Dani P.
Scotts valley , CA
Joined June 2019
I've been camping before I could walk, and now that I can walk, I became a backpacker
Glamping with all the amenities

Super busy campground with kids running around and riding bikes. They put on a ton of events like karaoke nights, live music, and smores nights. Hot showers and well lit clean bathrooms. Hard to find solitude or silence

Spacious and shady campground

Stayed here with out two dogs, they had a blast running around camp. In the middle of summer, there were only a handful of other campers here. Very quiet and peaceful. Gale the campground host is very kind. Bathrooms well stocked and cleanly. Highly recommend. Sites come with table and fire ring. No bear boxes but no bear problems.

Gorgeous Old Growth Trees protecting a peaceful campground

Probably my favorite campground due to the ingenious ancient trees surrounding the entire area. Plenty of hiking super close to the campground. We visited in Winter and had nearly the entire place to ourselves. Quiet and peaceful, perfect for the entire family. Highly recommend and would stay here again

Towering Pines and nearby Mountains makes it the perfect escape from the ci

Gorgeous campground just outside of city reach. Felt like being in the Sierras! Stayed here for two nights and hiked on the PCT, which can be accessed super close to campground. Plenty of privacy at each site. Comes with fire ring and picnic table. Definitely would return again.

Climbing and camping galore in magical rocky canyon

Visited for SDSU Climbing Club trip. Spacious sites located next to humongous boulders just waiting to be climbed. No ropes needed in order to climb around and explore. Sites are nestled between rocks so privacy can be found, although sites are close to each other. Picnic tables and fire pit at each site. Bathrooms clean and close by. Very clean campground, do your part and keep it that way!

Cute campground close to city

Stayed in the cabins, had a large group of people, and we all fit comfortably. Built a fire at the ring just outside of the cabin. Went on hikes around the lake and into the nearby field. Watched the sunset and sunrise from here, incredible! This is an underrated campground and gives a real feel of being secluded in nature. Highly recommend.

Incredibly intimate and incredible camping on high plateaus

Stars were INSANE from up here, and there's nearly a forest of juniper trees here. Just a small drive from Zion National Park. Worth the rocky drive out here, only if your 4WD and High Clearance car can handle it. Not many people up here compared to being in the park. Much more rugged and unmanicured. Not for the faint of heart. Incredible views of magnificent giant mountains in distance. Plenty of spots, keep searching for the right one. Be prepared, pack it in and pack it out. Plenty to explore out here but play it safe and bring plenty of water.

Spacious and starry camp

Get ready to sleep outside because the stars are insane! Tons of hiking trails leaving directly from the campground. Had some privacy at camp and didn't feel too close to others. Clean bathrooms and sites included a table. Lots of parking.

Forest and Mountains just a couple hours from the city

Sweet campground with pines trees and a mountain feel. Table and fire pit at each site. 

Hiking available walking distance from camp, trails leading out of camp. Family friendly environment. Can get busy in the summer, so be sure to leave it just as beautiful or better than before you arrived.

Favorite Free Campground in all of Anza

This campground sits high atop the heat sweltering in the valley below, where the rest of Anza Borrego State Park. Plenty of climbing around here, as well as hiking trails galore. No fire pits or tables here,  so be sure to bring your own metal sturdy fire pit. Having a fire in the sand with rocks is illegal, and I have met a couple of rangers doing patrols around camp. One time we did not have one, so we drove down a couple of miles to the town in Anza, and picked one up at the local hardware store. Less than $15 for a metal tin to set on the ground and worked like a charm. There is one pit toilet bathroom. 

Just a 20 minute drive away are slot canyons, check out the local trails!

Beautiful grove of trees towering over camp

Peaceful forest to camp in. Came during the rainy season, had to build a shelter from trees to keep the fire from going out. Had the entire grounds to ourselves, winter is a great time for solitude. Definitely must return.

