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Spectacular Places to Camp in the Winter
Image Gallery: National Parks
Image Gallery: National Parks

Although some campers stay indoors in the colder months, others love sleeping in the ice and snow. See more national park pictures.

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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.

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