RV travel in autumn offers a unique experience, especially if you’re camping in the High Sierra, a region that lies east of California and is known for its snow-capped mountains, sapphire-colored lakes, countless biking and hiking trails, and RV-friendly campgrounds complete with amenities and hookups. 

If you need to rent a travel trailer, you may want to check out Adventure in Camping or call us at (760) 935-4890.

If you only associate RV travel with summer adventure, think again. With temperatures starting to drop and the air becoming crispier, you get to see a different landscape and enjoy a different experience. 

Things that make RV travel a unique experience during fall: 

A burst of nature’s color 

Between September and November, the High Sierra bursts in vibrant colors of lime, gold, yellow and red, with white dust of early snow in the higher peaks of the mountain range. However, sightseeing and photography are best done early morning and late afternoon when the sunlight makes the golden carpet on the forest floor glisten. 

Cool and mild temperature 

In California’s Eastern Sierra, autumn brings mild temperatures with some drizzles. This is why campers who want to avoid the sweltering heat of the summer months schedule their RV travel from mid-September to early November.

Pro tip: 

Bring some rain gear, such as waterproof jackets and rain pants. Also, don’t forget your warm pajamas, socks, gloves, hats and scarves; and opt for clothes that can be layered (e.g., leggings, fleece sweaters, insulated jackets, layer tops, etc.)

Fewer mosquitoes and bugs 


One of the advantages of having your RV camping in fall is this: There are fewer mosquitoes and other insects, most of which have gone into hiding for the chilly season.  

More intimate close-to-nature experience 

Throughout summer, most campgrounds in High Sierra are completely booked out for weeks and/or filled with campers. So if you want to avoid the crowd for a more intimate RV travel experience, you may want to schedule it in the fall when making a reservation on short notice is easy. 


Stargazing is uniquely different

While you can stargaze any time of the year, it is best done in autumn and winter because of excellent “transparency” since there is no or very little humidity and dust. For a better experience, time it when the sun has set low enough below the horizon and there is no bright moon in the sky. 

In fall, you also get to enjoy cooler and longer nights, which of course lead to better and longer sleep. 

Final word 

Thanks to the mild temperatures in autumn, you’ll enjoy hiking, biking, camping, kayaking and fishing more. However, don’t forget your warm clothes because it can get a bit chilly at night. 

Check out our tips for RV camping in the fall to make sure that you have with you all the essential items for your nature trip. You may also visit our list of top campgrounds in the High Sierra.