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Top Campgrounds and RV Parks in the San Francisco Bay Area

Top Campgrounds and RV Parks in the San Francisco Bay Area

To s’more, or not to s’more, that is the question…

Nothing connects a family as fast as when they are allowed to unplug and get back to nature.

To help with thy unpluggin', we have created a list of what we think are some of the top campgrounds and RV Parks in the San Francisco Bay Area and Beyond.

To refine your search and focus exclusively on a specific travel destination, e.g., Lake Tahoe or Shasta Lake, please select the desired vacation location from our Destination Explorer and search away!
   

Big Sur

Big Sur Campground and Cabins – Big Sur Camping

Highway 1, Big Sur, CA  (831) 667-2322

This is a privately operated, year-round campground RV park. Located in the redwoods trees along the Big Sur River, it amenities include: store, laundry, playground & basketball court. Tent camping with hot showers. RV camping with water & electric hook-ups as well as a dump station.

Fernwood Resort and Campground – Big Sur Camping

(831) 667-2422

Located in the redwood forest along the Big Sur River, it a 60-unit campground.  Available facilities: tent camping, tent-cabins, and RV Parking. 

Ventana Big Sur Campground

(831) 667-2712

Ventana Campground a combination of rustic camping with modern facilities. Three bath houses have hot showers, electrical sockets, and flush toilets. Each site has a picnic table, fire ring, and running water is a short walk from all sites.
  
  

Carmel

Saddle Mountain Recreation Park

Schulte Rd., Carmel, CA  (831) 624-1617

  
  

Fort Bragg

Dolphin Isle Marina & Deli – Harbormaster – Gregg Stevens

32399 Basin St, Fort Bragg, CA 95437       (707) 964-4113

Located one mile from the ocean on the Noyo River, we 150 ocean access boat slips, 85 full hookup RV sites.  Additional services include: Fuel Dock – Propane – Fish Cleaning Station – Deli – Showers – Laundry Room – Bait – Tackle – Beer – Wine 

Caspar Beach

14441 Point Cabrillo Dr., Mendocino CA 95460      (707) 964-3306

Caspar Beach RV Park and Campground is a beach front camping and RV facility on California's Mendocino Coast between Fort Bragg and Mendocino.
  
  

Half Moon Bay

Costanoa Tents, Cabins and Lodge

2001 Rossi Road – Pescadero, CA 

Connected to four State Parks – 30,000 acres of hiking trails – and a vibrant wildlife reserve – Costanoa offers the unique opportunity to experience outdoor living in comfortable stylish surroundings.  Accommodations include canvas cabins – Douglas Fir Cabins – and a forty-room Lodge. Special features include on-site spa services – horseback riding – mountain bike rentals – children's activities – and a general store and cafe.

Half Moon Bay State Beach

95 Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay, CA  (650) 726-8819

Four miles of broad, sandy beaches stretch out to welcome visitors to Half Moon Bay. This picturesque setting is ideal for sunbathing, fishing and picnicking. A campground provides accommodations for those who wish to visit longer.  More >>

Directions: The beach is located a half-mile west of Highway 1 on Kelly Avenue in Half Moon Bay. There are three parking and beach access points: Francis Beach, at the end of Kelly Ave. in the City of Half Moon Bay. Venice Beach, at the end of Venice Blvd. off Highway 1. Dunes Beach, at the end of Young Ave. off Highway 1. More >>
  
  
  

Lake Tahoe, California and Nevada

Tahoe Basin Overview Located in the Sierra Nevada mountains, Lake Tahoe's beautiful, sapphire-blue waters are straddled by the California-Nevada state line. The Lake's elevation averages 6,225 feet, and is surrounded peaks reaching heights of up to 10,880 feet.

The area's #1 attraction is the Lake.  With a maximum depth of 1,645 feet, it is the second deepest lake in the United States — trailing only Crater Lake

in Oregon.  It is approximately 22 miles long and 12 mile wide — creating 72 miles of shoreline that vary from beautiful golden and white sandy beaches on the South, West and North side of the lake  to rugged rock outcrops.

Camp Richardson  — Privately Operated RV Parks & Campgrounds

Hwy 89 and Jameson Beach Rd., South Lake Tahoe, CA   (530) 541-1801

Camp Richardson features a variety of accommodations including: 220 campsites, 110 RV sites, historic hotel with deluxe rooms, year-round cabins, beachside Inn, a marina duplex on the lake, and a restaurant.

