RV campgrounds in California play host to thousands of campers each year. Drawn to classic routes like Route 66, beach hugging highways through Big Sur; and awe-inspiring destinations like Yosemite, they’ll park their fifth wheels and their Class A motorhomes at campgrounds ranging from rustic to borderline glamorous. Over 3,000 of those California campgrounds are listed on The Dyrt, and more are being added every day.

Every camper is looking for something a little different. And that’s true for RVers, too. Rates, hookups, views, space, and proximity to your destination are all factors to consider when searching for the perfect RV campgrounds in California.

Campers Share Their Favorite RV Campgrounds in California on The Dyrt

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To make that process a little easier, we’ve gathered data from 3,557+ California campground reviews on The Dyrt to reveal which RV campgrounds campers love most. This guide contains three sections:

  • 9 Most Reviewed — Top RV campgrounds in California sorted by number of reviews.
  • 9 Best Rated — Top average rating with a minimum of 5 reviews.
  • 10 Most Saved — Top campgrounds that have been “saved” the most times.

Some of these campgrounds appear in more than one list, so you’ll notice that we’ve only included details in the first mention.

Save any campgrounds that look exciting, or throw this list out the window to discover the lesser-known options. Either way, this resource is chock full of insight and inspiration for anyone looking to explore California behind the wheel of their RV.


Most Reviewed RV Campgrounds in California

1. Jumbo Rocks Campground — Joshua Tree National Park

an RV camper parked off a road at jumbo rocks campground in california

Image from The Dyrt camper Erin S.

Camp among the boulders that Joshua Tree National Park is known for at this popular desert campground. Jumbo rocks stacked on jumbo rocks, and medium-sized rocks, and smaller rocks, create a jungle gym of bouldering for the climbing campers. Warm and dry winters attract campers and climbers to Jumbo Rocks, where they find flat, sandy sites, shaded by all those boulders. Campers who have visited Jumbo Rocks campground rave about the sunsets, which cast desert pastels over the undulating landscape.

There are 124 sites at Jumbo Rocks, all without RV hookups. All sites allow RVs, but only a handful of sites can accommodate an RV length of 35 feet.

“This campground was beautiful. There was a wild rabbit that enjoyed our campsite as well as a great horned owl that hovered on the boulders overhead at dawn and dusk.” — The Dyrt camper Heather P.

RV Hookups: No

Reservable: Yes

View more photos and reviews of Jumbo Rocks Campground.


2. South Carlsbad State Beach — Carlsbad, CA

RVs parked on the edge of the beach at South Carlsbad State park

Image from The Dyrt camper Ryan W.

You can’t get much closer to the beach with your RV. South Carlsbad State Beach campground is right on the edge of this popular stretch of San Diego coastline. Leave your windows open and you’ll fall asleep to the sound of the ocean. Wake up and walk down the staircase for a sunrise walk in the send. Campers enjoy plenty of amenities including wifi, firewood for sale, and showers. Select sites over full RV hookups.

“The sandy shore is littered with rocks washed out from the hillside. We watched surfers and played in the waves until the kids tired out. Fires are permitted and firewood available onsite. The breeze kept the bugs and beach heat at bay. Bathrooms were fairly clean and non-pottable water spigots also available for rinsing after the beach visit.” — The Dyrt camper Ashley L.

RV Hookups: Yes

Reservable: Yes

View more photos and reviews of South Carlsbad State Beach.


3. Upper Pines Campground — Yosemite National Park

view from picnic table at campsite showing a starry sky above tall pine trees

Image from The Dyrt camper Michael D.

Sitting at 4,000 feet in the heart of Yosemite National Park, Upper Pines Campground is a popular family spot that makes up for the crowds with a classic camping experience. Your neighbors will be close, so invite them over for s’mores and embrace the communal hum of excitement over camping in one of the country’s most cherished national parks. Upper Pines Campground is the largest reservable campground in Yosemite, with 238 sites. Paved roads lead to sites equipped with a picnic table, fire ring, and food storage locker, and the free shuttle will drop you off right at the entrance. Hookups are not available at any campgrounds in Yosemite, but a dump station is located at Upper Pines.

