Camping in California

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About California Camping

Yosemite. The redwoods. Big Sur. World-famous outdoor destinations abound in California. There are so many that you couldn’t possibly explore all the richness the state offers in one lifetime. The trick when camping in California is managing so many possibilities. Once you've visited the famous sites, try some creative approaches to camping in California.

When you think Napa Valley, you think of wine, not camping. But you can plan a wine vacation from behind the flap of your tent. Set up in one of the valley’s campgrounds then visit the many casual tasting rooms that won't mind dirt under your fingernails. When you tire of drinking wine, hike Mt. St Helena, a dormant volcano. Or walk through the Petrified Forest, a forest that was turned to stone by the last eruption of the volcano. Or visit California’s Old Faithful, a nearby geyser.

Once you have found camping in California’s Half Dome in Yosemite Valley, center yourself in Tuolumne Meadows, a more remote section of the park with its own collection of charming granite domes. Here's a secret: Instead of joining the crowds of day hikers on the meadow's most popular trails, follow the backpackers north on the famed John Muir Trail. The trail meanders through meadows, along a river below alpine peaks. And best of all, the first 8 miles of this trail out of Tuolumne are flat. Hike until you find a spot to watch the marmots, then return to your campsite. For more, backpack another 23 miles to Reds Meadow where you can catch a shuttle back up to Tuolumne.

With a little effort, you can spend the rest of your life camping in California and have a new adventure every time.

Recent Reviews In California

8669 Reviews of 3552 California Campgrounds

Toni  K.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 16, 2021

Very weird vibes, but nice camp ground

The camp ground was beautiful. Pretty close to the water, however, this year summer 2021 the water is very low. The camp ground offers bathrooms, bear boxes, very nice fire rings and clean water. There is no camp host so bring your own wood. The fee is $25 a night. The trash cans were over flowed…

Site10
Month of VisitJune
Tanya R.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 16, 2021

Little shade. Walk in sites

Campground is situated on a very long narrow dirt road. Besides the proximity to Yosemite this campground was not a favorite. 2 had the best shade and it gets hot.

Site2
Month of VisitJune
Toni  K.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 16, 2021

Not open may 15

Says it’s open online but, it is not. It is close to lassen national park. There’s a camp ground open in the park so I would do that.

Month of VisitJune
JThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 16, 2021

Great tent site

Campsite is at 2000 feet so cooler than bottom and way less crowded. Good biking up side roads.

Month of VisitJune
AThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 16, 2021

Creek side paradise

I stayed here May 10-12th with my two dogs. I chose a site right along the creek which was wonderful to fall asleep to the sounds of rushing water. Many sites are quite spacious and offer a sandy area for tent set up. Most sites have a picnic table, fire pit, & metal bear box for food storage.…

Site22
Month of VisitJune
AThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 16, 2021

Beautiful Lake!

This is one of three campgrounds on Antelope Lake near Susanville CA. Several of the sites are near the lake. All sites are well shaded with fir and pine trees. Great fishing and wildlife watching. Enjoy all water sports and beautiful lake. Reservations are required for most sites by a few are…

Month of VisitJuly
AThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 16, 2021

Next to the Stanislaus River

Love this campground because of it’s close proximity to the Stanislaus River. There are 28 first come first serve RV and Tent sites. There are interesting granite rock formations in and around the campground. Potable water, fire rings, picnic tables and garbage receptacles round out the…

Month of VisitJune
AThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 16, 2021

Close to the Road

Right off highway 108 on Sonora Pass. There are two entrances to the campground. This is a first come first serve campground with a total of 33 sites. There are vault toilets, tables and fire rings at each site.

Month of VisitJune
AThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 16, 2021

Sonora Pass Campground

One of several nice campgrounds along the Sonora Pass corridor. First come first serve at 44 sites. Hiking and fishing are all close and attractive outdoor activities that can enhance your visit

Month of VisitJune
AThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 16, 2021

Eastern Gateway to Sonora Pass

Sonora Bridge is the first campground you come to on the eastern side of beautiful Sonora Pass. There are 23 first come first serve tent and RV sites shades by tall Jeffrey pines. Recreational opportunities include hiking, fishing horseback riding nearby and of course relaxing.

Month of VisitJune
Greg B.
Reviewed May. 16, 2021

There are NOT enough stars for this review......

I was cruising up 395, wanting to see the Ancient Bristlecone Pines, but really thought they were still gonna be snow-bound.  In Big Pine, I saw it was OPEN...so up I went.  As a motorcycle traveler, 168 is some serious fun, but watch out for the 'tar-snakes'.  I arrived at this dry-camp, set up…

  • The view from the nearby Vista Point...
  • and communing with one of the Ancients.
  • My lovely camp for the night
Site18
Month of VisitJune
Emmanuel L.
Reviewed May. 15, 2021

Great campground for your climbing trip

I love climbing at Lovers Leap and this campground is part of what make climbing here so simple and straight forward.

Siteopen
Month of VisitJuly
Luciana X.
Reviewed May. 15, 2021

Great family campground

Great family campground with many trails around. Very clean amenities, great park rangers. All sites have a fire ring and picnic table. Definitely recommend!

Site58
Month of VisitJune
BThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 15, 2021

Great views from the Lookout!

We loved this campground destination! Out of all of our trips so far (12) this is our favorite! Let’s start with the drive - it’s a long windy road to get up to the campground. One lane, two way street but it’s very doable! You pass the nondescript Neverland Ranch too. Beautiful drive to the…

Site21
Month of VisitJune
Greg B.
Reviewed May. 15, 2021

Just when you think there won't be anything...along comes Afton Canyon

As I travel, I really have no set destination.  Something will pop up.  As I left Tucson early that day, I started getting tired, and there wasn't much.  When suddenly, Afton Canyon pops up.  After 4 miles of 'fun' gravel, I arrived...and was the ONLY one here.  It was pretty darn warm (hot), but…

  • An overview of the entrance, after about 4 miles of gravel road.  Not a soul to be seen....
  • Hello.....only a few came
  • As you can see....you can get right next to them....POWERFUL!!
Month of VisitJune

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