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Some High Sierra Campgrounds Open During Winter

Originally Published in MotorHome Magazine

Camping may be the last thing people are thinking about in California
right now, particularly with record amounts of snowfall piling up in the

But the Calif. Assn. of RV Parks & Campgrounds announced in a
release that several campgrounds and RV parks at various elevations in
the Sierra stay open throughout the winter. These destinations
accommodate cross-country skiers, snowshoers, downhill skiers,
snowboarders and snowmobile enthusiasts.

“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

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.
    (530) 426-1600, www.ciscogrove.com
  • 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.(530) 587-3071 or [email protected]
  • 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.(530) 836-1559 or [email protected] or www.eagleridgervpark.com
  • 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.(877) 570-2267 or www.rvonthego.com
  • Mammoth Mountain RV Park, Mammoth Lakes, (760) 934-3822 or [email protected] or www.mammothrv.com
  • Pioneer RV Park in Quincy: This 62-site park, which is about 10 miles from a popular snowmobile area, is open throughout the winter.(530) 283-0769 or [email protected] or www.pioneerrvpark.com
  • Snowflower RV in Emigrant Gap: This Equity LifeStyle Properties park is located off I-80 at Exit 160. (877) 570-2267 or www.rvonthego.com
  • 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.
    (530) 541-2222 or [email protected] or www.rvonthego.com
  • 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. (714) 756-2483 or [email protected]

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