Sierra Campgrounds Open For Winter
It’s fairly quite at Mammoth Mountain RV Park right now.
But the day after Christmas, RVers will start pouring into the 125-site park, which also features two rental cabins, according to a press release from the California Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (CalARVC).
“A lot of people come in the day after Christmas and stay through New Year’s,” said Jeremy Bobzein, a reservations specialist for Mammoth Mountain RV Park, adding that the resort should be close to full by New Year’s Eve.
During the winter months, Mammoth Mountain RV Park features plowed RV sites with electrical hookups as well as a water filling station and dump station. Other amenities include restrooms with hot showers and an indoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi.
Bobzein said many people don’t realize that Mammoth Mountain RV Park is open during the winter, but the park has been spreading the word to its summer visitors with the hope of building its winter business.
“There are actually several campgrounds throughout the Sierra that are open in winter,” said Debbie Sipe, executive director of the California Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds, which hosts the Camp-California.com travel planning website.
“They stay open not only to accommodate downhill and cross-country ski enthusiasts, but people who enjoy snowboarding, snowmobiling, snow tubing and other winter activities,” she said.
Indeed, Visit California recently produced a video that highlights winter activities at ski resorts in the Lake Tahoe area, while also noting other winter activities such as ice skating, snowshoeing, ski skating and dog sledding. You can see the video by clicking on here.
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 10 RV sites available. The park also offers six motel rooms, but only one of them is currently available this winter.
• Coachland RV Park in Truckee: This 131-site 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 556-site Equity LifeStyle Properties park sits on a 950-acre property in the western foothills of the Sierra. Rental accommodations include trailers, park model RVs, cabins and yurts.
• 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 208-site Equity LifeStyle Properties park is located off I-80 at Exit 160. Rental accommodations include cabins, yurts and chalets, which are three-level apartments that sleep up to 12 people.
• Tahoe Valley Campground in South Lake Tahoe: This Equity LifeStyle Properties park has about 400 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.
For more information on campgrounds that are open in the Sierra during the winter months, please visit www.Camp-California.com.