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Winter Holiday Ideas

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When it comes to the holiday season, California has epic destinations and outdoor recreation. There’s more to do outdoors than look at the holiday lights!

Snowy winter wonderlands span the Sierra Nevada mountains; palm desert oasis can be found in Southern California, ghost towns in the deserts to remote hot springs, there is something for everyone.

National Parks to State Parks, National Forests, Historic Gold Country, Wine Country, most open year round.

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winter snow activities

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EVENTS & FAIRS

Holiday Towns in California

These particular locations go ‘all out’ with holiday decor, lights, craft shows, street fairs, and maybe a Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. Most events are focused around the downtown areas.pinetree

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December Events, Fairs, Festivals & Parades

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Cutting Christmas Trees

Yes, you can! Cut down a Christmas Tree out of the forest.  Get a tree cutting permit from your nearest National Forest ranger station.

This half-day adventure is best done with company (more people to help haul the tree). Hot cocoa in a thermos!

Buy a forest map and bring a sturdy hand saw. Be prepared to hike on hillsides and physically haul your chosen pine tree back to the rig. Make sure your vehicle can accommodate the size of your tree; a pick-up truck would be ideal.

Measure the height of the indoor space before you leave, so you know how TALL of a tree to cut. When standing in front of the tree in the forest, there is no reference point for your living room ceiling. May need to cut additional length off the bottom, when you arrive home.

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Leisure

New Years Eve

Everyone knows about the Rose Parade, otherwise known as the New Years Day Parade, held in Pasadena, CA – but few know that    you can view these floral floats lining up the night before.

the scent of flowers fills the air

Annually on New Years Eve, the public can stroll along tree-lined Orange Grove Blvd to watch the “finishing touches” being placed on the impressive parade floats.

Be prepared to walk miles for the FREE viewing. Many streets are blocked off (closed) for the upcoming event- so public parking can be tight.

Dress warmly and wear good walking shoes; bring a flashlight and expect chilly temps. Large lights are erected along the boulevard for this last minute finale.

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Desert Camping California

destination: outdoors

high desert mountains, mining camps, ghost towns, 4×4 trails, low elevations, hot springs & desert resorts

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Afton Canyon Campground BLM, Mojave
Alabama Hills, Eastern Sierra
Angeles National Forest
Ancient Bristlecone Pines
Anza Borrego State Park

Baja California, Mexico
Barker Ranch, Panamint & DVNP
Benton Hot Springs
Bodie Ghost Town State Park
Borrego Springs California
Box Canyon BLM, Mecca

Calico Ghost Town, Mojave
California Poppy Reserve, Antelope Valley
Canon Sin Nombre Slot Canyons, Anza
Carrizo Gorge Goat Trestle, Anza
Cerro Gordo Ghost Town, Inyo Mts
Chimney Creek Campground
Chimney Peak Backcountry Byway
Chumash Wilderness, Los Padres NF
Colorado River RV Camps

Death Valley Charcoal Kilns
Death Valley California
Death Valley National Park
Dove Springs OHV Camping

Goler Wash, DVNP
Great Overland Stagecoach Route of 1849
Guadalupe Canyon Hot Springs, Baja

Horse Canyon, N Mojave

Inyo Forest Roads, Eastern Sierra
Inyo National Forest

Jawbone Canyon, N Mojave
Johnson Valley BLM, Mojave
Joshua Tree Campgrounds
Joshua Tree National Park

Kelbaker Road, Mojave NP
Kelso Dunes, Mojave NP
Kelso Valley, Kern County

Desert Lake County Park
Lake Cahuilla Park, La Quinta
Lake Havasu
Lake Mohave Camping Fishing

Mahogany Flat Campground, DVNP
Mojave Desert Camping
Mojave National Preserve
Mojave Road Map
Mojave RV Campgrounds

Mono Lake, California
Montgomery Ghost Town
Mortero Wash, Anza Borrego

Newberry Springs, Mojave
Nipton, California

Panamint Springs, California
Panamint City Ghost Town
Panamint Springs Resort & RV Camp
Panamint Valley Camping
Pichacho Peak SRA
Pioneertown, Yucca Valley
Providence Mountains SRA, Mojave
Quatal Canyon, Los Padres Rd #9N09
Randsburg Ghost Town
Red Rock Canyon SP, N Mojave

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Alabama Hills
Alabama Hills @ Lone Pine, CA

Saddleback Butte State Park, L.A.
Saline Valley Hot Springs, DVNP
Salton Sea Camping
San Bernardino Forest (eastside)
Sequoia National Forest (eastside)
Silverwood Lake SRA
Split Mountain Anza Borrego

Thorndike Campground, DVNP
Topaz Lake, Eastern Sierra
Trona Road
Turtle Mountain Road, Needles
Tuttle Creek Campground BLM, Lone Pine

Wildrose Campground, DVNP

Yucca Valley, California

desert escapes

DESERT CAMPING – AZ, NV, UTAH

Arches National Park, Utah
Bryce National Park, Utah
Canyonlands National Park, Utah
Capital Reef National Park, Utah
Cedar Breaks National Park, Utah
Dolomite Campground, Vegas
Grand Canyon National Park
Lake Mead NRA, Vegas
Moab, Utah
Mount Charleston, Vegas
Red Rock Canyon, Vegas
Vegas Camping, Nevada
Yuma AZ Camping
Zion National Park, Utah