Tony G.
Napa, CA
Joined January 2017
Small But Very Nice

About a mile past the trailhead for Buckskin Gulch and The Wave, and about 9.5 miles off Highway 89 via a gravel road, this free campground was much nicer than we were expecting. There are only four spaces, but all have tables, fire rings, bbqs and shade structures. We were here there week before Christmas and had it to ourselves. Pit toilets were clean. There is no water, no cell service. Road in was in decent shape. There was one wash with water in it that was a little rough, but anything except maybe a small passenger car could probably negotiate it without much trouble. The Wave requires a permit to hike it ( we saw a couple getting cited for not having one) and it's not easy to get. But it is definitely worth the effort…a truly spectacular site!

Don't Miss It

Sure it's 20 miles from the main entrance, but there are incredible things to see the entire way. We spent a night the week before Christmas. Only part of the campground is open in winter and its first come, first serve. We arrived mid-afternoon and there were plenty of spaces available. Weather was clear/cold; we went on a couple of great hikes and really enjoyed our time here.

One Winter Night

Stayed here on a Saturday a week before Christmas. Was amazed at what a ghost town the area had turned into. Drove thru the Park back in October and it was absolutely packed…every turnout full, every parking lot full, etc. This time it was just the opposite…empty lots everywhere you looked, and all the shuttle buses parked for the winter The campground is shut down so that only one loop is open in winter. We got there mid-afternoon and had no trouble getting a spot, but it looked to be full or close to it by nightfall. Spots are fairly close together and what few trees/shrubs there are have lost their leaves, so you won't feel alone. Crisp.cold morning in the low teens, sunny with high around 30 in the afternoon. Went on three nice hikes, including Angel's Landing. If you want to avoid the crowds, a sunny winter visit is the way to go!