Five Spring Camping Spots to Watch the Flowers Bloom

Some might argue the great­est thing about spring is the explo­sion of col­or that hap­pens as trees come back to life and flow­ers begin to bloom. If you’re seek­ing out some tru­ly breath­tak­ing views for your spring camp­ing trips, here are a few spots where the kalei­do­scope of col­ors will rock your world.

Crested ButteCrest­ed Butte, Col­orado
The annu­al Wild­flower Fes­ti­val in Crest­ed Butte isn’t held until July, but many of the blooms begin ear­ly in the spring. End­less arrays of trails sur­round the town lead­ing up into the moun­tains with great views of the sur­round­ing land­scape. You’ll find your­self knee-deep in blooms of orange, gold and pink flow­ers. A lit­tle high­er up into the West Elk Moun­tains and you’ll find bril­liant yel­low alpine sun­flow­ers every­where you look, along with stun­ning death camas, del­phini­ums and blue columbines.


Franconia NotchFran­co­nia Notch, New Hamp­shire
New England’s fall camp­ing sea­son is the stuff of leg­end for those seek­ing out some col­or­ful views, but even in Spring, the rolling hills near Fran­co­nia Notch State Park can rival any com­pe­ti­tion. The illus­tri­ous pur­ple lupines of Sug­ar Hill are prac­ti­cal­ly world-famous and Fran­co­nia Notch puts you front and cen­ter for the show. It also doesn’t hurt that the sur­round­ing White Moun­tains make for some of the most epic adven­ture grounds in the coun­try. In ear­ly spring the lupines are accent­ed by bril­liant hues of red, yel­low and white blooms.


Smokemont Loop, North CarolinaSmoke­mont Loop, North Car­oli­na
While Ten­nessee might house the most famous por­tions of the Great Smoky Moun­tains North Car­oli­na lays claim to the most beau­ti­ful parts in ear­ly spring. That’s because the Smoke­mont Loop Trail near Chero­kee comes alive with a cacoph­o­ny of white, pink and pur­ple vio­lets and foam flow­ers once the weath­er starts to warm. The trail itself is a sim­ple route that’s well suit­ed for any lev­el of hik­er and there are rough­ly 140 camp­sites avail­able to plant to your tent. You real­ly can’t go wrong any­where in the Great Smoky Moun­tains, lov­ing­ly nick­named the “Wild­flower Nation­al Park.”


Hite Cove, YosemiteHite Cove, Yosemite, Cal­i­for­nia
The Sier­ra Nevadas already hold some of the most awe-inspir­ing views in the west­ern hemi­sphere and come March through May the moun­tain­side comes even more alive with wild­flow­ers. Home to arguably the best wild­flower camp­ing and hik­ing in the state, or the coun­try, the Hite Cove Trail is cov­ered with 60 dif­fer­ent vari­eties of wild­flow­ers dur­ing the spring sea­son. It’s a fan­tas­tic spot for out­door adven­tur­ers, sea­soned hik­ers and your aver­age flower enthu­si­asts to set up camp and expe­ri­ence beau­ty in its truest form.


carrizo plainCar­ri­zo Plain, South­ern Cal­i­for­nia
With the super bloom in full sweep (and swal­low­ing your news feed), it’s no sur­prise this epic dis­play of col­or makes the list. While a super bloom doesn’t hap­pen every year you can still find plen­ty of spots in the SoCal desert where the blooms pop up each spring. Chief among them is the Car­ri­zo Plain Nation­al Mon­u­ment. Locat­ed rough­ly 100 miles north­east of Los Ange­les, this large grass­land plain is 50 miles long and show­cas­es some of the most vibrant col­ors you can imag­ine. All of which are set against a pret­ty beige back­ground to make them tru­ly pop. There are plen­ty of camp­grounds to be had with the eas­i­est, Sel­by, nes­tled right in the nation­al mon­u­ment.