“The views are gorgeous, the campgrounds are fairly clean and have access to many amenities such as small stores restaurants and call the touristy stuff that Yosemite Valley has to offer. This would be a great place to take your family if you are not big on roughing it.” — The Dyrt camper Andy H.

RV hookups: No

Reservable: Yes

View more photos and reviews of Upper Pines Campground.


4. Wawona Campground — Yosemite National Park

a waterfall flows from a high rock cliff in the background while a man fishes on a boat in a lake below

Image from The Dyrt camper Amanda M.

This Yosemite camping spot is right on the Merced River for convenient wading and cooling during those hot summer months. Campers report that crowds are thinner here, compared to Upper Pines and other more popular campgrounds. As with all Yosemite campgrounds, there are no RV hookups. But all 93 sites have space for RVs up to 35 feet. Large bear bins are provided and you’re required to use them. Bear activity is high is this neck of Yosemite! Campsites range in price from $18-26 a night, depending on the season.

“The campsites are lovely with some privacy. The bathrooms are adequate. Everyone seems to stay up late and wake early to enjoy the park. Be prepared for some traffic and long drives to places within the park. The bear lockers are easy to use and convenient. Ultimately, it is stunning!” — The Dyrt camper Jennifer O.

RV Hookups: No

Reservable: Yes

View more photos and reviews of Wawona Campground.


5. Furnace Creek Campground — Death Valley National Park

a campsite set up with chairs and picnic tables, and an RV in the background

Image from The Dyrt camper Delia M.

In the summer months, Furnace Creek is as hot as its name suggests. But Death Valley National Park is all about extremes, from the extremely stark landscape, to the boiling temperatures, so you might as well embrace it. Furnace Creek Campground does offer some shady trees, making it a popular spot to stay for both tent and RV campers. You’ll find everything you need and everything you forgot at the shops and restaurants of The Oasis at Death Valley (formerly Furnace Creek Village). There’s even a golf course—a surprisingly green sight in an otherwise vast expanse of browns. Furnace Creek Campground offers 130 sites, and it’s the only reservable campground in Death Valley. A site with hookups is $36/night.

“Best campground in Death Valley. It’s still crowded and can be noisy during the day, but pretty quiet at night. Great stargazing! We were lucky enough to get a campsite with trees, provides much needed privacy and shade! Great restrooms, fire pit and table at each site.” — The Dyrt camper Natalie B.

RV Hookups: Yes

Reservable: Yes

View more photos and reviews of Furnace Creek Campground.


6. Indian Cove Campground — Joshua Tree National Park

a woman standing on a high rocky cliff with her arms toward the sky

Image from The Dyrt camper Ashley R.

Similar to Jumbo Rocks Campground, Indian Cove is known for stunning night skies and a fascinating landscape, littered with the boulders that exploded out of a volcano, millions of years ago. You’ll need a reservation from October through May. Summers are quieter when soaring temperatures keep most campers away. RVs are allowed at Indian Cove Campground, but there are no hookups at Joshua Tree National Park.

“You’ll want a fierce amount of water with you and good sunscreen during the day, but with the low humidity the heat isn’t too punishing. The park is beautiful with lots of good stopping points, and plenty of privacy. Gets cold enough to have a fire at night, and is incredibly peaceful.” — The Dyrt camper Brian K.

RV Hookups: No

Reservable: Yes

View more photos and reviews of Indian Cove Campground.


7. McArthur Campground — Burney Falls State Park

a number of waterfalls flowing from a rock cliff into a blue pool surrounded by moss

Image from The Dyrt camper Tammy H.

Water cascades over mossy rocks, creating a wall of a waterfall at McArthur-Burney Falls State Park. At the base of the falls is an aqua-blue pool where mist from the collision of water and rocks meets those who brave the icy water. The McArthur-Burney Falls State Park campground is a short walk from the falls, and campers enjoy access to hiking trails as well, including the Pacific Crest Trail which cuts through the park. It’s a popular summer destination, and sites are close together. But the park as a whole offers plenty of room to spread out and explore.

“Watch for black swifts by day, and big eared bats at night by the waterfall. Last time I went, there was an Osprey nest at the falls. The park has a nice visitor center and small store. Sites have a picnic table, food locker, fire ring, there are showers, flush toilets and water.” — The Dyrt camper Patricia O.

