Where to Go Camping in Silicon Valley

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Looking to experience the outdoors without traveling too far from home? Here are six places you can go camping in Santa Clara and San Mateo County.

Mt. Madonna County Park

7850 Pole Line Rd, Watsonville

Mt. Madonna County Park is of the highlights of Santa Clara County's regional park district. The 3,688-acre park has redwood forests in the Santa Cruz Mountains, views of the Santa Clara Valley, and views of the Monterey Bay. The park offers 118 drive-in and walk-in reservable campsites in four different campgrounds. Each site includes a barbecue pit, food locker, and picnic table. Showers are available and free. The park offers 17 partial hook-up RV sites. Yurts are another unique camping option, available by reservation.

These domed-tent like structures come in three different sizes - 16', 20' and 24' offering bunk beds with mattresses, fold out futons and a wrap-around deck. 

Sanborn County Park

16055 Sanborn Rd., Saratoga

Sanborn County Park offers 3,688 acres of redwood forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains between Saratoga and Skyline Boulevard. The RV campground is open year round with electric and water hook-ups and a dump station. Vehicle length limit is 30 feet. Make RV camping reservations by calling (408) 355-2201. Tent camping is available by reservation at the walk-in campground. Note: Tent camping is closed from October to March (check park website for exact dates).

Uvas Canyon County Park

8515 Croy Rd, Morgan Hill

Uvas Canyon County Park is a 1,133-acre wooded park, on the eastern side of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The park is known for their many seasonal waterfalls and is a great place to hike year-round. The park has 30 family campsites available by reservation. Hot showers are available.

Coyote Lake Harvey Bear Ranch Park

10840 Coyote Reservoir Rd., Gilroy

This 4,595-acre regional recreation area, nestled in the hills east of Gilroy, CA, features a 635-acre lake for fishing and boating. The park provides campsites for 73 RV and tent campers. All sites have a table, grill/fire pit, and food storage locker. RV sites have electricity, water hook-ups; and a dump station is located nearby. Hot showers are available. 

Joseph D. Grant County Park

18405 Mt. Hamilton Rd., San Jose

Grant Park is Santa Clara County's largest regional park and recreation areas. This 9,560-acre park includes rich grasslands and oak trees characteristic of the east foothills of the Santa Clara Valley. Campers can choose from forty reservable family campsites. Hot showers are available. 

Memorial Park

9500 Pescadero Creek Rd., Loma Mar, CA

An old-growth redwood park in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Memorial Park offers two family camping areas, Azalea Flat and Sequoia Flat. The two areas include 158 campsites. No shower facilities are available due to the California drought.