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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

10000 Reviews of 3592 California Campgrounds

Joe B.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2021

Small and clea

Great little spot to camp for a few night.  It is better when the water levels are higher but still a good spot what all the free spots are gone.  Bear boxes are a plus too.  There is a bear that we call Yogi because he likes to make his rounds.  So do the best to bear proof your site (back of the…

Month of VisitOctober
j
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2021

Quiet and relaxing

I camped here for a week and half and it was quiet. No water at sites but they have water. No service. I pulled a 26 TT. I came in from the La side of the mountains and found it’s easier to go in from Palmdale with a rv or tt. If your hauling anything longer then 20 ft. Try for site 11.

Site11
Month of VisitDecember
Sook
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2021

Close to charcoal kilns

This is a free small campground, close to charcoal kilns and west entrance. We meet a service car with gasoline tank that help us fill up our car with gas, he is an angel for us, otherwise, I can't imagine what happen next.

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Month of VisitJanuary
Sook
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2021

It's a quiet campground even It's full

It's quite and clean campground, but doesn't have trash can inside restroom, those are place close to entrance so we have to drive over there. Water station beside restroom so you can wash your dishes there.

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Site85
Month of VisitJanuary
DThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2021

Nothing fancy, but convenient to Ferndale, and quiet

I stayed here twice for a total of eight days. Many long-term Residents give the place a seedy feeling. Ultimately it is safe and secure. And well managed. The bathroom is clean, heated, free showers and the combination is changed weekly. Large grassy area with good spacing between most RVs. I was…

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Site54
Month of VisitJanuary
DThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2021

Great views, but close to the neighbors

First, you stay here for the views. Great views from the first two rows closest to the water. There are very few plantings between spaces. No hook ups at all, but water is available if you fill before you park. Seven dollar dump station. Each campsite has a fire ring and a wooden picnic table and…

Month of VisitJanuary
jeff B.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2021

Good for a night

We used this area for a single night getting back to AZ. Worked fine for that. Would also work to access Joshua Tree but would rather stay in the NP. It is quite a distance to get to good hikes in Joshua Tree.

Month of VisitJanuary
JThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2021

Beach camping at its best

Best camping with the sounds on f the ocean and friendly staff.

Site20
Month of VisitApril
Paula P.
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2021

Great boondocking

Fantastic, rustic, sweeping views of the area. Bathrooms & water pumps are readily supplied throughout the park. We were surprised to find out they turn off the water in early December each year.

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Site30
Month of VisitJanuary
J
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2021

Beautiful Remote Campsite

Spare of the moment trip idea lead me to finding this campsite. Coming from Frazier, CA I was able to access the camp site with a 2012 Chevy Equinox LS FWD (By no means an off-roading vehicle) and return back home with no issues. The drive down into the little valley is spectacular. There are few…

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Site6
Month of VisitJanuary
DThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2021

Dry Camping $20.-$34. Dollars Per night

About 28 sites mostly level. All dry camping. Some gen sets running till 11.00 pm. Some starting up around 6:00 am. Toilets available at golf course next door. Site fees include flush toilets next door, use of pool (8:00 am to 11:00 pm), General store, 3 dining options, all on South side of Camp…

SiteSite 20
Month of VisitJanuary
Julia T.
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2021

Great view, but pricey

The view is great, it's close to trailheads - but dumping is additional 7$ and firewood is 10$ for 3 pieces of wood ...

Site36
Month of VisitJanuary
jeff B.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2021

This is RV camping

Clean and comfortable RV park. Very close quarters. Hot tub +1. Walk to the ocean. If your goal is to spend a couple of days at the ocean, this RV park will work. Pricey though.

Month of VisitJanuary
Armando A.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2021

Indian Cove Adventure

Spent one night at the Indian Cove Campground, site 64. Truly breathtaking experience. Never been to Joshua Tree and will definitely be back. So much wildlife, rock formations and beautiful views everywhere. Will definitely be back soon.

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Site64
Month of VisitJanuary
jeff B.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2021

Nice county campground

Nice little county campground. Clean and well maintained. Some excellent hikes nearby.

Site11
Month of VisitJanuary

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