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Celebrate National Camping Month in California this June and Beyond

April 17, 2019

In California, we don’t need to worry about whether groundhogs see their shadow. With much of the state covered in super blooms, we already know it’s spring. And in the spring, a young child’s fancy wildly turns to thoughts of camping—just in time for National Camping Month in June. To kick off everyone’s outdoor adventures on the right foot, here is a sampling of some of the coolest places to pitch a tent or park your RV.

Bay Area Camping
You don’t have to stray far from the city to go wild in the Bay Area. Here are some spots where you can watch a sunset over the Golden Gate Bridge, or camp in a yurt on a historic ranch.

  • Diablo State Park, Walnut Creek
    On clear days this park features panoramic views of the entire Bay Area, Lassen Peak and Half Dome. Pitch a tent 2,900 feet above sea level or visit nearby Rock City’s prehistoric wind caves.
  • Whiskey Ranch, Livermore
    Glamp at the Reinstein Ranch, a.k.a. “Whiskey Ranch” for providing distillery wheat for over a century. Sleep in various stylish yurts equipped with boho-chic décor and Wi-Fi.


Coastal Camping
One of the coziest and most iconic California camping scenarios is getting lulled to sleep by the sounds of the sea. Whether you’re camping under towering redwoods or on the beach, these campgrounds offer a five-star view at an affordable price.

  • Catalina Island
    Catalina boasts nearly a dozen campgrounds, ranging from luxe tent cabins to primitive boat-in campsites nestled in secluded coves, with access to hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and more.
  • Doheny State Beach, Dana Point
    Doheny State Beach offers several campgrounds, a visitor center with several aquariums, and the Girl in the Curl Surf Shop, which provides quality surf lessons.
  • Gualala Point Regional Park
    Camp under Redwoods by the river and walk to the beach in this park, which provides 19 campsites for tents, trailers, or RVs (no hook-ups), seasonal fishing and a visitor center.
  • Sunset Vista RV Campground, Huntington Beach
    Next to the iconic Huntington Beach Pier, this coastal Southern California RV park is home to volleyball courts, bonfire pits and a scenic bike path.
  • Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay KOA
    Bunk retro-style in one of six sleek new Airstreams with vintage patio furniture—all presided over by pink flamingos. Stroll to the beach or enjoy the heated pool and family activities.


Gold Country Camping
Step back in time and camp in California’s Gold Country, featuring bustling Gold Rush towns and rustic nature parks.

  • Coloma Resort, Coloma
    Located on the South Fork of the American River and surrounded by Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Coloma Resort offers tent, RV and cabin camping. 
  • Inn Town Campground, Nevada City
    Here you won’t have to rough it like the old days; the camp provides full hookup RV sites, plus glamping tents, a store, outdoor movies and summer swimming pool.


Farm Camping
Take the road less traveled and sleep under the stars in a vast agricultural valley, where you can visit wonderful farms with produce and gourmet goodies.

  • Casa de Fruta Orchard RV Resort, Gilroy
    This historic landmark features more than 300 RV spaces with full hookups, a 24-hour restaurant, wine tasting room, deli, bakery, train, carousel and fun activities.
  • Casini Ranch Family Campground, Russian River
    This 110-acre ranch offers tent campsites, full hookup RV sites, cabins and RV bunkhouses. They also offer free outdoor movies, guided hikes, watercraft rentals, and an historic barn.


Wine Country Camping
When you’re camping in wine country, it’s easy to reward yourself with a little vino after a day of hiking and biking in the great outdoors.

  • Calistoga RV Park, Napa Valley
    This fairgrounds park boasts mountain views and close access to famous mud baths and wineries. 
  • Cava Robles, Paso Robles
    This luxury RV Resort includes full-hookup RV sites, glamping cabins, pools, spas, a bistro serving local wine and beer, and close access to The Ravine Water Park.


High-Elevation Camping
Some of the most inspiring places to camp are in the High Sierras and Shasta Cascade, with views ranging from North America’s largest alpine lake to majestic forests.

  • Strawhouse Resorts, Trinity Alps Wilderness Area
    This RV at this resort offers full hookups, a private fishing area and access to the Trinity River.
  • Lake Tahoe Campgrounds
    Camp near the lake at William Kent Campground, with yurt, tent and RV camping; Silver Creek Campground with tent camping, fly-fishing and river-rafting; and Emerald Bay State Park with tent camping and boat-in, beach camping.
  • Village at Childs Meadow RV Campground
    Just outside Lassen Volcanic National Park, this campground features full hookups, camp store and access to Highlands Ranch Resort restaurant and bar, trail rides and bike rentals.


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