8 National Parks in California that are great for camping

By Tomi Stojanovic
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One of the best things about the Golden State are the magnificent landscapes and wilderness areas. It has so many beautiful outdoor destinations that everyone falls in love with it. Everywhere you go in California there are charming and inspiring landmarks and places to adventure.

And what better way to explore it, than to go on a camping trip for a few days.



Because the state is so popular, with some many important and popular places, the government protected them by declaring the creation of new National Parks. 28 to be exact. Within the national parks, there are 270 park units with camping grounds. So yeah, there is plenty of places for you to park your RV or set up your tent.


Having the most diverse collection of recreational, cultural, and natural resources, California is a must-go place for camping enthusiasts. Here is a list covering a few National Parks you have to visit when you go camping there.

1. Yosemite National Park


One of the oldest and best known National Park in the country is, of course, Yosemite National Park. The park is full of beautiful, vast landscapes, Sequoia forests, grand meadows, valleys, and breathtaking waterfalls. Having the Sierra Nevada is one of the reasons the park is so rich and diverse.

The park has 13 camping grounds, where you can camp with an RV, trailer or tents. Since the park is so popular, there is big line up for the camping spots. So, you had better make a reservation if you want to make sure of a pitch. All of the campsites are equipped with electrical, water, and sewer hookups.

2. Pinnacles National Park


Just a few hours outside of San Francisco, Pinnacles National Park is a unique and beautiful place to visit. The area was formed by multiple volcanic eruptions 23 million years ago. The park is full of canyons, oak forests, and Chaparrals.

It is best not to visit the park during the summer time, for some people it can get so hot and become unbearable. We recommend visiting the park during spring when it’s full of bright wildflowers and green grass.


The camping sites are reachable from the east side of the park. All of the camping areas are provided with hookups, and some of them have shared tables and BBQ pits. There are also a few seasonal swimming pools which are open during the spring and summer seasons.

3. Death Valley National Park


As the name suggests, this park is a place with extreme temperatures and droughts that make it hard for life to survive here. But, there is something beautiful about it. The salt flats, deep canyons, and sand dunes create spectacular and amazing landscapes. Placed on the border between Nevada and eastern California, the National Park is a home to a diverse spread of natural life, despite it’s name.

There are lots of “First-come, first-served” campsites all across the National Park. They are equipped with electrical and water supplies, fire pits, and tables. Since the place is so hot and dry, it’s a perfect destination for camping in winter.

4. Redwood National Park


The Redwood National Park is mostly known for being the home to the tallest trees on Earth. The forests are so beautiful and deep, you would think that you’re into the Amazon. Apart from the tall trees, the park is full of vast prairies, wild riverways, and 40 miles of coastline.

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