Best RV Parks And Campgrounds In California To Get The Most Out Of The Golden State

Are you looking for an RV Park in California that will blow your mind? Well, your search is over!

The Golden State has the most gorgeous scenery in America. Whether it’s the white-sand beaches in Southern California, driving along the breath-taking Pacific Coast Highway, or marveling at towering redwoods, you’re sure to feel like you’re visiting another world.

In order to provide travelers with a place to stay while visiting these sights, hundreds of RV resorts and campsites have sprout up across California.

finding the right place to park your RV and relax when you’re not exploring can be stressful and tedious. No need to freak out though.

To make your make your trip to California a little easier, and a lot less stressful we’ve put together the best 10 RV Parks and Campgrounds in California with the most amenities, cleanliest facilities, the prettiest scenery, and the best options for things to do nearby.

Top 10 RV Parks and Campgrounds in California

Can you beat the temperate coastal climate of California? I mean, seriously, you can comfortably hike, bike, and lounge on the beach all year-round.

These top 10 RV Parks and Campgrounds will give you the amenities you need to make exploring California easy while putting you right at the center of all the action. 

1. Malibu Beach RV Park– Malibu Beach

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@tommyharrisjr

This might be the best California RV Park on the list for its location alone. Not only is it a short walk from the beach, but it also puts you within short driving distance of Southern California’s most popular attractions.

Everything from Disneyland to Santa Monica Pier are less than an hour away.

As you watch the sunset from nearby Corral Beach you might spot a passing whale or pod of dolphins. The area also offers some of the finest outdoor activities in the region.

Location: 25801 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

Basic Amenities:

  • 65′ Max Length
  • Wi-Fi: Yes (Limited)
  • Cable: Yes
  • Propane: Yes
  • Number of RV Sites: 142
  • Full Hookups: Yes
  • 30/50 Amp: Both
  • Pull-Through Sites: Yes
  • Pool/Hot Tub: No
  • Showers/Laundry: Both
  • Pets Allowed: Yes (Must be registered. Maximum of 2 dogs are allowed per RV site)
  • Cell Reception: Yes

Top Things to do Nearby

  • Point Dume – A top choice for watching the sun set over Santa Monica Bay. The area is also a prime location for swimming, surfing, scuba diving and fishing. Stare out across the waters from December through April, and watch the gray whales migrate down the coast.
  • Malibu Creek State Park – Offers hiking, fishing, bird watching, mountain biking, rock climbing and horseback riding opportunities. A hike along Mailbu Creek trail gives visitors the opportunity to view scenic pools, volcanic rock gorges, and spectacular views of the surrounding valley.
  • El Matador State Beach – Beautiful sea stacks, caves, and arches have attracted professional photographers for decades. Visit at low tide so you can explore some of the caves on the northern side of the beach.   

For more information on RV camping at Malibu Beach RV Park visit HERE.

2. Campland on the Bay – San Diego

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@samnellaa

They say bigger is better. Well, after visiting Campland, you might just agree with them. This RV Park hosts over 500 RVs, right on the beautiful waters of Fiesta Bay.

That means you’ll be able to meet hundreds of other people in the RV community.

Or you can explore the surrounding city of San Diego by visiting a charming café, or wandering the downtown.

Still bored? Go experience the endless number of outdoor activities the area has to offer.

You’ll never run out of things to do, especially since the RV Park itself hosts weekly events.

