Campsite List for Arizona, California, and Nevada

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by AngryScot, Jun 8, 2009.

  1. AngryScot

    AngryScot .

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    Welcome to the WESTs local campsite list for Arizona, California, and Nevada :D

    A local version of this trip planning thread
    Maintained by yours truly :gdog :lol3

    What I need from a post, lets try and keep this an information source only, no questions/comments in the thread.

    1) State / Town / Region
    2) GPS co-ords or directions
    3) Fee / no fee
    4) Features ... picnic table, fire ring, bbq , shower, wi-fi etc.
    5) good to know items like store, or places to eat near by or things to avoid etc.
    6) Pictures are cool! :deal :D

    Thanks for all the submissions so far! :clap

    Also if you have suggestions on labeling of the areas I would welcome them.
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  2. AngryScot

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    The Arizona campsite list:

    Grand Canyon
    Saddle Mountain Trail head, Kaibab NF Post 11
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  3. AngryScot

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    The California campsite list:

    CA Coast:
    Northern Coast
    Redwood River Resort post 9
    Gualala Point Post 7
    School House Canyon-GuernevillePost 21



    Central Coast
    Lime Kiln State Park, Highway 1, CA Post 8
    Big Sur, Highway 1, CA Post 28
    Big Sur, Highway 1, CA Post 30

    Southern Coast

    Eastern Sierras:
    Tuttle Creek/Lone Pine Post 5
    Benton Hot Springs Post 6
    Pigeon Flat - Sonora Pass Post 22
    Baker and Deadman - Sonora Pass Post 23

    Nor-Cal:
    Lava Beds National Monument, California Post 19
    Lake Sonoma / Liberty Glen Campground Post 29
    Boggs Mtn. State Campground Post 42


    Central:
    Sierra Madre Campground, Los Padres NF Post 12

    So-Cal:
    Ocotillo Wells Post 13
    Joshua Tree National Park - Jumbo Rocks Campground Post 16

    Eastern CA:
    Emigrant Camp, Death Valley National Park Post 10
    Kennedys Meadows Post 14
    Hartley Springs Post 15
    Silver Creek campground, Humboldt-Toiyabe NF Post 17
    Spring Creek Campground, Frenchman Lake, Plumas NF, California Post 18
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  4. AngryScot

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    The Nevada campsite list:

    Southern NV
    Valley of Fire State Park, NV Post 20
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  5. Rocko1007

    Rocko1007 Been here awhile

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    I'll go first...Year round no reservations with campground host

    BLM site $5/night with big spaces tables and fire ring. Half the sites back on to flowing Tuttle Creek. Toilets but no water except the creek.
    Some trees but not much shade.About 5000 ft elev.

    Gas/food/hotels in Lone Pine 5 minutes away.

    Take 395 to Lone Pine, go west on Whitney Portal Rd then left on Horseshoe Meadow Rd about 2 mi then right into campground driveway then 1/2 mile up to sites.

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  6. AngryScot

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    The Old House at Benton Hot Springs

    Phone:
    760-933-2287

    Location:
    55137 Hwy 120
    Benton, California 93512


    Elevation:
    7129 ft

    42 miles east of 395
    38 miles south of Bishop on Hwy 6
    4 miles west(approx) from Benton on Hwy 6
    MAP

    Fee based camping and B&B also available
    :
    Over night hot tub info available from website. :deal
    $25 a night then $10 for each person after that, I found it best to call and tell her how many and ask for a recommendation on which tub. Friendly folks :thumb
    Recommend reservations as it is small and books up quick. :deal

    Site info:
    campsites are surrounded by brush and are grass and sandy based dirt. Not a whole lot of shade so a tarp is useful. Site has a gate to access the campground.

    Fire pits available and some sites have rolling charcoal BBQs

    Porta-potty bathrooms for campsite, B&B have indoor (check site for info)
    Single tubs are just that, I was with a group of 4 and we got a large tub which was awesome, large enough for 4 "big" adv types to relax in without bumping into each other :huh :lol3

    Both spring "hot" and regular "cold" water are available at the site.

    Local info:
    Either get supplies in Lee Vining/Bishop (bigger towns with a few options) or Benton (small store with limited supplies) depending on which way you head in.

    395 to 120 is a great route with lots to see and a great mix of tarmac twisty and sweeper stuff. Amazing views also.

