California RV Camping at Crowley Lake
RV camping in California offers perhaps the widest variety of RV camping sites of any state. From the desert to the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and Death Valley to the Pacific Ocean, you can find any type of RV camping location. RV parks are everywhere, and California boasts some of the nations most popular State and National Parks. There is abundant free RV camping throughout California on State, National Forest, and BLM managed public lands.
Free RV camping is available throughout California on public lands administered by the BLM (Bureau of Land Management), and the USFS (US Forest Service). State parks, US Army Corps of Engineers, Fish and Wildlife Service and more allow free RV camping as well. The following list is just a sample of free RV camping possibilities. Free RV camping locations are primitive which means there are no RV hookups.
Click On The Town Name Below For RV Camping Locations
East of Baker is the National Park Service (NPS) administered Mojave National Preserve. Free dispersed RV camping (boondocking) for the more adventurous RVer is available throughout the preserve.
East of town are several locations for free RV camping. 6 and 8 miles east of town are two large areas with no hookups on State Land bordering the Anza Borrego State Park. The town has fuel and groceries, and the state park has RV dump and fresh water available for a nominal charge.
5 miles west of Earp along the western border of the Colorado River Indian Tribes Reservation is BLM administered land available for free RV camping. Any size RV will fit in this area.
Near the BLM administered Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area offers free RV camping with a motorized recreation backdrop. Fee camping and free RV camping is available in this desert area. Much of the Glamis area is sandy, so we recommend exploring before heading into unfamiliar country with your RV.
South of Hollister free RV camping is available at BLM campgrounds. The Clear Creek Management Area is nearby with vault toilets and trash.
West of Lone Pine is the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) Alabama Hills Recreation Area. Historic film locations and fabulous scenery make for a great RV camping experience. BLM and USFS developed campgrounds are available nearby for a nominal fee.
The INYO National Forest provides many developed and dispersed camping opportunities. There are three free developed campgrounds north of Mammoth Lakes, and BLM camping is available near Crowley Lake.
There are free RV camping locations throughout BLM's Needles Field Office management area. The Turtle Mountains south of Needles have good gravel road access and numerous RV camping opportunities just outside the Wilderness Area.
This town is home to an unusual free RV camping area east of town often referred to as "Slab City". This area is not for everyone, though we suggest you at least check it out. From "Resurrection Mountain" to the nudist colony, this free RV camping community may be just what you are looking for. The Slabs are located about 2 miles east of town down Main Street.
At Dodge Reservoir, BLM administers the Dodge Campground. This primitive campground offers the RV camper trash, fire ring, and pit toilet. Donations accepted.
Surrounded by BLM administered land, RV camping opportunities are easily available. Bureau of Land Management RV camping information near southern access to Death Valley National Park.
North of Susanville, BLM (Bureau of Land Management) administers North Eagle Lake, Rocky Point, and Ramhorn campgrounds. These are primitive campgrounds with no fee.
BLM (Bureau of Land Management) has several free campgrounds available for RV camping. Verify campground suitability for your RV size.
Free RV camping on BLM administered land. Unlimited area for any size RV on the Southeast corner of the intersection.
Our Public Lands and Boondocking Section have more information about finding remote free RV camping locations, and our Free RV Camping has ideas about free camping and parking places you may not have thought about.
RV camping in California is great for RVers looking for varied outdoor experiences. Campgrounds managed by BLM (Bureau of Land Management) and California State Parks offer RV camping, and the same is true for most County and Community parks. USFS (US Forest Service) campgrounds offer cooler locations to escape the Summer heat. Amenities range from dry RV camping with only trash and pit toilets to RV camping sites with full RV hookups.
These are only a few of the great RV camping locations at California public campgrounds.
San Bernardino County has a wonderful park system available for RV camping. Prado Regional Park offers 50 full hookup campsites with an additional 25 with water and electricity only.
Beautiful desolate scenery awaits you at Death Valley National Park. RV camping is available at several NPS (National Park Service) campgrounds. Reservations available for some RV camping sites.
Between Mammoth Lakes and Bishop is the BLM Crowley Lake Campground. Well dispersed RV camping with pit toilets, fire rings, trash, and picnic tables. LTVA (Long Term Visitor Area) permits are available for this campground.
Click on the Mammoth Lakes town name above for over 400 campsites spread over 15 campgrounds in the Mammoth Lakes area. Links to every public and private campground, maps, town facilities, Devil's Pospile National Monument, Rainbow falls, and other outdoor recreation in the Mammoth Lakes area.
RV camping is available year round in the area surrounding Redwood National Park. State parks in the area offer RV camping as well, and information can be accessed through the NPS (National Park Service) web site above.
To the East of Porterville is the Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Park. RV camping is available at numerous park campgrounds with dump stations and water available.
USFS (US Forest Service) - Describes USFS policies and rules about RV camping. Information about dispersed camping, and tips on how to find great free RV camping sites.
NPS (National Park Service) - General information about RV camping and campgrounds in US National Parks. With campgrounds in the most historic and scenic places in the country, the NPS offers some of the best places for RV camping.
USACE/COE (US Army Corp of Engineers) - USACE (perhaps better know as COE) manages water recreation areas throughout the USA. Information about finding USACE lakes, RV camping possibilities, and rules and policies for use of these water based recreation areas is included.
BLM (Bureau of Land Management) - Located throughout the western USA, BLM managed lands offer great camping locations. Developed campgrounds, and almost unlimited dispersed camping opportunites await you.
Here's a list of places to consider when looking for a free overnight RV camping or parking location in California. We always recommend asking for overnight RV parking permission when looking for a free spot to spend the night. The smaller your RV, the better chances you will have finding places to stay if you choose not to ask permission. If you don't ask permission, you end up "sneaking" into places and hoping nobody bothers you or issues you a trespassing ticket before you move on.
Be smart and Be Safe...Ask Permission.
As you can see, there are a lot of free RV camping and parking possibilities in California. If you are not asking permission, it's best to keep a very low profile. If your RV has slide outs, jacks and TV antennas, don't use them so as not to draw attention to yourself. Consider your surroundings carefully and if you feel uncomfortable with the area, move somewhere else.