Spring is right around the corner, thankfully, and if you’re like millions of Americans, you’re chomping at the bit to get out for some quality camping time. While you may have an all-time favorite spot, why not try someplace new this year?
Thanks to the recent holiday season, you probably have a little bit of weight gain to contend with, and what better way to burn some of it off than by getting outside and exploring somewhere new? Whether you’re an avid camper or want to experience it for the first time, we found some destinations that may be just too tempting to pass up.
- 1. Bastrop State Park – Bastrop, Texas
- 2. Iron Gate Campgrounds – Santa Fe, New Mexico
- 3. Big Bend National Park – Southwest Texas
- 4. Oh Be Joyful Campground – Crested Butte, Colorado
- 5. Cape Lookout National Seashore – North Carolina
- 6. Padre Island National Seashore – Padre Island, Texas
- 7. Valley of Fire State Park – Overton, Nevada
1. Bastrop State Park – Bastrop, Texas
Grab some hiking gear from Road Runner Sports and explore the “Lost Pines of Texas.” This hidden gem has hiking trails, fishing ponds, cabin rentals, and even a refreshing swimming pool.
2. Iron Gate Campgrounds – Santa Fe, New Mexico
Nestled between aspen and pine trees, Iron Gate is an excellent place to camp. Go hiking or horseback riding surrounded by beautiful wildflowers, and then take advantage of some incredible stargazing at night.
3. Big Bend National Park – Southwest Texas
This national park is a considerable distance from cities and transportation hubs, so you have to plan carefully and be completely prepared for the elements. A tent from Redwood Outdoors is a must-have for shelter, and since you’re so far from light pollution, some of the best stargazing in the entire state.
4. Oh Be Joyful Campground – Crested Butte, Colorado
Located next to the Slate River, Oh Be Joyful offers spectacular views of the countryside and has some of the best fishing in the state. Those looking to increase their testosterone and endorphins levels will find fantastic hiking among the tremendous colors of spring blossoms.
5. Cape Lookout National Seashore – North Carolina
If the forest or prairie isn’t your ideal camping experience, you should consider heading to the beach for some outdoor fun. Since no designated campgrounds and no permits are required, you’re free to set up your campsite wherever you please. However, this is one place where you’ll want to ensure that you have your GoPro Hero10 or at least a good smartphone so you can capture those special moments when the area’s wild horses come strolling by.
6. Padre Island National Seashore – Padre Island, Texas
This 130,000+ acre destination has two developed areas for camping and ample beach camping. The Malaquite Campground has almost 50 sites with access to flushing toilets and shower facilities. In contrast, Bird Island Basin sites are completely primitive and have only chemical toilets so you’ll want to be sure to have all of your toiletry supplies on hand.
7. Valley of Fire State Park – Overton, Nevada
Crack that lower back and get ready to go hiking among some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. With 72 camping sites and 40,000 acres of gorgeous red sandstone rocks, it’s easy to see how the Valley of Fire got its name. While the park can seem as hot as fire in the summer, it is actually quite comfortable weather during the spring.
Camping in the springtime can be one of the best ways to unwind and decompress. Of course, there are numerous state parks and campgrounds scattered account the country, and chances are, there are some great options right in your own neck of the woods.
You will need to be prepared no matter where you decide to pitch your tent. Make a checklist, check it twice, and even take the time to compare it to suggestions online, especially if it has been a while since you last camped.