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Sequoia Mountain Farms
67 sites · RVs, Tents10 acres · CaliforniaThe property was once home to many apple orchards and there’s still a few left which come Into...
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Yosemite Westlake Camp
24 sites · RVs, Tents6 acres · Coulterville, CaliforniaLocated on the John Muir Historic route to Yosemite National Park, Yosemite Westlake Campground...
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One of those late afternoons that you never want to end
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Camp Nauvoo
19 sites · Lodging, Tents86 acres · Placerville, CaliforniaCamp Nauvoo was originally bought by the LDS church in the 1960's for a girl's camp. The camp...
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Finnon Lake Recreation Area
18 sites · RVs, Tents140 acres · Placerville, CaliforniaClosed for the season until March 1, 2023 - NOTICE - TRAILERS AND RVS MUST USE ROCK CREEK ROAD...
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The sunrise 🌄 😍
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Panoramic Desert Views
20 sites · RVs, Tents10 acres · CaliforniaMorongo Valley is nestled between Joshua Tree National Park and Palm Springs. Situated about 2000 feet higher than the valley floor, it's typically 10-15 degrees cooler here, so we can enjoy the beauty of the desert without completely melting. Only 20 minutes from Joshua Tree National Park and only 10 from the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve, this property offers a vast assortment of native desert plants, wildlife and GIANT boulders sprawling over 10 well-kept acres. With an amazing view of all of Mount San Jacinto's glory, your own private chunk of land and unbelievable star lit nights, our campsite will not disappoint. The property is a great jumping off point for any of the many things to do in surrounding area. Bring your bikes, boots, binoculars and books to reconnect with nature, your friends and with us (if you so choose). Let us know what you're into and we'll try to give you some inspiration on where to go and what to do. Super laid back atmosphere with a central communal area if you're feeling social, and plenty of space to keep to yourself too. We've got a shaded pool table, cornhole boards, a stereo, a cooler and more. Need something? Let us know. Want something? We might have that too As for us, we've been living in the desert for 30+ years and purchased this property just over a decade ago. We've done countless upgrades over the years and adding campsites to share with you is our latest venture. Let us know how we can make it even better! All that we ask is that you respect the environment, our few neighbors and your fellow campers. *Note: There is about 1/4 mile of dirt road that is 100% passable. Just be aware that it is considerably easier to navigate larger vehicles with a little daylight. Plan accordingly.
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It's very likely you'll come across friendly (and hungry!) deer munching on fallen fruit.
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Otter Space
12 sites · Lodging, Tents5 acres · Orick, CaliforniaThe Otter Space Conference Centerwas purchased in 2002 by Dr. Peter Alsop as a place of peace and...
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Bridgeport Reservoir Campground
31 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents1 acre · CaliforniaBridgeport Reservoir is a lake at the lower end of Bridgeport Valley in Mono County, California....
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Camp Arroyo Grande
14 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents29 acres · Arroyo Grande, CaliforniaWelcome to Camp Arroyo Grande! Come enjoy our sprawling 29-acres that feature beautiful ocean...
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Loomerland
17 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents41 acres · Warner Springs, CaliforniaOnce owned by former MLB manager/player Roger Craig, we offer a secluded 41 acres in the...
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Cooling off on a warm day.
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River Ridge Ranch & Institute
15 sites · Lodging, Tents722 acres · Springville, CaliforniaSwimming in North Fork Tule River, miles of hiking trails on ranch. River Ridge goes from 1,000' elev. to 3,000' elevation. Hike right on the ranch. We are between Sequoia National Park (about an hour) and the Giant Sequoia National Monument (16 miles to groves up Hwy 190 and no entrance fee). Choose from secluded tent sites, group tent sites or cabins. There are 33 giant sequoia groves in our Southern Region of the Giant Sequoia National Monument, some easily driven to, and some remote. Our ranch is a nature preserve and an education demonstration site, teaching sustainable and regenerative land use practices. River Ridge Institute, our non-profit, hosts a variety of events for the public. Please note: you are expected to leave the ranch and kitchen area as you found it, i.e., dishes washed thoroughly and dried and put away, recycling separated from trash, food scraps in compost buckets, sticky marshmallow removed from forks and surfaces (ick!). Thank you. Enjoy: The Kitchen has a cooktop, large fridge, microwave, full dishes and utensils and pots and pans with a big washing area in the back. Propane bbq.. There's a River Barn to use as a remote space and Turtle Cove for swimming (usually delightful until July or August). Saturday morning Farmer's Market in downtown at 9 AM - Noon. Homesteaded in 1859, owned by the Negus family from 1909-2000. Barbara and I bought it to save it from subdivision and it's now protected by a Conservation Easement and acts as a community center for the arts, music, poetry, gatherings and outdoor education. We're both biologists, so, just ask us. Please see the Rules and Safety section to review our Waiver of Liability.
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Natural beauty at Bullards Bar Reservoir. To get to this waterfall you do need a boat.
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Sierra Sol Camp
10 sites · Lodging18 acres · Camptonville, California The Sierra Sol Camp project has been hosting community events and friends gathering for years....
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SMR Carmel Camping
16 sites · Lodging, Tents89 acres · Carmel By The Sea, CaliforniaWelcome to Saddle Mountain Ranch, RV and Campground! We are located on 89 acres of forest land off Carmel Valley Road, just 5 miles from HWY 1. Nestled within oaks, Monterey pines, and redwoods, Saddle Mountain offers a great peaceful getaway for those seeking a break from the bustle of life. On site seasonally heated pool (Mid May through Oct). ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: *Please continue reviewing/monitoring California Travel guidelines as they may change and affect your reservation* On site seasonally heated pool (seasonally), private hiking trail, playground, Foosball table and more. No refund for inclement weather during the Winter months. We provide complementary Wi-Fi in designated areas of the park. We ask that there is no streaming at the Park so we can share Wi-Fi with all our guests. Thank you!
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Hipcampers are spoiled for choice in California, where landscapes come supersized. Golden coasts. Redwood forests. Fiery desert canyons. Alpine lakes framed by snowy peaks. But the best memories are in the details—seeing a gray whale breach off the rugged north coast, feeling the sun on your face on a Southern California shore, or maybe enjoying s’mores beside the crystal waters of Lake Tahoe. Trails climb from campgrounds to immense granite domes in Yosemite while Joshua trees beckon for attention in the eastern deserts. The best part? There’s somewhere amazing to camp year-round.