    Old building as you come in from 395 along 120
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    Front of campground and B&B
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    One of the larger sites
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  7. AngryScot

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    Gualala Point Park Campsite(local way to say it is wa-LA-la)

    Location:
    MAP

    1.7 miles to town center
    118 miles from SF
    59 miles from Fort Bragg

    Elevation:
    Sea Level or just a tad above :D

    Fee info:
    $22 a night (they do charge per extra vehicle)
    Reservations are through the local county site no reserve america :deal
    Camphost has firewood :thumb

    Site info:
    The campground has a restroom with flush toilets, fresh water spouts located between sites,electrical outlets and coin operated showers ($1.50 for 5 minutes).
    Not many sites as this place is on the small side, but most are nice and flat and have lots of shade since you are in the forest.
    2.5 mile hike out under the bridge and to the ocean beach is worth a trip if you go.

    Local info:
    Town is a mile or so north of camp ground over the bridge crossing the river. Well stocked town with gas/grocery stores etc. Nice bar and grill on the left as you come into town on the left (biker themed place) with a nice view of the ocean and lots of beer on tap :freaky
    About 1 mile south of the camp site is a cool artist made church which is worth a visit. Non denomination just a place to stop and think

    Camp is to the left up and under the bridge
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  8. MaddBrit

    MaddBrit Now officially a Yank.

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    Great thread idea, Garry.

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    Lime Kiln State Park, CA.

    Location:
    On CA Highway 1, just south of Big Sur

    Elevation:
    Sea Level :D

    Fee info:
    Not sure, but I think around $15
    Book in advance and on line at http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=577
    IMPORTANT: Check its open as a recent chalk fire caused it to close. Should be open again shortly.

    Site info:
    The campground has toilets, fresh water, fire wood and a fire pit on every site.
    You can squeeze 3 small tents on each site.

    Local info:
    Just 33 sites, and some have fabulous sea views of the coastline.
    Its literally just 200 yards to the beach.

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    Fantastic views of the coastline.

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    You might have to rough it a bit! :D

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    Its very close to the road thats heads over the mountains to Hunter Liggett Military Reservation. Make sure you have your driving licence and insurance etc - they will check. The views are kick ass good.

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  9. Stinez

    Stinez Rhymes with Heinz :D

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  10. RandyM

    RandyM Less talk, More ride

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    Emigrant Camp, Death Valley National Park

    Location: In Death Valley National Park along Highway 190 near the Wildrose Road Junction.

    GPS: N36 29 47.1 W117 13 38.9

    Elevation: 2100ft

    Fee: No fee.

    Features: Picnic Table, Flush Toilets, and water. The ground is kind of rocky. No shade. No Fires allowed

    Site info: Approx 10 sites, not numbered. There is no host or rangers. This campground is used as an overnight stop by visitors and fills up quickly in the late afternoon and evening. During mid day it is often empty. A general store and gas is located about 10 miles away at Stovepipe wells. Nothing exciting, but the price is right!

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  11. dave6253

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    On the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in the Kiabab National Forest on the border of the National Park and 1.8 miles as the crow flies from Point Imperial (but 36 miles by road).

    Elevation; 8825 ft

    Coordinates; N36 18.085 W111 59.757

    Directions; Just north of the Grand Canyon National Park boundary turn east on FS 611. Follow the signs to the end of FS Road 610 at Saddle Mountain TH. 14 miles of easy gravel, although a little slippery due to marble-like gravel.

    Description; 3-4 primitive sites hacked out of the forest with awesome eastern views of the Grand Canyon. The site I was in had a fire ring. There are literally tons of firewood nearby.

    This is my favorite spot anywhere near the Grand Canyon North Rim

    No reservations required. Inside the park camping is allowed at the campground only. Reservations at the campgrounds must be made months in advance.

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    The view from the site, which was hard to capture due to the direction of the morning sun.
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    The view of Saddle Mountain as seen from Point Imperial inside the park.
    The campsites and end of the road are on the upper left ridgeline.:thumb
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    Solitude at the Grand Canyon, PRICELESS!:super

    EDIT: Here is a map of the North Rim area. Saddle Mountain is near the bottom right. All of the light green is National Forest. You can camp anywhere. There are numerous canyon view points that can be accessed on beautiful FS roads outside the National Park. Crazy Jugs Point is a great place to ride. I WILL camp there someday. If you have an adventure bike, don't limit your visit to the tourist viewpoints.
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    Check the link in my signature if you want route ideas.
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  12. Rocko1007

    Rocko1007 Been here awhile

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    Free Los Padres NF campground with fire ring and tables. Only 3 sites with no water or toilets. About 4000 ft elevation. Nice view cooler air.

