RV Adventure – 5 Best National Parks for Winter Camping

In winter, the drop in temperatures and some snowy landscapes will mean different preparations for national park trekking but is cabin fever getting to you? Well while it may take a bit of extra effort the adventure is well worth it.

We highlight just five of our most scenic winter national park picks here. Some take you to a warmer climate like Arizona or Nevada and others take you up north to enjoy the snow.

Opinions vary about what constitutes “comfortable weather,” so check the current forecast before you hit the road for the following parks.

That said here’s a sampling of several parks where winter is prime time for outdoor activity.

The park website has details about each campground, including the number of sites, elevation, and perhaps most important in a desert park, locations where water is available. You’ll also find information about which campgrounds accept advance reservations, and which are first come, first served.

  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area, on the Arizona-Nevada border south of Las Vegas, includes two large lakes and seven developed campgrounds: five on Lake Mead and two on Lake Mohave.

Although campgrounds in the park are open all year, the climate is much more pleasant in the fall and spring. NPS campgrounds offer restrooms, running water, dump stations, grills, picnic tables and shade; RV’s, trailers and tents are welcome. Concessioner-operated campgrounds with recreational vehicle hook-ups are also available within the park.

  • Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is located in southern Arizona, right on the border with Mexico. The Twin Peaks Campgroundhas 208 sites, can accommodate RVs up to 40 feet in length, and reserves some sites for tent camping only. It’s a clean, comfortable campground, with water spigots every few campsites. There are solar showers in the restrooms, but be cautious, as the water can get searing hot on hot days.
  • Mount Rainier National Park, WA – At Mount Rainier you will find all the snow one could ever ask for in winter. One area known as Paradise averages 54 feet of snow each year and held the world record for most annual snowfall in the 1970s at 93.5 feet. Mount Rainier also has all the winter recreation you could wish for with sledding, skiing, sliding, snowboarding, snowshoeing, climbing and camping. Just be certain you prepare well for the weather and definitely check local conditions before your trip. Note: All vehicles, including 4WD and AWD vehicles, must carry tire chains in the park during the winter season (November 1 – May 1) and be prepared to use them when tire chain requirements are posted.
  • Crater Lake National Park, OR – Winter is the reason that Crater Lake exists. The high elevation and proximity to the Pacific make climatic conditions that cause Crater Lake to receive more than 44 feet of snow on average each year. Without all that precipitation the lake would not exist. If you would like to explore this snowy wilderness, it’s recommended that you try skiing or snowshoeing, plus there are ranger-led interpretive hikes each weekend.

Crater Lake was formed when a violent eruption of a volcano triggered the collapse of a tall peak. Native Americans witnessed this formation 7700 years ago. Scientists still marvel at its purity: fed by rain and snow, it’s the deepest lake in the US and probably the most pristine on earth. Artists, photographers, and sightseers gaze in wonder at its blue water and stunning setting atop the Cascade Mountain Range.

Winter camping in the National Parks will be far less crowded than summertime, but check with each park before you go to see what’s available. There are also other RV Campgrounds nearby.

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NHRA Racers Start Their Engines This February

This February, NHRA racing fires up again starting in Pomona, California and then moves to Chandler, Arizona. Racers will travel to Auto Club Raceway at Pomona for the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals from February 6th-9th. This will be followed two weeks later by the NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, AZ, the weekend of February 21st – 23rd.  Don’t miss the action of RV camping and watching drag racing at these exciting spots! What could be more fun than driving to an NHRA race in an RV? Camping out in one for the entire race!

First, February 6th to 9th the Autoclub Raceway of Pomona hosts the opening event for this new year. Fans have flocked to Southern California since 1961 for one of drag racing’s grandest traditions. The season opener brings with it new cars, drivers, teams, and sponsorships, where teams begin their chase for a spot in the Countdown to the Championship at Lucas Oil Raceway at Pomona. The fabled Pomona facility is known for its outstanding traction, smooth surface, and record performances.

As always, fans will have the opportunity to interact with their favorite drivers, as Every Ticket’s a Pit Pass® at the most powerful and sensory-filled motorsports attraction on the planet! Get direct access to the teams, see firsthand as the highly-skilled mechanics service their hot rods between rounds, and get autographs from your favorite NHRA drivers.

Check out the schedule for this fired up weekend of drag racing at the Autoclub Raceway of Pomona page.

