January is prime time snowbird season. Once the holidays end all bets are off as winter refugees seek sun and fun. But even in the vast expanse of America’s Sunbelt states there are limits to places where you can avoid snowbird crowds. These three tips to stake your own solitary spot can help you get away during the thick of things.
Do This to Avoid Snowbird Crowds
When RVers cram into popular winter snowbird destinations between Florida and California, the choices get slim at the peak of winter. Fortunately, when your home is on wheels you can still avoid snowbird crowds and find a relatively private camping spot by:
1. Choosing RV Parks on the Fringe of Town
Swim in the Atlantic ocean during January and you’ll feel positively giddy. But just be aware that the thrill comes at a price. RV parks located near any popular destination like warm southern oceans are more crowded and expensive than far away competitors. By the time January rolls around, most RVers are settled in for the duration, leaving casual visitors few choices for impromptu visits. If your goal is to avoid snowbird crowds at RV parks, stick to campgrounds located inland and away from major attractions. You’ll save money and might even be able to roll out your awning.
2. Visiting Quartzsite before or after “The Big Show.”
Quartzsite, Arizona is sunny in winter, but not as warm as its southern neighbor of Yuma. However, the throngs of RVers who camp in this dusty town don’t seem to mind. Many come for the whole season and arrive by Christmas. But thousands more pack into Quartzsite’s RV parks and surrounding BLM lands only when the annual Sports, Vacation and RV Show takes place.
Camping in Quartzsite is a great experience. However, during the last nine days in January, the temporary population overwhelms this tiny town. Staying there can be a hassle. For example, store shelves go bare at the one small food market, lines are long at the post office and dump station visits take at least an hour from your day. If you enjoy desert camping but want to avoid snowbird crowds, consider staying in Yuma or nearby Parker. Drive into Quartzsite for the show and leave to get peace and quiet. Or, just plan to camp there when the show is over. Plus, you’ll still have plenty of flea market stalls to peruse and other interesting sights to explore.
3. Don’t share your location
Lurk around popular RV discussion forums and in social media’s chatty RV groups. Pay attention to where people are talking about gathering – then go somewhere else to try and avoid snowbird crowds. It’s not hard to see where the flock is headed. If you want to find your own personal space, don’t follow along. Once you arrive at your ideal getaway, don’t share your location on social media. Keep it a secret and let others experience the thrill of finding their own perfect campsite.
There are many winter RV destinations. If you’ve ever tried snowbirding, you know that it’s not uncommon to cross paths with friends during winter. Social ties add much to our adventures, but if you’re the type of RVer who craves your space, America still has many options for us to escape.