    Sierra Madre Rd off Hwy 166 in SLO county. Take 7 miles of Sierra Madre dirt rd south from Hwy 166 at opposite Rockfront Ranch about 25 miles EAST of Hwy 101. Follow sign to campsites on a knoll to your left above the road.

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  13. Ratman

    Ratman Lucky Rider

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    There's a great off road Vehicle park at Ocotillo Wells on Hwy 78 about a 100 miles off the coast east of San Diego. They have free camping with a Shade, table, firering, and toilets. There's no water, and there is a small convenience store in town a half mile away.....and the Irondoor, a beer bar. On weekends there is Hamburgers and such at a cafe

    I use it as a neat place to blow into for a free overnight when I'm traveling.
    coordinates are:
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  14. Ratman

    Ratman Lucky Rider

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    Here's another free campground between Kernville and Hwy395 at 7000ft on the Sherman Pass rd. There is a general store at point A on the map. It closes early and not much selection....no gas up there for 50 miles in either direction. They have fire rings and an out house.
    The camp ground is at point B on the map. Sherman's Pass is at 92000 ft. Sometimes it doesn't open till Late June. It's a beautifull ride from Porterville or Kernville to 395.
    There are a couple other Forest Service campgrounds up there a few miles west of the General store that You can pay for, that have tables.

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  15. osii

    osii Disgruntled Time Traveler

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    I think it's a National Forest site.

    This is a campsite north of Mammoth and south of June Loop off 395. Even though there is a little tricky part getting in there, there were large busses and trailers in there. Sorry I don't have any pictures, but all the sites are awesome with plenty of room and shade.

    Pit Toilets.

    No Water.

    No Fee

    Picnic Tables.

    About 8635 Feet. Nice and cool in the summer.

    Plenty of great riding all around

    Gas and food at Mammoth and June Lake. 10 or 15 minutes in either direction.

    GPS: N37 45.929', W119 2.428'

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  16. RandyM

    RandyM Less talk, More ride

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    Located in Joshua Tree National Park

    The campground is along Park Blvd between Geology Tour Road and Pinto Basin Road. There is a sign at the turn-off.

    GPS: +33.992076, -116.068304

    Fee: $15

    Features: Pit Toilets, Picnic table, fire ring but NO Water!

    Nearest water is at the visitor center in 29 Palms. There is very little water in the park (it is a desert after all). There is water at is available at the Oasis Visitor Center(29 Palms), Indian Cove Ranger Station, West Entrance, and Black Rock and Cottonwood campgrounds.

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    Great Hiking and photography opportunities in the area. Best time to visit is Spring during flower blooms, but the place is nice in the fall and most of the winter too. There is an area where visitors have been creating rock art (probably not technically legal) due east of the camp ground.
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  17. AKA HAL

    AKA HAL workin' on the noob thing

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    Near Markleeville, CA (south of Tahoe).

    No great attractions, just a great little beautiful, isolated, unpopulated campsite in the middle of some roads that seem tailor-made for riding*. We were actually the only ones on our side of the campground (asked the host to be away from RVs, so he put us on the other side of the road).

    38 35'20"N, 119 47'13"W

    http://www.fs.fed.us/r4/htnf/recreation/camp_picnic/carson/silver_creek_campground.shtml

    About $15. It's got potable water, pit toilets, bear lockers, fire ring, and picnic table if memory serves correctly. Maybe more-- we didn't go to the more crowded other side of the road.

    *we met a guy there that had an old motorcycle with no engine. He'd tow it up the hill, cruise down, hitch-hike back up to his truck and do it all over again. Even w/o an engine, I bet those roads made for an awesome ride!
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  18. dman

    dman Been here awhile

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  19. dman

    dman Been here awhile

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    Camped here also last week, this is a real gem and I usually don't care for National Park/Monument camping. $10, some very nice shaded/private sites, new clean bathrooms with running water and flush toilets plus water spigots by the campsites, short walk to visitor center and several of the caves (lava tubes). We showed up around 5PM on a Monday night and had a choice of several good sites, and it never filled up.

    http://www.nps.gov/labe/planyourvisit/camping.htm

    -dman
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  20. Eyes Shut

    Eyes Shut See no evil

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    Valley of Fire State Park, off of I-15, 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

    I don't have the GPS coordinates, but it's easy to find with signs on the I-15.

    Not recommended for summer camping, but it's great in the spring, fall, and winter. It has flush toilets, showers, and picnic tables with canopies. Rock art is nearby. Camping fee is $14.
    http://parks.nv.gov/vf.htm

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