Camp Richardson can accommodate RVs up to 35 feet long. RV hook ups are available that range from water, electricity, and sewer to only water and/or electricity.

D.L. Bliss California State Park — Camping

Hwy 89, South Lake Tahoe, CA  (530) 525-7277

D.L. Bliss and Emerald Bay State Parks Cover 1,830 acres in California's Sierra Nevada and include some six miles of Lake Tahoe shoreline. From promontories such as Rubicon Point in D.L. Bliss State Park you can see over one hundred feet into the depths of Lake Tahoe. From the top of Eagle Falls, in Emerald Bay State Park, you can see a brilliant panorama of Emerald Bay, Fannette Island, Lake Tahoe, and the distant Nevada shore.

D.L. Bliss' campgrounds offer over 150 campsites, and it can accommodate campers up to 21 feet long and trailers up to 15 feet.  Sorry, no RV hook ups are available, but the park does have showers and flush toilets.

For more information on the park and its campgrounds visit their Web site. The park's campsites can be reserved by calling the California State Parks reservation hotline at (800) 444-PARK, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. (Pacific Time) seven days a week.

Emerald Bay State Park  —  Boat Camping Only

Hwy 89, South Lake Tahoe, CA  (530) 525-7277

Emerald Bay State Park's Boat Camp campground has 20 campsites with mooring buoys. Boaters can either sleep on board their boat, or camp in a designated site on shore. Each campsite has a table, storage locker, and fire ring. Water is available in the campground, and there are chemical toilets. There are no showers.

The Boat Camp is normally open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, depending upon weather conditions. All campsites–with buoy–are available on a first come, first served basis, and require a nominal fee and registration. For more information on the campgrounds, campsite fees, regulations, and reservation system, visit their Web site or call (530) 525-7277.

Emerald Bay State Park also features the Vikingsholm–one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture in the western hemisphere. Touring the Vikingsholm is like a stepping back into medieval times. The Vikingsholm home may be toured from mid-June thru Labor Day. Tours are given from 10:00 am thru 4:00 pm, every half hour. Tour fees are $3.00 for adults, $2.00 for children, and children under 6 are free.

Emerald Bay State Park  —  Eagle Point Family Campground

Hwy. 89, South Shore Lake Tahoe, Tahoma, CA 96142       (530) 541-3030

The campground has about 100 sites.  Water, restrooms, showers.

  
  

Mendocino

Caspar Beach

14441 Point Cabrillo Dr., Mendocino CA 95460      (707) 964-3306

Caspar Beach RV Park and Campground is a beach front camping and RV facility on California's Mendocino Coast between Fort Bragg and Mendocino.
  
  

Monterey

Veteran's Memorial Park  –  City of Monterey

Skyline Drive, Monterey, CA      (831) 646-3865 

This 50-acre park with overnight group camping, walking trails, BBQ picnic areas, play equipment, turf playfield, is located in Monterey. The Park has a basketball court, limited hiking trails, and a large lawn area which can be used for Frisbee, kite flying, football, softball and relaxing. 

 

Mount Shasta

Castle Crags State Park — Camping / RV accessible

located six miles south of Dunsmuir on I-5.

Named for 6,000-foot glacier-polished crags, the park is perfect for swimming, fishing, rock climbing and hiking.  It features 28 miles of hiking trails, including a 2.7 mile access trail to Castle Crags Wilderness.  The park has 76 developed campsites and six environmental campsites.  For more Information call (530) 235-2684.

KOA of Mount Shasta RV Park

900 N. Mount Shasta Blvd., Mount Shasta  (530) 926-4029

The legendary Mount Shasta presides over this scenic alpine campground, set at 3,500 feet on the base of the majestic peak. Clean air, pure water and cool nights create an idyllic camping experience. 

  
  

Napa Valley

Bothe-Napa Valley State Historic Park — Camping

Hwy 29     (707) 942-4575

Located 5 miles north of St. Helena, the park's 2000 acres is ideal for walking and hiking. Some of the more popular trails lead to nearby Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park and a grove of redwoods. Also, a horseback riding concession operates out of the park during summer and fall.

Skyline Wilderness Park

2201 Imola Avenue, Napa, CA     (707) 252-0481‎

There are 39 spaces available in the park. 19 spaces with full hookups and 20 spaces with water and electricity only. 

