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About Sonoma Coast State Beach
Campgrounds in Sonoma Coast
Wow. . . this place is HUGE! It’s an ok spread of sites and you will get some privacy, but you will also most likely see/hear your neighbors. You...
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Some of these campsites are super cool and some are average. Plan to get there early in the day so you have your choice. Either way, make time to go to the beach and check out the tide pools during your trip. And, of course, eat some seafood!
Bodega Dunes has over 100 sites, but for good reason—it gets busy. Most sites are filled with sand, so just be prepared to get sand everywhere. The bathrooms/showers are really nice, well lit, and well maintained. They also have a 'station' at each bathroom area to wash your plates/dishes. Some sites are less windy than others, so if you're arriving during the quieter weekdays, drive around and pick one you like before heading back to the kiosk.
The campground is near the water and can get windy at times, even during the night, so bring some warm clothes. The wind is usually gone in the morning. A great place to do some camping with friends because it's only an hour or two from the bay area. Just reserve a site in advance.
I lucked out with a great site (#19) that had a tent patch tucked away in the redwoods. Pitched a tent, put up a hammock and life's good.
Very spacious campground and you can walk to a beautiful and vast beach. Tons of people during the day, but it's so spacious that it didn't feel packed.
If you’re camping at Bodega Dunes, the walk from your campsite to the beach is fairly long and through deep sand, but is also insanely beautiful.
When you make a reservation you do not get to reserve a specific site. This may limit your choices if you can't show up at check-in to find the best site. Expect to check-in at the booth and get your map, then go drive around to pick your site, then return to the booth to let them know which number you want. Pick out a few sites because some might already be reserved. For next time I will write down all the sites that I like and then just ask for that site right when I check-in.
There are some small, sunny sites that I wouldn't want. It can be cold and breezy here so bring warm clothes. The bathrooms have flush toilets and showers which makes this the perfect campground. Bring your bikes!
History of Sonoma Coast State Beach
Over 40,000 years ago Mammoths were believed to have roamed this area. You can still see some of their rubbing marks 1.6 km south of the Russian River. Fossils of these massive creatures have also been found at Bodega Head in the south end of the park.
The Pomo tribes and Coast Miwok were the first known tribes in the area. Archaeological finds were recorded on this property as early as 1849. These finds included prehistorical kitchen middens and other tribal habitation finds. They Pomo and Miwok resisted the drastic changes brought on by gold seekers, Spanish missionaries and fur trappers. However, eventually the tribes were nearly decimated. Today their descendants still occupy parts of their ancestral lands, keeping alive the old ways and passing them on to the next generation.