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A list of all the most popular California camping areas, with links to campgrounds in each area.
Recommendations of wonderful California camping spots for families with children.
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Individual or group campsites designated for people with horses.
An index of more than 500 California campgrounds that rank as the Golden State's best.
Campgrounds Beginning to Open
for the Summer
April 20, 2018
Many campgrounds in the Sierra and Southern California that were closed for the winter due to snow have now begun to open. After a cold and rainy winter, families are eager to head out for a weekend in the mountains. Opening day for fishing season is only a week away, and anglers are looking for places to set up their camps.
Eastern Sierra Campgrounds Now Open
Campgrounds near Crowley Lake and along lower Rock Creek have tentative opening dates of April 20. Many along Bishop Creek and Oh! Ridge and Gull Lake campgrounds at June Lake are expected to open by April 25. Campgrounds below Twin Lakes generally open in late April.
Western Sierra Campgrounds Now Open
Yosemite Valley campgrounds and some in Sequoia and Kings Canyon are all open. Camp Edison at Shaver Lake and some campgrounds at Bass Lake are also open.
Along Highway 108 Pinecrest Campground and Fraser Flat Campground open April 26. Baker Campground and Deadman Campground open April 27.
Southern California Campgrounds Now Open
Opening in May
Almost all other campgrounds will be opening in May.
Gold Star - The best of the best campgrounds. Not only are the campgrounds equipped with very good amenities and in beautiful settings, they are close to outstanding recreational opportunities such as natural wonders, waterskiing, beaches, or special attractions.
Green Star - Campgrounds with good facilities and located close to a variety of activities, whether its trails among redwoods, a beach-front location, or a beautiful mountain lake.
Green Triangle - Comfortable campgrounds equipped with basic amenities and near some worthwhile recreational attractions. These are sometimes smaller, more remote campgrounds which, nevertheless, may have exceptional views. Ease of driving access is sometimes a consideration.
Green Dot - Campgrounds we have not included in our reviews, either because much better campgrounds are nearby or because the facilities or available recreation opportunities are negligible.
Everyone is Different
Everyone's interests are different, so a perfect campground for one might be only mediocre for another. Use our symbols as a starting point on your quest to find the best campground for you.