List of Campgrounds in California

List of Campgrounds in California
California is a large and diverse state filled with hundreds of campgrounds that put visitors in deserts, in rain forests, along the coast, and all points in between. Depending on the experience you are looking for and where you are traveling to, there is a California campground to suit just about any personality. The possibilities are literally endless. The following list of California campgrounds is just a beginning and touches upon some of the more notable places to camp.

Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Big Basin Redwoods State Park is home to numerous camping options. Visitors can hike among the old-growth redwoods, past waterfalls and set up a tent in one of the park's primitive trail sites where privacy is guaranteed. For those looking for more comfort, the park's four large campgrounds have running water, showers and bathrooms with parking for cars and RVs. The campgrounds do not have electricity hookups but a dump station is present. Special horse camps allow those hiking by horseback to sleep near their animals.

Big Basin Redwoods State Park
21600 Big Basin Way #406
Boulder Creek, CA‎ 95006
(831) 338-8860

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks have many campgrounds, with some offering primitive escapes while others putting campers among fellow travelers, cars and RVs. Many campgrounds are open all year-round. The most remarkable of all the campgrounds is the Cold Springs Campground (open from May through the end of October). With fewer than 40 sites and primitive toilets, this campground offers a real Sequoia camping experience where visitors sleep in the park's beautiful Mineral King Valley near the Kaweah River in a thick aspen forest.

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271-9700
(559) 565-3341

Joshua Tree National Park

Southeastern California's Joshua Tree National Park has long been a favorite place for climbers. With its staggering amounts of seemingly randomly placed boulders, this park is a great place to camp, climb and feel the heat of the desert. The park has many official campgrounds with pit toilets; running water is available at some but no showers. The Ryan Campground offers the most stunning surroundings and is only 1.5 miles from the park's highest peak. For the more adventurous types, the park has almost unlimited backcountry camping where solitude is in abundance and the night sky offers an endless array of stars.

Joshua Tree National Park
74485 National Park Drive
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
(760) 367-5500

Article Written By Patrick M. Lind

Patrick M. Lind has been freelance writing since 2007 and has worked as an editor and journalist for He received a Master of Arts in history from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands and has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Middle East.

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