Camping in Napa Valley may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you're planning a trip to wine country, but it can be an economical way to find a place to stay.
Surprisingly, you can find some Napa Valley campgrounds that are very conveniently located near the most popular towns.
- Napa Valley Expo RV Park Camping: This RV park is located just 10 blocks from downtown Napa. They have water, sewer, electrical hookups, and free WiFi.
- Calistoga RV Park and Campground: Located at the north end of Napa Valley, just a few blocks from downtown Calistoga. Their sites all have water and 30 or 50 amp electricity and some have sewer hookups. They also have a tent camping area and are pet-friendly. Amenities include complimentary WiFi and showers. They are open year round.
- Skyline Wilderness Park: This place is surprisingly near the town of Napa. Some of their spaces have hookups, but others are for tent camping only. They have restrooms and showers and also have some horse camping sites, with equestrian trails nearby. You can bring your pet, but dogs are not allowed on the hiking trails in the park.
- Bothe-Napa Valley State Park: This campground is on California Highway 29 north of St. Helena in the middle of Napa Valley. It can accommodate campers up to 31 feet long and trailers up to 24 feet long. They have pay showers and have some yurts to rent, too. It has a swimming pool which is open during warmer times of the year. To reserve a campsite at this or any other state park, you need to plan ahead.
Places to Camp Within 50 Miles
Camping options are limited in Napa Valley proper, but you can find quite a few places to stay that are less than an hour's drive away.
- The closest RV Park to Napa is in Vallejo, just 15 miles south of downtown. Tradewinds RV Park has sites of various sizes, some of them big enough for vehicles up to 45 feet long with full hookups and 30 to 50 amp service. Sites can accommodate most slide-outs. They also have WiFi, cable TV hookups, laundry, restrooms, and showers.
- The nearest KOA is in Petaluma, about 45 miles west of the town of Napa.
- Vineyard RV in Vacaville is about 30 minutes south of downtown Napa. They also offer cabins for rent, which may be more affordable than a fancy Napa hotel. Also in Vacaville is Midway RV Park, which has full hookup sites, satellite TV, and a swimming pool. Most of their sites are pull through accessible for even the largest RV’s.
- In many locations, Walmart stores allow overnight parking, but unfortunately for you, both of the stores close to Napa are among their stores nationwide that don't participate.
Camping at Lake Berryessa
Lake Berryessa is east of Napa Valley. On a map, it doesn't look that far away, but the mountains that form Napa Valley's eastern boundary turn a 30-mile drive into an hour's journey.
Most of the campgrounds at Lake Berryessa are on the west or southwest side of the lake. If you're just going there to enjoy the lake, all locations are fine, but check a map and driving times before choosing one of these places to camp while visiting Napa Valley.
Pleasure Cove Marina has about two dozen RV sites, with full or partial hookups and also more than 100 tent campsites with water only. This is your best bet if you're thinking of camping while you explore Napa Valley.