Outstanding lakeside destinations for family vacations. Beautiful mountain lakes surrounding by forests, expanses of water for boating, waterskiing, and fishing. Hiking trails and horseback riding nearby.
Bass Lake - Wonderful Sierra lake with marinas, boating, waterskiing, fishing, and plenty of other activities for all ages.
Shaver Lake - All kinds of recreation around a beautiful mountain lake. Outstanding campsites at Camp Edison. Boating, fishing, waterskiing, and everything else that makes for a perfect vacation
Huntington Lake - High Sierra camping around a great fishing lake. Marinas, boat rentals, nearby hiking and horseback riding. Campsites right on the lake's shore.
Lake Thomas A. Edison - Deep in the Sierra Nevada, a beautiful lake. Camp close to the shore and enjoy quiet days of fishing and hiking away from the crowds.
Pine Flat Lake - Low elevation lake accessible year-round, great fishing, boating, and camping.
Campgrounds in the southern half of Inyo County serve as gateways to High Sierra trails as well as great places to view the Eastern Sierra's streams, lakes, and jagged summits.
Onion Valley - Onion Valley campgrounds are close to a popular trail over Kearsarge Pass, leading into the heart of Kings Canyon National Park.
Whitney Portal - Many who camp near Whitney Portal intend to hike to the summit of California's highest peak; others come for the breath-taking scenery.
Cottonwood Lakes - Off the beaten path, Cottonwood Lakes and Horseshoe Meadow offer an excellent place to enjoy alpine scenery and hike among crystal lakes. Backpackers use the campgrounds as a jumping-off spot for hikes north into Sequoia National Park.
Kennedy Meadows Campground is a key stop for hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail.
Desert camping is a whole new experience for those accustomed to Yosemite National Park or San Clemente Beach.
Calico Ghost Town - Calico Ghost Town is hardly rugged desert camping. Enjoy tours and adventures at this authentic 19th-century silver mining town. Relax at the end of the day in your campsite equipped with full hook-ups.
Afton Canyon - Experience real desert camping at Afton Canyon, known as the miniature Grand Canyon. Camping is primitive, but the desert has its own special charm.
Hole-in-the-Wall Campground - Discover the desert's beauty with mesas, sculpted volcanic walls, sand dunes, and wildflowers.
Along the Santa Cruz and Monterey county coasts are a string of nice beach campgrounds as well as a couple popular inland destinations.
Santa Cruz Area Beaches - Enjoy New Brighton's popular bluff-top sites or Seacliff's beach-front RV campsites.
Big Sur - South of Monterey the Big Sur coast's rugged shoreline is famous around the world. Settle into comfortable sites at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park's inland campground or head farther south to less-often-frequented Limekiln and Kirk Creek campgrounds.
Pinnacles National Park - Explore caves, hike among massive rocks, watch rock climbers scale vertical walls, and keep your eyes open for giant condors.
Coastal areas of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties are known for wonderful beach camping as well as some great lakes.
Carpinteria Beach - Ever popular Carpinteria Beach has a string of great ocean-side campsites for both tents and RVs, excellent facilities, and a variety of attractions.
El Capitan State Beach - Campsites among the trees on bluffs overlooking a beautiful stretch of ocean.
Cachuma Lake - Only a short drive from Santa Barbara, Cachuma Lake is known as a fishing paradise. Campers enjoy a swimming pool, playgrounds, fireside theater, marina, golf, and more.
Lake Casitas - With more than 400 campsites along its shore, Lake Casitas is one of the most popular recreation destinations in Ventura County. A water park, fishing, disc golf, and cycling are only a few of its attractions.
A number of wonderful country regional parks highlight the camping opportunities in Orange County and in western Riverside County. With easy access from urban areas, the campgrounds make great weekend retreats.
Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park - Located only a short drive east from San Juan Capistrano, Caspers Wilderness Park offers RV and tent camping along with group and equestrian campsites.
Rancho Jurupa Park - Enjoy nice campsites hardly a mile from Riverside.
Lake Perris - Bring your boat and enjoy days on the water. RV sites have partial hook-ups.
Soaring peaks and secluded valleys make the San Jacinto Mountains a wonderful camping destination.
Mount San Jacinto State Park - Camp at Idyllwild Campground and enjoy great amenities. Hike the nature trail, tour the visitor center, and spend time in the Idyllwild Nature Center.
San Bernardino National Forest - Adventurous campers find some great campsites which can serve as bases for launching hikes into the wilderness. Discover the Panorama Point Trail or spend the day at Lake Fulmore.
Riverside County Parks - Several county parks in the area offer comfortable camping and access to all the recreation in the area. Try camping at Idyllwild, Hurkey Creek, and McCall Equestrian county parks.
The vast Anza-Borrego Desert State Park has a beauty all its own from jagged peaks to secluded canyons. Nearby are even more campgrounds in state parks, county parks, and the Cleveland National Forest.
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park - Camp at Borrego Palm Canyon and enjoy interpretive trails, panoramic overlooks, and native fan palms.
Agua Caliente Regional Park - Enjoy geothermally heated springs, camping with full hook-ups, desert hiking, and perhaps a sighting of Bighorn Sheep.
Cuyamaca Rancho State Park - Adjacent to Anza-Borrego, Cuyamaca Rancho State Park rests at 5,000 feet. Campers enjoy hiking to the summit of Stonewall Peak and boating and fishing in nearby Lake Cuyamaca
William Heise County Park Tent and RV camping with great amenities from showers and electric hook-ups to a full activity program offered by San Diego County Parks and Recreation.