After a winter of snow, ice, and polar vortexes, many RVers are dreaming of spring flowers. And not just a few here and there, but a sea of them stretching out to the horizon. What if I told you these colorful scenes are not a dream and can actually be experienced on an upcoming RV trip?
Camping near a flower farm, a nature preserve, or even among a burst of color in the desert can be part of a well-planned trip throughout the spring and summer.
Because these blossoms are dependent on weather, a successful trip will come down to good planning and lucky timing.
1. Carrizo Plain National Monument
When the spring sun hits the wet plains of Central California from March through May, the Super Bloom starts. One of the best places to see this sea of wildflowers, including poppy, Indian paintbrush, and lupine, is at the 200,000+ acre Carrizo Plain National Monument.
The monument is about two hours northeast of Santa Maria and one of the least visited areas in Southern California. The area consists of grasslands, ponds that are normally dry the rest of the year, and the high alkaline Soda Lake.
Most of the roads are dirt and can turn to mud in the wetter months. The monument is remote and has no services, so make sure you pick up supplies at a nearby town. Dispersed, free camping is run by the Bureau of Land Management.
2. Purple Haze Lavender
The small town of Sequim (pronounced “Squim”) on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington is home to so many lavender fields and farms, you will think you’ve landed in Provence. One of these farms is Purple Haze Lavender. The farm offers tours starting in June as well as a gift shop and special events. They even have lavender ice cream.
There are full hookup RV sites minutes from the lavender fields at Gilgal Oasis RV Park and John Wayne’s Waterfront Resort on Sequim Bay.
Another place to park near lavender fields is Lavender RV Park and Lavender Farm in Bullard, Texas. The farm is open from May to September but offers 18 RV parking spaces and electrical hookups all year long.
3. Pegasus Farm Campground
It’s difficult to see where the farm begins and where the campground begins at Pegasus Farm Campground in Elkins, West Virginia. However, it’s easy to see why anyone would want to camp here. The campground has full hookups, 50-amp service, a bathhouse, and a 20-acre tent area.
All this is right by flowering meadows and sunflower fields. There’s even a grass maze for kids in the shape of a flower. While spring and summer are the best times for flowers, the fall is also lovely for fresh produce and apples.
4. Death Valley
Death Valley doesn’t normally register on a list of places to see flowers, but every few years, if this dry area gets enough rain or snow, it comes alive with a rainbow of wildflowers.
The bloom attracts thousands of people from all over who wouldn’t normally visit one of the hottest places on earth. The best way to plan for a Death Valley flower trip is to keep an eye out for both rain and flower reports from February to April.
Most of the blooms will happen during that time. For just a few weeks, campers can be among lupine, poppies, cactus flowers, daisies, and even Mariposa lilies.
Some of the best places to camp during this time is the Furnace Creek campground or any of the campgrounds in the Panamint Mountains.
5. Red Daisy Farm
Located in Brighton, Colorado, Red Daisy Farm grows and sells a fragrant selection of fresh flowers including their namesake. They also have an abundance of roses and peonies that make a perfect bouquet.
The farm allows both RVers and tents on the farm and they’re pet-friendly. They only have two sites, but allow up to eight guests per site. The farm has electric and water hookups and guests can enjoy the natural swimming pool with a real sand beach. The sites can be booked on Hipcamp.