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The Best Campgrounds in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is our first station to open in the United States, and we couldn’t be more excited about it!! We took this as an opportunity to share our secret with the world, most people don’t know that there are many awesome campgrounds in and around the greater L.A. area. We researched some incredible locations so you can enjoy camping in Los Angeles. It is the perfect starting location for an unforgettable roadsurfer adventure! Let’s GO!

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Malibu Creek Campsite in Malibu Creek State Park

If you want to escape the big city, but don’t want to drive forever, this is the right campsite for you! Located not far from Los Angeles, there is a lot of nature to explore, and along Malibu Creek, there are almost 6 miles of hiking trails. It is also the perfect region for climbers with over 100 climbing routes. Cooldown afterwards with a courageous jump from the cliffs into the rock pools! If you just want to enjoy the peace and quiet, relax near your camper van by pulling out the camping chairs, lighting a campfire, and soak in the serenity.

Buckhorn Campground in Angeles National Forest

Buckhorn Campground is an underrated gem off the Angeles Crest Highway known for its higher elevation and pleasant, cool temperatures. It is the ideal start for some of California’s most famous trails, such as the Pacific Crest Trail, the Burkhart Trail, and the Silver Moccasin Trail. Waterman Mountain and Twin Peaks East can also be hiked and have the most incredible views.

If you take the Burkhart Trail from camp along a small creek, in under a mile, you will arrive at Cooper Canyon Falls. It is one of the few swimming spots in the Angeles National Forest.

Leo Carrillo State Park Campground

This campground is perfect for beach lovers because it’s within walking distance of countless activities such as surfing, fishing, relaxing on the beach, or exploring the many tide pools and caves. The campground is also right next to the Santa Monica Mountains, which offer plenty of opportunities for hiking and mountain biking.

Set an early alarm and hike from the campsite along the Nicholas Flat Trail to watch the sunrise from the ridge. Trust us, the view of the ocean and surrounding mountains is well worth the early rise.

Manker Flats Campground in Angeles National Forest

Situated at the foot of Mount Baldy, the highest point of the San Gabriel Mountains and Los Angeles County, this campground is the perfect starting point for several challenging and breathtaking hikes. The most popular is probably the 4.3 miles round trip to the top of Mount Baldy, which rewards you with a breathtaking 360-degree view of the surrounding valleys and mountains.

If you prefer a more relaxed walk, take the San Antonio Falls Trail, which starts directly opposite the campsite and leads to a 70-foot waterfall where you can relax and enjoy the scenery.

Sycamore Canyon Campground in Point Mugu State Park

Sycamore Canyon Campground is the ideal place for anyone who can’t decide between many exciting activities. It is located directly at the mouth of a canyon in Point Mugu State Park and offers several routes for hikers, mountain bikers, and runners. If you prefer to chill on the beach, you only need to walk a few feet in the other direction, and you’ll end up right by the sea. For a challenging workout, or just to marvel at, there is a 200-foot -high sand dune only a quarter of a mile away that is very popular. There really is no shortage of things to do here!

Anaheim Harbor RV Park Directly by Disneyland

Every vacationer planning a trip to Disneyland is well catered to at this RV park. It’s not just the adults who get their money’s worth here, but the children can enjoy meeting their idols like Mickey Mouse and watching the fireworks from neighboring Disneyland. Not only that, but sports fans are in for a treat, you are within walking distance of the Anaheim Convention Center, the Angel Stadium and the Honda Center. With close proximity to the Santa Ana Freeway, it is also ideally located for day trips south to San Diego, Hollywood, or classic L.A. sightseeing.

Dockweiler RV Park Directly by the Beach

At Dockweiler RV Park, when you open your RV doors, you are greeted with panoramic ocean views from Malibu to Catalina Island! All this with the best facilities, including electricity and water connections, a practical dump station, hot showers, and a laundry mat. It’s also ideal as an overnight stay in town to stock up on supplies and fresh laundry. Entertainment is also provided here, with picnic tables and barbecues at every site, plus volleyball nets, campfires on the beach, or the chance to try your hand at surf fishing.

Bonelli Bluffs RV Resort and Campsite in San Dimas

On the east side of Los Angeles, this beautiful place is located at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains. Just 45 minutes from the city, you’ll find beautiful mountain views, and Lake Puddington Reservoir with all the amenities a lake has to offer, including boat rentals, a swimming hole, and pure relaxation. Including its own beachfront park, pool, outdoor fire pits, and plenty of exciting activities, you don’t need to leave the campsite for anything. Nearby towns such as San Dimas or Pomona also have a lot to offer and the many restaurants and shops invite you to mosey around town.

Rancho Oso RV & Camping Resort near Santa Barbara

Located on the edge of the Los Padres National Forest and the Santa Ynez River, the Rancho Oso RV & Camping Resort offers beautiful scenery and countless opportunities for horseback riding, biking, or a long hike. Put on your cowboy boots and enjoy the unique flair that has made this place special since 1845. You can decide whether you want to enjoy the numerous entertainment activities or simply relax and enjoy the nature.

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