Our Favorite RV Campgrounds in California
California’s diverse landscape and vast shorelines make it one of the most popular states to travel by RV. Many RVs come to experience California for the first time, others simply call their RV, home. The amazing weather, beautiful coastline & national parks are just a few of the reasons campers flock to California to drive its roads and experience its beauty.
Whats not fun when RVing is dealing with your black water tank, the RV’s septic tank, which needs to be dumped routinely at certified dump stations. (You can read more about black water tanks by RVShare). This is why we are providing a list of our favorite RV Campgrounds in California, all of which have dump stations. Enjoy!
San Francisco RV Resort
San Francisco is perhaps one of the most picturesque cities in America. The city is loaded with charm and landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, China Town & the Cable Cars, the only National Monument that moves.
San Francisco RV Resort is situated on a bluff overlooking the rugged NorCal Pacific Ocean. All campsites have an excellent view and most come with water, sewer, cable, and electrical hookups. If you want a place right on the ocean, prepare for dry camping as these sites have no hookups. There are laundry facilities, showers, a heated pool, hot tubs, and a general store.
The resort is only 15 minutes from downtown San Francisco, and public transit is close so you can leave your RV at the site. The friendly staff at San Francisco RV Resort will help you plan a fun day in San Francisco.
Yosemite National Park – Upper Pines Campground
Upper Pines Campground open all year round and is located in Yosemite National Park in the heart of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. The campground can host tent campers as well as RV travelers. It is situated in the heart of Yosemite Valley, close to the iconic wonders of El Capitan and Half Dome.
Upper Pines campsites are available up to five months in advance and is the largest of the three reservation campgrounds in Yosemite Valley. It offers paved roads and parking spurs, flush toilets, and drinking water. Each campsite contains a picnic table, fire ring, and a food storage locker. Yosemite’s free shuttle bus stops near the campground entrance. Nearby, historic Curry Village offers a general store, restaurants and bar, amphitheater, showers, and a tour and activities desk.
Ocean Mesa Campground at El Capitan
As you make your way south through central California you may need a little extra pampering on your trip – perhaps some glamping. Ocean Mesa just north of Santa Barbara is your spot.
Ocean Mesa Campground at El Capitan is the premier campground on the beautiful California Central Coast. Located just 20 minutes north of Santa Barbara, Ocean Mesa is surrounded by Los Padres National Forest above the magnificent Pacific Ocean. This central coast campground offers the best of modern camping including a heated pool and spa, laundry facilities and convenience store. The Mesa is also wired for internet use and television so you never have to feel too disconnected from life at home. Additionally there is horseback riding, surfing and 15 miles of hiking trails.
Malibu RV Park
In 1991, the community of Malibu incorporated into the City of Malibu . The Malibu Beach RV Park is the only RV Park in the City of Malibu. The owner of the park has focused the business of the park on primarily serving visitors to Malibu rather than monthly residents. This allows the park to retain a better image and be more enjoyable for our park guests.
There are numerous activities extremely close to the campground including, world class surfing, swimming, hiking in national parks and whale watching. Malibu RV Park operates 142 RV sites, all of which have either an ocean or mountain view. The park is open 365 days a year.
Twenty Nine Palms RV Resort at Joshua Tree
TwentyNine Palms RV Resort and Cottages is a full service RV Resort with full hook-ups at each site and all the amenities you could want for a wonderful vacation or a winter second home. They run a super friendly community with events for all. Nearby is Joshua Tree National Forest for amazing day hikes.
There is also The Glass Outhouse Art Gallery, a unique outdoor public art galler that draws artists and art collectors from all over the country. The first Saturday of every month (except July and August) there is a Grand Opening to which everyone is invited, a gala affair with refreshments, live music, and dancing under the stars. Lights strung through the trees add an air of enchantment to the event.
The resort boasts 136 back-in sites and 32 pull through sites with plenty of room for big rigs with your toad! Our premium sites are closer to the clubhouse and office and offer some shade.
Traveling through California by RV can be an amazing experience. It offers some of the best RV parks in the nation, and no shortage of activities when you arrive at your RV Campground. For more information about traveling by RV, check out our friends at RVShare.com..