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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

Campground Reservations

  • 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

Baker California RV Camping BAKER
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.

Borrego Springs California RV Camping BORREGO SPRINGS
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.

Earp California RV Camping EARP
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.

Glamis California RV Camping GLAMIS
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.

Hollister California RV Camping HOLLISTER
South of Hollister free RV camping is available at BLM campgrounds. The Clear Creek Management Area is nearby with vault toilets and trash.

Lone Pine California RV Camping LONE PINE
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.

Mammoth Lakes California RV Camping MAMMOTH LAKES
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.

Needles California RV Camping NEEDLES
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.

Niland California RV Camping NILAND
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.

Ravendale California RV Camping RAVENDALE
At Dodge Reservoir, BLM administers the Dodge Campground. This primitive campground offers the RV camper trash, fire ring, and pit toilet. Donations accepted.

Ridgecrest California RV Camping RIDGECREST
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.

Susanville California RV Camping SUSANVILLE
North of Susanville, BLM (Bureau of Land Management) administers North Eagle Lake, Rocky Point, and Ramhorn campgrounds. These are primitive campgrounds with no fee.

Ukiah California RV Camping UKIAH
BLM (Bureau of Land Management) has several free campgrounds available for RV camping. Verify campground suitability for your RV size.

Vidal Junction California RV Camping VIDAL JUNCTION
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.

Baker California RV Camping BAKER
East of Baker is the Mojave National Preserve. Offering RV camping in two campgrounds and dispersed camping for the more adventurous RVer.

Barstow California RV Camping BARSTOW

  • 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.

Bishop California RV Camping BISHOP
Near Bishop is the BLM Horton Creek Campground. Well dispersed RV camping sites with pit toilets, trash, fire rings, and picnic tables.

Canby California RV Camping CANBY
Northwest of Canby is the Lava Beds National Monument. 40 non-reservable campsites with water and RV dump.

Chino California RV Camping CHINO

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.

Death Valley California RV Camping DEATH VALLEY

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.

Fall River Mills California RV Camping FALL RIVER MILLS
RV camping is available at BLM’s Pit River Recreation Area. Picnic tables and fire rings. Lots of shade for RV camping.

Hesperia California RV Camping HESPERIA
San Bernardino County offers the Mojave River Forks Regional Park. RV camping is available at 50 campsites, 25 with water and electricity.

Independence California RV Camping INDEPENDENCE
A few miles from Independence is Goodale Creek Campground. Offering long term RV camping with LTVA (Long Term Visitor Area) permit.

Lake Crowley California RV Camping LAKE CROWLEY
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.

Lone Pine California RV Camping LONE PINE
West of Lone Pine is the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) Tuttle Creek Campground. Good access and well-dispersed sites for any size RV. Pit toilets, trash, fire rings, and picnic tables.

Maripose California RV Camping MARIPOSA
A short distance from Mariposa is Yosemite National Park. RV camping with spectacular scenery is available. Reservations are available and required for some campgrounds.

Mammoth Lake California RV CampingsMAMMOTH LAKES
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.

Needles California RV Camping NEEDLES
Near Needles is San Bernardino County’s Moabi Regional Park. RV camping available with water and electric sites and some full hookup campsites. Extended stay rates as well for Winter RVers.

Nevada City California RV Camping NEVADA CITY
BLM (Bureau of Land Management)s South Yuba Campground offers hiking and RV camping. First come, first-serve campground with fire pits, pit toilets, and picnic tables.

Orick California RV Camping ORICK
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.

Porterville California RV Camping PORTERVILLE

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.

Redding California RV Camping REDDING

Redway California RV Camping REDWAY
Near Redway is the King Range National Conservation Area. RV camping is available at several campgrounds.

San Bernardino California RV Camping SAN BERNARDINO
The county park system offers Glen Helen Regional Park. RV camping as well as fishing, swimming, showers, and ATV area nearby.

Santa Monica California RV Camping SANTA MONICA
Just outside the Los Angeles metro area is the Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area. Click Here for information about RV camping.

Twentynine Palms California RV Camping TWENTYNINE PALMS
RV camping is available at Joshua Tree National Park. 10 campgrounds are available, but some accommodate only smaller RVs. RV camping reservations available at some campgrounds.

Victorville California RV Camping VICTORVILLE
San Bernardino County offers the Mojave Narrows Regional Park. With 85 RV camping sites, 38 with full hookups, this campground and park have a lot to offer the RV camper.

Weaverville California RV Camping WEAVERVILLE
Year-round RV camping is available at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. The park has campgrounds that have reservations available, as well as first-come-first-serve campsites.

Yucaipa California RV Camping YUCAIPA
The San Bernardino County Yucaipa Regional Park offers 26 full hookup RV camping sites along with fishing, boating, and a playground.



 
 
 
 
 

Federal Public Land
RV Camping Information

US Forest Service - USFS
Describes USFS policies and rules about RV camping. Information about dispersed camping, and tips on how to find great free RV camping sites.

National Park Service (NPS)
General information about RV camping 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.

US Army Corp of Engineers (USACE/COE )
USACE (perhaps better know as COE) manages water recreation areas throughout the USA. Information about finding Corps managed lakes, RV camping rules and policies for use of these water based recreation areas is included.

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