Cozy Winter Wonderland Campgrounds


Brad Cowan

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Emerald Isle

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Greenville, NC

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Airstream Caravel

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Brad Cowan is a Lifestyle Content Writer. When he’s not behind the screen, he’s chasing pavement to the nearest coast with his wife, two kids, and golden retriever in tow.

When the weather turns cold outside, it doesn’t always mean it’s frightful. One of the best things about RVing is the ability to pack up and go wherever you like, whenever you like including during winter. In fact, many RV enthusiasts look forward to winter camping because of fewer crowds and empty roads. Thinking about taking the path less traveled for the holidays this year? Check out a few of these cozy winter wonderland campgrounds perfect for cuddling up with the people you love the most.

Sunny Acres RV Park

Las Cruces, New Mexico

white sands national monument
Stay at Sunny Acres and make a trip to White Sands National Monument New Mexico, USA. Trade in white snow for white sand. Image by sunsinger from Shutterstock.

Located less than an hour away from White Sands National Monument, the Sunny Acres RV Park is a perfect choice for a mild winter wonderland campground. With temperatures hovering in the mid-60s, you’ll reach for your camera during the day and your hooded sweatshirt at night.

Campground Features:

  • Pets welcome (restriction of certain breeds)
  • Enclosed dog run
  • Free WiFi at 40 sites and park supports
  • Cable
  • Restroom and showers
  • Laundry facilities

Recreation Options:

  • Horseshoes
  • Pickle Ball
  • Hiking
  • ATV Riding
  • Outdoor Games

Discounts Available:

Dakota Ridge RV Resort

Golden, Colorado

If you’re looking for a campground that gives you full access to all your favorite winter activities – skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing – then look no further. The Dakota Ridge RV Resort has it all. Located just 13 miles from downtown Denver and just 20 miles from Boulder, you’ll be camping in the heart of all the action. It’s the perfect marriage of outdoor activities with an urban city. Drink good beer. Tour the city. Stay awhile because, trust me, you’re not going to want to leave anytime soon.

Downtown Denver at Christmas.
Visit Downtown Denver at Christmas while staying at the Dakota Ridge RV Resort. Stroll 16th Street Mall lit up for the holidays. Image by Arina P Habich from Shutterstock.

Campground Features:

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

Discounts Available:

Leavenworth RV Campground

Leavenworth, Washington

leavenworth,Washington,usa. Beautiful leavenworth with lighting decoration in winter.
leavenworth,Washington,usa. Beautiful leavenworth with lighting decoration in winter. Image by Checubus from Shutterstock.

Across from 200 miles of groomed trails is the Leavenworth RV Campground. The views aren’t the only reason to visit and stay during the winter months though. Take part in sledding, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and tubing on the trails or at the Stevens Pass Ski Resort nearby. After a long day of outdoor adventures, settle down for an amazing meal at one of the local German restaurants in the Bavarian village of Leavenworth.

Campground Features:

  • Full hookups available
  • Laundry facilities
  • Nature and hiking trails
  • On-site activities coordinator
  • Clubhouse with game room
  • Heated pool

Recreation Options:

  • Tennis
  • Mini golf
  • Frisbee golf
  • Shuffleboard


Catalina Spa and RV Resort

Desert Hot Springs, CA

If you’re a snowbird looking for warmer temperatures without sacrificing the coziness of the winter season, then make plans to stay at the Catalina Spa and RV Resort. This campground defines relaxation with the unique combination of swimming pools and mineral hot springs. Outdoor games and activities like line dancing, bingo, and mini-golf will keep you busy until the sun sets and you cuddle up with your favorite person by the firepit.

Catalina Spa RV Resort
Catalina Spa RV Resort. Image by Catalina Spa RV Resort.

Campground Features:

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

Recreation Options:

Cooperstown Shadow Brook Campground

Cooperstown, New York

cooperstown new york main street
Shops, eateries, and baseball-themed attractions line the sidewalk on Main Street in this charming upstate New York town. Image by Kenneth Sponsler from Shutterstock.

