Winter Camping Hacks For Bitter Cold Temperatures

Enjoy the outdoors in winter by covering up, wearing layers, and utilizing backcountry shelters. Lately, the temperatures in much of the mid-west and northeast have been bitterly cold, and well below freezing.

Winter Camping Hacks

When the temperature is this cold, exposed skin can freeze quickly, and one can be prone to cold weather injuries such as frostbite or hypothermia. Below are some ideas for winter camping hacks to help campers and travelers who decide to brave the cold weather.

Winter Camping Hacks For Bitter Cold Temperatures

We have shared before 10 Tips For Camping When Cold Weather Hits but this is a  little different. We are now talking bitter cold, almost Polar Vortex kind of weather. Winter is just winter when you are talking December or February, but when January really gets rolling? Look out.

Benefits of Winter Camping

Winter camping is a wonderful way to get in touch with nature, build character and enjoy good times with your family and friends. These are some of the benefits of camping in cold weather and safety measures to keep you healthy and warm.

Deepen your appreciation for nature.

It’s easy to love a spring day but winter can be more demanding. Whatever the hardships, enjoying freshly fallen snow and longer star-filled nights may convince you that the effort is worthwhile.

Learn to work as a team.

Everything will be harder when you’re outdoors in cold weather. You’ll need to pull together to get the tent up before it gets dark and make breakfast when the ground is frozen.

Experience solitude.

When the summer crowds are gone, you’ll have a lot more space to yourself. Enjoy the silence and the chance to see more wildlife.

Persevere through obstacles.

Success in life often depends on being able to persist even when you run into complications. The skills you learn while camping will help when you’re pursuing other goals.

Become patient with discomfort.

Much of the stress in life comes from our minds rather than from external conditions. You’ll return home a little wiser when you see how you can make cold feet feel warmer by remaining calm.

Develop more gratitude for common amenities.

It’s easy to overlook indoor plumbing and central heating in our daily lives. When you go without them for a little while, you’ll feel more appreciative.

Learn eco-friendly habits.

Many campers are becoming increasingly conscious of leaving as little behind as possible. You’ll help build a more sustainable world as you focus on ways to reduce your footprint, including using alternatives to burning fuel.

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Tactics for Keeping Safe and Warm:

Turn heaters off overnight

Portable heaters can cause carbon monoxide poisoning if used improperly. Read the manufacturer’s instructions and turn them off before you go to sleep.

Eat heartily

You may need to eat more calories than usual because your body will be burning them up to fight the cold. A bedtime snack is especially good for raising your temperature a little. Focus on complex carbohydrates that are easy to carry around and simple to prepare.

Stay hydrated

Dry winter air can be dehydrating. Your body needs plenty of water in order to regulate its temperature and keep your blood flowing smoothly. Carry a thermos so you can drink liquids frequently. Plain water is best. Low-sodium soups are also a good choice.

Get the right gear

Selecting the right equipment will make it easier to protect your wellbeing and have a good time. Check out winter tents that provide more coverage and stakes that are designed for snow. Chemical heat packs can keep your hands and feet toasty.

Cover the Skin to Prevent Frostbite

Make sure to cover any exposed skin with clothing before venturing outdoors to prevent frostnip or frostbite. Some areas of concern include the face, ears, and hands.

These parts of the body can suffer a cold injury quickly, especially if there is a wind chill. A wool or fleece cap, balaclava, fleece face mask, and several pairs of gloves or mittens will work.

Insulate the Body to Stay Warm

Use adequate clothing layers to retain body heat. These include base layers, middle layers, and outer layers that trap heat from the body but also protect the body from exposure to wind or the elements.

Also, by dressing in layers one can remove layers if necessary to release heat, such as when hiking or digging a snow cave or add layers to retain heat when feeling cold.

Half your body heat really can escape through your head so choose your hat carefully and wear it all the time.

Wear Adequate Footwear

Wearing the right boots keeps the feet warm, and can help prevent cold injuries. When shopping, look for the temperature rating of the footwear. Does the rating only apply when in active use?

If so, then the boots may not keep the toes as warm when standing around in camp. Make sure the boots will be appropriate for the kind of activity they will be used for. Wear thick wool or poly-blend socks.

winter camping hacks trying to stay warm man and his dog in a blizzard

Stay Active to Stay Warm

Moving around gets the blood going, and creates heat that can be trapped by clothing. Doing something also helps keep someone in a positive mindset, as opposed to standing around in the cold.

