Now that summer is finally here, we all know that means it’s time to go….. CAMPING! I would like to take a moment and tell you guys more about the beautiful state I live in and why it’s the PERFECT place to take your family camping this year. California is big, beautiful, full of mountains, deserts, and beaches! Whatever region you want to camp in this year, California’s got it, and we welcome you with open arms! Below is a list I’ve compiled filled with the BEST campsites in California, in no particular order.
Now Let’s Have a Great Summer!
- Big Sur CampingVentura Campground: Set in a 40-acre redwood grove. Ventana campground, reknowned for its private sites, is located in a secluded redwood lined canyon along Post Creek. There are 92 campsites situated on the canyon floor and in various side canyons and along the ridges. Each site is unique and is complete with a picnic table, adjustable fire ring, and drinking water is near all sites. In addition, Ventana Campground also has three bath houses with hot showers and is heavily forested with coast redwood trees. (You can more info on all of these locations by checking out the .gov sites.)(photo and info credit: bigsurcalifornia.org)
- Yosemite Camping: Yosemite National Park includes nearly 1,200 square miles of mountainous scenery, including high cliffs, deep valleys, tall waterfalls, ancient giant sequoias, and a large wilderness.Millions of people visit Yosemite every year to take in all of it’s beauty! Yosemite National Park has 13 campgrounds; some are reservable while others operate on a first-come, first-served basis. From about April through October, reservations can be very difficult to get and the first-come, first-served campgrounds often fill up early each day. (Info credit nps.gov)
- Santa Margarita Lake: Beyond the developed area of the park, Santa Margarita Lake Natural Area represents several thousand acres of designated open space. This section of the park is managed for its natural resource values, passive recreational use, and environmental education opportunities. The area is accessible to hikers, bicyclists and equestrians. Motor vehicles are not permitted in the Natural Area. Santa Margarita Lake Regional Park is a nature lover’s retreat. With thousands of acres of unspoiled open space, the park is home to countless species of plants and wildlife making it the perfect location for nature study, boating, and fishing.
- Sequoia and Kings Canyon (My Personal Favorite): A Land of Giants. This landscape testifies to nature’s size, beauty, and diversity – huge mountains, rugged foothills, deep canyons, vast caverns, and the world’s largest trees. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks lie side-by-side in the southern Sierra Nevada, east of the San Joaquin Valley. The magnificent, giant sequoias are breathtaking in person and something your family will remember forever.
- Redwoods: Tall Trees and so Much More! Most people know Redwood as home to the tallest trees on Earth. The parks also protect vast prairies, oak woodlands, wild riverways, and nearly 40 miles of pristine coastline, all supporting a rich mosaic of wildlife diversity and cultural traditions. Together, the National Park Service and California State Parks manage these lands for the inspiration, enjoyment, and education of all people. (info cred: nps.gov)
These are just a few of the wonderful FUN places to take your family camping this year! California in all it’s beauty. Whether you choose to camp in the rich forest, or along the California coast, camping is a family experience that everyone has to try at least once! Why not this year?!