Location: 2211 Pacific Beach Dr, San Diego, CA 92109

Basic Amenities:

  • 45′ Max Length
  • Wi-Fi: Yes (Limited)
  • Cable: Yes
  • Propane: Yes
  • Number of RV Sites: 500
  • Full Hookups: Yes
  • 30/50 Amp: Both
  • Pull-Through Sites: Yes
  • Pool/Hot Tub: Yes
  • Showers/Laundry: Both
  • Pets Allowed: Yes  
  • Cell Reception: Yes

Top Things to do Nearby

  • Balboa Park – The place where nature, science, and culture collide. It features more than 16 museums, a plethora of performing arts venues, gorgeous gardens, and many other creative and recreational attractions. Plus, it offers a variety of cultural institutions spread out over 1,200 acres. Balboa Park has something for everyone.
  • San Diego Zoo – A short walk from Balboa Park lies this world-renowned zoo. This park gives visitors the chance to marvel at plant and animal species from across the globe. All of them are contained within habitats that closely resemble their home environments.
  • USS Midway Museum – Sure, you’ve been to a museum, and probably thought: boring. But that’s only because you’ve never visited the USS Midway. It’s a museum housed within an enormous aircraft carrier. You’ll find tons of history, and an enormous collection of aircraft on it’s main deck.

For more information on RV camping at Campland on the Bay visit HERE

3. Paradise By The Sea RV Resort – Oceanside, California

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@30afitrealtor

A more apt name than Paradise by the Sea could not have been chosen. This RV beachfront Park truly feels like paradise.

They offer a recreation room complete with Play Station, pool table & shuffle board as well as quick, walkable access to the beach.

Nearby you can find a beautiful pier from which to fish, or a charming sea-side village in which to shop.

It has everything you need to experience a relaxing weekend in California-style paradise.

Location: 1537 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054

Basic Amenities:

  • 65′ Max Length
  • Wi-Fi: Yes (Limited)
  • Cable: Yes
  • Propane: Yes
  • Number of RV Sites: 78
  • Full Hookups: Yes
  • 30/50 Amp: Both
  • Pull-Through Sites: Yes
  • Pool/Hot Tub: Both
  • Showers/Laundry: Both
  • Pets Allowed: Yes (Pet fee required
  • Cell Reception: Yes

Top Things to do Nearby

  • Oceanside Fishing Pier – A great angling opportunity for beginners or masters. You can expect to catch everything from croakers to surf perch to halibut, and even sand sharks.
  • Oceanside Harbor – This collection of shops and businesses is cased in a rustic sea village. It offers waterfront dining, stand-up paddle boarding, as well as unique gifts and apparel.
  • Carlsbad State Beach – This picture-worthy beach provides visitors with cement walkways, volleyball nets, and the opportunity to see dolphins from the shore. Or you can just connect with your inner beach bum, and lay out across its warm sands—up to you.

For more information on RV camping at Paradise by the Sea visit HERE

4. Ramblin’ Redwoods Campground – Crescent City

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@ramblinredwoodscampground

This place is nestled within the home of giants. That’s right, you’re going to camp beneath the most gargantuan trees on the planet—redwoods.

This unique locale will make you feel as though you’ve been transported back to another time, when dinosaurs roamed the earth.

Bring a camera, and prepare yourself for some incredible pictures. The RV Park accentuates it’s natural scenery by giving campers a campsite nestled in the trees, while also still providing all the comforts of modern living.

Location: 6701 US-101, Crescent City, CA 95531

Basic Amenities:

  • 42′ Max Length
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Cable: Yes (Limited Channels)
  • Propane: Yes
  • Number of RV Sites: 102
  • Full Hookups: Yes
  • 30/50 Amp: Both
  • Pull-Through Sites: Yes
  • Pool/Hot Tub: No
  • Showers/Laundry: Both
  • Pets Allowed: Yes  
  • Cell Reception: Yes

Top Things to do Nearby

  • Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park – Best old growth redwood forest in the region. Check-out the Grove of Titans for some of the most impressive trees in the state. Bright, lush, and open, it’s one of the most scenic redwood forest.
  • Battery Point Lighthouse – This lighthouse dates back to the 1850s. Visitors can explore it’s maritime museum, or grab pictures of it at sunset. The lighthouse gets cut separated from the mainland by thread of water during high tide. So, make sure you visit during the right time.
  • South Beach – It’s a popular beach due to the fact that it’s largely protected from the stormy weather of Northern California. It’s a good place to relax for the day.