Camping for Pomona: There are many options for camping near the Autoclub Raceway, which is located about 25 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. Here are just a few suggestions:

  • Bonelli Bluffs RV Resort and Campground
  • Fairplex RV Park
  • Autoclub Raceway At Pomona (if you can get reservations)

 

Then, from February 21st – 23rd the action moves to Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, AZ for the NHRA Arizona Nationals. NHRA’s annual duel in the desert continues in its traditional spot as the year’s second event. The facility, a Southwest fixture since 1985, is also known for record performances, such as Tony Schumacher’s historic 330-mph quarter-mile blast in 1999 and his record-setting run in 2018. These races are fast! Due to its warm climate, it is a popular winter testing spot for NHRA and Indy Car teams. After 30 years of hosting, this track is home to an array of auto enthusiast events like the NHRA Arizona Nationals, Mello Yello Drag Racing, the Checkered Flag Run and Monster Truck Shows. Get there early and enjoy the whole weekend of non-stop action if you can.

Camping for NHRA Racing in Chandler: Campgrounds abound near this spot just south of Scottsdale, AZ. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Apache Palms RV Resort is closeby
  • Sun Life Vacation Resort
  • Hacienda Solano Resort (for those 55+)
  • Five Star RV Park
  • The Motor Coach Resort – at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park (if you can get a reservation)

Need to rent an RV? Find your ideal recreational vehicle at one of our El Monte RV Rental locations. See our Where to Rent an RV page for all our El Monte Rental locations in Southern California and in Phoenix, AZ. Please check early with the nearest one for available rentals.

And be sure to check out our NHRA RV Racing Vacations page for more suggestions and information about the NHRA and NHRA vacations.

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RV Adventure: Winter in State and National Parks of Southern California

This winter, take a trip around Southern California and within just a few hours’ drive you’ll be able to see oceans and beaches, islands, snowcapped mountains for skiing or snowboarding and lots of unique scenery in between, with infinite variety of Southern California landscapes.

State Parks of Southern California:

With 280 state parks, over 340 miles of coastline, 970 miles of lake and river frontage, 15,000 campsites, and 4,500 miles of trails, California contains the largest and most diverse recreational, natural and cultural locations of any state in the nation.

In Los Angeles County alone, there are more than 30 state parks to choose from. Orange County offers visitors another 6 state parks and San Diego County has about 15 more state parks to visit. Visitors can choose to visit the Tijuana Estuary, the largest coastal wetland in Southern California, located on the international border between the US and Mexico.

The estuary, often called an “intermittent estuary” is primarily a shallow water habitat, which is prone to extreme changes in stream flow at different times of the year. With extended periods of draught, many parts of the estuary are left dry, while at other times, it can be subject to flooding. For that reason, the Tijuana Estuary is considered a unique part of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System. The Tijuana River Estuary is one of the few salt marshes remaining in Southern California, where over 90% of wetland habitat has been lost to development. The site is an essential breeding, feeding and nesting ground and key stopover point on the Pacific Flyway for over 370 species of migratory and native birds, including six endangered species.

The Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve offers another spectacular view in Los Angeles County. Blooming poppies blanket the reserve in spring with their bold orange color. Every bloom is quite amazing. If you plan your trip in advance, you may catch this phenomenon. If you are looking to find the exact location of a particular flower or plant, the park ranger staff can point you to the right trails when you arrive.

Check each of the California State Parks for camping availability and to determine which allow RV Camping before you arrive.

California National Parks:

Within just a few hours’ drive of Los Angeles, you can find Pinnacles National Park, the Channel Islands National Park, Cabrillo National Monument and Joshua Tree National Park. Named for its founder, Juan Rodgriguez Cabrillo, the first European to set foot on what is now the west coast of the United States, Cabrillo National Park is home to a wealth of cultural and natural resources.

Pinnacles National Park was formed about 23 million years ago from the eruption of various volcanoes and a unique landscape still remains. Travelers can journey through chaparral, oak woodlands, and canyon bottoms. Hikers enter rare talus caves and emerge to towering rock spires, teeming with life including prairie and peregrine falcons, golden eagles, and the inspiring California condor. Bird watchers and hikers alike will find amazing treasures in Pinnacles National Park.

The Channel Islands are near Ventura, encompassing five remarkable islands in their ocean environment. This park preserves and protects a wealth of natural and cultural resources. Isolation over thousands of years has created unique animals, plants, and archeological resources found nowhere else on Earth. The Channel Islands has helped preserve a place where visitors can experience coastal southern California as it once was.

Named for its founder, Juan Rodgriguez Cabrillo, the first European to set foot on what is now the west coast of the United States, Cabrillo National Park is home to a wealth of cultural and natural resources. At the southern tip of San Diego, this is a part with unique views of the Pacific Ocean and more. Visitors can climb to the statue of Cabrillo and see natural plant and animal life of Southern California here.