Magical grove provides peaceful shaded campground

Just a small walk to Happy Isles, which is the start to many good hiking trails. The campground is huge and not a lot of privacy at each site. Bathrooms nearby and picnic tables at each site. Came here for a Geomorphology College Class Trip and collected research for a project about rockfall safety in the valley. From camp one can hear the sound of occasional rocks cascading down from the mountain face behind camp.  Very crowded during spring and summer, book early! Such an incredible place that deserves to be kept pristine, do not forget to clean up after yourself so we may continue to share this experience with others after us.

Hike In Gorgeous Campground with ample space

Park at the lot up top, then walk about 1/2 mile to campground via dirt path. Plenty of sites. Old rustic bathrooms work well. Picnic tables at each site. Brought my dogs here and they had a blast, plus no ticks found. Plenty of hiking directly around this campground. Stayed here for three nights and found plenty of exploring to do nearby. Highly recommend, especially because there is no fee. Being said, Pack it in and pack it out! Leave No Trace principles are crucial to keep this place beautiful

Super Clean and accessible campground

Two sections of campground, if first lot is full drive 1/4 mile back towards the mountains and there will be more sites. Vault pit toilets at both areas. Nice cement picnic tables and sturdy grills/pits for fire. Sage and Juniper surround this area. You can even hear the coyotes calling to one another at night. Pretty secluded and usually one can find solitude. Although, it is a great access point to the OHV Fort Sage Trails, so beware your neighbors will be hauling all sorts of mechanized toys. Dont forget to keep this pristine by following Leave No Trace principles.

Beautiful and big family oriented campground

Just a small walk away from Lake Tahoe shore. Big beautiful trees cover the entire campground. A couple bathrooms that surprisingly do not smell bad and have a running faucet. Bears are a real issue, so they have big bear boxes at each site - make sure to use them. Sites close together and not much privacy. Camp Host on site. Very limited parking at the sites, but free parking if you park outside of the campground along the main road and walk in. Do not leave food in your car, especially on the outside. And dont forget to Leave No Trace!

Secluded but difficult to get to campground

Set atop a mountain, Miranda Pine campground gives sweeping views all the way to the ocean. Beware the road is long and unpaved, not suitable for a compact car. I did it with a high clearance 4WD and made it to the top. Only a couple sites at the top, but they are free. Picnic tables at each site. Named for the larged Pine tree at the top of the mountain. Sunset and Sunrise views are incredible. Brought my dogs and they loved it. No real services up here so its especially important to pack out all your trash and follow Leave No Trace ethics.

Incredible campground close to unlimited adventure spots

Family filled campground with many spots. Just down the road from Sardine Lakes and Sand Pond, which are great for fishing and swimming. Gets buggy in the summertime. Sites located very close to one another so not a ton of privacy. Road to access is easy for all cars. The campground can get trashed easily, so do your part to pack out your trash and leave it better than you found it.

Quiet and shaded campground

Road is gravel, one large pot hole in the middle of the road made it difficult for a compact or large RV to get into campground. Easy for a 4wd or high clearance rig. Small sites but big enough for RVs. Aspen filled Creek just a small walk south of campground. To keep this place looking beautiful, do not forget to pack out your trash and follow Leave No Trace ethics. This is a free campground, and to keep it that way we must take care of it.

Shaded campground with Juniper Trees and rugged rocks by a small stream

Brilliantly quiet and peaceful campground. Hardly ever more than a few campers, never full. Located 3miles down a gravel road, drivable by even a compact car. Cottonwood and Willow trees surround small stream that runs through the entire campground. Easy access to OHV trails nearby. Each site has tables and a fire pit. Also, 2 contraptions to hang hunted animals. Spotty Verizon service, no ATT reception. Vault toilet bathroom very clean but smelly!! This is a FREE campground, and in order to keep it that way, we must collectively treat it well by following Leave No Trace principles. There are trash receptacles on site, but hunters are instructed to take animals remains and dump OUTSIDE of campground.