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Want to camp where golden eagles nest and catch a glimpse of the awe-inspiring California condor? Then head to Pinnacles National Park. Located near Soledad, CA, visitors will find plenty of campgrounds offering something for every type of camper. With a variety of camping and glamping options, campers can take advantage of everything the small park has to offer from nature trails and rock climbing to exploring mountain caves. The campsites offer all of the amenities you expect to find, with plenty of private spots where campers can relax and enjoy nature without the crowds and noise.

Best Camping Sites Near Pinnacles National Park, CA (100)

    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

    1.

    Pinnacles Campground — Pinnacles National Park

    83 Reviews
    383 Photos
    95 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.

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    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $129 - $154 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Campground

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    Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Campground

    59 Reviews
    182 Photos
    1099 Saves
    Big Sur, California

    Pfeiffer Big Sur Campground features 189 RV and tent sites are situated on or near the Big Sur River. There is a Campfire Center that offers evening programs on the weekends during peak season.

    Each campsite includes a parking area for at least one car, a fire pit with half-grill and picnic table. No hookups are provided at any site. Fresh water, hot showers and toilets are a short walk.

    All incoming campers must check in at the entrance kiosk. Camper vehicles must display vehicle tag (proof of reservation) in the windshield. Vehicle tags are also valid for day use entrance into other area state parks.

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    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • Tents

    $75 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Laguna Mountain Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Laguna Mountain Campground
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    Laguna Mountain Campground

    13 Reviews
    47 Photos
    411 Saves
    Pinnacles National Park, California

    Campgrounds:

    There are campgrounds at Laguna Mountain and Upper Sweetwater. Each campground features several campsites which are equipped with level RV pads, fire rings, shade structures, picnic benches, vault toilets, and a kiosk providing an interpretive panel, a map, and information about the area. Although no reservations or fees are required, there is a 14 day camping limit within any 28-day period. There is no electricity, running water, or trash collection at the campsites. Please utilize good camping ethics, and remember to pack out your garbage when you leave.

    Dispersed Camping:

    Dispersed camping is also available, although there is no camping within 200 yards of any wildlife watering improvement. You must park within 15 feet (roughly one vehicle length) of any roadway when camping or leaving a vehicle unattended to minimize habitat and vegetation impacts. Please remember to bring a shovel with you for both personal sanitation and fire prevention purposes.

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    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
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    Camper-submitted photo from Yanks RV Resort
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    Yanks RV Resort

    10 Reviews
    23 Photos
    41 Saves
    Soledad, California

    Yanks RV Resort near Greenfield, CA, is a top-notch spot for RV travelers looking for a comfortable and convenient stay. This place has a reputation for being one of the cleanest and best-maintained RV parks around. The staff here are friendly and will even escort you to your site, which is a nice touch.

    The facilities are impressive. The bathrooms are private and feel like something you'd find in a home, not a campground. There's a pool and hot tub, which are perfect for unwinding after a day on the road. The laundry facilities are spotless, and the WiFi actually works well—something you don't always find at campgrounds.

    For those traveling with pets, Yanks RV Resort has you covered with two dog parks and a dog washing station. The park itself is surrounded by planted fields, giving it a peaceful, rural vibe despite being conveniently located right off Highway 101. It's an excellent stopover if you're heading to Pinnacles National Park or just passing through.

    The sites are spacious and well-spaced, with full hookups and level parking pads. There's even a cute sitting area with a fireplace, perfect for relaxing in the evening. If you're looking for a clean, quiet, and well-equipped RV park, Yanks RV Resort is a solid choice.

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    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
  1. 5.

