Escape the Summer Heat: Camping in Cooler Climates

As the mercury rises in Wickenburg, Arizona, and the summer heat becomes unbearable, savy outdoor enthusiasts (like us) will seek respite by venturing to cooler climates for a refreshing camping experience. Let’s explore some of the best places to camp in nearby regions, offering a welcome escape from the scorching temperatures. 

Whether you choose to pack up your own SUV, van or RV, rent a rig from one of the many online services like: or perhaps even look into purchasing a completely new custom camping rig from Carefree Adventure Co., these destinations promise a cool and memorable camping experience.

Lake Pleasant Regional Park – A great camping experience, just minutes away:

A truly fantastic, local camping destination, especially during the summer months when Wickenburg’s heat becomes overpowering. Situated approximately 30 miles southeast of Wickenburg, this lakefront park offers a refreshing oasis with its vast lake and stunning desert scenery. Camping facilities are available, allowing visitors to fully immerse themselves in nature while enjoying the park’s many recreational opportunities. Whether you’re into paddling, fishing, hiking along scenic trails, or simply relaxing on the shores of the lake, Lake Pleasant Regional Park promises a memorable and rejuvenating camping experience away from the scorching desert heat. Lake Pleasant Regional Park is anticipating TEMPORARY closures into the summer due to traffic, parking limits and high water levels, so be sure to check the ‘Alert section’ on their website.

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Flagstaff, Arizona – Ponderosa Pines and Alpine Beauty:

Located just a few hours north of Wickenburg, Flagstaff is renowned for its stunning natural beauty and mild summer temperatures. The Coconino National Forest offers numerous campgrounds amidst picturesque ponderosa pine forests. Consider camping at the Village Camp Flagstaff or Bonito Campground for a serene getaway. With scenic hiking trails, such as the famous Humphreys Peak Trail, Flagstaff is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts seeking cooler climates.

Big Bear offers many camping options high in the San Bernardino Mountains.

Big Bear Lake, California – Mountain Retreat:

Escape the desert heat and head west to Big Bear Lake, a charming mountain town nestled in the San Bernardino Mountains. Surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest, this alpine paradise offers breathtaking views, crystal-clear lakes, and a plethora of camping options. Explore the Serrano Campground or Hanna Flat Campground for an unforgettable camping experience. Enjoy hiking, fishing, and boating activities while relishing the cool mountain breeze.

Big Bear Lake is Southern California’s mecca of cycling and mountain biking. With downhill trails and single-tracks ranging from easy to challenging, you’re sure to find the perfect ride every time! Snow Summit Bike Park’s chairlift takes you and your bike to the top of the mountain to access bike trails both on and off the property. If you don’t have your own bike, pick up a rental at one of the local shops.

Molas Lake Campground provides visitors with cool temps & unforgettable scenery

Durango, Colorado – A High Country Adventure:

For those seeking a more adventurous camping trip, Durango, Colorado, is an ideal destination. Journeying northeast from Wickenburg, you’ll be rewarded with scenic landscapes, rushing rivers, and majestic mountains. The San Juan National Forest near Durango provides a wealth of camping opportunities. Consider camping at the Molas Lake Campground or Junction Creek Campground for access to hiking trails, fishing spots, and the renowned Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.

Hilltop Campground - 35 tent and trailer campsites just a short drive from the strip

Mount Charleston, Nevada – An Oasis Above the Strip:

Just a short drive from Las Vegas, Mount Charleston offers a refreshing escape from the desert heat. Towering at over 11,000 feet, this majestic mountain range boasts cooler temperatures and lush alpine forests. The Mount Charleston Recreation Area offers campgrounds like the Hilltop Campground – a collection of 35 tent and trailer campsites high in the forest but with breathtaking views of the surrounding valley. Fletcher View Campground, where you can immerse yourself in nature while enjoying hiking, wildlife spotting, and scenic drives. Keep an eye on the weather as Monsoon Season can lead to temporary closures for campers safety. Always check the Spring Mountains Weekly Update for current open status and fire restrictions.

Remember to check the availability and reservation requirements for each camping location you are interested in. Additionally, make sure to familiarize yourself with the camping regulations, including fire restrictions and any permits that may be required.

The infamous 'Miles' custom build that kicked off the Carefree Camper Company.

Purchase your own camping rig from Carefree Camper Co. a local company specializing in Complete Van Builds, Overland Offroad Rigs and RV Remodels & Restoration. Each build is fully customized to your needs! Builds can include full solar, plumbing, electrical systems as well as custom cabinetry and full interior and exterior van up-fitting. Carefree Camper Co. has an epic inventory of custom builds for sale right now! Check them out at

Carefree Camper Co.

16 N Washington St, Wickenburg, AZ 85390
(928) 365-3733

From the towering pines of Flagstaff to the alpine beauty of Big Bear Lake, the high-country adventure of Durango, or the oasis above the desert in Mount Charleston, these award-winning camping spots will offer a refreshing respite from the summer heat. Embrace the great outdoors, connect with nature, and create unforgettable memories while enjoying cooler temperatures and stunning landscapes. When the summer heat becomes too intense in Wickenburg, there’s no need to endure it. Explore the cooler climates of nearby regions and embark on a camping adventure this summer.

Happy Trails! ~ BLT

Wickenburg Social co-founder Leslie Rae and BLT mascot 'Revo' hiking in Sedona AZ.

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