Be careful not to work too hard that requires the body to sweat to cool off. Sweat chills the body and can take a while to dry, sapping the body of needed heat.

Know When to Come Inside

Sometimes the safe plan is to stay inside, such as when the thermometer drops well below zero. People who have had previous cold injuries can be prone to re-injury. If young children are on the trip, then it might be a good idea to bring them inside for safety.

Use a Cabin to Winter Camp

An alternative to a full-on wilderness winter camping trip is using a cabin or insulated yurt for shelter. These allow the user the opportunity to get out during the day to hike, snowshoe, or ski, and to warm up in the evening in a heated shelter to dry clothing and boots and warm up. This can be an excellent option for winter camping with young children.

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Know your limits

Check the weather report and pay attention to local advisories. Play it safe with your own life and the lives of rescue personnel. You may be going into areas without a cell phone signal so ensure that someone knows where you’re headed and when to expect you back.

If you’ve been putting your tent away as soon as the weather turns cold, you may want to give winter camping a chance. With some simple precautions, you can stay safe while you experience a new sense of peace and adventure.

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How to Keep Bears Away From Your Campsite

Summer’s almost here, and with that comes camping opportunities galore. But always remember that you’re sharing the forest with wildlife like bears. While we love and admire these majestic creatures, we want them to be nowhere near us when we are out in the wild. How to Keep Bears Away From Your Campsite is more important than you might think, and black bears are more dangerous than grizzlies. We learned an awful lot about bears when we had the chance to interview Jeff “the bear man” Watson.

How to Keep Bears Away From Your Campsite

Strolling along soft dirt paths through evergreen forests in the Canadian backcountry, setting up tents near lakes abundant with life, and preparing s’mores over a crackling campfire brings to mind the many summers spent finding that perfect wilderness camping spot.

Let’s face it; camping is just plain fun! It is enjoyed by tons of people over the warmer months and in a variety of ways, from roughing it in the backcountry to taking it easy in an RV. Either way, there is one element one always needs to be aware of: nature, specifically wildlife.

Be Prepared for Bears and Cougars in the Backcountry

Many parks and recreational areas in both Canada and the United States are also home to potentially dangerous animals like bears (brown, black, and grizzly) and cougars.

While it is rare that these predators will hunt you out, they may be attracted to your campsite by the smells of food. Always take precautionary steps to prevent an animal encounter.

Often it’s not the animal’s fault. All the animal really wants is food. It is up to people to take care not to draw these animals to it.

grizzly bear walking

Keep Smells Away to Keep Bears Away

Bears, in particular, are drawn to the smells of food, be it fresh, packaged, or garbage. The Center for Wildlife Information recommends campers set all food-related items at least 100 yards away from tents and sleeping areas, and tie them up at least 10 to 15 feet off the ground.

Want to prevent intrigued and hungry animals from wandering into your tent in the middle of the night? Keep all food, beverage, and personal items such as soap and deodorant away from the tent.

The Center for Wildlife Information, which is head of the Bear Aware initiative, also suggests not sleeping in the clothes you’ve cooked in. Make it a rule to keep all smells away from sleepers.

Camp Bear Smart

The main things to keep in mind when looking for the perfect area to set up your tent: pitch away from berry patches, animal and walking trails, and rushing water. Be aware of signs of animals that could be living in the area, and you can always choose a spot near a tree just in case.

When hiking around your camping area, always keep children and pets (if you must bring them) close as predators will target smaller prey. Make noise along the way so as not to surprise any bears or cougars, and pack a container of bear spray in case of a serious situation.

How to Keep Bears Away From Your Campsite is easy if you take simple precautionary steps to prevent encounters with dangerous wildlife, you are not only potentially saving yourself and your family but also the animal.

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Camping in the Rain Hacks: How to Stay Clean and Dry

Tent camping doesn’t have to be dirty and wet, even during the heaviest downpour. Learn how to tent camp while staying dry and clean. A few simple Camping in the rain hacks is all you need to be ready to tackle Mother Nature.

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Those that are unprepared for tent camping often find it challenging should the weather be uncooperative. But, a rainy night or two is nothing to be afraid of on a tent camping trip. Pack a few extra camping supplies and follow some tent camping rules to keep the tent clean and dry.

Camping in the Rain Hacks

Camping Supplies for Tent Housekeeping

Doormats are key to prevent dirt from entering the tent. A large doormat placed outside of the tent door can be used to hold shoes while campers are in the tent. A doormat inside the tent, near the door, will keep dirt from being tracked in on bare feet.

