Travel & Outdoors

Winter Camping Guide For Las Vegas

December 22, 2012 5:00 AM

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Camping is not just a summer activity during 4th of July weekend. You can go on a camping adventure any time of the year. While you may not think of Vegas as the place to take that camping adventure, the Las Vegas area has many options for you to get your camping fix during winter months. From places to pitch a tent to places to park your RV, there is an option that will fit your winter camping needs.
Kyle Canyon Campground
Kyle Canyon Road
Mt. Charleston, NV 89124
(702) 872-5577
www.recreation.gov

Are you a true adventurist seeking that winter survival kind of camping experience? Head 23 miles northwest of Las Vegas to Toiyabe National Forest where you will find the Kyle Canyon Campground. This year-round campground contains 19 single and six double sites, four of which are accessible. Sites are equipped with a picnic table, campfire ring and a grill. Vault toilets and drinking water are provided as well. You will find yourself in the middle of nature when you camp here. Nearly 100 miles of hiking trails are steps away and the views from this location are breathtaking. Kyle Canyon is located at an elevation of 6,900 feet and during the winter months, temperatures can reach well below freezing. Remember to pack accordingly with warm clothes, blankets and winter gear. Check the weather forecast before heading up to the mountain as during snow storms, a 4×4 or snow chains are required on your vehicle (check points in place).

Mount Charleston Lodge
5375 Kyle Canyon Road
Las Vegas, NV 89124
(702) 872-5408
www.mtcharlestonlodge.com

Are you wanting that winter experience but would rather camp in the comfort of a mountain cabin? Mount Charleston Lodge is a few miles down the road from Kyle Canyon Campground and offers the same access to the beauty of the Toiyabe National Forest. It has single and double cabins ranging from 480 to 800 square feet with either one or two beds. The cabins come standard with a spectacular mountain view, gas fireplace and jetted tub. They are located steps away from Cathedral Rock hiking area where many people sled in the snow during winter. The Mount Charleston Lodge offers a full restaurant open daily from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m.

TIP: Try the Mount Charleston Lodge restaurant’s world-famous Mount Charleston coffee and a bowl of mountain chili. It’s a simply delicious combination.

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Las Vegas KOA at Circus Circus
500 Circus Circus Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 733-9707
www.koa.com

Looking for a spot to go camping but also want the amenities of being in a city? There is nothing like camping just steps from the Las Vegas Strip and you can do so at the KOA at Circus Circus. While the property has no spots for tents, you can rent one of its airstream travel campers or bring your own. This campsite features 60- to 80-foot pull-throughs with full hook ups, grass areas, patios and outdoor furniture. This KOA is also dog friendly, with two off-leash dog parks and a complimentary dog wash. If you want to stay connected while you do some urban camping, there is also complimentary wi-fi on the property.

TIP: This property offers a 15 percent discount for active duty military, fire fighters and law enforcement officers.

Oasis Las Vegas RV Resort
2711 W. Windmill Lane
Las Vegas, NV 89123
(800) 566-4707
www.oasislasvegasrvresort.com

Located in the south part of Las Vegas, about a 15-minute drive from the end of the Las Vegas Strip, is Oasis RV Resort. The resort has a tropical “Casablanca” theme and is touted as the most spectacular RV resort in Las Vegas. There are several types of sites available for rent here from the standard to the premium plus. Each offers different RV site options with some having lawns and patio furniture or picnic tables. This resort is full of amenities to keep you busy or to help you relax. These include an 18-hole putting green course, a family pool, spa, horseshoe pits, fitness center and more. Oasis Cafe is a full-service cafe on the property and is open 7 days a week from 1 p.m. until 9 p.m.

TIP: If you are looking at an extended stay in Vegas during the winter months, Oasis offers a monthly pay-in-advance discount.

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Jason Dinant is a freelance writer covering all things Las Vegas. His work can be found on Examiner.com.

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