Two distinct desert ecosystems, the Mojave and the Colorado, come together in Joshua Tree National Park. About 3 hours east of Los Angeles, Joshua Tree displays a fascinating variety of plants and animals that make their homes in a land sculpted by strong winds and occasional torrents of rain. Dark night skies, a rich cultural history, and surreal geologic features

add to the wonder of this vast wilderness in southern California. Joshua Tree is located in southern California between I-10 and Hwy 62; its headquarters is in Twenty Nine Palms, CA.

And the hottest, driest and lowest National Park is Death Valley National Park, bordering Nevada and California. Here you will see a below-sea-level basin, which steady drought and record summer heat have made this park a land of extremes. These extremes make Death Valley a rare picture of contrasts: towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite the name, there is a great diversity of life surviving in Death Valley.

 

Need to Rent an RV?

If you’d like to rent an RV for your southern California adventure, start by checking our California El Monte RV Rental locations. There are 5 southern California rental locations to choose from. This page also contains much more information about traveling by RV in California so be sure to check it out when planning your next RV adventure.

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NASCAR Season Races to California, Arizona, Georgia and Florida in March

NASCAR racing excitement started again this February as Denny Hamlin won the famous Daytona 500, followed by Ryan Blaney and Chris Buescher in 2nd and 3rd places at the kickoff race. Now, the energy continues at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA on the weekend of February 28th to March 1st, ISM Raceway in Phoenix the next weekend, Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 14th-15th, followed by the Dixie Vodka 400 race at the Homestead-Miami Speedway on March 22nd. Don’t miss the exciting action at the track when you go in your RV to any of these NASCAR events.

The Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA will host the Auto Club 400 on Sunday March 1st, but before that highlight, there is a whole weekend of qualifying and practice races as well as lots of fun for fans in the Fan Zone. Check all the details and see how to purchase your tickets at the Auto Club Speedway website.

The Phoenix Raceway  is the site of the next weekend’s NASCAR action. Here is the lineup for the FanShield 500 main event which happens at 3:30 pm on Sunday, March 8th. Preceding that race is the NASCAR LS Tractor 200 on Saturday, March 7.  race on Saturday at 2 pm. And before that, the NASCAR Weekend kicks off on Friday, March 6, 2020 with the ARCA Menards Series Race at 5:00 pm. Don’t miss practice sessions for both the Gatorade NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series before the starting line-up is set for the FanShield 500. You can even sign up for the INfield, an all-new experience that lets you watch driver’s meetings, see your favorite teams, or even get in on the kudos in Victory Lane.

Next, the action moves to the Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 14th-15th, for the Folds of Honor QuickTrip 500 on that Sunday. Before that race starts on Sunday, however, there are several other events featured here, beginning with the NASCAR Cup Series Fast Friday race and the Legends ¼ mile oval race on Saturday, followed by the Atlanta 250 and Georgia 200 double header races on Saturday night. There are various camping options available as well for race fans throughout the Speedway property. Check the Camping Page on the Atlanta Motor Speedway website for more details on how to book your spot!

The excitement doesn’t end there for NASCAR fans as the very next weekend you can travel to South Florida for the Dixie Vodka 400 race at the Homestead-Miami Speedway on March 22nd. Come celebrate Homestead-Miami Speedway’s 25th Anniversary Spring Break style this March for the Dixie Vodka 400! NASCAR’s biggest stars visit the South Florida oval with a chance to clinch a spot into the NASCAR Playoffs.

Camping at NASCAR Tracks:

Visit Monty’s Musings blog topic – NASCAR RV Camping – The Ultimate Racing Experience. We review for you the top ten things to know before you go.

Traveling to a NASCAR race in RV comfort, camping close to the action with a bunch of race-friendly fans brings excitement and fun for your family. Pick a race, get tips from motorhome camping NASCAR fans and reserve your campsite. Pick a location and reserve your RV for any race week you want.

Need to Rent an RV?

You can rent an RV from El Monte RV for your trip to Southern California from any of our 5 locations there. In Phoenix, see our El Monte RV rentals location.

For Atlanta and Homestead you can rent from one of our closest locations, in either Orlando or Miami. The Miami location is only about 15 minutes from the Homestead-Miami Raceway track. Check availability and rental rates on their pages.

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RV Adventure: Winter in State and National Parks of Southern California

This winter, take a trip around Southern California and within just a few hours’ drive you’ll be able to see oceans and beaches, islands, snowcapped mountains for skiing or snowboarding and lots of unique scenery in between, with infinite variety of Southern California landscapes.

State Parks of Southern California:

With 280 state parks, over 340 miles of coastline, 970 miles of lake and river frontage, 15,000 campsites, and 4,500 miles of trails, California contains the largest and most diverse recreational, natural and cultural locations of any state in the nation.