Many tents come equipped with awnings over the entrance. The canopy helps keep the immediate campsite area in front of the tent door dry and free from mud. If the tent doesn’t have an awning, it’s a good idea to fashion a canopy out of a waterproof tarp. Securely fasten the tarp to trees or poles, so it is suspended over the tent.

leaves floating in a rain puddle

An air mattress or a bedroll will keep the sleeping area in a tent clean and comfortable. If there are moisture and dirt in the tent, it’s helpful to be off the floor on an air mattress. Air mattresses also provide a more comfortable sleeping surface than the hard ground.

Always pack extra towels. No matter how careful the planning, it is possible it will rain while tent camping. Heavy downpours can result in pools of water inside the tent. Extra towels are invaluable for cleaning up the mess.

rain drops splashing on a wet surface

Camping Habits for a Clean, Dry Tent

An important tent camping rule is not to let anything touch the tent fabric on the inside. Sleeping bags, backpacks, and other things kept on the tent fabric will invite moisture into the tent during a rainstorm.

Despite best efforts, dirt often finds its way into a tent. Sweeping with a small broom and dustpan each day will keep the sleeping area tidy and comfortable.

single wet leave floating on water

Avoid eating and drinking in the tent. Not only does food create a messier tent, but it also creates a camping safety hazard. Bears, insects, and other wildlife may be attracted to the smell of food and will approach a tent looking for a snack.

Planning is one of the keys to a good camping experience, but sometimes, things go astray, such as when an unexpected rain keeps you and/or your camping partners in the tent for an extended period of time. This is why you need to also plan for some things to do should this happen. Below are some ideas.

The most obvious and easiest thing to do is play cards; well, on second thought, maybe not for some people. If you’re an adult, for example, and alone with your significant other, something else might be the first thing to cross your mind, and yes, certainly having some long, slow, intimate “we-time” in your tent while it rains outside can be a truly memorable experience; but then, so can getting naked, exiting the tent and going animal out in the middle of a wild thunderstorm. It’s all in what you like.

But of course, like the rest of life, “we-time” during a rainstorm while camping isn’t always an option, so something else you might try is talking, that lost art of true communication. People have been known to sit or lie back on a sleeping bag and just talk, sometimes for hours on end. It’s one of the nice things about camping.

You don’t have to be anywhere or do anything; there are no deadlines or anxiety; it’s the perfect environment for bonding with the family or just the kids or with friends or whoever you have there in your tent with you.

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Board games are also another option, or as some might call them, “bored” games. Of course, you have to remember to bring one or two of them along, and you should probably make sure that most of the people involved actually enjoy playing the games you pick. Also, it’s usually best to choose a game that doesn’t take forever to conclude because you will want to get back outside if the rain stops.

Also, you might want to use your time in the tent to work on a project or hobby. For some people, it might be knitting; for others, wood carving. Whatever it is, it’s good to have something that is easy to pick up and get to do when the rain starts and easy to stop and leave when it stops. Such hobbies are also usually pretty good things to do while talking as well, so in these cases, you might get a two for one.

And finally, if being social isn’t your thing, or you’re alone, you can always pick up a book or magazine and read; but only as a last resort, because it sort of takes you away from the camping experience which you could achieve by just packing up and going home if you’re that bored, tired or miserable.

Tent camping can be an enjoyable experience, as long as the interior of the tent stays clean and dry. Pack a few necessary camping supplies to keep moisture and dirt out is easy with our Camping in the rain hack tips. Practice smart tent camping habits that will make the camping trip more fun than frustrating.

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How To Keep Good Backpacking Hygiene When Camping

How To Keep Good Backpacking Hygiene When Camping? Camping and backpacking for a few days and nights can make a hiker dirty. Certain rituals to stay clean have been used and are known to work.

Enjoying the outdoors doesn’t mean being dirty. Backpackers and campers can stay clean enough to be healthy. Certain fungi and illnesses can occur when not keeping good hygiene.

Basic Backpacking Hygiene Ways to Stay Clean

Showers are usually not available when camping or backpacking, so there are a few basic ways to stay clean.

