Looking for Something in Particular?
Try Our Helpful Campground Indexes
Are you looking for a special kind of campground? Perhaps you are trying to find equestrian group campgrounds or a campsite right on the beach. Check out the guides below to narrow your search.
A list of all the most popular camping areas in California, with links to campgrounds in each area.
Recommendations of wonderful camping spots for families with children.
Coronado to Eureka - find a campground that looks out on the ocean.
Individual or group campsites designated for people with horses.
An index of more than 500 campgrounds that rank as California's best.
How Campgrounds are Rated
On every camping region map, the campgrounds are marked with a symbol which represents our evaluation of the quality of the campground and nearby recreational opportunities.
Gold Star - The best of the best. 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 consideratiion.
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.
Prices listed for campground stays are the basic campsite fee and do not include any reservation fees. Sometimes there are discrepancies between the fee shown on the campground agency's website and the price listed by the reservation website. In those cases, we have displayed the higher of the two.
Types of Campgrounds Included
Our reviews include public campgrounds such as Forest Service, National Park, State Park, BLM, and Army Corps of Engineers campgrounds. We also include many regional park campgrounds and campgrounds offered by public and private utilities such as electric companies and irrigation districts. We do not include private RV Parks nor most privately operated campgrounds.