Spectacular Places to Camp in the Winter
Camping in the wintertime
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Although some campers stay indoors in the colder months, others love sleeping in the ice and snow. See more national park pictures.


If you love to camp, you may hate it when winter rolls around and spoils the fun. Or, you may be so tough that you don't care if there's a little snow on the ground under your sleeping bag. You may even enjoy the challenge. Of course, it doesn't have to be such a challenge if you "camp" in an RV or cabin, or simply head south to a warmer clime.

Either way, there are some things to keep in mind when you're pondering a winter camping trip. On the positive side, winter camping often equates to no crowds and no bugs -- perfect conditions if you want to really enjoy nature, along with a large dose of peace and quiet. If you're heading to a frigid region, frozen lakes and streams mean you'll be able to explore previously unreachable spots, or simply get to them more easily and quickly [source: Adirondack].

On the not-so-positive side, it takes a bit more planning to camp in winter, especially if you're a novice. You need to figure out a good layering system for your clothes that will keep you warm without overheating, for example, and you'll have to take in more calories, as you lose more during cold weather [source: Adirondack].

You've already decided when you're going camping, now you just have to decide where. We've picked 10 places, listed in no particular order, where you can enjoy the great, cold outdoors.