The 11 Coolest California RV Parks

Last updated on May 25th, 2021 at 11:08 am. Originally published on September 2nd, 2015

Mountains, redwoods, oceans, and oranges — when visiting one of the many California RV Parks, you are sure to experiencing something memorable. Although there are hundreds to choose from offering comfort levels from luxurious resorts to rustic campgrounds, these are 11 of the most magnificent. Peruse the following locations and consider which would be best for your next vacation. Then, please share with your like-minded friends.

1. Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

At over 6000,000-acres, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is the largest desert state park in the U.S. and the largest state park overall in California. With 12 wilderness areas, over 500 miles of dirt roads, and 110 miles of hiking and biking trails, it is truly immense. This park is located in Culpa Alley and on the famous Pacific Crest Trail.

The three campgrounds offer guided hikes, as well as ample experiences with nature. The park’s wildlife includes bighorn sheep, golden eagles, kit foxes, mule deer, and roadrunners, as well as four species of rattlesnake. With so much space, there is little chance of becoming bored.

2. Big Basin Redwoods State Park

At over 100 years old, Big Basin Redwoods State Park is the oldest state park in California. Furthermore, at 18,000 acres, it has the largest, ancient stand of Coastal Redwoods south of San Francisco.



With seven campgrounds, there is a variety of terrain to choose from. The areas ranging from as high as 2000-feet above sea level to as low as sea level cause the foliage to vary from sparse slopes to lush valleys. It also has several waterfalls, and trails for hiking and biking.

3. Cedar Bluff Campground

Within the Sierra National Forest in the Bass Lake Ranger District, at an elevation of 3,400 feet, Cedar Bluff Campground earns its name. The lovely landscape of the High Sierra includes oak-covered foothills and forested slopes, as well as well-known trails like Willow Creek, Goat Mountain, and Spring Cove.


Nearby Bass Lake is a very popular area. The beach and boat ramp make canoeing, kayaking, sailing, motor-boating, waterskiing, swimming and fishing for bass, bluegill, catfish, and trout easy. Also educational programs are offered during the summer at no additional fee.

4. Del Valle Regional Park

Located 10 miles south of Livermore in the East Bay Area wine country near San Francisco, 500-acre Del Valle Regional Park has something for everyone.


With its beautiful 5-mile lake, visitors are provided with 16 miles of shoreline and a variety of water-based activities. Water-lovers enjoy boating, fishing, swimming, and windsurfing. Those who want to stay dry can bike and hike on the trails and in the surrounding areas. The scenery is there is lovely.

5. Eagle Campground

It is nestled within the Lassen National Forest and located on the south shore of 27,000-acre Eagle Lake. Eagle Campground is merely 16 miles north of Susanville, California.


Eagle Campground is just one of five campgrounds in the National Forest, which features a 5.2-mile hiking and biking trail and has several day-use areas. Nearby Eagle Lake has a full-service marina with no fee boat launch areas and boat storage docks. Plus its Gallatin Beach and swimming areas are quite popular.

6. June Lake Campground

Located in the rugged mountains of the Eastern Sierra, June Lake Campground is renowned for its beauty. Between Gull Lake and June Lake, the park features streams, mountain vistas, and a multitude of smaller lakes.

The campground offers full hookups, a laundry room, cable television, and fish cleaning station. It is also within walking distance of the two lakes, which have full marinas and are stocked with Rainbow and Alper’s trout. June Mountain Ski Area and Yosemite National Park are within minutes of the park, as well.

7. Mountain Oak Campground

Located in the Angeles Forest, near L.A., Mountain Oak Campground’s trails are shaded by oak, sugar pines, and ponderosa trees. Some of the local wildlife visitors can expect to see include mountain lions, bobcats, and bighorn sheep.

Near Jackson Lake in the San Gabriel Mountains, campers can enjoy fishing for trout and bluegill, canoeing, and swimming. Since motor boating is prohibited, the area remains quiet and serene.

8. Orange Grove RV Park

The shady, 40-acre orchard in Bakersfield allows you to park your home on wheels between beautiful, aromatic orange trees.

A full-service campground, the park’s amenities include laundry facilities, restrooms, and shower houses. Additionally it provides free Wi-Fi, an outdoor pool, a clubhouse with a game room, and pool tables, as well as a fully equipped gym. With so much to do in a lovely location, most guests get their entertainment on site.

9. Pacific Dunes Ranch RV Resort

Perhaps the most unique RV resort in the Pismo Beach area, Pacific Dunes Ranch RV Resort is located among the Californian dunes. Along with a beautiful view, this secluded park provides easy trails to the beach.

Water activities on the private beach are typically popular with guests of the Pacific Dunes Ranch RV. Although boating, fishing, surfing, and swimming are popular, many “land-lubbers” prefer the hiking, biking, and horseback riding offered.

10. Santa Cruz Ranch RV Resort

Located near Santa Cruz and Carbonero Creek, Santa Cruz Ranch RV Resort boasts many Indian Grinding Rocks. These were once used locally to grind acorns into meal. Although the Resort has a hot tub and heated swimming pool, the main draw is its proximity to the activities available in Santa Cruz, which is only a 10-minute drive away.

Santa Cruz is a water-sport Mecca. The home of Santa Cruz Surfboards and O’Neill Wetsuits, as well as Santa Cruz Bicycles and Santa Cruz Skateboards, the area is well known for watersports such as swimming, surfing, and sailing, as well as diving and paddling.

Additionally, Santa Cruz is the home of California’s oldest amusement park, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk where the a 1911 Charles I. D. Looff Carousel and 1924 Giant Dipper roller coaster are located. The first public skate park in the U.S. is also found in Santa Cruz.

11. Yucaipa Regional Park

With panoramic, scenic views of Mount San Gorgonio and the San Bernadino Mountains, Yucaipa Regional Park is located near Redlands and Oak Glen communities.

The campground offers picnic tables and grills throughout, as well as several large shelter houses with running water and built in grills for larger group activities. Along with horseshoe tossing, there are a variety of outdoor water activities. These include swimming and fishing in the three lakes, cruising the lake on rented aqua cycles or pedal boats, shooting down the dual flume water slides, and playing on the sandy beach.

In conclusion

From the redwoods of Big Basin to the dunes and beaches of the Pacific Ocean, there are many vacation options for west coast adventurers. With camping, swimming, surfing, and horseback riding, as well as the activities away from the campgrounds, there is truly something for everyone.

Please share with friends and family members who may be considering a trip to one of the many California RV parks, as well as any who like to visit “virtually.”

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