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Try Our Helpful Campground Indexes
Are you looking for a special kind of campground? Perhaps you are trying to find equestrian group campgrounds or beach camping. Check out the campground guides below to narrow your search.
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.
Coronado to Eureka - find a California campground that looks out on the ocean.
Individual or group campsites designated for people with horses.
An index of more than 600 California campgrounds that rank as the Golden State's best.
Avoid the Heat and Wildfire Smoke
July 28, 2018
With wildfires burning up and down the state and summer heat topping 100 degrees in many inland places, travelers are looking for camping destinations with cooler temperatures and cleaner air.
The most obvious answer is the Pacific coast. Almost any beach campground will meet those expectations. We'll recommend some of our favorites.
Also, there are some nice camping areas slightly inland that are close enough to the coast to have mild temperatures. Once again, we'll suggest some of our favorites.
Great Beach Camping - San Diego to Humboldt
Camp Inland from the Coast
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.