In Los Angeles County alone, there are more than 30 state parks to choose from. Orange County offers visitors another 6 state parks and San Diego County has about 15 more state parks to visit. Visitors can choose to visit the Tijuana Estuary, the largest coastal wetland in Southern California, located on the international border between the US and Mexico.

The estuary, often called an “intermittent estuary” is primarily a shallow water habitat, which is prone to extreme changes in stream flow at different times of the year. With extended periods of draught, many parts of the estuary are left dry, while at other times, it can be subject to flooding. For that reason, the Tijuana Estuary is considered a unique part of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System. The Tijuana River Estuary is one of the few salt marshes remaining in Southern California, where over 90% of wetland habitat has been lost to development. The site is an essential breeding, feeding and nesting ground and key stopover point on the Pacific Flyway for over 370 species of migratory and native birds, including six endangered species.

The Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve offers another spectacular view in Los Angeles County. Blooming poppies blanket the reserve in spring with their bold orange color. Every bloom is quite amazing. If you plan your trip in advance, you may catch this phenomenon. If you are looking to find the exact location of a particular flower or plant, the park ranger staff can point you to the right trails when you arrive.

Check each of the California State Parks for camping availability and to determine which allow RV Camping before you arrive.

California National Parks:

Within just a few hours’ drive of Los Angeles, you can find Pinnacles National Park, the Channel Islands National Park, Cabrillo National Monument and Joshua Tree National Park. Named for its founder, Juan Rodgriguez Cabrillo, the first European to set foot on what is now the west coast of the United States, Cabrillo National Park is home to a wealth of cultural and natural resources.

Pinnacles National Park was formed about 23 million years ago from the eruption of various volcanoes and a unique landscape still remains. Travelers can journey through chaparral, oak woodlands, and canyon bottoms. Hikers enter rare talus caves and emerge to towering rock spires, teeming with life including prairie and peregrine falcons, golden eagles, and the inspiring California condor. Bird watchers and hikers alike will find amazing treasures in Pinnacles National Park.

The Channel Islands are near Ventura, encompassing five remarkable islands in their ocean environment. This park preserves and protects a wealth of natural and cultural resources. Isolation over thousands of years has created unique animals, plants, and archeological resources found nowhere else on Earth. The Channel Islands has helped preserve a place where visitors can experience coastal southern California as it once was.

Named for its founder, Juan Rodgriguez Cabrillo, the first European to set foot on what is now the west coast of the United States, Cabrillo National Park is home to a wealth of cultural and natural resources. At the southern tip of San Diego, this is a part with unique views of the Pacific Ocean and more. Visitors can climb to the statue of Cabrillo and see natural plant and animal life of Southern California here.

Two distinct desert ecosystems, the Mojave and the Colorado, come together in Joshua Tree National Park. About 3 hours east of Los Angeles, Joshua Tree displays a fascinating variety of plants and animals that make their homes in a land sculpted by strong winds and occasional torrents of rain. Dark night skies, a rich cultural history, and surreal geologic features

add to the wonder of this vast wilderness in southern California. Joshua Tree is located in southern California between I-10 and Hwy 62; its headquarters is in Twenty Nine Palms, CA.

And the hottest, driest and lowest National Park is Death Valley National Park, bordering Nevada and California. Here you will see a below-sea-level basin, which steady drought and record summer heat have made this park a land of extremes. These extremes make Death Valley a rare picture of contrasts: towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite the name, there is a great diversity of life surviving in Death Valley.

Need to Rent an RV?

If you’d like to rent an RV for your southern California adventure, start by checking our California El Monte RV Rental locations. There are 5 southern California rental locations to choose from. This page also contains much more information about traveling by RV in California so be sure to check it out when planning your next RV adventure.

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NHRA Racing Action Heats Up in July!

This July, plan your family’s RV vacation in advance to take advantage of one of these exciting NHRA races.  From July 5th–7th, NHRA New England Nationals take place at New Hampshire’s New England Dragway.  Then two weeks later, from July 19th– 21st, take off for the Denver area in your RV or ours to follow the Nationals at the Dodge Mile-High NHRA races at the Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colorado.  The last weekend of July finds NHRA Nationals in Sonoma, CA at Sonoma Raceway.  Don’t miss the action of watching heart pounding drag racing while camping out in your RV at one of these exciting spots!

New Hampshire’s New England Dragway – July 5th-7th

Celebrate 4th of July weekend at the NHRA New England Nationals! The storied drag racing history in New England prompted the construction of the New England Dragway in Epping, NH in 1966. Recent enhancements, including an all-concrete racing surface, set the stage each year for this highly anticipated event. Click to see the complete weekend schedule at New Hampshire’s New England Dragway.