For more information on RV camping at Ramblin’ Redwoods Campground visit HERE

5. Caspar Beach RV Park – Mendocino

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@emilychristopher89

Northern California isn’t as well known for it’s beaches as it’s Southern counterpart. But that doesn’t mean it lacks impressive shores.

Caspar Beach is the perfect example of this rule. And the best part? This northern California RV Park puts you right in walking distance of this beautiful beach!

You can enjoy the best amenities in the region while also enjoying some of the most amazing outdoor activities in the state. Don’t believe us? You’ll just have to stay a night!

Location: 14441 Point Cabrillo Dr, Mendocino, CA 95460

Basic Amenities:

  • 50′ Max Length
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Cable: Yes
  • Propane: No
  • Number of RV Sites: 126
  • Full Hookups: Yes
  • 30/50 Amp: Both
  • Pull-Through Sites: Yes
  • Pool/Hot Tub: No
  • Showers/Laundry: Both
  • Pets Allowed: Yes  
  • Cell Reception: Yes

Top Things to do Nearby

  • Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park – A lighthouse and several other historical buildings have been preserved on 296.5 acres of rugged, oceanic headland. It provides amazing views, a historical learning experience, and plenty of wildlife
  • Skunk Train – Take a magical train ride through the redwoods. The Skunk Train has slugged it’s way through old-growth forests, impressive tunnels, and over scenic bridges since 1885, taking riders through the heart of Noyo River Canyon.
  • Mendocino Botanical Garden – This beautiful botanical garden offers colorful displays, and the pounding waves of the ocean in one package. Gardeners and nature lovers flock to it for it’s manicured gardens, dense coastal pine forest, native plants and animals, and coastal bluffs blanketed in flowers.

For more information on RV camping at Caspar Beach RV Park visit HERE.

6. Ocean Mesa at El Capitan – Santa Barbara

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@oceanmesa

This RV Park puts you within walking proximity of El Capitan State Beach. Its beautiful sandy shores provide visitors with relaxation, swimming, and light surfing.

The resort is also a 20-minute drive from Santa Barbara, a popular beach town with some of the prettiest beaches in California.

You can even enjoy their horseshoe pit, and 15 miles of hiking trails, year-round, as the weather is always beautiful. Stay in the heart of California’s beach country, stay at Ocean Mesa.

Location: 100 El Capitan Terrace Ln, Goleta, CA 93117

Basic Amenities:

  • 50′ Max Length
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Cable: Yes
  • Propane: Yes
  • Number of RV Sites: NA
  • Full Hookups: Yes
  • 30/50 Amp: Both
  • Pull-Through Sites: Yes
  • Pool/Hot Tub: No
  • Showers/Laundry: Both
  • Pets Allowed: Yes  
  • Cell Reception: Yes

Top Things to do Nearby

  • Santa Barbara Mission – This preserved historical landmark has graced the California coastline since 1786. It remains functional, housing monks, and offers tours to visitors curious about its history.  
  • Arroyo Burro Beach – Local’s call it Hendry’s Beach. A gentle creek snakes through the tall bluffs that surround this stunning shoreline. Its 4.6 acres in size, giving travelers plenty of space for privacy and reprieve.
  • Stearns Wharf – If you got a hankering for good ol’ fashioned shopping, look no further! Stearns Wharf features historic docks bursting with dining and shopping options. Bring your wallet, and a big backpack.

For more information on RV camping at Ocean Mesa at El Capitan visit HERE.

7. Palm Canyon Hotel & RV Resort – Borrego Springs

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@edwardgranata

Did you ever want to go on an RV vacation where you could do everything without leaving the comfort of your RV park?

Well, now you can! Palm Canyon RV Resort provides a restaurant, a saloon with live music, a fitness center, as well as excellent star-gazing opportunities.

