The Finest Tenting in California From Beachfront Spots to Joshua Tree


It should come as no surprise that California camping is among the best in the country. The scenery and weather make it easy – with always-warm beaches and swampy nature reserves, idyllic farmland and striking cliffs, there’s almost too much beauty to choose from.

However, knowing where to find the best campgrounds in California can be a skill. What separates the dime-a-dozen campgrounds from the really big ones can take years of first-hand experience. So not only did we pool our own research, we tapped into adventurous folks from across the state – many of whom have made the great outdoors more accessible than ever, from Oakland’s Rue Mapp of Outdoor Afro to Kristen Hernandez of Trail Mothers of LA – for their picks too. Here are eight of the best campgrounds in California.