RV Hookups: Yes

Reservable: Yes

View more photos and reviews of McArthur-Burney Falls State Park.


8. Tuolumne Meadows — Yosemite National Park

a still shallow river nestled in a forest in california

Image from The Dyrt camper Dave V.

Campers can embrace the high country of the Sierra Nevada and sleep near the peaceful Tuolumne River at Tuolumne Meadows campground. The sites are shaded by the evergreen branches of Western White pine and Mountain hemlock, and the meadows come to life with color when the spring wildflowers bloom. If you’re looking for a peaceful springtime RV campground in California, this one won’t disappoint.

“Our campsite was near the back of the campground and we were tucked away in the trees. The site was beautiful and had a nice spot to park, a bear locker, and picnic table. All the staff members were very friendly and helpful.” — The Dyrt camper Kate M.

RV Hookups: No

Reservable: Yes

View more photos and reviews of Tuolumne Meadows Campground.


9. Pinnacles Campground — Pinnacles National Park

a motorcycle, tent and picnic table resting at a campground in california

Image from The Dyrt camper J. Lynn J.

The remains of a 23-million-year-old volcano are what make Pinnacles National Park such a unique destination. Piles of rocks and towering formations give this place an otherworldly vibe, and campers can sleep in the middle of that scenery at Pinnacles Campground, which has spaces for RVs. Most RV sites include electric hookups. The summers here at hot, but the campground features a swimming pool to cool down after a hike on the many nearby trails.

“Great park for day hikes, but drive up early or there will be 0 parking. if you are camping in summer bring a shade structure just in case you land a site in sunlight.” — The Dyrt camper Sasha N.

RV Hookups: Yes

Reservable: Yes

View more photos and reviews of Pinnacles Campground.


Best Rated RV Campgrounds in California

1. Sentinel Campground — Kings Canyon National Park

a car and pop-up tent camper set up at a campground in the forest

Image from The Dyrt camper Tanya T.

Campers on The Dyrt rave about Sentinel Campground at Kings Canyon National Park. The campground features 82 sites for both tents and RVs. There are no hookups, and the nearest dump station is at Princess Campground in Sequioa National Forest. The camping fee for all sites is $22/night. Many of the most popular RV campgrounds in California are located in popular national parks where it’s difficult to get a reservation, but Kings Canyon is a quieter exception. (Reservations, however, are still a good idea.)

“King’s Canyon is equally amazing, but much less crowded, than Yosemite Valley. We visited on the Sun/Mon after July 4th, and although this campground was almost full, the others in the canyon were completely empty the entire time. Leaving us the run of the park when it came to visiting sites and hiking.” — The Dyrt camper Bryan R.

RV Hookups: No

Reservable: Yes

View more photos and reviews of Sentinel Campground.


2. June Lake Campground — June Lake

the june lake in california resting below tall, rocky mountains

Image from The Dyrt camper Lindsay B.

Lakeside camping at June Lake campground provides a sense of peaceful wilderness, alongside the convenience of being walking distance to town. This popular camping destination lies within the Inyo National Forest in the Eastern Sierra at an elevation of 7,600 feet. RV hookups are available at select sites. Boat rentals and fishing are popular among campers.

“My whole family loves June Lake campground, and we go there often. We usually book weekends and holidays as SOON as we are able to, and we have our favorite spots. All spots are awesome, and for $23 a night, $7 for a bundle of firewood, and only extra per night if you’ve got an extra vehicle. They’ve all got fire pits and are a short walk to the bathrooms (super clean), and showers (also super clean and warm).” — The Dyrt camper Hannah L.

RV Hookups: Yes

Reservable: Yes

View more photos and reviews of June Lake Campground.


3. Limekiln State Park

two women posing on the rocky shore of the ocean under a highway overpass in california at sunset

Image from The Dyrt camper Hayley K.

The redwoods meet Big Sur at Limekiln State Park with a campground right on the ocean. Campers have their pick between sleeping amongst the towering trees, close to the water, or alongside a creek. There is a trail from the campground to the abandoned limekilns. RV sites are available—and with the views available here, there’s no question why it’s one of the best RV campgrounds in California.