Tent camping area has space available for up to 20 tents that are available by special arrangement only 


  
  

San Francisco

Candlestick RV Park, San Francisco

The luxury 5 star rated Candlestick RV Park is the most convenient RV park to stay in to enjoy San Francisco. During your stay, you can take their shuttle bus to downtown or some of the other City attractions.


  
  

Santa Cruz

Costanoa Tents, Cabins and Lodge

2001 Rossi Road – Pescadero, CA 

Connected to four State Parks – 30,000 acres of hiking trails – and a vibrant wildlife reserve – Costanoa offers the unique opportunity to experience outdoor living in comfortable stylish surroundings.  Accommodations include canvas cabins – Douglas Fir Cabins – and a forty-room Lodge. Special features include on-site spa services – horseback riding – mountain bike rentals – children's activities – and a general store and cafe.

Santa Cruz Harbor RV Park (Upper Yacht Harbor)

135 5th Ave., Santa Cruz, CA (831) 475-3279

  

Shasta Lake

Big Horse Resort & RV

19663 Solus Campground Rd., Lakehead, California 96051 (530) 261-2222

A beautiful natural RV resort & Campground, a mile from Salt Creek arm of Shasta Lake Shasta. 
  
  

Sonoma

We are sorry for the inconvenience, but this section is currently being updated for 2016…

Yosemite Valley

Lower Pines — Open March through October (approximately)

Located in the east end of Yosemite Valley near Curry Village at 4,000 ft (1,200 m). Lower Pines Campground contains 60 campsites with tent and RV space.  In addition, there are two small group campsites (sites 10 and 11) that can accommodate seven to 12 people each, and one double campsite (sites 6 and 8), that can accommodate up to 12 people. 

Upper Pines — Open All year

Located in the east end of Yosemite Valley near Curry Village at 4,000 ft (1,200 m). Upper Pines Campground contains 238 campsites with tent and RV space. 

  
  

Reno, NV

Grand Sierra Resort RV Park

2500 East 2nd St., Reno, NV (800)-258-7366

Ideally situated in the heart of America’s Adventure Place, the RV Park at Grand Sierra Resort offers great rates and complete hook-ups on 164 easily-accessed pads, many with river views. 
  
  

Las Vegas, NV

Las Vegas RV Resort

Las Vegas RV Resort is a 390 site RV Resort restricted to guests 18 years of age or older, with a great location just minutes from the action of ‘The Strip’. Located in Las Vegas, Nevada, guests immediately sense the bustle of big city entertainment while experiencing a soothing vacation in the relaxed environment of our welcoming RV Park.
  
  
 


          
          
               

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What's on Tap

Events

Winter Festivals & Events:

Mavericks Surf Competition – Friday, Feb 12, 2016

TITANS OF MAVERICKS is the world’s premiere, high adrenaline, big wave surfing event. 

AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am – Feb. 8-14, 2016

Carmel, CA – One of the most exciting events on the PGA TOUR  

Zinfandel Experience February 25 – 27, 2016 

San Francisco, CA – A three-day wine and culinary extravaganza attracting wine lovers from around the world.

Kayak Surf Festival – March 18-20, 2016

Steamer Lane at Lighthouse Point, Santa Cruz (831) 458-3648

This is the largest kayak surfing competition.

For more "top" events, click on our Festivals & Events page or select a specific travel destination from our Destination Explorer.

Attractions

Top Winter Attractions:

Snow Skiing in the Sierras

Lake Tahoe is home to 15 snow ski resorts and some of the best alpine and cross county snow skiing in the world. You're sure to find a ski resort and hotel that will meet your expectations.

Whale Watching – Dec. through May  

Elephant Seal Watching – December is breeding season. Año Nuevo State Reserve has a large colony of northern elephant seals that assemble there each winter.

 

Advisories

The Region's Fall Advisories:
Yes, it's still water, water, water! California is undergoing an extreme drought. If you are planning a lake vacation be sure to check about water levels. That rafting trip, fishing, or skiing can be impacted.

EXTREME fire danger. The drought has created a very dangerous combination of dry vegetation and no moisture in the air to help contain any fire. Please use extreme caution during your trip.  
  
Traffic Conditions. Traffic through major cities and extremely popular travel destinations can be challenging. Plan ahead to drive before and after commute hours. Go to www.caltrans.com to learn about road conditions. As a special note, Highway 92 in to and out of Half Moon Bay can be very difficult during the pumpkin season. Plan ahead and arrive early and leave late!