1. Removing shoes and socks at least once a day will allow feet to breathe. Keeping shoes on could cause a foot fungus known as “athlete’s foot” to flare. This could occur due to feet being in a warm and moist area – the shoe – for a long period. Changing your socks every day is also a way to avoid athlete’s foot.
2. Keeping toenails clipped flat instead of rounded will avoid toes and toenails becoming jammed in shoes.
3. Using mouthwash will kill bacteria that are grown in the mouth when not brushing for long periods of time. Some mouthwash, such as Listerine, is also known to act as a mosquito repellent.
4. Cleaning wipes or biodegradable soap will ensure body cleanliness.
5. Bringing plenty of clean underwear and feminine wipes for women will decrease the possibility of private infections.
6. Biodegradable toilet paper is needed when nature calls. Using leaves and other natural materials could cause severe infections or diseases.

woman backpacking while hiking in the hills

How to Relieve One’s Self in a Clean Way

First, find out what the local area managers recommend hygiene practices that will do the least amount of damage to the environment. In particular, national, state, and provincial parks sometimes have guidelines as well as strategically located, maintained outhouses, positioned to minimize the damage to the surrounding land and water.

Susceptible areas (e.g., alpine meadows) call for extremely low-impact behavior, which can include carrying all waste out of the area. Check with local park and area managers for information.

For unregulated areas that are not particularly sensitive to the impact of backpacking and camping, here are some suggestions.

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Unlike most mammals, humans do not need to mark their territory by urinating. Urinating can attract wild animals such as bears and mountain lions.

  • Urinate or waste your feces at least three hundred feet away from the campsite and far away from the water source.
  • Urinating on a rock is best because when the sun dries it up, salt is left on the rock for deer and other wild animals to enjoy.
  • Feces need to be dumped in a hole and buried to ensure wild animals to stay away from the camp.
  • Using biodegradable toilet paper is best. If you want to keep the possible odor away from a sensitive nose, the biodegradable toilet paper needs to be buried after use as well.
  • Moist wipes for use after relieving yourself will guarantee cleanliness and freshness.

More Backpacking Hygiene Tips to Ensure Freshness

When coming across a cold and clear creek, strip down to undergarments and lie in the water to cool off the body and clean out closed areas such as the underarms. Wetting hair will dispose of the grease that forms from the scalp.

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Staying clean is very important, especially when out in the wild, being exposed to a different environment. The above steps and remedies will keep one fresh and able to enjoy the outdoors.

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The Benefits of Car Camping For Your Budget

Car camping combines the fun of tent camping with some of the comforts of home while still offering inexpensive options for recreation, sleeping, and eating.

Camping is a popular and affordable way for many families to spend their summer vacation. There are several types of camping, but car camping requires only basic equipment rather than an expensive RV setup.

Bringing A Few Comforts To A Camping Vacation

Additionally, the extra capacity afforded by camping out of a car allows families to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities while incorporating some additional amenities not available to backpack campers.

Less Expensive Camping Gear for Car Camping

Because space and weight limits are not an issue with car camping, the way would be with backpacking; campers can use sleeping and cooking equipment that afford a few more comforts.

Larger, family-sized tents provide more comfortable sleeping; some even offer separate “rooms” for larger families. Also, bringing along camping chairs makes sitting around the campfire more comfortable than sitting on the ground or crowding around the picnic tables usually available at most camping sites.

Additionally, more cooking equipment can fit in a car’s trunk than in a backpack. For example, a Coleman portable stove offers a two-burner option that allows for larger, more involved meals, and bringing a cooler makes incorporating perishable food into the menu an opportunity not typically available when backpacking. Even cups, plates, and cutlery are easier to bring along when car camping.

The Benefits of Car Camping For Your Budget

Wide Variety of Outdoor Activities

Car campers do not have to worry about carrying everything on their backs, so campsite entertainment can be a bit more extensive than when backpacking only. Day hikes are recommended to take full advantage of the outdoors.

Any needs for such hikes, like water, a small first aid kit, or even a picnic lunch, can be carried in a small book bag, rather than a full-gear backpack.

However, for a quiet day at the campsite, cards, board games, books, and many other activities that families can do in their living room can still be enjoyed while car camping. Additionally, during mildly inclement weather, the larger tents permitted by car camping allow families to enjoy these same activities “indoors.”

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More Options for Campsite Cooking

Since car camping permits families to bring more food and cooking equipment to their campsite, menus can be more extensive. Many meals can be adapted to cooking at a campsite just as they would be in a kitchen.

The following two meals are great for camping because they are high in protein and carbohydrate content, which provides energy for full days of activity.

Campfire Black Beans and Rice

This is a delicious, filling meal that can be easily adjusted to feed several people after a long day of hiking. It can be made in a large pot over the fire or on a portable camp stove.