“We were sleeping under the Redwoods but we were only a 2-3 min walk to the beach for sunset. The creek was flowing at full capacity so it seemed like we were the only people in the campground because all noise was drowned out by the lovely flow of the river.” — The Dyrt camper Hayley K.

RV Hookups: No

Reservable: Yes

View more photos and reviews of Limekiln State Park.


4. Alabama Hills Rec Area — Bishop, CA

a rainbow stretches over rock carins in a desert in california

Image from The Dyrt camper Heartworn H.

Tent and RV camping is free on this stunning BLM land, set amongst ancient, rounded boulders. This is boondocking at its finest, with plenty of space to park your rig. Enjoy views of the jagged Sierras in the distance. This is wilderness camping with no amenities, so it’s especially important to come prepared with everything you need, and back out anything you bring in.

“This is a great dispersed camping area at the base of the E. Sierras. Camping can be along any one of several dirt roads, explore a bit til you find just the right spot (existing sites are easy to pick out)! The town of Lone Pine is nearby but make sure you bring plenty of food and water.” — The Dyrt camper Elyse W.

RV Hookups: No

Reservable: No

View more photos and reviews of Alabama Hills Recreation Area.


5. Kirk Creek Campground — Los Padres National Forest

a red sky sunset over an rv campground in california

Image from The Dyrt camper Megan C.

Every site at Kirk Creek Campground features an ocean view, so you really can’t lose at this popular coastal destination. Gravel and grass sites are for both tents and RVs, but there are no hookups. Sand Dollar beach is just five miles away and the largest sand beach in Big Sur.  If you visit between November and February, look for migrating whales just off the coast—they’re often visible from the campground.

“This is one of my all time favorite campsites – it’s hard to beat the ocean view, easy access to Kirk Creek and the ocean (rocky water access only from campsite but Sand Dollar Beach is just down the road), hiking trails and the rest of Big Sur right at your fingertips. The sites are fairly small and close together.” — The Dyrt camper

RV Hookups: No

Reservable: Yes

View more photos and reviews of Kirk Creek Campground.


6. Silver Strand State Beach — San Diego, CA

truck and large RV parked on a sandy RV parking spot with a fire going beside the site

Image from The Dyrt camper Jen H.

This paved campground is a convenient way for RV campers to park right on the beach, just south of San Diego. While asphalt might not appeal to all campers, the full hookups and level sites make it a popular spot for bigger rigs. Silver Strand State Beach requires that recreational vehicles be self-contained, meaning they have their own sink, an enclosed drain system, and a toilet with holding tank. This is a massive campground with four lots that can hold up to 1,000 vehicles.

“Silver Strand is set in the perfect spot: halfway between Coronado and Imperial beach. The bike path is amazing and you can go under the road to the bay to enjoy kayaking or SUP.” — The Dyrt camper Jen H.

RV Hookups: Yes

Reservable: Yes

View more photos and reviews of Silver Strand State Beach.


7. Fiddlers Cove RV Military — San Diego, CA

a parked RV with a rug, chairs, bathroom and games set up on a campground near a lake

Image from The Dyrt camper Erin S.

You must be in or have served in the military to visit this coastal campground, just south of San Diego. Wide, concrete pads provide convenient parking for RVs, and some sites even feature space to back your boat right into the water. Campers report very clean and well-maintained facilities and enjoy convenient access to both downtown San Diego and Coronado.

“Facilities are immaculate.. adjacent to the marina, so many boats, kayaks and watercraft are available for rent.” — The Dyrt camper Chuck T.

RV Hookups: Yes

Reservable: Yes

View more photos and reviews of Fiddlers Cove RV Military Campground.


8. Dinkey Creek — Sierra National Forest

visitors play in small pools of water surrounded by smooth rocks on a river in california

Image from The Dyrt camper Michal S.

This campground sits on the banks of the clear and rocky Dinkey Creek, where campers can be found wading and swimming. Two wading pools along the creek are formed in the granite, providing the perfect space to chill out several miles away. There are no RV hookups, but most sites can accommodate RVs. Educational programs take place at the on-site amphitheater during the summer months.

“I grew up going to Dinkey Creek and to the Girl Scout Camp nearby. This campground is remote and secluded there are good swimming holes, fly fishing and really beautiful area. This area is unchanged over the last 20 years.” — The Dyrt camper Kathy H. 

