The dog days of summer are beginning to dwindle, and though we will miss the beach and tan lines (maybe not so much tan lines), there’s cooler temperatures and impossibly beautiful autumn colors just around the corner. It’s time to lace up those hiking boots, break out the jackets and pack up that tent. Here are 7 campgrounds perfect for fall camping.
Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado
Fill your lungs full of that crisp autumn air and take a drive down the scenic Medano Pass road to Great Sand Dunes National Park. Not only is the drive resplendent during the season, but the camping is on point as well. Enjoy sunny, mild temperatures with fall colors peaking September to October. Car camping is available along the Medano Pass Primitive Road and you can also pitch a tent at the Pinyon Flats Campground.
Get away from the color changing woods and opt for a different fall feel out in red rock country. The best time to head out is October where the vibrant boulders will be at their peak, campgrounds will be less crowded and the temperatures stay at a cozy 70 degrees Fahrenheit during the day.
West Greenwich, Rhode Island
If you want an explosion of flashy fall foliage, look no further than Oak Embers family campground. New England is world renown for its charming autumn scenery, with temps ranging from the mid 50s to mid 60s during the day. Spice up your stay with a relaxing trail ride through Arcadia State Park, and be sure to reserve your camp spot before October 31 when they close.
Plop your tent on one of 10 mountain sites at Mount Philo State Park and enjoy the spectacular view that includes Lake Champlain Valley and the Adirondack Mountains. Mix in those reds, yellows, oranges and browns and you’re in for a zesty color packed fall treat. Nothing beats a mountain view.
Forget civilization and enjoy fall wilderness at its finest in Tahquamenon Falls State Park. This land is quite undeveloped. Yup- no roads, buildings or powerlines to be seen. Fall colors mixed with the crashing, glassy waters of the falls makes for a memorable camping trip in the upper peninsula of MI.
Lost River Valley Campground, NH
Looking to mix some adventure with autumn beauty? Check out Lost River Valley- a well maintained campground nestled between two scenic rivers, National forest and the White Mountains. Set up right on the river and enjoy a plethora of activities such as hiking, canoeing and fishing.
Plymouth Park, Washington
Can’t leave the ravishing rockies out of this list. Plymouth Park Campground located on an island on Lake Umatilla will quell your fall frenzy with wonderful views from the dry highlands of the upper Rockies.