    Thousand Trails San Benito

    12 Reviews
    57 Photos
    53 Saves
    Paicines, California

    Monterey Bay RV campground and preserve is nestled in rolling hills about 14 miles south of Hollister, California. The climate is tempered by the ocean, which is only 50 miles to the west, and wildlife is abundant throughout the area. San Benito RV Resort 's modern facilities ensure convenience and comfort. The on-site live entertainment and planned activities keep things interesting. When it's time to explore the area, there are many natural attractions and activities around San Benito RV Resort , such as the Pinnacles National Monument, fresh and salt-water fishing, and golf courses. Visit the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium during your time at Thousand Trails' Monterey Bay RV campground. It's an experience that won't be forgotten! See wildlife & natural attractions from a Monterey Bay RV campground Whether you're planning a retreat for the whole family, a group of friends or a getaway for two, there's no shortage of unique activities to explore at San Benito RV & Camping Resort. Plan activities upon arrival or visit this page before your departure to plan ahead. Looking for more? Our friendly staff can fill you in on all of the great ways to make your stay a memorable experience.

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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Kirk Creek Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Kirk Creek Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Kirk Creek Campground
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    Kirk Creek Campground

    42 Reviews
    194 Photos
    1801 Saves
    Lucia, California

    Overview

    Kirk Creek Campground is an oceanside paradise, with each site overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It offers a variety of opportunities for relaxation and recreation. The campground is located on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and is close to a variety of scenic trails that lead visitors into the Los Padres National Forest.

    Recreation

    There is short walk to a rocky beach from the campground. A five mile ride will take you to Sand Dollar Beach, the largest sandy beach in Big Sur. It's a very popular spot for surfing, fishing, swimming, exploring, sunbathing and more. Fishing permits are required for anyone over age 16. Anglers can expect a catch of yellow perch and other coastal surf fish. The beach is dog-friendly, as long as dogs are leashed and waste is picked up. A variety of trails exist along the beach, which lead to the bluffs that overlook the beach and coves in the area. Additional hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding trails can be accessed within a short drive of the campground, and offer scenic views of waterfalls, redwood groves and mountain meadows and streams. Directly across the highway from the campground is the Vicente Flats Trailhead, which leads into the Ventana Wilderness.

    Facilities

    There is short walk to a rocky beach from the campground. A five mile ride will take you to Sand Dollar Beach, the largest sandy beach in Big Sur. It's a very popular spot for surfing, fishing, swimming, exploring, sunbathing and more. Fishing permits are required for anyone over age 16. Anglers can expect a catch of yellow perch and other coastal surf fish. The beach is dog-friendly, as long as dogs are leashed and waste is picked up. A variety of trails exist along the beach, which lead to the bluffs that overlook the beach and coves in the area. Additional hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding trails can be accessed within a short drive of the campground, and offer scenic views of waterfalls, redwood groves and mountain meadows and streams. Directly across the highway from the campground is the Vicente Flats Trailhead, which leads into the Ventana Wilderness.

    Natural Features

    The campground is located on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, at an elevation of about 100 feet. It offers fantastic views of the Big Sur coastline. Campsites are spacious, open and grassy. Each site has a view of the ocean, where sunrises and sunsets are outstanding. Wildlife in the area includes fox, bobcat, deer and raccoon. Mountain lions and bears are occasionally seen, although they have never entered the campground. From November to February each year, whales migrate along the coast and can frequently be viewed from the campground.

    Nearby Attractions

    The Nacimiento Road, which offers a scenic drive on a paved road to an ocean overlook and picnic area, can be accessed across the road from the campground. The road climbs to the peak, 2,500 feet above sea level. Sand Dollar Beach is located 5 miles South of Kirk Creek. Sand Dollar Beach is the largest Sandy Beach in the Big Sur Area.

    • Pets
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Trash
    • Firewood Available

    $45 - $49 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Limekiln State Park Campground — TEMPORARILY CLOSED
    Camper-submitted photo from Limekiln State Park Campground — TEMPORARILY CLOSED
    Camper-submitted photo from Limekiln State Park Campground — TEMPORARILY CLOSED
    Camper-submitted photo from Limekiln State Park Campground — TEMPORARILY CLOSED
    Camper-submitted photo from Limekiln State Park Campground — TEMPORARILY CLOSED
    Camper-submitted photo from Limekiln State Park Campground — TEMPORARILY CLOSED

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    Limekiln State Park Campground — TEMPORARILY CLOSED

