Sprawling canyons and sea cliffs surround you in Irvine—an outdoor haven in Orange County.
Wedged between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ana Mountains, Irvine is something special. Gaping canyons and wild beaches create an outdoor hub that draws campers from across Orange County. Thanks to the trove of state and regional parks, you have plenty of ways to soak in that California sun. Want to sleep to the sound of crashing waves? Head to Bolsa Chica State Beach. Enviable surf fishing, ocean-front RV camping, and coastal hiking trails make this a popular spot. To see the Pacific in its rugged beauty, check out Crystal Cove State Park. Coastal cliff hikes, backpack camping, and scuba diving are right at your fingertips. Just a few miles away, Bommer Canyon is a step back in time. Here, you can explore multi-use trails or stay overnight in an old cattle ranch camp. More camping options await at O'Neil Regional Park, a 4,500-acre paradise in the Trabuco Canyon wilderness. The park also offers group camping and horse camping. If you're just spending the day, pack some sandwiches to enjoy at the family picnic area. Are you looking for some large-scale California adventure? Limestone Canyon Regional Park boasts some of the best mountain biking in Irvine. Meanwhile, Caspers Wilderness Park is a favorite for hiking and horseback riding through sandstone canyons. Beyond the parks, you also find a host of seaside cottages and RV parks. They're great for those who prefer to camp in comfort with picnic tables, WiFi—the works. Like the rest of sunny Southern California, Irvine boasts fair weather and great temps year round. As a result, most parks and campgrounds are open in all seasons. Just be sure to book early if you're camping in the summer.