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Winter Snowbirds Find Nice Temperatures in Vegas and Palm Springs

Updated on March 4, 2015
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Gary has lived in Las Vegas and Orange County, California as well as in Oregon. He has traveled and written about the West and London.

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Why Do Snowbirds Like to Come to Las Vegas and Palm Springs

Snowbirds come to Las Vegas and Palm Springs in the winter. Anywhere where there is 60-70 degree weather is a welcome respite from serious snow. Canadians are popular visitors, as are folks from all the northern states.

One thing that sets apart these climates in the winter is the sunshine. While the California coast has more sun and good weather in winter than in summer, there is ever present coastal fog, even more pronounced north of Santa Barbara. It is a pleasant fog, unlike inland fog in the Central Valley, but it isn't the sunshine that snowbirds crave. It can be damp and not the sunny escape that most snowbirds are looking for.

Southern California and San Diego are nice (but expensive) areas for snowbirds, but they also have a bit of fog and storms. Rainfall in Palm Springs and in Las Vegas is quite light.

Real Winter Weather does not really exist in Las Vegas and Palm Springs, except for rare occurrences.

So if you are a snowbird, or wannabe snowbird, check out the links and videos provided here to get a glimpse into Las Vegas and Palm Springs.

Young Chick Tells Us About Winter in Las Vegas

My Experiences in Snowbird Areas of Vegas and Palm Springs

I have experienced the great winters of Palm Springs as an occasional visitor. Palm Springs is pricey, and so you have to be prepared to pay a premium there in the winter. The great shopping and landscape and certain weather makes for a pleasant escape from colder climes.

One thing about Las Vegas and Palm Springs is that they have similar low temperatures with Las Vegas averaging 5 degrees lower in December and January. In November and February the spread is about the same, 4 to 5 degrees. So mornings are similar in both places, with Palm Springs topping out with more days at or above 70 degrees in winter.

Being a resident of Las Vegas, I have experienced a rare cold weekend, but nothing that lasts a long time. With 4 inches of rainfall, the storms are brief. Sunshine is the norm.

Winter Gardening in Las Vegas Nevada!

Hubpage author enjoying the Wynn Resort and Casino.
Hubpage author enjoying the Wynn Resort and Casino.

Where to Park the Motor Home in Las Vegas

The casinos all have motor home parks which is really great for convenience, but so does Lake Mead. Lake Mead is huge, and is good for those who don't want to be in an urban setting. Casinos with RV parks include casinos on and off the Strip.

Here are some reviews, and you just need to scroll down to read about the many resorts for motor homes here in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Strip: Wynn Encore Hotel Pinned

3950 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109:
3950 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89119, USA

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Las Vegas Strip

Christmas on the Strip

Unusual Snow in Las Vegas. This Is Very Rare

Marilyn Monroe had ties to Palm Springs.
Marilyn Monroe had ties to Palm Springs. | Source

Warm Palm Springs Great Weather and a Great Place

Highway 111 in Palm Springs, Ca

Main Street Palm Springs, Palm Springs, CA:
Palm Springs, CA, USA

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Main Street in Palm Springs. Hwy 111.

Snowbirds in Arizona Getting to Palm Springs and Las Vegas

I have not been to Arizona much, mostly to Flagstaff which is beautiful but cold, and to the Grand Canyon, which is stunning. But most of Arizona is a fair weather destination except for the winter areas mentioned. Phoenix has good weather, but is identical to Las Vegas for low temperatures in January and December, around 40 degrees. Phoenix is not as warm as Palm Springs for the high, but averages about 7 degrees warmer in the winter months for the high compared to Las Vegas. But Las Vegas is at elevation, and it moderates how the air feels. Elevation is a warming factor because there are fewer molecules in the air.

For drivers, it is easy to make the trip from Arizona to Palm Springs and then Las Vegas by taking Interstate 10 to Palm Springs and then Interstate 10 to Interstate 15 to Las Vegas on your way home.

A Little Winter in Palm Springs with Snow on Mt San Jacinto

Las Vegas and Palm Springs Are Very Nice Places

Las Vegas and Palm Springs may have detractors regarding summer weather, but remember, there is no snow in either place in summer, fall, winter or spring. If you want to avoid the summers and just snowbird it, or come to live full time, you will not regret your decision to give these two great places a chance.

Shopping in Las Vegas and in Palm Springs.

Las Vegas has premier shopping on the strip, in places like Caezars Forum Shops, Encore Shops at Wynn, Venetian Canal Shops and other exciting shopping associated with the casinos. Fashion Show Mall on the strip has high end stores as well as Dillards, Sachs and other quality department stores.

Palm Springs is known for shopping in dowtown Palm Springs and for El Paseo Street in nearby Palm Desert, a very high end lane that rivals Rodeo Drive. The department store that anchors the Gardens on El Paseo is Sachs Fifth Avenue.

Links to both of these shopping areas are listed below.


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    • bgamall profile imageAUTHOR

      Gary Anderson 

      6 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Yes, Wisconsin in the winter could be challenge even for the toughest cold weather people.

    • Sandyspider profile image

      Sandy Mertens 

      6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Las Vegas would be a nice place for us winter birds.

    • bgamall profile imageAUTHOR

      Gary Anderson 

      7 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Yes it does. I love the choice of restaurants there.

    • tipstoretireearly profile image


      7 years ago from New York

      Palm Springs has a thriving downtown and easy access to mountains. A lovely place! It'd be a great place to spend a winter.


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