    40 Reviews
    152 Photos
    1139 Saves
    Lucia, California

    UPDATE ( February 7, 2024 ) - Limekiln State Park is CLOSED until further notice due to storm damages and Highway 1 road conditions. Highway 1 remains a hard closure at Paul's Slide (Hwy. 1 PM 21.7) - meaning the highway is CLOSED to all public and emergency vehicles at that location with NO DETOUR. Crews continue to work 12-hour shifts and seven days a week to repair damages from the landslide. The current estimate from Caltrans for reopening Hwy. 1 at Paul's Slide is late Spring 2024.

    The southern closure is located one half mile south of Paul's Slide. There is no parking in the turnaround area. Limekiln State Park remains CLOSED with entry into the park strictly prohibited. It is also illegal to camp in turnouts or anywhere on Highway 1 along the Big Sur coast unless in a designated campsite in a campground open to the public (Monterey County Code 14.18.020(a)). Travelers on Hwy. 1 north of Ragged Point will encounter multiple areas of intermittent traffic control as repairs to damage from winter storms continues at various locations.

    Situated on California’s scenic Big Sur Coast, about 55 miles south of Monterey, Limekiln State Park has weathered its fair share of hardships. It began in the late 1800s, when the Rockland Lime and Lumber Co. began stripping the limestone out of the canyon for use as building materials for the burgeoning San Francisco area. At the time, the redwood forest covering these coastal slopes was almost entirely clearcut. Nearly a century later, after recovering, the area was almost clearcut again, but conservation groups intervened. It finally became a state park in 1995. Since then, a portion of the park burned in 2008, then it was threatened with closure in 2012, due to state budget shortfalls. The park was saved once again when the Save the Redwoods League stepped in to assist with funding and maintenance needs.

    The small campground in Limekiln State Park offers 29 campsites in two areas along Limekiln Creek. About half are in an open area near the highway, with beach access; the other half are located upslope, under a canopy of shady redwoods. Sites are small and can only accommodate trailers up to 15 feet, and RVs up to 24 feet; each site is equipped with picnic tables and fire rings. Both upper and lower camp areas have drinking water, restrooms, showers and picnic areas. Firewood gathering is not permitted in the park, and dogs must remain leashed at all times. Visitors should keep in mind that this is a rugged coastal environment, and exercise caution around cliffs and near the ocean; climbing on the cliffs is not permitted. Campsite rates are $35/night.

    The main attraction at Limekiln State Park is the old lime kilns that still sit at the base of the hillside, more than a century since their last use. These giant furnaces were used to purify the limestone being mined out of the canyon, before it was shipped north for construction uses. The kilns can be seen via a 0.5-mile trail from the upper camp area. A short side trail on the way to the kilns leads to 100-foot Limekiln Falls. Watch out for poison oak while hiking. The park is also a great place for wildlife watching. Keep your eyes peeled for bobcats, foxes and ringtails on shore, and otters and gray whales in the ocean. More than 200 species of birds are known to inhabit the area, including pelicans, peregrine falcons and California condors.

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    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • Cabins
    • Standard (Tent/RV)

    $50 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Arroyo Seco
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    Arroyo Seco

    14 Reviews
    48 Photos
    219 Saves
    Lucia, California

    Overview

    Arroyo Seco Campground is a semi-rustic, but developed facility in California's westernmost national forest. It offers a great escape from bustling city life, into the mountain air and provides access to a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities.

    Recreation

    The small non-body contact lake near the group campsites gives campers an edge on mountain fishing and small non-motorized boating. Anglers will find mostly bass and catfish in the lakes, and other species on occasion. A fishing license is required for visitors over 16 years of age. The nearby river offers a small beach where campers and day use visitors may wade and swim. All nearby bodies of water are dependent upon seasonal rain for levels to rise. The Ventana Wilderness, also known as "the gorge," provides ample opportunities for hiking, swimming, backpacking, hunting and horseback riding. No motorized vehicles are allowed (unless prior permission is granted by the Forest Service) beyond the gated road and parking lot. The 15.5-mile Santa Lucia Trail is available for hiking and horseback riding and provides access to the surrounding wilderness and a variety of other trails.

