Treehouses near Salinas

Salinas is a nature lover's portal to the Old West, Monterey Bay, and Big Sur.

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Treehouses near Salinas guide

Overview

Salinas, hometown to author John Steinbeck, is one of California’s most historic farming areas. Today, its wineries, ranches, and downtown retain an Old West charm. Hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding trails start at the edge of town, and it’s close to some incredible sections of California wilderness, including Monterey Bay and Big Sur. Camping options around Salinas include farm and vineyard Hipcamps, coastal mountain cabins, glamping sites on ranches, and bucket-list public campgrounds like those in Pinnacles National Park and Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.

Where to go

Salinas Area

At the foot of Salinas, Toro County Park has 20 miles of trails through Coast Range foothills where you can reach epic views of the Salinas Valley on foot, mountain bike, or horseback. Several beach parks also sit just a few minutes from Salinas, including Fort Ord Dunes State Park and its four miles of beach, and the Salinas River State Beach.

Pinnacles National Park

Salinas is just 45 minutes from Pinnacles National Park, whose mesmerizing rock spires and talus caves can be explored by trail. Pinnacles is also a refuge for the endangered California condor, for which campers can keep an eye out.

Monterey

Salinas is 30 minutes away from Monterey, where the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Fisherman’s Wharf are classic family seaside spots. To explore a rocky section of shore, check out Asilomar State Beach.

Point Lobos

For emerald-green waters, kelp forests, and a rugged cliff-side shoreline, the Point Lobos State Natural Reserve makes for an awesome day trip for Salinas. It can be combined with a visit to the nearby Carmel River State Beach, which has easy access to a mile of amber sand beach.

Big Sur

South of Point Lobos, Big Sur is a stunning stretch of California’s Central Coast that lives up to its fame. Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park is an excellent campground in the heart of Big Sur, offering campsites that include fire rings, picnic tables, and access to hot showers. RVs are welcome, but hookups are not available here.   

When to go

Salinas has a mild climate that makes camping and outdoor adventure possible year-round. Winter visitors should prepare for the possibility of rain, fog, and cooler temperatures, but it can be a great time of year to get typically crowded parks and attractions all to yourself. (Summer reservations in Big Sur book up far in advance.) If planning to go camping in summer, Salinas has an annual rodeo and Steinbeck Festival to check out.

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