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Places to Camp near Gilroy, CA

Gilroy is the perfect place for adventurous campers and RVers. There's so much to see and do, from exhilarating hikes or bike rides to exploring the local dining and shopping. You're sure to find the perfect spot for your California camping adventure.

Best Camping Sites Near Gilroy, CA (112)

    Camper-submitted photo from Mount Madonna
    Camper-submitted photo from Mount Madonna
    Camper-submitted photo from Mount Madonna
    Camper-submitted photo from Mount Madonna
    Camper-submitted photo from Mount Madonna
    Camper-submitted photo from Mount Madonna

    1.

    Mount Madonna

    29 Reviews
    102 Photos
    339 Saves
    Gilroy, California

    In the summer, first-come, first-serve camping is available for only $15 per night. The day use picnic area is free. Although the picnic and camping area is closed during the winter months, the first access point adjacent to Highway 2 is open year-round (limited parking). When snow makes the high country is inaccessible, give this park a try for snowshoeing or a winter stroll. In the spring, return to see the wildflowers. Trail names like Ladyslipper, Arrowleaf Ridge, and Pentstemon Point give a hint about which flowers may be glimpsed along the route.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $15 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from New Brighton State Beach
    Camper-submitted photo from New Brighton State Beach
    Camper-submitted photo from New Brighton State Beach
    Camper-submitted photo from New Brighton State Beach
    Camper-submitted photo from New Brighton State Beach
    Camper-submitted photo from New Brighton State Beach

    2.

    New Brighton State Beach

    39 Reviews
    126 Photos
    857 Saves
    Capitola, California

    New Brighton State Beach is one of the most popular beachfront campgrounds in California, offering over 100 developed campsites, including 11 RV hookup sites. With bluff top views of the the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary, a visitor center museum, shade ramada for group picnics and special events, and campfire center with free summer programs, it’s no wonder New Brighton State Beach is such a favorite destination!

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $35 - $50 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Campground
  1. 4.

    Sunset State Beach

    26 Reviews
    57 Photos
    913 Saves
    Watsonville, California

    RVs and Tents. Sunset State Beach camping provides dozens of dune-protected family sites (without hookups) that hold recreational vehicles up to 31 feet in length. Pets must not be left unattended in campsites. Parking for one vehicle is included in camping fees. Additional funds may be collected on site for up to TWO additional vehicles at a nightly rate (this does not apply to tow-in cars or trailers).

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    Camper-submitted photo from Pinnacles Campground — Pinnacles National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Pinnacles Campground — Pinnacles National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Pinnacles Campground — Pinnacles National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Pinnacles Campground — Pinnacles National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Pinnacles Campground — Pinnacles National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Pinnacles Campground — Pinnacles National Park

    5.

    Pinnacles Campground — Pinnacles National Park

    82 Reviews
    379 Photos
    85 Saves
    Pinnacles, California

    Overview

    Pinnacles Campground is located in the unique Pinnacles National Park, 32 miles south of Hollister, California. The park encompasses 26,000 acres of spectacular rock formations and remnants of an extinct 23 million-year old volcano. Hiking and rock climbing are very popular activities in Pinnacles, as is watching for the majestic California condor overhead. Pinnacles National Park is a nesting place for the endangered soaring bird, the largest in North America.

    Recreation

    Pinnacles National Park has more than 30 miles of trails, ranging from easy to strenuous. Many trails intersect, allowing for a short loop or a longer all-day hike. Popular destinations include Bear Gulch Reservoir, High Peaks and the Balconies area. The Bench Trail provides direct access to the park from the campground. Visitors enjoy exploring Balconies Cave and Bear Gulch Cave, which houses a large colony of Townsend's big-eared bats. Bring a flashlight! Rock climbers flock to Pinnacles for the variety of climbing routes that range from easy top-ropes to the multi-pitch climbs along Machete Ridge.

    Facilities

    Pinnacles National Park has more than 30 miles of trails, ranging from easy to strenuous. Many trails intersect, allowing for a short loop or a longer all-day hike. Popular destinations include Bear Gulch Reservoir, High Peaks and the Balconies area. The Bench Trail provides direct access to the park from the campground. Visitors enjoy exploring Balconies Cave and Bear Gulch Cave, which houses a large colony of Townsend's big-eared bats. Bring a flashlight! Rock climbers flock to Pinnacles for the variety of climbing routes that range from easy top-ropes to the multi-pitch climbs along Machete Ridge.

    Natural Features

    The campground is situated in a rolling landscape dotted with shady Valley Oak, Blue Oak and Coast Live Oak trees. A gentle, seasonal creek runs through the grounds. Springtime finds Pinnacles bursting with a wide variety of vivid wildflowers that line every trail and fill entire meadows with color. Deer and wild turkeys roam the area, and condors can be viewed from within the campground. The park ranges in elevation from 824 feet along South Chalone Creek to 3,304 feet atop North Chalone Peak.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $129 - $154 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Santa Cruz North-Costanoa KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Santa Cruz North-Costanoa KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Santa Cruz North-Costanoa KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Santa Cruz North-Costanoa KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Santa Cruz North-Costanoa KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Santa Cruz North-Costanoa KOA

    6.