NHRA racing

NHRA racing

You can rent an RV nearby at our El Monte RV Rentals locations in either Kingston, PA or Linden, NJ. For more information on pricing and availability, please check with the El Monte RV Rental location. For camping in your RV, there are numerous campgrounds in the Seacoast Region of New Hampshire, which you can see here.

Then two weeks after this excitement on the east coast, try traveling to the Bandimere Speedway on July 19th-21st, for the Dodge Mile-High NHRA NationalsElevated at 5,869 feet, this is more than a mile-high and will be non-stop action from start to finish.  The schedule opens on Friday with the Pro Stock Qualifying Sessions and the Nitro Qualifying Sessions, and continues with more qualifying sessions on Saturday, capped off by the Pro Stock and Nitro Eliminations Finals on Sunday afternoon.  To see a fully detailed schedule of the action, see the Dodge Mile-High Nationals Schedule page. And to find out about camping at the Mile-High Nationals, see their Dodge Mile-High NHRA RV Parking page. As many of the sites are sold out, you may want to get their early and park off-site, or you can look up other area RV campgrounds near Bandimere Speedway. There are 3 that are close by, the Clear Creek RV Park and Dakota Ridge RV Parks in Golden, and Indian Paintbrush Campground in Morrison, just minutes from the Speedway.

For a nearby location for an RV Rental, you can’t get much closer than our El Monte RV location in Denver, just a 25 minute ride from the track. Check with them early to reserve your RV and have a first-class weekend at the track.

The last weekend in July (26th–28th) brings NHRA home to California.  Although the NHRA Museum is located in Pomona, near Los Angeles, NHRA fans will certainly enjoy the northern California climate for these races in Sonoma.  The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series blasts onto the Sonoma drag strip, July 26-28.

Track records were set in 2018, so come out to see John Force, Antron Brown and Ron Capps as they push the limits to be quicker than ever before.  The track at Sonoma is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary and is thrilled to have NHRA returning to this awesome track.  Every ticket to these drag races doubles as a pit pass so don’t miss the opportunity to see record-breaking speeds and meet the drivers while you enjoy the weekend at Sonoma.  Camping at Sonoma is a family experience with lots of choices of campgrounds to suit your family’s needs.  Try to reserve early to get your choice of campsites in one of their seven campgrounds.

To rent an RV, there are several nearby El Monte RV California Locations: in Dublin (San Francisco area), Sacramento, Santa Cruz (Scotts Valley), CA, or Reno, Nevada. Please check the closest location to you to see about available rentals and rates.

Whichever track you choose to visit, have fun watching these amazingly fast dragsters burn up the speed records on the track.

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NASCAR RV Vacation in June – Poconos, Michigan, Sonoma and Chicagoland

Summer is Heating Up!

NASCAR drivers will race to the Poconos for the weekend of June 1st-2nd, followed by Michigan June 8th-10th, and then Sonoma, CA for the weekend of June 22nd and 23rd and wrap up the month at Chicagoland Motor Speedway, in Joliet, IL.

You will certainly enjoy all these action-packed weekends at the track when you go in your RV or ours to any of these fun-filled NASCAR events.

Don’t miss the excitement of the Tricky Triangle at Pocono Raceway as NASCAR fills the first weekend of June with racing fun of the Pocono 400. Camping and RV registration opens on the afternoon of May 30th, followed by a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Hauler Parade beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday starting early is the final practice for the ARCA Menards Series followed by several appearances on the Fan Stage at 10:00 pm. The practice and qualifying races and various other fan stage appearances continue on Saturday the 1st of June, with an infield Block Party on Saturday night from 5-11:30 pm.  The weekend finale is the Pocono 400, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race starting at 2 pm on Sunday June 2nd.

Camping at the Pocono Raceway

To find out about camping at the Pocono Raceway, check out all the camping options on the Pocono Raceway site. Buy in Advance to get the spot you want and, if you purchase an Infield Camping spot before Wednesday, May 29, 2019; your purchase comes with two complimentary Pit/Paddock Passes.

The next weekend, the FireKeepers Casino 400 NASCAR Race will take racers around the track at the Michigan International Speedway. This is the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race of the season at Michigan International Speedway.  Don’t miss out! The first big race is on Friday, June 7th and begins at 6:30 pm, the ARCA Menards Series 200. Then on Saturday, June 8th, the excitement of the Xfinity Series LTI Printing 250 race starts at 1:30 pm. This is 250 miles of pure action with the future stars of NASCAR competing against the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series veterans. Don’t miss the Monster Energy FireKeepers Casino 400 race starting at 2pm on Sunday June 9th. Watch as your favorite NASCAR drivers battle it out for a trip to victory lane in the FireKeepers Casino 400.