    Facilities

    The small non-body contact lake near the group campsites gives campers an edge on mountain fishing and small non-motorized boating. Anglers will find mostly bass and catfish in the lakes, and other species on occasion. A fishing license is required for visitors over 16 years of age. The nearby river offers a small beach where campers and day use visitors may wade and swim. All nearby bodies of water are dependent upon seasonal rain for levels to rise. The Ventana Wilderness, also known as "the gorge," provides ample opportunities for hiking, swimming, backpacking, hunting and horseback riding. No motorized vehicles are allowed (unless prior permission is granted by the Forest Service) beyond the gated road and parking lot. The 15.5-mile Santa Lucia Trail is available for hiking and horseback riding and provides access to the surrounding wilderness and a variety of other trails.

    Natural Features

    The campground offers views of the Ventana Wilderness mountain peaks and one small lake (water levels depend on the season). It is nestled into the hillside, surrounded by abundant shrubbery and large oak trees. It is situated next to the Arroyo Seco River at an elevation of about 1,200 feet. A variety of birds and wildlife make their home in the area. A splash of color greets visitors at the entrance gate, where a variety of plants in bloom. In the spring and fall, the leaves on the trees change to beautiful shades of red, yellow and orange, creating a beautiful scenic landscape. In the springtime, lupines bloom all around.

    Nearby Attractions

    The city of Monterey provides a variety of tourism opportunities and is located about 50 miles from the campground. The west side of the Pinnacles National Monument is about 30 miles from the campground. The monument and surrounding area is popular among rock climbers during the spring and fall.

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

    $150 - $154 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Upper Sweetwater Laguna Mountain Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Upper Sweetwater Laguna Mountain Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Upper Sweetwater Laguna Mountain Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Upper Sweetwater Laguna Mountain Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Upper Sweetwater Laguna Mountain Campground
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    Laguna Seca Recreation Area

    20 Reviews
    57 Photos
    238 Saves
    Seaside, California

    Laguna Seca Recreation Area, located near Monterey, CA, is a unique spot for camping with a twist. This campground is set around the famous Laguna Seca Racetrack, making it a thrilling place to stay, especially if you're into motorsports. Imagine waking up to the sound of engines revving and watching cars zoom by on the track—it's an experience you won't find just anywhere.

    The campground offers a mix of tent and RV accommodations, with amenities like electric hookups, showers, and toilets. However, keep in mind that the water here is non-potable, so you'll need to bring your own drinking water. The sites are spacious and provide great views of the surrounding lush green hills, which is a pleasant surprise for many visitors who expect a more barren landscape.

    Pets are welcome, and there's plenty of space for them to roam. Fires are allowed, so you can enjoy a cozy campfire under the stars. The staff here are known for being friendly and helpful, with some campers sharing stories of staff members going above and beyond, like helping out with a dead car battery in the pouring rain.

    The location is also a perfect basecamp for exploring the Monterey Bay area. It's an easy drive into Monterey, where you can enjoy the coastal attractions, or you can stay put and take advantage of the scenic trails and viewpoints around the campground. Whether you're here for the races or just to relax, Laguna Seca Recreation Area offers a memorable camping experience.

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    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
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Frequently Asked Questions

What camping is available near Pinnacles National Park?

According to TheDyrt.com, Pinnacles National Park offers a wide range of camping options, with 100 campgrounds and RV parks near Pinnacles National Park and 10 free dispersed camping spots.

Which is the most popular campground near Pinnacles National Park?

According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground near Pinnacles National Park is Pinnacles Campground — Pinnacles National Park with a 4-star rating from 83 reviews.

Where can I find free dispersed camping near Pinnacles National Park?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 10 free dispersed camping spots near Pinnacles National Park.

What parks are near Pinnacles National Park?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 19 parks near Pinnacles National Park that allow camping, notably Hensley Lake and Fall River Lake.