California has a variety of camping opportunities. Camping in the redwoods is different from camping in the desert, which is different from camping on Big Sur or Yosemite. In addition to these more well-known areas, there are many smaller parks that offer excellent yet lesser known campgrounds.
For example, if you want to get away from it all and really immerse yourself in nature then check out Anza Borrego Desert State Park in San Diego County. The park offers 129 miles of hiking trails that take you through some amazing landscapes including dunes and big sandstone outcroppings called tajos (Spanish for steps).
Alternatively if your idea of fun includes being able to pitch a tent near an ocean beach then try Point Reyes National Seashore which features several campgrounds along its coastline as well as a historic lighthouse where you can stay overnight inside its walls during one of their evening tours!
Camping in the Redwoods
For a quieter experience, head to the redwoods. In addition to the more popular locations like Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park and Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park is less visited but still has plenty of tree-hugging opportunities. The best time to visit is during spring or fall when it’s not as hot and there are fewer crowds.
The most popular area within each park is called “The Giant Tree” at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park; it’s where you’ll find the tallest known living organism in the world (Hyperion). If you want to camp with smaller trees that feel closer to home than giants, try Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park where giant sequoias grow among Douglas firs and western hemlocks on bluffs above the coast.
Camping in the Desert
Luckily, you don’t have to go far from the city to find a good camping spot. Joshua Tree National Park and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park are just two of California’s many natural wonders that offer an opportunity for some restful time away from it all.
Death Valley National Park is another great option for those who want to get off the beaten path without having to travel too far. It’s also home to Death Valley Junction RV Resort, which offers RV hookups in addition to tent sites and cabins—a welcome alternative if you’re traveling with pets or young children and want some extra amenities at your disposal.
Imperial Sand Dunes and Mohave National Preserve offer a sandy adventure on their own merits; both areas are open year round with no facilities except pit toilets available near each campsite location within these two preserves (they do allow dogs). Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area has campsites available by reservation only—a common practice among many California state parks—and Palo Verde provides easy access points into the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area as well as several hiking trails leading from its location just outside of Borrego Springs along Highway 78 toward Calipatria Reservoir Road where most people stop when driving through this part of Riverside County on their way between Las Vegas or San Diego County down south towards Arizona borderland communities like Yuma AZ.; Pahrump NV., etc.. Pioneertown is another worthwhile stop nearby if interested in checking out this movie set town located roughly half way between Twentynine Palms CA & Yucca Valley Lake Arrowhead Village both easily accessed by taking Route 62 westward past Pine Forest Road then turning north onto Pioneertown Road until reaching end destination after approximately 13 miles total distance traveled (approximately 15 minutes drive time)
Camping in Big Sur
- Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park: It’s not just the natural beauty that makes this campground so popular—it’s also the fact that it has sites available to reserve online. Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is a great place to camp if you’re looking for a relaxing, low-key experience.
- Limekiln State Park: This state park offers 18 campsites with views of the ocean and mountains, as well as hiking trails and access to the beach. This park is especially popular among surfers, who know they can come here year-round because there are no rain showers during summer months (which means less water intrusion). You’ll even find a few showers here if you need them!
- Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park: The views from this location can’t be beat—and neither can its proximity to some gorgeous hikes (like McWay Falls Trail)! If your ideal camping trip involves stargazing or hiking along cliffs overlooking crashing waves below, then this could be your spot! While there aren’t any reservable sites at this particular location yet (at least not officially), you should still definitely check it out!
Camping in Yosemite
Yosemite is a national park, which means there are a few extra rules and regulations to follow. In order to protect the wildlife and the environment, visitors must stay on the trails and not feed any animals (including squirrels). The Yosemite Valley area of California is one of America’s most popular national parks. It’s home to El Capitan, Half Dome, Bridalveil Fall and many other famous landmarks from movies like “The Revenant” or old commercials for beer with football players in them.
Glacier Point overlooks some of Yosemite Valley’s best views: El Capitan (yosemite’s largest rock face) is visible from here as well as Half Dome and Bridalveil Fall. To get here you can take a tour bus or rent your own car—but either way be sure that you have enough gas money for this trip! You can also hike up Mt. Hoffman which has great views too but make sure it isn’t raining because there will probably be waterfalls running down it instead of snow patches at higher elevations during May-October months due outflow winds coming off Pacific Ocean onto California Coastline between San Francisco Bay Area southward through Los Angeles County then crossing Mojave Desert region into Arizona before heading back towards Colorado River Basin where they originated originally causing heavy rains throughout much of Midwest US during last week leading up
Camping in Lake Tahoe
- Windsor Campground
This is a great place to camp near Lake Tahoe if you’re looking for a more natural setting. The campground is situated on the shores of Emerald Bay, which means it has some of the best views around. It also features hiking trails and kayaking opportunities, as well as access to nearby beaches.
- Emerald Bay State Park
Located on the east shore of Lake Tahoe, this park covers more than 3,200 acres of land and water—making it one of the largest state parks in California! The park offers 134 campsites as well as cabins available for rent during peak seasons (May through September). If you’re in need of electricity or water hookups, they have those too!
Camping on the Beach
Camping on the beach is a great way to experience nature, and it has its distinct advantages. If you’re looking for an intimate camping experience, this might not be for you—but if you want to enjoy the beauty of the ocean with friends and family in one place, beach camping is perfect.
The best part about beach camping is that there’s plenty of opportunity for activities. You can spend your time taking walks along the shoreline or swimming in clear water (as long as there isn’t any dangerous weather coming!) You’ll definitely be able to find other people who want to enjoy nature just like you do!
At night, things might get noisy because there are so many people around—but don’t worry! That means there’s even more opportunity for fun! Be sure not only bring along flashlights but also make sure everyone in your group knows how they work before heading out into unfamiliar territory at night; that way they won’t get lost while exploring new grounds after sunset.
There is so much to do in California! Hiking, camping, rock climbing, kayaking…the list goes on. I hope this post gave you some great ideas for places to go and things to do. Have fun!