Ingredients to serve 4:

  • 2 cans of black beans
  • 1/2 cup of diced onion
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 2 cups of rice
  • 2 lb of kielbasa, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • oregano, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes to taste
  • 1 Tbs of oil

Directions

1. Prepare rice according to package directions.
2. On the second burner, saute onions and peppers in oil.
3. Add beans and kielbasa, heating until warm.
4. Season with oregano, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes to taste and combine with rice to serve.

Eggs and Leftovers

This is a hardy breakfast – great preparation for a day of hiking activity. It is also a great way to use leftover Campfire Black Beans from the night before and add extra flavor to standard scrambled eggs and potatoes.

Ingredients to serve 4:

  • 8-10 eggs
  • 5 medium potatoes, pared and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • salsa
  • sour cream
  • leftover ingredients from Campfire Black Beans (optional)
  • oregano, salt, pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbs of oil

Directions

1. Boil potatoes in water until partially soft (not mushy) in a large pot.
2. Empty water, add oil and continue cooking potatoes until slightly crisp.
3. Season with oregano, salt, and pepper to taste.
4. Remove from burner, but cover to keep warm.
5. Warm leftover Campfire Black Beans on one burner while cooking scrambled eggs on the second burner.
6. Top eggs with warmed Campfire Black Beans, add salsa, and sour cream to taste.
7. Serve with potatoes.

The Benefits of Car Camping For Your Budget

Family Vacation for Less

Car camping provides the opportunity to spend time together without spending a lot of money on activities, food, or accommodations. As long as campers resist over-packing (as that can take away some of the charms of the great outdoors), car camping can allow families to enjoy their vacation time together for less.

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Camping Arts and Crafts Projects Activity For Kids

Camping can be a fun family outdoors activity. Add to the excitement with a craft project that is inspired by the beauty of nature. With a little forethought, and the right camping arts and crafts projects planned, you can hit a homerun as you create memories.

and Crafts Projects Activity For Kids

Kids’ camping activities traditionally include hiking, fishing, canoeing, and roasting marshmallows (with the help of an adult). Families planning a camping trip may want to investigate simple craft projects that can accompany other favorite outdoor pastimes.

Camping Arts and Crafts Projects Activity For Kids

Children, both young and old, can try this simple camping craft activity that utilizes natural items as art materials.

Camping Craft: Natural Materials Mobile

Making a mobile out of natural materials that can be found while camping is an excellent way for kids to learn about the outdoors while discovering fundamental physics and mathematics principles. Concepts such as balance, symmetry, gravity, and movement can all be related to this craft project.

This activity can be easily adjusted for the child’s age. Older children may be more interested in the scientific aspects of this project, while younger kids may want to explore the materials.

Materials Needed for the Camping Craft Activity

Parents will need to bring some of the art materials used for this project with them on the camping trip. The natural materials can be collected while camping. Make this fun for the kids, and play a nature item scavenger hunt or have a contest to see who can select the most diverse materials.

Choose only fallen items. This means sticks, twigs, plant life, and other items that are not live or connected to a living thing (e.g., tree or flower). The goal of this activity is to understand and explore nature, not destroy it. Explain this to children to teach an added lesson on being environmentally aware.

Materials include:

  • Construction paper
  • Clear drying, non-toxic glue
  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Natural materials such as leaves or pinecones
  • 2 sticks or twigs
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Steps to Create a Natural Materials Mobile

1. Have the child cut at least four shapes out of the construction paper. These should be reasonably large in size. Use at least half of an 8 X 10 piece for each shape. The child may choose to use geometric shapes such as those seen in mathematics (square, triangle, rectangle, circle) or organic shapes (more free-formed and based in nature).
2. Arrange a variety of natural objects such as leaves onto the front of each shape.
3. Glue these onto the construction paper. Set aside to dry.
4. Use a stick to poke a small hole through the top of each shape. An adult should do this.
5. Once dry, turn the shapes over and arrange and glue more natural materials onto the back. Set aside to dry.
6. Place two sticks or twigs together to form a plus sign. Use the yarn to tie the sticks together tightly. Tie another piece of yarn to the middle (this will be how the mobile can be hung).
7. Tie a piece of yarn to each end of the sticks (there should be four).
8. Attach the shapes to the yarn by feeding the end through the hole at the top of the construction paper and tying.

