Forest bell tents near South Lake Tahoe

Nature and history collide on South Lake Tahoe camping trips offering mountain and water recreation.

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Camp Nauvoo

24 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents86 acres · Placerville, CA
Camp Nauvoo was originally bought by the LDS church in the 1960's for a girl's camp. The camp was owned by the Boy Scouts from 2011-2015. The Rose family bought the property in 2016 with the intent to continue the tradition of tent camping as well as creating opportunities for exclusive events i.e., group/family reunions, weddings and corporate events. We are a small privately owned small campground (20 sites only) located on the outskirts of Placerville. The property features 86.5 secluded Tahoe like acres with beautiful year-round Weber Creek. The camp sites are placed along the creek or the bluff overlooking the creek. We have traditional dirt camping, canvas tents on platforms, teepees and glamping tents for those that want the comforts of home. We are tent camping only with only one site that allows a small travel trailer or van. (#14) . We are dog friendly and allow dogs in all but 5 glamping sites. We do enforce camp rules especially our quiet time between 10 PM and 7 AM (please review). We’ve been told that we have a “family camp” vibe. We are a great place for families wanting a safe environment for their kids but also several group sites for those that want to hang out together with multiple families. We are also a great base site for those wilderness enthusiasts with access to all the El Dorado National Forest including Desolation but want a hot shower at the end of the day. We have a lodge that is stocked with games and a ping pong table. The lodge has a microwave, Keurig machine and a hot water kettle for those hot drinks (BYO Cups).We have several tables set up for those that want to eat inside as well as multiple picnic tables along the side of the lodge with overhead protection. We have electricity at the at the lodge for small appliances and charging phones. We have a compressor on site to blow up your air mattresses or float toys. We’ve been told that our bathrooms are the “cleanest” ever and have changing tables and diaper pails. We offer nice flushing toilets and hot showers! We have many extra amenities including a compressor to use for your air mattresses, For outdoor activities we have basketball, volleyball, pickleball and cornhole not to mention the playground with swing sets, seesaw and tractor play. We have hiking trails throughout the property. Our highlight is a camp fire bowl with bench seating with a stage to display camper talent which is perfect for the evening fire and roasting s’mores (bring the fixings). The creek starts out in spring looking like a rushing river featuring many fishing and swimming holes. As the summer progresses the water level falls but is still great for water play and fishing. We have propane BBQs (we provide the propane for BBQs) located throughout the property. We also have a propane grill and charcoal BBQ located in the common area for all to use. There is a dutch oven pit also in the fire bowl area. We do not allow wood fires at the individual sites but each site has a propane firepit for ambiance (not cooking) that requires you to purchase a 20 lb. propane cannister on site (add in extras) or pay cash on site. No internet service. There is limited internet only available for purchases at the setore. We require a 3 night minimum for the major holidays - Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day. We do not do checkins on Sunday but do allow camping over Sunday night. We do exclusive events so you may need to explore multiple weekends to find the right reservation. We are located in the foothills so we are a short hop to many local attractions that include river rafting, gold mines, wineries and historical towns with great eating establishments. Tahoe is less than an hour away and there a many hiking trails within 20-30 minutes. We have a limited number of items to rent i.e, tents, cots, camp stoves, etc. We rent a battery pack for those that use a cpap. We also have a small store on site for those items you forgot and a good selection of ice cream and ice. We take venmo or cash. CHECKIN IS BETWEEN 4 AND 8. IF YOU ARE COMING FROM THE BAY ALLOW 4 HOURS - YOU MUST LEAVE BY 3:00 IN ORDER TO ARRIVE DURING CHECKIN. IF YOU GET DELAYED, FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF THE OTHER CAMPERS YOU MAY CONSIDER WAITING AND ARRIVING THE NEXT MORNING. THERE ARE NO CHECKINS AFTER 9:00.
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Camp 🏕 Gold Dust Vineyard

8 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents6 acres · Somerset, CA
A six acre organic vineyard & natural winery on 21 acres awaits you at Gold Dust Vineyard. A working natural winery and cidery, come enjoy a glass, relax in the breezes at 2’700 feet. Decomposed granite soils and high elevation make for sweeping views and even better natural wine and cider! We welcome guests year round! Surrounded by nature, there is so much to do! Up in the Foothills, we experience all four seasons! Come relax☮️ March - May 🌸Don’t miss the wildflowers & babbling brooks, steams & rivers June - September 🏞Swimming in the Consumnes River or paddle boarding at Jenkinson Lake September - December 🍂🍁Fall foliage, wine harvest, apple picking and alpaca petting December - March ❄️⛷Snowy hikes, mushroom hunting and quick trips to South Lake Tahoe We accept reservations for wine and cider tastings and typically host guests between the hours of 11 am and 5 pm. Occasionally, during very hot and busy holiday weekends, we will host an evening tasting. Please note, we are a mom and pop shop with just two of us and our young son running the show. We live on site in a tiny house and use the tasting area as our 'back yard' during off hours. We ask that guests please respect our area and off hours requests. We do not permit live fires or generators.
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Ancient Native American Forest

