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Places to Camp near Saratoga, CA

Are you in need of a campground near Saratoga, CA? Aside from great camping spots, you'll find hiking and many more outdoor experiences. Thinking of traveling with kids? You're in luck—Saratoga is surrounded by family-friendly activities. You're sure to find the perfect spot for your California camping adventure.

Best Camping Sites Near Saratoga, CA (123)

    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
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    Camper-submitted photo from Big Basin Redwoods State Park — Big Basin Redwoods State Park - CAMPGROUND CLOSED
    Camper-submitted photo from Big Basin Redwoods State Park — Big Basin Redwoods State Park - CAMPGROUND CLOSED
    Camper-submitted photo from Big Basin Redwoods State Park — Big Basin Redwoods State Park - CAMPGROUND CLOSED
    Camper-submitted photo from Big Basin Redwoods State Park — Big Basin Redwoods State Park - CAMPGROUND CLOSED
    Camper-submitted photo from Big Basin Redwoods State Park — Big Basin Redwoods State Park - CAMPGROUND CLOSED
    Camper-submitted photo from Big Basin Redwoods State Park — Big Basin Redwoods State Park - CAMPGROUND CLOSED

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    Big Basin Redwoods State Park — Big Basin Redwoods State Park - CAMPGROUND CLOSED

    34 Reviews
    98 Photos
    487 Saves
    Boulder Creek, California

    CAMPGROUND CLOSED DUE TO FIRE:

    Public access to Big Basin has been severely impacted by the 2020 CZU Lightning Complex Fire and ongoing fire recovery work, but the park is now open for limited day-use access. Reservations for parking are not required, but are encouraged due to the limited amount of first-come, first-served parking available. Reserve a parking space. The parking fee is $6 per vehicle plus a $2 reservation fee or $10 per vehicle without a reservation. No reservations or fees are required for visitors arriving by foot, bike, or bus. Read the FAQs for more information on the reservation system and visiting Big Basin.

    Established in 1902, Big Basin Redwoods is California’s oldest state park. In the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Big Basin camping's biggest attractions—literally—are its ancient coast redwoods. Some of these giants are more than 50 feet around and as tall as the Statue of Liberty. At 1,000 to 1,800 years old, some may predate the Roman Empire. The park also offers spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, lush waterfalls, and a fascinating natural and cultural history.

    The park has more than 80 miles of trails. Some of these trails link Big Basin to Castle Rock State Park and the eastern reaches of the Santa Cruz range. The Skyline to the Sea Trail threads its way through the park along Waddell Creek to the beach and adjacent Theodore J. Hoover Natural Preserve, a freshwater marsh.

    The park has a number of waterfalls, a variety of habitats (from lush canyon bottoms to sparse chaparral-covered slopes), many animals (deer, raccoons, bobcats) and lots of bird life—including Steller’s jays, egrets, herons and California woodpeckers.

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

    $35 / 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

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    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 Sanborn County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Sanborn County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Sanborn County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Sanborn County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Sanborn County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Sanborn County Park

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    Sanborn County Park

    18 Reviews
    37 Photos
    120 Saves
    Saratoga, California
    • Pets
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    • Cabins

    $33 / night

    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

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    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 Ben Ries Campground — Butano State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Ben Ries Campground — Butano State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Ben Ries Campground — Butano State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Ben Ries Campground — Butano State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Ben Ries Campground — Butano State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Ben Ries Campground — Butano State Park

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    Ben Ries Campground — Butano State Park

    18 Reviews
    46 Photos
    42 Saves
    Pescadero, California

    BEN REIS CAMPINPGROUND is CLOSED as a result of fire-related damage to the park's water system.

    Updated Nov 2022: This park unit is partially open. Please take the time to read the information contained on this webpage to find out what is open and closed, and what COVID-19 guidelines are in place: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=536

    Due to the CZU Fire, areas of Butano State Park will remain closed. The fire has left many trees compromised and other trail hazards exist. Crews are continuing to work on repairs. For your safety, please stay out of closed areas.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • Tents

    $35 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Santa Cruz Redwoods RV Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Santa Cruz Redwoods RV Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Santa Cruz Redwoods RV Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Santa Cruz Redwoods RV Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Santa Cruz Redwoods RV Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Santa Cruz Redwoods RV Resort

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    Santa Cruz Redwoods RV Resort

    18 Reviews
    18 Photos
    263 Saves
    Felton, California

    Santa Cruz Redwoods RV Resort is nestled in the redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Situated on the beautiful San Lorenzo River, and backed by Henry Cowell State Park, our clean and well maintained RV Park and campground offers guests a year-round, family-oriented, place to relax. Or a comfortable base camp for your outdoor adventure. We welcome families, groups, and RV clubs of most sizes.

    Experience the richness of Santa Cruz County where a hiking journey begins in an old-growth redwood forest, winds past graceful waterfalls, and ends on a pristine beach. Great outdoor fun awaits you with hundreds of miles of trails for hiking, horseback riding, and mountain bike riding.

    All RV sites come equipped with full hookups (electric, water, & sewer) and cable TV. There's also a spacious clubhouse on-site, clean bathrooms, hot showers, and much more.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from San Mateo Memorial Park
    Camper-submitted photo from San Mateo Memorial Park
    Camper-submitted photo from San Mateo Memorial Park
    Camper-submitted photo from San Mateo Memorial Park
    Camper-submitted photo from San Mateo Memorial Park
    Camper-submitted photo from San Mateo Memorial Park

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    San Mateo Memorial Park

    15 Reviews
    38 Photos
    390 Saves
    Loma Mar, California

    Memorial Park is open year-round for camping, picnicking and youth group activities. Family picnic sites are located at the East End of the park. Memorial Park has two large family camping areas. Sites are available for up to two weeks. A maximum of eight people is accommodated per site. Showers are on site and firewood is available to buy. A limited number of sites can accommodate recreational vehicles up to 35 feet in length. A dump station is available for registered recreational vehicles. Campsite availability can be checked on our on-line reservation system.

    • Electric Hookups
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $40 - $50 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Half Moon Bay State Beach
    Camper-submitted photo from Half Moon Bay State Beach
    Camper-submitted photo from Half Moon Bay State Beach
    Camper-submitted photo from Half Moon Bay State Beach
    Camper-submitted photo from Half Moon Bay State Beach
    Camper-submitted photo from Half Moon Bay State Beach

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    Half Moon Bay State Beach

    25 Reviews
    87 Photos
    980 Saves
    Half Moon Bay, California

    Francis Beach has a campground with 52 individual sites, some suitable for tent camping, others for trailers or recreational vehicles. Some campsites have electrical hookups. Water and sewer hookups are not available, but there is a dump station ($10 fee) and a water filling station. Rental RV’s are not allowed to be dropped off or picked up from the park.

    Coin-operated hot showers are also available. (approximately 2 minutes per quarter)

    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $35 - $65 / night

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    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
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