NASCAR racing

NASCAR racing

Camping at Michigan International Speedway

With nearly 9,000 campsites, MIS is the largest registered campground in the State of Michigan. Each year, thousands of campers arrive at MIS during race week, spending the weekend camping out with their family and friends. Find out all the details and availability of spaces at Michigan Speedway Camping.

Then for the weekend of June 21st – 23rd, check out the Toyota/ SaveMart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Race at Sonoma Raceway in Northern California. Guaranteed to be a wild ride, this race is held in the heart of wine country, where you won’t want to miss a minute of the action both on and off the track. See the full weekend Sonoma schedule with Monster Energy final practices and cup series qualifying races on Friday and Saturday followed by the Toyota SaveMart Monster Energy NASCAR 350 Race starting at noon on Sunday. Celebrating 50 years of this track, this year should be special in many ways, with lots of featured guests, entertainment and more surprises in store.

Camping at Sonoma

For more information or to reserve your campsite, please contact the Sonoma Raceway ticketing department. There are several campgrounds to choose from and more than a thousand camp spaces so book your chosen spot to be able to see all the race action from your RV.

Continue your RV NASCAR adventure the next weekend as the NASCAR action moves to Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, IL.

The stars of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series return as the Chicagoland Speedway’s Summer Festival Weekend culminates with the Camping World 400 on Sunday, June 30th at 2:00 p.m. But first, to kick off the weekend, on June 27th, at 8 pm is the ARCA Menards Series Bounty 150 race and Friday, June 28th is the Camping World 225, ever-unpredictable Gander Outdoors Truck Series, which showcases NASCAR’s newest stars starting at 8 pm. Saturday, June 29th, Chicagoland Speedway is host to the drivers of the Xfinity Series racing against some of NASCAR’s biggest stars in the Camping World 300. “Names Are Made Here.”  This race starts at 2:30 p.m.

This will be a fun-packed weekend for sure, with tons of racing, entertainment and lots of family fun.

Camping at Chicagoland

For camping information at Chicagoland Speedway, check the Camping Page at Chicagoland Speedway. They offer more than 1800 campsites in 4 campgrounds where you can grab your friends and family for up to five nights of camping as the Ultimate Summer NASCAR Festival weekend features four action-packed races June 27-30, 2019. YOU choose your schedule: camping load-in starts Wednesday and all campgrounds are open through Monday morning.

More about Camping at NASCAR Tracks:

Visit Monty’s Musings blog topic – NASCAR RV Camping – The Ultimate Racing Experience. Learn the top ten things you need to know before you go.

Need to Rent an RV?

You can rent an RV from El Monte RV for your trip to any of these tracks from any of our El Monte RV rentals locations. You can find all our RV Rental Locations there. See availability and rental rates on the specific pages for the location nearest your RV adventure.

No matter where you start your RV Vacation, enjoy the roar of the engines and the cheers of the crowds at NASCAR racing.

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RV Adventure: National and State Parks of Southern California

Think about taking time away from it all, seeing a panoply of varied geography like ocean, desert, and mountains with national and state parks abounding, all within a few hours’ drive and you’ve described Southern California.

California National Parks

Within just a few hours’ drive of Los Angeles, you can find Pinnacles National Park, the Channel Islands National Park, Cabrillo National Monument and Joshua Tree National Park. Named for its founder, Juan Rodgriguez Cabrillo, the first European to set foot on what is now the west coast of the United States, Cabrillo National Park is home to a wealth of cultural and natural resources. The Channel Islands are off the coast of Ventura and the park encompasses five remarkable islands and their ocean environment, preserving and protecting a wealth of natural and cultural resources. Isolation over thousands of years has created unique animals, plants, and archeological resources found nowhere else on Earth. This park has helped preserve a place where visitors can experience coastal southern California as it once was.

Two distinct desert ecosystems, the Mojave and the Colorado, come together in Joshua Tree National Park. About 3 hours east of Los Angeles, Joshua Tree displays a fascinating variety of plants and animals that make their homes in a land sculpted by strong winds and occasional

RV camping at Joshua Tree National Park

RV camping at Joshua Tree National Park

torrents of rain. Dark night skies, a rich cultural history, and surreal geologic features add to the wonder of this vast wilderness in southern California. Joshua Tree is located in southern California between I-10 and Hwy 62; its headquarters is in Twenty nine Palms, CA.

Pinnacles National Park was formed about 23 million years ago from the eruption of various volcanoes. What remains is a unique landscape. Travelers journey through chaparral, oak woodlands, and canyon bottoms. Hikers enter rare talus caves and emerge to towering rock spires teeming with life including prairie and peregrine falcons, golden eagles, and the inspiring California condor. Bird watchers and hikers alike will delight in the treasures of Pinnacles National Park.