5 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents80 acres · Placerville, CA
Welcome! When visiting El Dorado's Wine and Gold Country, we invite you to stay at our small chicken-and-hog ranch that sits on land that was once settled by the Miwok People of the Sierras. Here you will find ancient grinding stones and a rock-lined trail along abandoned summertime swimming holes. At the base of this rustic escape, you will find a cascading waterfall that was surely admired then as it is now. Invite your friends and family to explore these ancient living grounds that boast towering oak, pine and cedar trees with all the wildlife native to the Sierra Foothills. There is also a mile-long seasonal stream that meanders down the property along carved granite rock formations. Miles of hiking trails give access to opportunities for recreational activities like mountain biking, mushroom foraging, birdwatching, ancient native-village-site exploration, and nature-gathering. If you are a forager, keep an eye out for Lion's Mane mushrooms which we often find on fallen or decaying oak trees. Beginning in July, be prepared to pick wild raspberries that grow and ripen along the drying creek. Our small ranch is a natural habitat to a diverse wildlife population that includes quail, turkey, deer, and bear. Our herds of sheep, goat, hogs and chicken vary with the season but they are usually "just hanging around" the farm eating the spoils of a forest rich in life and forage. When guests are around, they are usually kept in their pens where they get to relax with their dine-in buffet of grains, grass and forage. There is tent and RV space access for overnight and multiple-day recreational trips however there is no gray or black water dumping on the property. This is an ideal spot for a private group/family getaway so come enjoy a rustic retreat that you, your friends and family can build strong memories around. Contact us for multiple site rentals and coordination prior to your booking to ensure an exceptional stay for you and your guests. Somerset, CA is located in wine country and is within minutes of award-winning wineries and farm-to-fork eateries so you and your guests can enjoy the best of both worlds on and off-site. There are popular local swimming holes along the Middlefork of the Cosumnes River a short 5-minute drive and a scenic pond for kayaking, canoeing and fishing within 10 minutes of the ranch. We are less than an hour away from Sacramento and about an hour away from Tahoe just below the snowline.
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Forest bell tents near South Lake Tahoe guide

Overview

The South Lake Tahoe basin’s clear blue waters and towering vistas draw visitors year-round. Heavy winter snowfall can create an enchanting place for cabin stays and snowsports, while visiting South Lake Tahoe in the warmer months means opportunities to enjoy even more thrilling activities associated with this mountainous region—think lakefront tent sites and RV parks that give campers easy access to water sports, beaches, hiking, and trail biking. Visit South Lake Tahoe for camping experiences among the woodlands, hills, rises, gorges, and canyons of the Sierra Nevada range.

Where to go

D.L Bliss State Park

Encompassing seven miles of Lake Tahoe’s shoreline, the D.L Bliss State Park Campground offers tent and RV camping with water activities centered on the lake’s natural beauty. Scuba divers can visit the underwater shipwreck preserve in Emerald Bay, tent campers can set up camp steps from the water, and watersport enthusiasts can launch kayaks from the shore. A few simple RV sites allow RVers to take advantage of a dump station and enjoy grilled trout caught in the crystal waters and shared around picnic tables at each site. Elsewhere in the park, hike the self-guided nature trail to wonder at Balancing Rock, or experience the grandeur of Sierra Nevada upheaval promontories overlooking the lake.

Eldorado National Forest

With two major highways running through Eldorado National Forest, getting into the woods is easy from Lake Tahoe, Sacramento, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Fish in the rivers and streams once teeming with gold prospectors, or ski down the alpine backcountry into lush meadows. Over 50 modern campsites, cozy cabins, hiking trails, and primitive backcountry camping opportunities await exploration in the forest’s Mokelumne and Desolation Wildernesses.

Meeks Bay Campground

Meeks Bay Campground is a federally operated camping area nestled between two Tahoe state parks: D.L. Bliss and Sugar Pine Point. Primitive tent camping and RV sites (without hookups) are available with the added bonuses of fire pits and raised barbecues. Close campsites among the pine trees facilitate sharing and camaraderie between campers staying in one of the most popular spots near South Lake. Boat on the lake one day, and bike on the trails the next.

Sugar Pine Point State Park

The largest Lake Tahoe state park, the west shore’s Sugar Pine Point State Park includes 2,000 acres of evergreen forest, including cedar, aspen, and fir, plus more than 100 campsites in summer. Besides the easy lake access and diverse plant, bird, and wildlife watching opportunities at the Edwin Z’berg Natural Preserve, Sugar Pine Point also offers winter camping for a snowy experience and  guided moonlit snowshoe tours in late winter or early spring.

When to go

Summers in Lake Tahoe rarely top out at 90°F, usually only twice per year and generally toward the end of July and August. The warmest days of the year start in June, making swimming, water skiing, fishing, and kayaking draws to the area. If you’re looking for a quieter time, the highland climate of Lake Tahoe begins to cool in September, offering chillier nights perfect for snuggling around a campfire. Meanwhile, winter camping in Tahoe may only be for hardy campers, but ski chalets and cozy cabins are prime during this time of year.

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