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Wonderful Winter Camping and Outdoor Recreation in Iowa
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Wonderful Winter Camping and Outdoor Recreation in Iowa

While it’s probably best for most to put away the tents and sleeping bags this time of year, that doesn’t mean that you still can’t enjoy the outdoors. Iowa offers a vast array of winter activities, and a host of cold weather lodging options to keep you warm and dry while still allowing you to be close to nature.

If you have an RV, there are several campgrounds with hookups open through the winter. Ledges State Park is beautiful under a coat of snow, and the nearby towns of Boone and Ames are bursting with historical sites and museums for the curious at heart. Parts of Wildcat Den State Park are closed this time of year, but RV hook-ups are still available. Haul the old rig to Pike’s Peak State Park to catch a glimpse of Bridal Veil Falls in its stunning frozen state, or consider spending a few days at Scott County Park to enjoy their wonderful cross-country skiing trails, and stellar sledding and tobogganing hills.

If RV'ing isn’t your thing, or if you’ve put your rig away for winter (make sure you properly winterize it and prepare it for storage), don’t fret. Iowa is full of cozy cabins, and even a few yurts!

You can try your hand at ice fishing while staying at one of the many cabins near Red Rock Lake. If you’ve got a big family or a flock of friends, both Eden Valley Refuge and Jester Park have cabins that can sleep a crowd. Pammel Park and McIntosh Park both offer the option of yurt camping, for those who want to try something new.

If you’re looking for more of a day trip, Iowa offers several amazing skiing venues, and it’s rumored that there are hot springs along the trails in Swiss Valley Park.

There are so many wonderful ways to enjoy the wilderness of Iowa, even in the winter time, but it’s important to always come prepared for the weather. While many parks and campgrounds are open throughout winter, many don’t have running water once it gets below freezing, and roads may be rough in more remote areas, so make sure to have the proper tires and a winter survival kit in your trunk.

Safe travels!

*Image from Pixabay

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  1. Travel Iowa Team
    Travel Iowa Team
    Great ideas for winter wonder! Thanks for the post, AJ!
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