And the hottest, driest and lowest National Park is Death Valley National Park, bordering Nevada and California. Here you will see a below-sea-level basin, which steady drought and record summer heat have made this park a land of extremes. These extremes make Death Valley a rare picture of contrasts: towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite the name, there is a great diversity of life surviving in Death Valley.

State Parks of Southern California

You can also find lots of beautiful state parks in California. In Los Angeles County alone, there are more than 30 state parks to choose from. Orange County offers visitors another 6 state parks and San Diego County has about 15 more state parks to visit. Visitors can choose to visit the Tijuana Estuary, the largest coastal wetland in Southern California, located on the international border between the US and Mexico. The estuary is primarily a shallow water habitat, though often termed an “intermittent estuary,” as it is subject to extreme changes in stream flow at different times of the year. Extended periods of drought leave parts of the estuary dry during some periods, while flooding inundates the same areas during others. For this reason, the Tijuana Estuary is considered to be a very unique part of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System.

Another spectacular view in a state natural reserve is located in Los Angeles County at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve. As of April 13th, the blooming poppies were still blanketing the reserve with their magnificent orange color. Every flower and other plants that exist at the Poppy Reserve are currently blooming. This month is a great time to visit. Officials expect the bloom to last through April, but the peak of the bloom may have already been reached. The bloom continues to be amazing, with a few flowers that have started to wilt while there are still some plants that have buds. If you are looking to find the exact location of a particular flower or plant, the park staff can point you to the right trails when you arrive.

Check each of the California State Parks for camping availability before you go as some allow RV camping and others do not.

RV Rental

If you’d like to rent an RV for your southern California adventure, start by checking our California El Monte RV Rental locations. This page also contains much more information about traveling by RV in California so be sure to check it out when planning your RV adventure.

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RV Vacation Time – December Music Festivals

Music abounds in the month of December and what a great way to see and hear the best of the best in rock and hip-hop than to go to music festivals. We feature one on the west coast – the Rolling Loud Music Festival in Los Angeles on December 14-15th and two in Florida – Riptide 2018 in Fort Lauderdale from November 30 – December 2nd and Next Big Thing in Tampa – Saturday and Sunday, December 1st and 2nd. So take your pick: if you are on the west coast, check out Rolling Loud and if Florida is your destination (or home), you have two excellent choices.

Rolling Loud – Los Angeles 

Discerning hip-hop lovers will be treated to a panoply of performers at this two day long festival at the Banc of California Stadium Grounds and Expo Park in Los Angeles. Performances by Post Malone, Lil Wayne, Cardi B and Lil Uzi Vert headline while the rest of the lineup is filled with Wiz Khalifa, 21 Savage, Shoreline Mafia, Bali Baby, Young Thug and many, many more. Check out the full schedule here. The festival starts on Friday the 14th and goes through Saturday the 15th of December.

Riptide Music Festival – Ft. Lauderdale Beach, Nov. 30-Dec. 2

Starting on Friday, the 30th, this Alternative Rock music festival kicks off with four performers on Friday night- followed by a huge array of bands on Saturday and Sunday. These include Young the Giant and Dirty Heads, as well as Panic!  At the Disco and Alice Merton all performing on Saturday. On Sunday, the likes of Third Eye Blind, Everclear and Gin Blossoms will headline the entertainment. If you want to see the full lineup, check out their website.

Next Big Thing – Tampa, Dec. 1 – 2

If you prefer the west coast of Florida, check out Next Big Thing – which has some of the same Alt Rock performers as the Ft. Lauderdale Riptide Fest but they have an even larger lineup of 50 bands playing for 2 days. On the lineup for this year’s Next Big Thing, held at Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre: Bastille, Foster the People, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Young the Giant, AJR, Chvrches, Elle King, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, LANY and more. Click here to see the full lineup and schedule.

Music Festival

Places to camp nearby:

There are lots of options for nearby camping in Southern California and close to either Ft. Lauderdale or Tampa in Florida.

Los Angeles RV Camping:

You can camp at Hollywood RV Park, the Dockweiler RV Park or Walnut RV Park, all of which have 4 or more stars. Check out the best rated RV Parks on Yelp or Google and you may be tempted to stay in Marina Del Rey at the Marina Boat and RV Storage location.

Ft. Lauderdale area Camping:

In the Ft. Lauderdale area, you can find an abundance of potential camping spots including: Aztec RV Resort, the Kozy Kampers RV Park, Yacht Haven Park and Marina and Easterlin Park in Oakland Park.

