Campgrounds & National Parks in California

Campgrounds & National Parks in California
California is home to several National parks ranging from dense forests to desert landscapes. Campgrounds are located within most of California's National Parks although some sites may need to be reserved months in advance as visitor demand is very high.

Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park covers more than three million acres of land in Eastern California. This park has several hiking trails ranging from easy to strenuous and 785 miles of road suitable for mountain biking. Back-country camping is allowed in some areas although fires are only permitted in fire-pits in the developed campgrounds.

The Furnace Creek Campground is located one mile north of the Furnace Creek Visitor Center which provides information on trails and attractions in and around Death Valley. This 136-site campground is open year-round. RVs are welcome, but hook-ups are not available. Amenities include restrooms with flush toilets, dump station, picnic tables, fire-pits and water.

Furnace Creek
328 Greenland Boulevard
Death Valley, CA 92328
(760) 786-3200
recreation.gov/camping/Furnace_Creek_Ca/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=70978&topTabIndex=CampingSpot

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite is a 1,200-square mile National Park located in the Sierra Nevada mountains. The park is home to Giant Sequoia trees, waterfalls, rock formations and wildlife including mule deer, black bears, bobcats and approximately 165 species of birds.

More than one dozen campgrounds are scattered throughout the park and reservations are necessary between April and September as the campsites fill up quickly. The Upper Pines campground, located in Yosemite Valley, is open year-round. This campground can accommodate RVs up to 35 feet in length and features restrooms with flush toilets and a dump station. Wheelchair accessible sites are available with extended top picnic tables for those with disabilities. Each site at the campground has a fire ring, picnic table and a food locker used to safeguard food from bears.

Upper Pines Campground
PO Box 577
9024 Southside Drive
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
(209) 372-8502
recreation.gov/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=70925

Lassen Volcanic National Park

Lassen Volcanic National Park is located in Northern California. Lassen Peak is the southernmost active volcano in the Cascade Mountains and last erupted in 1917. This park has more than 150 miles of hiking trails including a strenuous 2.5 mile climb to the top of Lassen Peak. The Butte Lake campground is one of eight campgrounds located within the park and is within walking distance of Butte Lake, a remote lake ideal for swimming, kayaking and canoeing. The campground features fire-pits, restrooms with flush toilets, picnic tables and food lockers.

Butte Lake Campground
Lassen Volcanic National Park
PO Box 100
Mineral, CA 96063
(530) 595-4444
recreation.gov/campgroundDetails.do?topTabIndex=CampingSpot&contractCode=NRSO&parkId=74186

Article Written By Kittie McCoy

Kittie McCoy has been a freelance writer since 2008. She is also a part-time personal trainer and licensed entertainer in Las Vegas. She enjoys sharing her love of physical fitness and experience in the entertainment industry via her writing.

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