You can work-out, eat dinner, get drunk, dance at a live venue, and then lay atop your RV while you stare at a beautiful star-studded sky—and all within a couple 100 feet of your RV.

But that’s not all! A western theme covers the entire park, making it appear like the set of an old cowboy movie.

Location: 221 Palm Canyon Dr, Borrego Springs, CA 92004

Basic Amenities:

  • 70′ Max Length
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Cable: Yes
  • Propane: Yes
  • Number of RV Sites: 134
  • Full Hookups: Yes
  • 30/50 Amp: Both
  • Pull-Through Sites: Yes
  • Pool/Hot Tub: Yes
  • Showers/Laundry: Both
  • Pets Allowed: Yes  
  • Cell Reception: Yes

Top Things to do Nearby

  • Galleta Meadows – A sculpture enthusiasts wet dream! This privately owned estate contains over 130 large metal art installations. They’re spread over several lots, and include representations of dragons, animals, and more. 
  • Anza-Borrego Desert State Park  – rugged desert scenery formed by the corrosive power provided by wind and water over thousands of years. It’s a great place for pictures, or star gazing.
  • Slot Canyon Trail – A perfect place to replicate the movie 127 Hours—or not. These beautiful, narrow, sandstone canyons make for excellent exploration. Just make sure you go with a buddy, and tell someone before you go. Don’t pull a James Franco.

For more information on RV camping at Palm Canyon Hotel & RV Resort visit HERE.

8. Anaheim Harbor RV Park – Anaheim

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@adventureswithdinopod

When you think of American culture, its three defining hallmarks probably enter your mind: cheeseburgers, Daisy Dukes, and Disney.

So, a visit to California wouldn’t be complete without visiting the theme park carrying its namesake—Disneyland! Anaheim Harbor RV Park offers free shuttle service to, and from the park.

Furthermore, you’ll find yourself at the center of other theme parks, including: Universal Studios and Knotts Berry Farm.

Location: 1009 S Harbor Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92805

Basic Amenities:

  • 40′ Max Length
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Cable: No
  • Propane: Yes
  • Number of RV Sites: 150
  • Full Hookups: Yes
  • 30/50 Amp: Both
  • Pull-Through Sites: Yes
  • Pool/Hot Tub: Yes
  • Showers/Laundry: Both
  • Pets Allowed: Yes  
  • Cell Reception: Yes

Top Things to do Nearby

  • Disneyland – A literal Disney movie come to life. If you don’t know Disneyland than you’ve been living under a very big rock for the last 100 years.
  • Knott’s Berry Farm – Another amusement park with less cultural icons, but more high adrenaline rides. It started as a humble berry farm until progressively growing larger and larger, and eventually becoming the pariah that it is today.
  • Peters Canyon Regional Park – Here you’ll find artificial ecosystems blended with natural ones. The 360-acre park has plenty of options for outdoor activities, and a surprising wildlife biosphere.

For more information on RV camping at Anaheim Harbor RV Park visit HERE.

9. Pioneer RV Park – Quincy

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@pioneerrvpark

Want to escape the crowds? That’s usually difficult in a state as popular as California, but not in Quincy! This RV Park offers the natural seclusion that most RVers seek.

You’ll find yourself in a forested lot with beautiful natural scenery, and a plethora of outdoor activities.

The park itself holds weekly events like community campfires and star-gazing parties, so it’s also a great way to meet other people in the RV community.

Location: 1326 Pioneer Rd, Quincy, CA 95971

Basic Amenities:

  • 98′ Max Length
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Cable: No
  • Propane: Yes
  • Number of RV Sites: 62
  • Full Hookups: Yes
  • 30/50 Amp: Both
  • Pull-Through Sites: Yes
  • Pool/Hot Tub: No
  • Showers/Laundry: Both
  • Pets Allowed: Yes  
  • Cell Reception: Yes

Top Things to do Nearby

  • Plumas National Forest – A high-altitude pine forest that will have you looking at California in a different way. Outdoor activities abound!
  • LakeAlmanor – A large lake popular for fishing, as well as, sports like jet skiing, sailing, and canoeing. You’ll also find hiking trails along its edge.
  • Lassen Volcanic National Park – The drive might be a little far, but it’s worth it. Hike among the park’s volcanic peaks, uncover uber-clear alpine lakes, and gaze into breath-taking starry nights.

