The Best RV Campgrounds for Winter

Nov 18, 2020 | Travel & Destinations

The Best RV Campgrounds for Winter

Whether you’re chasing warmer temps or cold weather camping, there’s a campground for you on this list.

By Ashley Rossi

For many, winter means the end of the RV camping season and signals that it’s time to put the rig in storage. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can extend your camping season no matter where you live. From a California spa resort to an RV park with access to snowmobile trails in Washington, these are the best winter campgrounds for RVs in the U.S. 


RV Camping in December

Take the holidays on the road this year and celebrate at one—or more—of the best winter campgrounds for RVers. 

Jekyll Island Campground, Georgia

Tree-lined dirt road with RVs and cars parked on each side
Photo courtesy of Jekyll Island Authority

Why It’s Great in Winter: 

For mild winter weather, look no further than Jekyll Island, located halfway between Jacksonville, Florida, and Savannah, Georgia. Between beaches, bike paths, and saltmarshes for kayaking, you’ll have no shortage of outdoor activities to enjoy in December. And, don’t miss a visit to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center and the Mosaic (formerly known as the Jekyll Island Museum). The entire island is a state park, and the campground is run by the Jekyll Island Authority.

Campground and RV Amenities: 

  • Full hookups
  • Free WiFi
  • Bike rentals
  • General Store
  • On-site laundry

Prices: 

The nightly rate is $47. 

Dates: 

Open year-round.

Catalina Spa RV Resort, California

View of RV resort at sunset silhouetted with palm trees and mountain range in the distance
Photo: Catalina Spa RV Resort via Facebook

Why It’s Great in Winter: 

Snowbirds head to Catalina Spa RV Resort—located a short drive away from Palm Springs—for a relaxing experience complete with mineral hot springs, swimming pools, and a fitness center. Families and empty-nesters alike will enjoy the outdoor games and activities offered, including mini-golf, line dancing, bingo, and more.

Campground and RV Amenities: 

  • Mineral hot springs
  • Fitness center
  • Free electricity and water 
  • Swimming pools
  • On-site restaurant
  • Gated community 

Prices: 

Sites start at $45 per night. 

Dates: 

Open year-round.

The Campground at James Island County Park, South Carolina 

Motorhome parked at campsite with tent set up in wooded area
Photo: Charleston County Parks

Why It’s Great in Winter: 

Head to Charleston for the holiday season and you’ll be rewarded with moderate temperatures and fewer tourists. The campground at the 643-acre James Island County Park is an ideal home base to tour around other Lowcountry highlights and neighboring islands. The park itself has plenty to offer, including paved trails, freshwater lakes, tidal creek fishing, a crabbing dock, and an off-leash dog park for your furry friends.

Campground and RV Amenities: 

  • Pull-through sites for rigs up to 80 feet
  • Full hookups
  • 20/30/50 amp service on all sites
  • Wheelchair-accessible sites
  • Full-service campground store
  • Dump station
  • Pedal boat, kayak, stand up paddleboard, and bicycle rentals
  • Shuttle service to local popular attractions for a fee

Prices: 

Nightly rates range from $55 to $66 depending on the type of site you reserve. 

Dates: 

Open year-round.


RV Camping in January

Ring in the new year somewhere new at one of these noteworthy RV campgrounds for January.

Leavenworth RV Campground, Washington

Lookout to mountain range surrounded by forest at sunrise
Photo courtesy of Thousand Trails

Why It’s Great in Winter: 

At Leavenworth RV Campground, you can go sledding, tubing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and cross country skiing right from camp. The campground is located across from more than 200 miles of groomed trails. It’s also less than 30 miles from Stevens Pass Ski Resort where you can downhill ski and ice fish on the nearby lake. Don’t miss the famous Bavarian Village of Leavenworth, known for its German restaurants, festivals, and architecture. 

Campground and RV Amenities: 

  • Full hookups available
  • Nature and hiking trails
  • Clubhouse
  • Game room
  • Laundry facilities
  • On-site activities coordinator

Prices: 

Rates start at $59 per night in January.

Dates: 

Open year-round.

Sonoran Desert RV Park, Arizona

Landscape view of desert with cacti and rock petroglyphs in the forefront

Why It’s Great in Winter: 

Located about an hour from Phoenix is the Sonoran Desert RV Park in Gila Bend. There’s no shortage of scenic views here as the park abuts miles of off-road trails for ATVing. It is also close to archeological sites and national monuments, like the Painted Rock Petroglyph Site, the Sonoran Desert National Monument, and the Gillespie Dam Bridge. After a busy day of exploring, soak up epic sunsets at the campground from the outdoor fireplace or heated pool. 