Where to Go

North Coast

Camping beneath redwoods—the tallest trees in the world—is a hard-to-beat highlight of the north coast. The majestic groves scattered across Redwood National & State Parks are an excellent choice for first-timers. Further south, from Eureka to Mendocino and eventually San Francisco, you’ll find a string of private and state park campgrounds tucked along rugged coastlines marked by bluffs, coves, dunes, and tidepools.

Central Coast

Stretching from Monterey south to Santa Barbara, the Central Coast scores points for scenery and variety. Plus, it’s a convenient escape from the urban hassles of San Francisco and Los Angeles. Redwoods, waterfalls, and windswept bluffs border Highway 1 in Big Sur, while waves crash beside state parks north of Santa Barbara. For a remote camping experience, campsites at Channel Islands National Park off the coast of Santa Barbara can oblige.

SoCal Beaches: Los Angeles to San Diego

The golden beaches of Southern California are the stuff of lazy days and pop songs. And fantastic camping for those inclined. The best campsites line-up beside the coast between Newport Beach and Dana Point in Orange County, with a few more perched on coastal bluffs north of San Diego. Not surprisingly, these oceanfront sites fill fast, so book early.

Sierra Nevada Mountains

Granite domes and lush Alpine meadows border campgrounds in Yosemite National Park, while enormous sequoias are the draw in Kings Canyon and Sequoia national parks. Campgrounds beside alpine lakes and the sparkling blue waters of Lake Tahoe are always postcard-pretty.

Southern Deserts

For surreal sunsets, striking rock formations, restless sand dunes, and spring wildflowers, head east. Nine campgrounds and plenty more right outside await at Death Valley National Park, home to the lowest spot in the U.S. Joshua trees and picturesque boulders keep Hipcampers happy at Joshua Tree National Park while Anza-Borrego Desert State Park serves up fantastic desert hiking outside San Diego. High season is late fall through spring, when temperatures are pleasant.

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