In continuation of a previous blog exploring the top winter camping destinations in California, it’s time to take a look at the final five destinations to keep on your list for traveling to with your class B campervan or RV this time of year. Here they are:
5. Los Padres National Forrest: Andrew Molera State Park
Located in Big Sur, this 90-mile stretch of sun kissed coastal forest is well-known for its warmer winter temperatures and incredible biodiversity. Big Sur is home to endangered species such as the California Condor. We recommend having lunch at Nepenthe Restaurant – the views are breathtaking and Condor sightings are quite common. If you’re an angler, Big Sur is the perfect winter camping destination. Salmon and albacore fishing are permitted in these colder months.
4. Joshua Tree National Forest: Jumbo Rocks Campground
If you have never been to Joshua Tree, it is a California destination! Incredible twisting and contorting trees against a starry desert sky backdrop is impressive. The park is larger than the size of Rhode Island and includes massive volcanic rock forms that attract climbers every year. Old Woman Rock, Skull Rock, North Horror Rock and Giant Marbles are some of the most fantastic formations to check out. This park’s warmer temperatures make it an ideal spot for your winter campout.
3. Death Valley National Park: Mahogany Flat Campground
Death Valley’s name may not sound very appealing for your next campout; however, in winter, Death Valley is not so deadly and mild temperatures make this spot ideal for serene, warm desert camping. Check out Telescope Peak to reach an elevation of 11,049 feet. You will see breathtaking views, great wildlife and beautiful plant diversity. The Mahogany Flat Campground is elevated, but if you’re looking for something a little lower in the valley Thorndike and Wildrose will do just nicely.
2. Angel Island State Park
Angel Island State Park offers 360-degree views of San Francisco, the Marin Headlands and Mt. Tamalpais. Great hiking and biking trails in the mild San Francisco Bay winter climate will leave you feeling crisp and refreshed. Make sure to book well in advance, perhaps even a year. Campsites are limited.
1. Oceano Dunes: Guadalupe, CA
Located in the Central Coast in San Louis Obispo County, Oceano Dunes offers 1,500 acres of off-roading. If ATVs and sand dune buggies aren’t your thing, the park also has over 2,500 acres of natural, non-vehicle area. Warmer beach temperatures in the winter offer those who love to skim board, surf and kite board an opportunity to strut their stuff.
We hope you enjoyed our list of the top 10 winter camping destinations in California. To prepare for your trip, be sure to stop by our knowledge center and check out our “Complete Guide to Planning a Winter Camping Trip in Your Campervan.” Happy travels!
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