Tampa RV Camping:

Many campgrounds exist in Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties – close to this Tampa venue. You can choose to park your RV in Bay Bayou RV Resort, or Tampa RV Park Camp Nebraska, in Tampa (Hillsborough County). Or go west to Pinellas County and you’ll find a variety of other choices, some near the Gulf of Mexico such as St. Petersburg/ Madeira Beach KOA, Clearwater Travel Resort of Vacation Village RV Resort in Largo.

Again check out the ratings on Yelp or Google and decide for yourself what the best fit is for you and your family.

Rent an RV for your trip:

For the Los Angeles event, you can rent an RV from one of our 4 nearby El Monte RV California locations. Click here to see all of the California locations and perhaps get some other ideas for your California RV Vacation.

For Florida shows, you can take your choice to rent an RV from El Monte rental locations in Miami or Orlando. Our Miami location is a one hour drive from Ft. Lauderdale while the Orlando Rentals and Sales location is about a one hour drive from Tampa’s Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre.

Whatever you decide for your December RV trip, we hope you enjoy some great music while creating memories with your friends or family.

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RV Vacation: GLAMIS – The Glamour of Off-Roading

No matter if you’re a California resident or you live across the country, if you are into UTVs, side-by-sides, ATVs, dune buggies, or running sand tires on dirt bikes, you’ve likely heard of the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area (ISDRA), or as it most often referred to, Glamis.  Glamis is renowned for its expansive and exciting sand dunes.

However, for those outside of California you may not realize that in southern California there is a sand season. It is basically the time of year when the temperatures cool down enough to make the desert region that encompasses the ISDRA bearable.

The Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area is geographically known as the Algodones Dunes. It is the largest sand dune mass in California and the largest OHV recreation area for sand dunes in the country. The dunes stretch out about 40-miles long, are around 5 miles wide, reach up to 300 feet tall, encompass approximately 118,000 acres that are open to OHV recreation. This is a lot of space for family fun – racing your off-road bikes, trikes and all kinds of vehicles on the vast desert sand.

The season starts now. Between Halloween and mid-April, things cool down on the sand enough so you can touch it without it melting through your skin. Thanksgiving Weekend is quickly approaching and for many RVers, celebrating the Day of Thanks feels most comfortable on the road.

The Imperial Sand Dunes offers a unique hot spot for getting out in nature. The dunes bring in over 100,000 visitors every Thanksgiving weekend. The area is known as an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise and often times for its role in Star Wars, Return of the Jedi. The rolling dunes act as a playground for off-roaders and visitors bring everything from ATV’s and buggies to funky, one-of-a-kind contraptions.

There are many camping areas scattered throughout the dunes. The majority of people camp in RVs, toy haulers, or 5th wheels and some even tent camp. It is the desert so be aware that facilities are extremely limited, with mostly only vaulted toilets available. Other than that you have to be self-sufficient for fresh water, electricity, showers, etc.

Some estimate that more than a million people visit Glamis every year. People travel from all over the state of California as well from across the country and beyond to experience the infamous Glamis sand dunes.

Glamis Dunes RV Vacation

Glamis Dunes RV Vacation

Glamis has virtually no permanent structures aside from the “Glamis Store” and “Boardmanville Trading Post”. Both offer supplies; fuel is not available for some hundreds of thousands of recreational visitors each year who pass through the Algodones Dunes and the associated Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area, located in the southern portion of the dune system. Located in the southeast corner of California, the Imperial Sand Dunes are the largest mass of sand dunes in the state.

With most of the off-road action taking place in the recreation area south of Highway 78, the open areas allow all types of vehicle recreation. Limited areas surround the dunes require vehicles to travel on designated routes. Closed areas prohibit motorized vehicle use entirely. The northern areas are off-limits to wheeled vehicles, keeping a portion of the area pristine for hiking and enjoying the scenery.

Information and maps for all of these areas are available at the ranger stations.

Camping, hill climbing, exploring, sand drag racing, partying, spending time with family and friends and relaxing are just a few of the reasons why people go to Glamis.

Permits are required from October 1 through April 15 each year. Permits are $35 per week in advance and $50 per week if purchased onsite. Season permits are $150. You can buy your weekly or season permits online.

An upcoming Fee Free Date:

January 18-21, 2019
(Fri-Mon) to support the MLK volunteer clean up weekend

Rent an RV for your trip:

For this unique off-roading experience, you can rent an RV from one of our 4 nearby El Monte RV California rental locations.  Click here to see all of the California locations and perhaps get some other ideas for your California RV vacation.

Whatever you decide for your next RV trip, we hope you enjoy yourself while creating great RV adventuring memories.

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