For more information on RV camping at Pioneer RV Park visit HERE.

10. Upper Pines RV Park – Yosemite

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@flyinghighonpoints

Another rustic RV camping option for those that dislike crowds and beaches. Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite is the best spot for RVs in the entire National Park.

They don’t offer many amenities, but they do offer a central location to many of the popular hiking trails.

You need to make sure you make a reservation six months in advance as spots fill up fast. You’ll be sleeping in one of the most beautiful National Parks in the country.  

Location: YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CA 95389

Basic Amenities:

  • 35’ Max Length
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Cable: No
  • Propane: No
  • Number of RV Sites: 240
  • Full Hookups: No
  • 30/50 Amp: Neither
  • Pull-Through Sites: Yes
  • Pool/Hot Tub: No
  • Showers/Laundry: Showers
  • Pets Allowed: Yes (Not on any hiking trails though)  
  • Cell Reception: Yes (Depending on the carrier)

Top Things to do Nearby

  • Mist Trail – You can either take the 3-mile trek to Vernal Falls, or the 7-mile trek to Nevada Falls. I recommend you do the 7-mile trek, if you can complete hikes of moderate level difficulty.
  • Half Dome – What if a strenuous 14-to-16-mile hike separated you from the best views in Yosemite Park? Don’t let it—go to Half Dome!  Just make sure you reserve a spot in advance as reservations are required.
  • Yosemite Falls Trail – a great trail for those less inclined towards strenuous activity. It provides birdwatchers with plenty of avian viewing opportunities, as well as excellent views of Yosemite Falls.

For more information on RV camping at Upper Pines Campground visit HERE.

Common Questions About RV Parks and Camping in California

California, especially the Southern part, is extremely crowded, expensive, and difficult to navigate.

Thus, it’s a little more challenging to camp with your RV here. In order to ensure that you have an easy, stress-free RV camping experience we’ve decided to include some of the common questions RVers ask when visiting the state.

Can I camp my RV anywhere in California?

No (Sorta). It differs from city to city, and region to region. For instance, in San Diego your RV cannot be impounded, nor can you be written a ticket if you’re living in it on the streets.

On the other hand, in Los Angeles, it is illegal to stay overnight on any public streets. So, it’s always a good idea to call the city or region ahead of time to check.

What’s the average cost of campgrounds in California?

As our website states, most RV campground in California cost between $15 – $40.

However, the exact price depends on the location, amenities provided, and the size of your RV.

Are there RV size restrictions for California highways?

Yes! According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, most highways restrict RVs longer than 40 feet.

There’s no exact restriction on height, but you should always check ahead to make sure your vehicle can clear bridges, tunnels, and other low clearance objects.

How much on average does it cost to stay in an RV Park in California?       

As our website states, the average cost of an California’s RV Park ranges between $30 – $60 per night.

However, the exact price depends on the location, amenities provided, and the size of your RV.

Are pets allowed at RV Parks and Campgrounds?

Most RV Parks and Campgrounds in California allow pets, but many charge a fee per pet. Always register your pet as failing to do so can lead to a higher fee, or expulsion from the RV Park and Campground.

Are there any companies that deliver RVs to campgrounds?

Yes, some companies like Outdoorsy will deliver an RV to your campsite for a fee. It differs depending on the company/owner.

We’re all California dreamin’ now! Feel free to ask any questions in the comments below, or tell us about your Golden State RV travel story. We’re all ears!

Last Updated on by Aaron Richardson

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