounds and camping areas available at the rivers edge.
If your into ATV”s and four wheeling there is a huge sand dune area along Interstate 8. The “Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area” (sometimes called the “Glamis Dunes”), are the largest mass of sand dunes in California. This dune system extends for more than 40 miles along I-8 in the Imperial Valley agricultural region and is a band averaging 5 miles wide.
Many avid fans of this sport show up with their equipment in toy hauler trailers or in open carrier trailers. They congregate at various staging areas off of I-8, set up camp with tents, sleeping bags and camp stoves, then have a blast buzzing around the dunes for hours on end.
If your just into some seclusion, getting away from it all and kicking back, there are a multitude of camping areas along hwy 95 from Yuma Arizona to Parker Arizona where you can camp by yourself, or with a small group, miles away from anyone. Some of these areas are free and some have a minimal fee of around $5 a night. In this setting you can relax pitch your tent or set up you trailer, get out the camp stove, the folding tables and lawn chairs and enjoy the warm desert air during the day, the cool desert breeze at night, gaze at the billions of stars in the night sky and see spectacular sunrises and sunsets.
If your into a more social setting and want to meet new people and learn new things about camping and the outdoors, then Quartsite, Arizona is the place for you. This sleepy little town of about 3,500, from December through February sees 1.5 million visitors.
What’s referred to as “Snowbirds” from all over the U.S. and Canada converge on this little town during those months to enjoy the Mother of all recreational vehicle (RV) Rallies. Vendors from all over come to show and sell any kind of outdoor equipment or activity you can think of.
So What ever your outdoor camping desires, as long as it doesn’t include winter sports, snow, sub-zero temperatures or high altitude mountain climbing, the Lower Colorado River Valley is a great place to go camping .
Author: Howard Hicks