    Santa Cruz North-Costanoa KOA

    16 Reviews
    45 Photos
    279 Saves
    Freedom, California
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $55 - $88 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay KOA Holiday
    Camper-submitted photo from Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay KOA Holiday
    Camper-submitted photo from Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay KOA Holiday
    Camper-submitted photo from Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay KOA Holiday
    Camper-submitted photo from Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay KOA Holiday
    Camper-submitted photo from Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay KOA Holiday

    7.

    Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay KOA Holiday

    15 Reviews
    69 Photos
    224 Saves
    Freedom, California

    Soak up the bright sun and take in the crisp ocean air along the California Coast when you stay with us at Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay KOA Holiday. With our ideal location just minutes from Monterey Bay, you and your family will appreciate an oceanfront camping experience near Santa Cruz as you spend your days with your toes in the sand, relaxing on a beautiful beach. Book your stay with us at Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay KOA Holiday today!

    **Why Stay at Our Family-Friendly Campground in Santa Cruz? **

    Santa Cruz is home to an assortment of wonderful attractions and places the whole family will love! Of course, the area is full of beautiful beaches for you to visit — a whopping 28 in total! After getting your tan on, take a short drive and visit the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and its endless array of fun things to do. You'll be able to ride rollercoasters, play mini-golf and eat your fill of fresh cotton candy. The area also has many opportunities to kick back and relax. Bring your clubs and head to the Pebble Beach golf course for a round of golf on some of the most pristine greens anywhere. Take a drive north and explore Napa Valley or head south to discover the more than 60 wineries in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Whether you want a relaxing getaway or one filled with adventure and thrills, the Santa Cruz area is the perfect place to be.

    Ways to Stay With Us in Santa Cruz

    Regardless of how you want to spend your time at our Santa Cruz beach campground, we offer a variety of ways to enjoy the camping experience. For something traditional, we provide individual Tent Sites equipped with water and electric hookups to give you everything you need to enjoy your nights beneath the stars. Our Camping Cabins also offer a rustic lodging experience with the benefits of a roof and a warm bed as you rejuvenate from a day filled with adventure in the outdoors. If you're looking for extreme comfort while beach camping in Santa Cruz, we offer Deluxe Cabins equipped with a kitchen, full bathroom, shower and beds for the whole family. We also provide unique Airstream and glamping cabin opportunities to provide you with a luxurious West Coast camping experience you'll never forget. Looking for a place to park your Airstream or RV? We offer Pull-Thru and Back-In RV Sites with the choice for full hookups. With connections for up to 50 amps and options with a KOA Patio™, you can choose the features you need to enjoy your vacation. Our RV Sites are excellent locations to rest and recuperate as you take in the beautiful surroundings of Santa Cruz!

    Our Beach Camping Amenities and Activities

    Our family-friendly campground in Santa Cruz offers various amenities and recreational activities to help you make memories that will last a lifetime. Spend your days splashing in the pool or participating in weekly events, including several weekends of Halloween fun or seeing the campground transform into a Winter Wonderland with twinkling lights every December.

    Some of our other amenities include:

    • Wi-Fi 
    • Bike rentals
    • Hot tub
    • Volleyball
    • Firewood and propane
    • Outdoor movie theater
    • Jumping pillow
    • Fire rings
    • KampK9® dog park
    • Coconut Palm Tree Climb

    Reserve Your Site With Us Today

    Are you ready to make memories along the California Coast? Take your family on a camping vacation with us near Santa Cruz and enjoy the adventure of a lifetime! Check the availability of our sites online and book your stay at Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay KOA Holiday today!

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Coe Ranch Campground — Henry W. Coe State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Coe Ranch Campground — Henry W. Coe State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Coe Ranch Campground — Henry W. Coe State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Coe Ranch Campground — Henry W. Coe State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Coe Ranch Campground — Henry W. Coe State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Coe Ranch Campground — Henry W. Coe State Park

    8.

    Coe Ranch Campground — Henry W. Coe State Park

    13 Reviews
    45 Photos
    216 Saves
    Morgan Hill, California

    Coe Ranch Campground

    • Reservable
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Equestrian
    • Standard (Tent/RV)

    $20 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Moss Landing KOA Express
    Camper-submitted photo from Moss Landing KOA Express
    Camper-submitted photo from Moss Landing KOA Express
    Camper-submitted photo from Moss Landing KOA Express
    Camper-submitted photo from Moss Landing KOA Express
    Camper-submitted photo from Moss Landing KOA Express

    9.

    Moss Landing KOA Express

    15 Reviews
    22 Photos
    101 Saves
    Moss Landing, California
    • Pets
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs

    $69 - $80 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Coyote Lake Harvey Bear Ranch County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Coyote Lake Harvey Bear Ranch County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Coyote Lake Harvey Bear Ranch County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Coyote Lake Harvey Bear Ranch County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Coyote Lake Harvey Bear Ranch County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Coyote Lake Harvey Bear Ranch County Park

    10.

    Coyote Lake Harvey Bear Ranch County Park

    10 Reviews
    32 Photos
    112 Saves
    San Martin, California
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $34 / night

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