When campgrounds at higher elevations are closed, this is a really nice option. Staff are friendly, there is laundry and Wi-Fi on site, and the campground connects to a brewery a short walk away!
The Organ Mountains are breathtaking. The campground has basic amenities, but found some lack of maintenance on our last visit (overflowing trash bins, tons of litter). Also, there is a gate that is closed absurdly early, as our friends who were planning to meet us learned. They arrived at 6 PM to be turned away by the host, who didn't want to open the gate. I hope this situation has been resolved, because this is overall a nice place to camp.
A great location in the Adirondacks. The campground is in a forest of red and white pines, giving it an open feeling. The restroom seems pretty new, but half of the stalls were in real need of a good cleaning. Highway noise can be heard, but it's distant enough to tune out.
It was glorious to sleep to the sound of waves hitting the shore and wake to the panoramic Lake Ontario view. The old lighthouse is a beautiful building, and the grounds in general are super well kept. There is a gazebo I would love to sit in for hours with a good book…
Clean facilities, not too much privacy between sites, but on a quick stopover that was fine. Death Valley is a fascinating park to visit!
This is a nice camping away from the car experience. It's a short walk up a paved path from the parking to the campsites. The park provides carts to help with hauling gear, and storage boxes are provided at the site, near the picnic table. The bathrooms are nice, too. The camping is situated in a dreamy redwood forest, but be aware that there are Lyme-carrying ticks in the area. A really neat camping experience so close to the South Bay Area.
This was a nice quiet spot to camp for a night when we visited Lassen, but I just read on the NPS website that it's being converted into a youth-focused camping area (which I also think is great, but it's just not open for public camping any longer).
Pinnacles is the newest National Park and well worth a visit. The trails are great and the scenery is incredible, plus there's a chance to see a condor. We camped with a group, and the facilities were well-kept.
Very nice restroom facility, but we visited off-season so some parts of the park were closed. Excellent access to the bike path and the lake.
Great dispersed camping among the rock formations in the Alabama Hills. No facilities but no fee - a great area to visit!
Arrived late and woke up early to explore the park, but this was as good a place as any to crash for a night, among the oaks and buckeyes. It was a little crowded, but the sites maintained a feeling of privacy.
This is the most scenic former gravel pit you could ever hope to stay in, located on the same road that leads to the camping by the river. In season, the friendly host takes great care of the vault toilets, and there is trash and recycling collection. No water, but hey, it's $2 a night!
Conveniently located along route 1 south of Big Sur, this campground is tucked into a redwood forest. It was quiet, and I wish we'd had more time to explore the park's recreation opportunities.
The campground was unremarkable, but close to the water and the town of Morro Bay, and it was just what we needed for a quick stop-over while traveling.
A convenient hub for activities in Yosemite Valley. Toilets, water, and a storage box for all the food and other smelly items that attract bears. The valley can be a circus, but get off the beaten path and enjoy taking in the soaring cliffs and plunging waterfalls!
It's a journey to get here, and well worth it. A small, secluded campground with access to a broad sandy beach. Nice pit toilet.
Nice campground with access to the rocky coastline.
A nice campground with more amenities than the internal campgrounds, plus the ability to make a reservation, but longer drive to get into the park.
Less busy than Hidden Valley, but just as nice and centrally located. Clean pit toilets, but no water. Non-reservable.
Nice sites amongst the rocks and Joshua Trees. Clean pit toilets, but no water. Non-reservable, so can be tough to get in some times (Ryan campground is another good option nearby).