The following is an excerpt of a column by Russ and Lori Tice that appears in the Victorville (Calif.) Daily Press. For the full column, click here.

Winter is definitely here. Temperatures are dipping to freezing at night, giving some thought as to where camping might be just right for this time of season. We live in one of the prime areas for desert camping destinations. Just as some camping areas are closing for the season, many desert camping are primed for some good winter fun.

Mount San Jacinto State Park has developed camping at the Idyllwild campground. If you want a more rugged atmosphere, Stone Creek campground is a good choice. A fun side trip would be the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Mount San Jacinto State Park is open all year.

Niland is southeast from our high desert. The Fountain of Youth Resort is a bargain. A bargain, as there is plenty to do at the resort but not much in the way of outside activities in the general area. The resort does have so much to keep you amused. The mineral baths, pools, spas, and ongoing activities within the park are a nice getaway. Many people drive through Niland on their way to Glamis Dunes. It is worth a look-see to check out the RV Park.

Indio is also a nice relaxing town. The date orchards of Shields have tours that are really interesting. Date shakes are a must if you camp in the area. Indio rarely gets any rain, as it gets sunshine about 97 percent of the year. Indian Wells RV Resort is a very relaxing place to park your RV.