Some California Sierra RV Parks Stay Open in Winter
Camping may be the last thing people are thinking about in California right now, particularly with record amounts of snowfall piling up in the Sierra.
But there are several campgrounds and RV parks at various elevations in the Sierra that stay open throughout the winter in an effort to accommodate cross-country skiers, snowshoers, downhill skiers, snowboarders and snowmobile enthusiasts, according to a news release from the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (CalARVC).
“It gets busy,” said Becky Monroy, an office clerk at Mammoth Mountain RV Park, which offers two small cabins in addition to its RV sites. “During the holidays – for Christmas and New Year’s – we’re almost completely booked.”
While freezing weather prevents the park from offering water at its campsites, the park has a fill station as well as a maintenance man who handles snow removal on site.
Each campsite does have 30-amp electrical and cable TV hookups. Two campsites also have 50-amp electrical service. Other park amenities include an indoor swimming pool and spa, showers and a laundry facility.
Here’s a sampling of other privately owned and operated Sierra campgrounds and RV parks that stay open during the winter season:
- Cisco Grove Campground and RV Park in Soda Springs: Located near Donner Pass, this park not only stays open through the winter, but rents snowmobiles and grooms 26 miles of snowmobile trails. The park also has a snow play area and snow tubing hill. The park currently has seven RV sites available, three with electricity and water and four with water, power and sewer connections. Additional campsites can be plowed depending on demand. The park also offers six motel rooms.
- Coachland RV Park in Truckee: This park provides water, sewer and cable TV service as well as 30- and 50-amp electrical hookups and wireless Internet or Wi-Fi service.
- Eagle Ridge RV Park in Graeagle: This 44-site park is located at the 4,600-foot level near a remote winter recreation area in the northern Sierra. Water lines are deep underground so they don’t freeze. The park also provides its guests with electricity, cable TV, sewer and campsite snow removal services as well as information on nearby winter recreation activities.
- Lake of the Springs RV Resort in Oregon House: This Equity LifeStyle Properties park sits on a 950-acre property in the western foothills of the Sierra.
- Pioneer RV Park in Quincy: This 62-site park, which is about 10 miles from a popular snowmobile area, is open throughout the winter.
- Snowflower RV in Emigrant Gap: This Equity LifeStyle Properties park is located off I-80 at Exit 160.
- Tahoe Valley Campground in South Lake Tahoe: This Equity LifeStyle Properties park has about 40 sites that are kept open during the winter months. Campsite amenities include water, sewer, 30- and 50-amp electrical hookups and wireless Internet or Wi-Fi service.
- Yosemite Pines RV Resort & Family Lodging in Groveland: This park, located near one of the western entrances to Yosemite National Park, features park model cabins and yurts in addition to RV sites. “During the holidays we stay fairly busy,” said park manager Mary Betram. She said reservations are recommended for cabins and yurts, but RV sites are often available during the winter months.