Cautions and Information on the Nature Art Activity

Parents should keep these cautions in mind when created the nature mobile craft while camping:

  • Never leave a child unattended. Always supervise the child while he or she is completing this craft.
  • Avoid questionable nature items that may cause allergic reactions.
  • Use a towel or other art cloth underneath the craft to protect the outdoor landscape. Remind children to be careful and not get glue on the ground.
  • Clean up the scraps. Do not leave paper scraps or clippings at the campsite.
  • Package these in a small bag and take them home for use on other art projects.
  • Do not try this project with very young children. The yarn can pose a severe choking or strangulation risk. Children under five may not be able to handle the materials safely.
  • Do not hang or display the mobile in an area that a young child can get a hold of it (due to safety concerns).
  • Do not use this arts and crafts project as a crib or infant mobile.

Make a camping trip more fun for kids by adding in a craft project! Collect and use natural materials for this outdoors-inspired mobile-making activity. Bring home the completed artwork for a reminder of a special family vacation.

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Pioneer Ridge Campgrounds in Iowa

The Pioneer Ridge Nature Area & Conservation Center is the main headquarters of the Conservation Board for Wapello County. Located just north of the Davis & Wapello County Line, the Nature area is the primary attraction of this area. The topography of this place is filled with mature oaks and open grass ridge tops. A conscious effort has been going on for many years to restore the oak savanna plant communities. It makes for the perfect places to visit when looking for Campgrounds in Iowa.

Pioneer Ridge Campgrounds in Iowa

The Pioneer Ridge Nature Center

With the establishment of the Pioneer Ridge Nature Center, the focus of this area has been mainly on educating the youth and the adults in issues of natural resource management and environment. The two-storied Nature Center has a full-time naturalist on board, full displays, and stocked ponds that have are open for public fishing.

Apart from this, there are fifteen miles of biking, hiking, and horseback riding trails and even a handicap accessible trail! This incredibly extensive trail system in place allows the visitors to explore this beautiful location by bike, foot, or horseback.

The nature center has a lot of great exhibits! Live animals, stuffed animals, and even bees. Educational opportunities abound in the building, even if you can’t connect with a naturalist for a lesson or two.

Camping Facilities

The Pioneer Ridge has excellent camping facilities that have managed to attract lots of campers – both first-timers and seasoned – to this beautiful location in Wapello County. It had two modern cabins – Burr Oak cabin and White Oak cabin – which were opened around 4 to 5 years back and became popular over the years.

These stylish cabins were very expensive to build, as each of them has a living room, a dining room, kitchen facilities, bedrooms, restrooms, and even a dedicated area for kids upstairs! These modern cabins are all-season cabins with cooling and geothermal heating facilities.

But the County Board had no option but to look for other alternatives as these cabins were always full during the weekends and, as a result, many were denied a chance to come here and enjoy the pristine surroundings. That was such a pity as the area is not only beautiful, but the rental rates for the cabins were very reasonable. I think it makes it one of the best Campgrounds in Iowa!

Campgrounds in Iowa

The board came up with an idea, and now they have brand new additions – two new camping cabins and as many as nine new electric RV sites. The new camping cabins are smaller than the previous modern cabins but have all the essential facilities for a comfortable stay – electricity, heating facility, air-conditioning, a couple of bunk beds, mini-fridge and a microwave.

These cabins do not have plumbing, but that is hardly a deterrent as each of them has a modern shower, and there is also a restroom on site. The camping cabins are surely cheaper and are good options for those who do not prefer to stay in a tent but don’t have RVs either. The primitive sites have a picnic table and fire ring only.

RV sites

Nine electric RV sites allow the visitors to hook up their RVs if they are looking for an overnight stay. If you prefer camping, then you can also pitch your tents and refrain from using the electric capabilities. It is important to note that the all-electric sites have a fire ring, gravel pad, and picnic table. I would use them for my pop-up camper!

Campgrounds in Iowa

Pricing

The electric RV sites come for just twelve dollars per night, the camping cabins cost $31.50 per night, and the modern cabins are slightly more expensive at $52.50 per night (Monday to Wednesday) and $63 per night (Thursday to Sunday). The prices have been fixed, keeping in mind the affordability factor of both the residents and the visitors.

Rules

These campgrounds in Iowa have pretty much the same rules everywhere else we have visited. The campsites are given out on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are no options for reservations.

A campsite is said to be occupied when payment has been completed and a registration slip has been posted on the campsite. Campers can stay for more than one night, but bookings are never extended beyond 14 days to give a chance to other campers.

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