California has some of the best parks in the country. They are so diverse that you can experience snow, the mountains, and desert all in the same state. The national parks found here are a free public treasure that everyone, young and old, should visit them at least once. The best way to do so is by camping out. Want to get started exploring them? Keep reading for the best California national parks for camping.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
These two parks are renowned for their sequoia groves, a great choice of campgrounds and wide range of things to do. The giant sequoia trees are some of the oldest living beings on Earth. The largest ones reach up to 30 stories in the air. Rock climbing, hiking, and picnicking are all fun activities for campers to do. As wonderful as these parks are, watch out for the black bears! They are often on the prowl for food. To avoid a hungry one, be sure to store your food properly in tightly sealed containers.
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite is one of the more famous parks in America. It has it all, from the snowy and quiet winter to the popular but more crowded summer season. It’s almost 1,200 square miles, so camping out is the best way to make sure you get to explore all its wonders. Yosemite Falls is one of the park’s highlights. The strenuous walk up to the top is only for the fit. If you do make it, though, you can say you’ve hiked the tallest falls in the US. There are 13 national campgrounds inside the park that accommodate RVs, tents, and horses. Since the park is so popular, be sure to plan ahead.
Death Valley National Park
Don’t let the name scare you, this park is nothing to be afraid of. It got its name because of the heat but come early spring or winter, it’s a manageable temperature. The desert is a wild and colorful place with plenty of treasures waiting to be discovered. Don’t miss seeing its glory at sunset or sunrise from the viewing point Zabriskie Point. There’s plenty of parking there and a world class view.
Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree National Park gets its name from the space-age trees it has which are a type of yucca. They make for a great photo opportunity, but the rock formations are the other big stars of the park. They are huge outcrops that glitter with crystals in the sun.
This is the place you go to when you really want to get away from it all. It’s completely off grid. The Jumbo Rocks campground does not even have water. Watch out for the winds, but the campsites are on sandy spots among the rocks, so you should be protected. Its stunning natural beauty is why people keep coming back. There has to be a reason why this park attracts a record 2.5 million visitors every year.