With gorgeous mountains, beautiful bays, city life, and warm beaches, California is as diverse geographically as its population is. The Golden State is the second most populous state in the union and has plenty of RV parks to cater to residents and tourists.
Visiting California is an adventure, whether you stick to the lush National Parks in the northern part of the state or visit the metropolis’ lining the southern part. One thing is for certain—you’ll need several trips to California to see it all. We’ve looked all over the left coast and whittled it down to these top 10 choices for California RV parks for your next adventure.
Consider Ocean Mesa at El Capitan as your starting point for Los Angeles and all things southern California offers. There are both pull-through and back-in sites, Ocean Mesa can accommodate rigs up to 50 feet in length. Ocean Mesa provides full utility hookups including 30 and 50-amp, water and sewer. Bonus amenities come with cable TV, Wi-Fi, grill and fire pit in every stop. If you want to stick around the campsite, there are hot tubs, pools, horseback riding and 15 miles of hiking trails.
The location is perfect for exploring southern California; Ocean Mesa is located right on the infamous 101. Journey into downtown Los Angeles to hit the world-famous beaches and eat some fantastic food. Stop by the Santa Monica Pier for some carnival food and fun.
San Francisco is known for its rolling hills, bay views, and easy-going lifestyle. The San Francisco RV Resort is your home base to experience this city by the bay. San Francisco RV Resort is situated on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean to give all 162 sites an excellent view. Most sites come with water, sewer, cable, and electrical hookups.
If you want a site right on the ocean, prepare for dry camping as these sites have no hookups. There are laundry facilities, showers, a heated pool, hot tubs, and a general store. The resort is only 15 minutes from downtown San Francisco, and public transit is close so that you can leave your RV at the site. The friendly staff at San Francisco RV Resort will help you plan a fun day in San Francisco.
The California Redwoods are some of the largest living organisms on Earth, and the Redwoods RV Resort is a great starting point to experience these marvels of nature. Redwoods has sites to accommodate larger motorhomes or trailers with 50 amp electric, water, and sewer. Laundry, free showers, Wi-Fi and even a dog bath, are available to all campers at the park.
Redwoods RV Resort is close to some of the greatest natural experiences in the entire United States. You are steps away from the northern Pacific coastline, Redwoods National Park, Klamath and Smith Rivers and so much more.
You can stay at El Capitan if you want to visit several southern California locales, but Malibu RV Park puts you on famous Malibu Beach. Their name isn’t hyperbole; you can camp next to gorgeous Malibu Beach and all its fun.
The park has everything required for a solid stay including full hookups, hot showers, laundry facilities, convenience store for late night munchies, game room, propane refill, dump stations and so much more. You can venture out to see what southern California has to offer, or you can sit at your RV site and watch those famous California sunsets.
What’s near Anaheim? Disneyland! (And plenty more.) Disneyland is one of the most popular family destinations in the world. You can make your Anaheim experience cheaper and better by driving your RV right into the city at Anaheim RV Park. Anaheim RV Park is a great base for visiting Disneyland, Universal Studios, and a host of other attractions.
You’ll find everything you need for your home base with full hookups, bath and laundry facilities, and free cable and Wi-Fi access. You may be tired after the local attractions, but you have the chance for more fun at the park with pool, hot tub, RV clubhouse, dog run, and plenty more. If you need a place to call home while you’re visiting Anaheim, there’s nothing better than Anaheim RV Park.
Campland on the Bay has provided great camping to visit San Diego for nearly 50 years. Campland’s popularity is due to the great amenities of the park and the activities offered.
Campland hosts hundreds of individual sites, which include full utility hookups. The park is outfitted with laundry and bathroom facilities, game room, restaurant, pools, hot tubs, and much more that make it one of the top parks in the country, let alone California. If you’re set on visiting San Diego, get set at staying at Campland on the Bay.
Upper Pines Campground (Yosemite National Park)
Yosemite is outfitted with 10 individual RV parks, but Upper Pines is among the best. No parks in Yosemite National Park come with any hookups, but there are dump stations scattered throughout the park. Upper Pines is the largest of RV-accommodating sites at Yosemite and offers paved roads, potable water, and flush restrooms.
The park is nestled in the heart of Yosemite Valley, making it an excellent starting point for a variety of activities. You can jump on the trail directly from Upper Pines for waterfalls, scenic views, rolling meadows, dramatic cliff faces and much more. You may be boondocking, but it’s worth it.
If you’ve already been to Yosemite National Park in northern California, it’s time to check out Joshua Tree National Park in southern California. Like most other national parks, Joshua Tree does not have any full-hookup sites through the sites they do have are surrounded by the wonders of the park. Every site comes with a fire ring and individual grill so RVers can keep blazes contained within the arid park.
Joshua Tree itself is full of unique sights and activities including the Cholla Cactus Garden, Keys View, and Hidden Valley. Joshua Tree is a great park for RVers who enjoy hiking natural landscapes.
California is an RVer’s dream. It offers some of the best RV parks in the nation, along with plenty of things to do once you arrive. California is a multi-visit trip, so consider that when choosing a home base for your next RV road trip.
Big Flat Campground is your wilderness campground, dropped in the primitive grounds of Six Rivers National Forest. Fair warning for RVers wanting to get into Big Flat: The roads leading to it will not be kind to large rigs or those that may struggle with off-roading. There are no hookups or facilities. It is pure dry camping should you choose to stay at Big Flat.
It’s a Californian wilderness experience. You are in the middle of untouched forests, springs, streams, and wildlife. You can access Hurdygurdy Creek within walking distance or South River Fork within half a mile. Choose Big Flat when you are tired of the rat race.
There are many great RV grounds available on Lake Tahoe, but Sugar Pine Point is less crowded than many of the chain and corporate grounds around Tahoe. Unless you have a generator or solar power, you will need to dry camp, but there is too much scenery and activities for this to known Sugar Pine Point from our list. Showers, dump stations, and restrooms are available with a fishing pier, beach and picnic area as well.
You have the whole Lake Tahoe area at your command for some fun. In the summer, there is skiing, fishing, watersports and a nature center located close to the premises along with plenty of miles of hiking trails. In the winter, you have skiing, snowboarding, sledding and more. There’s a reason Tahoe was chosen for the Winter Olympics. Make sure to try one of Tahoe’s moonlit snowshoe tours along the Tahoe coast.