Campground and RV Amenities: 

  • Full hookups
  • 100-foot pull-through sites
  • Heated pool
  • Outdoor kitchen
  • ATV and car wash station
  • WiFi
  • Large off-leash dog park

Prices: 

Nightly rates start at $37. 

Dates: 

Open year-round.

Hot Springs National Park KOA, Arkansas

Hot spring pools at Hot Springs National Park

Why It’s Great in Winter: 

The Hot Springs National Park KOA gives you easy access to historic Bathhouse Row and the national park with its convenient location just minutes from downtown. Visiting in the winter months means more affordable prices. And since the temps average around 50 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s the ideal weather to enjoy the warm baths and the area’s hiking trails (just pack some layers). The Superlift ORV Park is also nearby for some off-roading fun. 

Campground and RV Amenities: 

  • Can accommodate rigs up to 80 feet
  • WiFi
  • Lending library
  • Mini-golf course
  • Shuttle service to downtown

Prices: 

Nightly rates start at $38 in January.

Dates: 

Open year-round.


RV Camping in February

Take advantage of long weekends and fewer crowds in February at one of these top RV winter campgrounds.

Dakota Ridge RV Park, Colorado

Aerial view of main street in Golden, Colorado

Why It’s Great in Winter: 

Pair outdoor activities with urban cities this winter with a trip to Dakota Ridge RV Park in Golden, Colorado. Both the Loveland Ski Area and Eldora Mountain are under an hour’s drive away, while downtown Denver is just 13 miles east and Boulder is 20 miles north. So whether you’re a skier, snowboarder, snowshoer, beer lover, or enjoy touring cities, there’s plenty to do around this campground in winter.

Campground and RV Amenities: 

  • Pull-through and back-in sites available
  • Clubhouse with fitness center, fireplace, library, and game room
  • Daily trash pickup
  • Hot tub
  • Free WiFi

Prices:

Nightly rates start at $59 in the off-season.

Dates: 

Open year-round.

The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, Florida

RV parked at Disney World Resort campground with Disney character decorations
Photo: Jeremy Puglisi

Why It’s Great in Winter: 

If you’re looking to visit Disney World this winter, then look no further than The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. This enormous campsite is part of the Disney Resorts, meaning you get “on property” perks like extra park hours, early access to FastPass booking, and complimentary transportation. Of course, the highlight of this campground is its location next to the famed amusement park. However, the campground itself is worth spending time at for its outdoor activities and fun Disney touches, like pony, wagon, and carriage rides at Tri-Circle D Ranch, Chip ‘N’ Dale’s Campfire Sing-A-Longs, and dinner and a show with the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue.    

Campground and RV Amenities: 

  • Full hookups
  • Free WiFi
  • Complimentary bus
  • Two pools
  • Two onsite restaurants, plus a food truck, a snack bar, and tavern
  • Water transportation to parks
  • Childcare services
  • Bike, boat, kayak, fishing gear, and golf cart rentals
  • Arcade
  • Sports courts

Prices:

Rates start at $129 per night in February.

Dates: 

Open year-round.

Alamogordo / White Sands KOA, New Mexico

Person standing on top of sand dunes at White Sands National Park

Why It’s Great in Winter: 

You’ll find the Alamogordo / White Sands KOA just 20 miles from the U.S.’s newest national park, White Sands. A visit here in February means fewer crowds and pleasant temperatures in the mid-60s. While the scenic national park is the main attraction, don’t miss a visit to the nearby New Mexico Museum of Space History, Three Rivers Petroglyph Site, National Solar Observatory, and the historic Alameda Park Zoo.

Campground and RV Amenities: 

  • 110-foot pull-through sites
  • WiFi
  • Dog park
  • Horseshoe pit
  • Live music
  • Bike rentals and pedal carts
  • Laundry facilities

Prices:

Nightly rates start at $35 in February. 

Dates: 

Open year-round.


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Ashley Rossi

Ashley is the managing editor at Togo RV. She comes from a background in travel writing which has taken her from Australia to Haida Gwaii. Her favorite national park is Zion and she's helping her parents plan an epic cross-country retirement trip in an Airstream.

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