California's Best Camping covers more than 500 of the finest campgrounds in California. From San Diego beaches to the Redwood Empire, From Big Bear and Silverwood to Shasta and Trinity, & all up and down the Sierra Nevada.
For Every Campground . . .
Complete campground descriptions
Campground facilities and amenities
Camping fees, check-in and check-out times
Reservation links whenever available
Nearby attractions and recreation
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An index of more than 500 California campgrounds that rank as the Golden State's best.
Plan a Family Camping Trip to Lassen Volcanic National Park
June 13, 2017
Choose Lassen Volcanic National Park for a summer camping trip the whole family will remember for years to come. While much of the park is still under snow, it is not too early to begin making plans.
Hike up the trail to the summit of Lassen Peak, a volcano which last erupted 100 years ago. Enjoy swimming, paddle boating, and fishing in many park lakes. In August, visitors will be rewarded with the annual Dark Sky Festival as well as the partial eclipse of the sun on August 21, 2017. Explore Chaos Crags and Jumbles, Bumpass Hell Overlook, and Sulphur Works.
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 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.
Our reviews include publicly operated campgrounds such as Forest Service, National Park, State Park, BLM, and Army Corps of Engineers campgrounds. We also include many regional and county park campgrounds along with 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.
Prices listed for campground stays are the basic campsite fee and do not include any reservation fees. Often 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.