RV Hookups: No

Reservable: Yes

View more photos and reviews of Dinkey Creek Campground.


9. Calaveras Big Trees State Park

three people sitting in lawn chairs with a tent and RV in the back at a forested campground

Image from The Dyrt camper Rosie R.

Calaveras Big Trees State Park is considered the longest continuously operated tourist destination in California. And for good reason. Giant Sequoias are the main attraction, but visitors will find beauty in the smaller details, too.

“If you are visiting Calaveras Big Trees State Park, then you need to stay at this campground!! The sites are large and spacious- we had a 34 foot RV and there was still plenty of space. It’s perfect for groups with kids. There is so much to learn and explore here!!” — The Dyrt camper Rosie R.

RV Hookups: 

Reservable: 

View more photos and reviews of Calaveras Big Trees State Park.


Most Saved RV Campgrounds in California

Campers on The Dyrt can save campgrounds they love to “Lists,” creating a convenient resource for when it’s time to pick a place to go. This section is devoted to the RV campgrounds in California that are most often saved to campers’ lists. Several of these were already covered in the top rated and best rated sections of our roundup, including: Jumbo Rocks Campground Upper Pines Campground, Kirk Creek Campground, Alabama Hills Rec Area, McArthur-Burney Falls State Park, South Carlsbad State Beach, and Limekiln State Park.

Here are the most saved campgrounds we haven’t yet covered:

1. Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

two tents, picnic chairs and a table are set up at a campground

Image from The Dyrt camper Clark B.

Tent and RV campgrounds can set up along the Big Sur River at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park and enjoy the shade of redwoods, maples, alders, and cottonwoods. The campground features access to a self-guided nature trail and the Big Sur Lodge is located within the park for easy access to groceries, a restaurant, and 61 guest rooms if you’re looking to spend a night indoors. Campsites can accommodate RVs up to 32 feet; there’s a dump station on site but no hookups.

“The campground features a nice restaurant and gift shop/store. The hike and section area has a convenient restroom and shower area, a sink for washing items, a bear box, and a water faucet.” — The Dyrt camper Tim J.

RV Hookups: No

Reservable: Yes

View more photos and reviews of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.


2. Serrano Campground — Big Bear Lake

an old fashioned RV in front of camping chairs surrounded by trees and other RVs

Image from The Dyrt camper Shari G.

Serrano Campground is surrounded by the San Bernardino Mountains and offers convenient access to Big Bear Lake and the Pacific Crest Trail, so campers can fill their days with activities on both land and water. It’s walking distance to the lake and boat access, and the Alpine Pedal Path is also nearby. Serrano Campground features over 100 sites and dozens of them offer full RV hookups. Campers report that sites are spacious and clean.

“This campsite is great. Me and my wife stay here a couple times a year and we also bring our grown kids and with our little grandkids.” — The Dyrt camper Steven E.

RV Hookups: Yes

Reservable: Yes

View more photos and reviews of Serrano Campground.


3. Patricks Point State Park

a woman at a campsite cooking in a makeshift camping kitchen with food and utensils surrounding

Image from The Dyrt camper Johanna K.

This is a popular option for RV campers in California who are looking to visit Redwood National Park. Enjoys a hike to ocean views from the campground. Campers rave about the densely forested sites with moss covered trees and enough foliage to offer privacy, even during peak season. Sites can accommodate RVs up to 31 feet and a dump station is on-site.

“This is one of the nicest and quietest California State Parks in the system. The individual sites are separated by foliage and everything is green. The walk to Agate Beach is a must, where you can find interesting driftwood and other interesting beachcombing stuff.” — The Dyrt camper Mark C.

RV Hookups: No

Reservable: Yes

View more photos and reviews of Patrick’s Point State Park.


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Britany Robinson

Britany Robinson

Britany is the Managing Editor of The Dyrt. She's been a writer ever since she can remember, and her first literary accomplishment was having a poem about a panda published when she was eight. The anthology was definitely a scam to get her parents to buy a bunch of anthologies, but she's still pretty proud of her panda poem. When she's not at her computer, she's (hopefully) outside, hiking or camping with her dog.