What’s a winter wonderland without snow? The Cooperstown Shadow Brook Campground has plenty of snow for living out all your winter dreams. However, hiking and skiing aren’t the only reasons to visit. Many RVers double as anglers and during the winter months is the best time to do a little ice fishing. The charming downtown main street of Cooperstown is a lovely stroll, even if it’s a bit chilly.

Campground Features:

  • Mobile sewer service
  • Tent camping allowed
  • Cabin/cottage rentals
  • Full hookups
  • Trash pickup at site
  • Free WiFi

Recreation Options:

  • Heated pool
  • Fishing
  • Game room

Discounts Available:

Hilton Head Harbor RV Resort & Marina

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Hilton Head, South Carolina, lighthouse at dusk.
Hilton Head, South Carolina, lighthouse at dusk. Image by Sean Pavone from Shutterstock.

What is winter without shopping? The Hilton Head Harbor RV Resort & Marina offers plenty of amenities to keep you from ever leaving the campground, but its location cannot be ignored. Right on the intercoastal waterway, set out in a boat or on a jet ski right from the campground. Shops and restaurants are all within reach on Hilton Head Island. It’s a must-have place to visit when looking for cozy campgrounds this winter.

Campground Features:

  • Bathhouses and showers
  • Extended Wi-Fi and cable TV
  • RV store
  • 24-hour laundry facilities
  • 24-hour exercise room

Bonus Perks:

  • Onsite RV service
  • Firewood
  • Cocktail lounge
  • Dog washing station

Zion River Resort RV Park & Campground

Virgin, Utah

Located minutes from Zion National Park, the Zion River Resort RV Park and Campground is positioned perfectly along Utah’s Virgin River. Here pets are welcome and even encouraged thanks to an off-leash dog area where everyone, especially the furriest family members, can enjoy themselves. Base yourself here to explore Zion, Bryce Canyon, and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in their off-seasons.

The Virgin River flowing through Zion National Park, Utah.
The Virgin River flowing through Zion National Park, Utah. Image by Eric Urquhart from Shutterstock.

Campground Features:

  • Off-leash dog area and park
  • Convenience store and gift shop
  • Coin-operated laundry facilities
  • On-site propane refill service
  • Private restrooms with shower and toilet
  • Playground with swings and climbing wall

Bonus Perks:

  • Business center with computers and printers
  • Free high-speed internet
  • Heated swimming pool and spa
  • On-site mining sluice with sandbags

Discounts Available:

Whether you’re hitting the road to escape the winter weather or embrace it, one of the campgrounds above will provide the cozy atmosphere you’re on the hunt for. So pack your comfiest blanket, make sure the fireplace is on standby, and queue up your favorite winter movie because once you park it at one of the winter wonderland destinations, you might just be tempted to settle down for a long winter’s nap.

What are your favorite outdoor activities to do in the winter? Tell us in the comments below.

  • Comment (4)
  • K. R. V. says:

    Hello out there! In the past 7 years of travel trailer camping with my wife, I have come to realize the best campsites are almost always State/Federal Parks. For the main reason they are not there to make a profit, so they have no need to stuff campers in so close to one and other. Plus are mostly on land way to valuable for some investor to want to use it as a campground. Oh there are a few private campground in special areas like The Florida Keys, but be prepared to PAY! At least $200/ night for the spot right on the beach. The only drawback I’ve noticed in almost every State/Federal Parks is the lack of good WIFI! Plus cell signals can be weak out on the boonies. Very rarely though will you find a vacant campsite just driving up to that type of campground, most government owned campgrounds/parks are booked up, because of these advantages. So good luck out there, have fun and stay safe an healthy!

  • Bob Lambert says:

    Thank you

  • Robert J House says:

    We now have Bear Lodge Cabins and extreme outdoor enthusiast who likes living life however life gets thrown at you. Located just east of the devils tower, west of Rapid City and conveniently located to my new inspiration of aerospace. The native Indian in me looks just over the hill for the bison drop off and, to my east for the first-ever minute man facility in the USA next to an Air Force base.. I think for a prime lo cal spot for UFO training without opposing position. hint hint. nothing yet to add although just putting names out there with House Of Repairs’ with no face to put on the BOT

  • Wade Thiel says:

    Great points! Everyone will have to decide what features and amenities they need. State and Federal parks often an excellent option, though, I agree.

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