Onion Valley Campground sits near a creek in a remote meadow. The campground is surrounded by cedar, pine, and fir. There is no water here, so bring your own or come prepared to filter creek water. Mountain biking is a popular activity here, so bring you bike if you got one!

Campsite area
Tent or RV sites
7 sites
Up to guests per site
Up to 6 vehicles
No wheelchair access
No picnic table


Offered near the campground.


Bikers will find Tahoe to be a mountain biking paradise, with rough roads and unforgettable views. The Downieville ranger distr...Read more


There are hundreds of lakes and many reservoirs within this forest, making motorized and non-motorized boating a go-to acti...Read more


There are huge reservoirs, alpine lakes, rushing rivers, small pools, and everything in between, making this an excellent place...Read more


Hikers searching for incredible views won’t leave disappointed: there are over 500 miles of trails, including the PCT. You can ...Read more

Horseback riding

If you have a horse, bring that fella over to these trails , and if you don’t, there are many local outfitters who can set you...Read more


Kayakers and canoers have plenty of opportunities to row their little boats in the lakes, reservoirs, and streams of this nat...Read more

Wind sports

Nothing beats that fresh mountain air blowing through your hair! Boca Reservoir, Jackson Meadow Reservoir, Stampede Reservoir, ...Read more

Off-roading (OHV)

Looking to take a spin in your off highway vehicle? The Little Truckee Summit trail has gentle slopes and Prosser Hill is an ea...Read more


There isn’t much information about climbing, but Donner Summer has traditional and sport climbing areas to challenge all skill ...Read more

Snow sports

What better way to enjoy the wintertime than to go to Tahoe? Tahoe National Forest offers backcountry wilderness for you to exp...Read more


There’s no shortage of swimming here: you’re welcome to splash in lakes, reservoirs, streams, rivers, and swimming holes under ...Read more

Whitewater paddling

If motor boats aren’t your thing, step up your game with a whitewater trip. The Yuba River and the American River offer amazing...Read more

Wildlife watching

Wildlife watchers won’t be disappointed with Tahoe National Forest. The wetland areas are great places for birding, especially ...Read more


Natural features you'll find at Onion Valley Campground.

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Swimming hole
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Hipcamper Thomas
Thomas W.
didn't provide a recommendation.
July 8th, 2019

We camped here on July 4th weekend after originally aiming to camp at North Fork campground about a half mile down the road. We arrived late on July 3rd at North Fork and all of the walk-in sites were taken and the campground was slammed. Just up the road Onion Valley's sites (all walk-in / first come, first served) were wide open. A few people came late on the 4th, but still was pretty quiet. The swimming hole that draws the crowds to North Fork is easily accessible from Onion Valley. Fill up your water at the running spring fountain there too as there's no running water at Onion Valley. There are vault toilets, fire rings, and picnic tables though. Great spot overall.

View of Onion Valley from Texas Hill Rd. Campsites are in the  pines on the other side of the meadow.
Hipcamper Nicole
Nicole P.
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 6th, 2018

Arrived here on a Friday morning in July, the campground was essentially empty! We were able to pick a large campsite right next to the meadow with plenty of shade. We have a wonderful weekend camping here. We spent most of our days at the creek swimming, evenings were spent watching the hundreds of butterflies and dragonflies over the meadow. The campground did fill up later on Friday but even then there were empty spots on Saturday. I will definitely return!

Hipcamper Thomas W.
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July 8th, 2019
Tahoe National Forest
United States
Phone Number
(530) 994-3401
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39.263° N, 120.657° W
Unknown price
Tent / Van: 7 Sites
(Up to people per site)