California RV Camping
California RV Camping at Crowley Lake
California RV Camping and Campgrounds
California RV camping offers perhaps the widest variety of RV camping sites of any state. You can find any RV camping location from the desert to the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Death Valley to the Pacific Ocean. RV parks are everywhere, and California boasts some of the nation’s most popular State and National Parks. There is abundant free dispersed California RV camping (boondocking) throughout California on the state, national forest, BLM, and some National Park Service managed public lands.
California RV Parks And Campgrounds
- California RV Parks – Research tool for finding the best California RV parks and campgrounds.
Federal RV Camping Information
- National Park Service – NPS information about California RV camping on National Park Service administered lands.
- US Forest Service – USFS clickable map for all National Forests in California. Great dispersed California RV camping sites and many developed campgrounds.
- Bureau of Land Management – BLM information about BLM administered lands in California. LTVA (Long Term Visitor Area) information as well as dispersed RV camping and developed campgrounds.
- US Army Corps of Engineers – USACE/COE information about Corps lakes and campgrounds in California.
- US Fish and Wildlife Service – FWS information about National Wildlife Refuges in California.
State RV Camping Information
- California State Parks – Mountain, desert, and coastal campgrounds offer great RV camping sites.
- California Department Of Fish And Game – Information about California Wildlife Areas. Many allow RV camping with a state clickable location map.
- California State Tourism Website – Where to go and what to do. Includes California RV camping suggestions and trip planning ideas.
- Camping Reservations – Make your campground reservation at California State and Federal campgrounds and have your campsite waiting for you when you arrive.
California RV Dump Stations
Free California RV Camping And Boondocking
Free California RV camping is available 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. The following list is just a sample of free RV camping possibilities. Free California RV camping locations are primitive, which means there are no RV hookups.
Click On The Town Name For California 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 is 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 freshwater 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 an unfamiliar area 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 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 has 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.
Public California RV Camping Locations
Public California RV camping 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 California RV camping locations available at public campgrounds.
- Located 8 miles north of Barstow is the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) Rainbow Basin Natural Area. Offering RV camping sites and Pit toilets, fire rings, and trash. May have water. See BLM web site for details.
- East of Barstow along I-40 is the BLM administered Afton Canyon Natural Area. This is remote desert RV camping with pit toilets, fire rings, and trash.
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 are available for some RV camping sites. Free dispersed RV camping (boondocking) and free designated campground campsites.
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.
- East of Redding is the Lassen Volcanic National Park offering RV camping in several campgrounds. Reservations are available for several of the campgrounds.
- Several improved campgrounds in the area are available for RV camping. The BLM Redding Field Office has information.
- Wild Guides Travel Planner – Lassen Volcanic National Park