Bothe-Napa Valley State Park and its Ritchey Campground are operated by the Napa County Regional Park and Open Space District. The park is in the heart of Napa Valley, only a few miles from Calistoga. Visitors enjoy swimming in the park's pool, hiking, and picnicking. The campground gets its name from nearby Ritchey Creek.
Ritchey Campground has 23 campsites for RVs, trailers, or tents. They also offer 18 tent sites. Half of them are regular tent sites which may be reserved. The other 9 are walk-in tent sites which are first come, first served. The walk-in sites only accommodate up to 5 people per site and 1 vehicle. Campers enjoy the gentle sounds of the creek passing nearby.
Ten Yurts are in the park, some located in the campground and others in an area called Yurtville. The Yurtville Yurts pick up a lot of highway noise while those in the campground are well shielded from outside noise. The park also includes a Group Campsite. In addition, Ritchey Campground has a Hike & Bike site.
Cool off in the swimming pool (summer), Tour the Native American garden and the Visitor Center. Explore hiking trails and mountain biking trails. Enjoy the redwoods. Visit the Traverso Homestead Site. Take the History Trail to Pioneer Cemetery and bale Grist Mill State Historic Park. Spend a day in Calistoga.
ReserveCalifornia Reservations Tips
California State Parks' new reservation system - ReserveCalifornia - now allows campers "to make reservations 6 months to the day in advance of their arrival date." For example, on January 1 reservations can be made for stays beginning on July 1. In the past, reservations were released in one-month blocks. Now it is day by day. For months with fewer days than the month 6 months away, reservations for the remaining days will be released in a small cluster on the first of the next month. For example, on March 1 (because February is a short month) you can make reservations for stays beginning August 29-31. Read details at ReserveCalifornia.
General Camping Information for
Opening and closing dates of campgrounds are only estimates, usually dependent on snow conditions. Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the website when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite.
In order to prevent the spread of invasive insects, firewood from outside the area is not permitted.
Designated Accessible sites are reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate. The designated accessible Yurts, however, may be used by people who do not have disabilities.
Three Yurts are located in the campground while the other 7 are on a hillside overlooking the day-use area, including the swimming pool. Yurts can sleep either 4 or 6 people. No dogs are allowed except service dogs. Yurts are 16 feet in diameter. There is a limit of 1 vehicle at the site. Yurts are equipped with a full-sized bed frame and mattress. Two individual cots are included in each Yurt. Bring your own bedding, and regular camping gear (flashlights, lanterns, cook stoves, coolers, chairs for around the fire ring, etc.). No cooking or fires allowed in the Yurts. There is no electricity in the Yurts.
Fee: $55 per night
Reservations from ReserveCalifornia: Boethe-Napa State Park Group Campsite Reservations