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Go Camping of course. (You knew we'd say that, didn't you?) But why not? In California, you can camp any month of the year, even in the middle of winter.

No matter what your passion is (this month) you can pursue it while camping in California!


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80 pages of 4-color photos, maps, and camping information. From the beach to the mountains to the desert. From primitive to plush. Find your perfect camping destination with exactly the amenities you are looking for. The 2013 Camp-California Campers Guide has it all!

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Master Museums

No visit to a California destination would be complete without visiting one of the many museums. California has a reputation as a haven for people with creative minds, and you can see this in its multifaceted cultural offerings. Arts abound here in four main formats: large-scale, world-class organizations; smaller, quirkier museums, often showcasing the Golden State's history and its abundant idiosyncratic subcultures (think surfers, Silicon Valley techno-wizards, and Peanuts aficionados).

When the weather hinders traditional camping activities (or not) stretch your mind with a visit to one of California's museums. Need more encouragement? Check out The 10 Reasons to Visit a Museum!

Browse our list of museums by region


Featured Region - Flock to Warmer Climates!

Cold fingers? Cold toes? Tired of it? Take a trip to sunny southern California and warm up for a few days. Soak in some much needed Vitamin D and refresh your engines until spring shows up!

California Deserts offer some of the best winter weather around! You can golf, shop, spa and just plain "chill." (Well you know what I mean!) Read More

Another alternative is the Inland Empire tucked between LA and the Deserts. This wonderful wine region and urban centers sit at the base of the San Bernardino Mountains with at least four peaks rising to over 10,000 feet. Stay warm and watch snow covered vistas all at the same time! Read More

Top Five Family Activities

Top Five Adult Activities

Play in the snow on the shores of Big Bear Lake Romantic Hot Air Balloon Rides
Discover Desert Critters Golf with the Celebs in Palm Springs
Climb 6,000 feet in under 10 minutes Enjoy a Sunset at Font's Point
Creatures Abound in Borrego Springs Visit a Chicago Millionaire's Desert Retreat
Spelunk Mitchell Caverns Discover Desert Art


California Desert & Inland Empire Events

We've found some of the best events in to do while staying warm. Check here to find events and happenings to delight your fancy! Click Here for California Desert Events. Click Here for Inland Empire Events.


Featured Hikes

Check out these Deserts Trails and other California Hikes.

Borrego Palm Canyon Trail

Often crowded, this popular trail leads to a cool, shady, palm oasis. Self-guided trail brochure describes plants and geology. This rocky trail is three miles round-trip and takes a minimum of two hours. Begins at Borrego Palm Canyon Campground. Read More

Lost Horse Mine & Mountain Trail

Try this great starter hike for Joshua Tree National Park. You get some good mountain views; follow a historic wagon road that leads to the most prosperous of Joshua Tree gold mines. Read More

Golden Canyon Trail

This is an easy worthwhile hike and you will not be disappointed as you walk through a canyon with high walls at least 50 feet overhead. It is obvious how water has influenced this arid landscape. Read More

Check out these Inland Empire Trails and other California Hikes.

Aspen Grove Trail

A hike along the Aspen Grove Trail in the San Gorgonio Wilderness is almost guaranteed to cure just about any ill...streaming water, lush green conifers and lovely stands of aspen trees (rarely seen in Southern California), along with an uphill climb amidst summer wildflowers and verdant ferns await the weary and forlorn hiker escaping the cement jungle of Southern California suburbia. Read More

Ernie Maxwell Trail

This is a perfect setting for a leisurely family hike. The trail ascends very gently from the south end of Idyllwild to Humber Park, passing through a wonderful dense forest of pines. As you approach Humber Park, spectacular views of Suicide and Tahquitz rocks come in to view. Read More

Los Pinos Peak Trail

In the summertime, rangers open the gate to the Main Divide Road allowing you more direct access to this short ridgeline trail. Your ascent begins abruptly from the parking area, up a talus-strewn slope. The worst is over once you have attained this first summit. You'll drop down another saddle and then climb Los Pinos Peak proper. Read More


Celebrate Winter at a Wildlife Festival

Winter is the season to enjoy the spectacular migratory bird life along the famed Pacific Flyway. California's Central Valley hosts dozens of premier wildlife viewing sites, where you'll see Snow Geese, Tundra Swans, Sandhill Cranes, and a vast array of ducks and waterfowl that winter in the rice fields and wildlife refuges throughout the area. Read More


Featured App - Coleman goes Digital!

The name is synonymous with outdoor fun and has provided some of the best camping gear for the last 100 years. The company is not standing on its laurels and has created a suite of apps to enhance your camping experience.

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Camping with Kids - Family Crosswords

We received a giant, I mean like 500 puzzles, Crossword book for Christmas last year. It was given to us by our friends that we camp with on a regular basis. They love Crosswords and thought they would share their passion. I personally am terrible at Crosswords. However, I don't like games to win. So, on a recent camping trip I asked my husband and kids for some help. Our game quickly turned into a fun, vocabulary/current events lesson in which each of us learned something new and got to showcase our knowledge. Now we make an effort to play at least one "family" Crossword game each time we go camping!

Read about more games to play with your kids!


Next Issue to feature:

  • Tips to help plan your summer camping trips
  • Cool "critter" places to visit
  • Things to see and do in Los Angeles and Orange Counties


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