Marshmallows. Check. Bug spray. Check. Air mattress. Check. Camping season is upon us. Hurrah! And thankfully in this multi-terrain region of ours, you don't need to go far to enjoy a night or two under the stars. A weekend without electronics, breathing fresh air, and enjoying meals over the fire.
Photo : FARIA BEACH CAMPGROUND
Campland on the Bay
www.Campland.com 2211 Pacific Beach Dr. San Diego, CA 92019 858.581.4200
Carpinteria State Beach 5361 6th St. Carpinteria, CA 93013map 805.968.1033 http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=599
Cost: $45-80 depends on utilities .
Twelve miles south of Santa Barbara, Carpinteria State Beach offers a mile of beach for swimming, surf fishing, tidepool exploring and camping. Although dogs are not allowed on beach, we have a great picnic area where they are allowed to enjoy the outdoors as well. Lifeguards patrol the beach year round and lifeguard towers are staffed roughly from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. The Spanish named the area Carpinteria because the Chumash tribe, which lived in the area, had a large seagoing canoe-building enterprise, or "carpentry shop" here. This was because of naturally-occurring surface tar, which was used to waterproof the canoes. Seals and sea lions can be seen in the area December through May, as well as an occasional gray whale. Tidepools contain starfish, sea anemones, crabs, snails, octopi and sea urchins.
Doheny State Beach 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive Dana Point, CA 92629map 949.496.6172
is located in the city of Dana Point, California and is one of California's most popular state beaches and attracts almost one million visitors per year. Doheny has a day use surfing beach at its northern end and a five-acre lawn with picnic facilities and volleyball courts.
The southern end of the state beach has campgrounds, with some of the campsites only steps away from the beach. The state beach has tide pools and a visitor center with several aquariums. Surf fishing is also popular among visitors.
The beach property was donated by oil tycoon Edward L. Doheny for public use in 1931 and was California's first state beach. It was official named Doheny State Beach in 1963.
Buckhorn Campground in the Angeles National Forest, up the road from La Cañada Flintridge, keeps campers cool in a different way than beach campsites would: The campground is located at an altitude of 6,300 feet. (Because it's so high up, it usually closes around November, and reopens in the spring.)
RVs are allowed here, too, but have to be under 18 feet. (A note about the Angeles Crest Highway: Like most mountain roads, it winds. If you're traveling with people or animals who do not like that, plan accordingly.)
The campground isn't exactly a secret and often fills up by Fridays in the warmer months, so arrive as early as possible if you don't want a spot next to the toilets, which are vault-style (kind of like permanent port-a-johns). Buckhorn is a first-come, first-served campground with about 38 sites that fit two cars and up to eight people each. Sites cost $12 a night.
As of publication, Buckhorn is still closed for the winter, but it’s expected to be open by the middle of the month, an on-duty ranger told Curbed. Interested campers can call the L.A. River Ranger District at (818) 899-1900 to make sure it’s open before heading up.
La Jolla Indian Campground 22000 Highway 76 Pauma Valley, 92061map 760.742.1297 At La Jolla Indian Campground you can enjoy multiple campsites along the river with accommodations for large groups, enjoy one of our 36 RV sites with hook ups, or simply go tubing down the San Luis Rey River. La Jolla Campground is San Diego County's only campfire friendly campsite (as fire restrictions apply.
Lake Casitas 11311 Santa Ana Road Ventura, 93001map 805.649.2233 http://reservations.casitaswater.org
Leo Carrillo State Park 35000 Pacific Coast Highway Malibu, CA 90265map 818.880.0363
Leo Carrillo State Park is a state park of California, United States, and a component of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area preserving 1.5 miles of beach along the Malibu Coast at the foot of the Santa Monica Mountains.
Dec. 18, 2018: Leo Carrillo State Park has reopened Countyline Beach, staircase and beach areas; however, the campground, backcountry trails and roads, and the day-use area remain closed until further notice due to the damages caused by the Woolsey Fire. The fire burned through the campground and several structures, such as the visitor center, sector office, employee residences, three lifeguard towers, Leo Shop structures, the Junior Lifeguard Complex and several restrooms. If you have a reservation, please contact ReserveCalifornia at 800-444-7275. For the latest information on how the wildfires have impacted our state parks, visit our newsroom at www.parks.ca.gov/newsroom.
Wildlife: Please help us protect our wildlife in fire-impacted areas. Leaving food and water out for them post-fire can do more harm than good. Our wildlife can suffer complications or illness by feeding supplemental food or an unnatural diet. Thanks for keeping our wildlife wild.
Our hearts go out to all those affected by the wildfires. Thank you to all of the firefighters and first responders, including California State Park’s Rangers, Lifeguards and staff members for their help. For the latest fire conditions, visit CAL FIRE: http://calfire.ca.gov/
Malibu Creek State Park 1925 Las Virgines Road Calabasas, CA 91302map 818.880.0367
Point Mugu State Park 9000 W. Pacific Coast Highway Malibu, CA 90265map 818.880.0363
Green Valley Campground 33900 Green Valley Lake Road San Bernardino, CA 92408map 909.867.2165
Wheeler Gorge Campground 17017 Maricopa Highway Ojai, CA 93023map 805.640.1977
El Capitan State Beach 100 El Capitan Terrace Ln. Santa Barbara, CA 93117map 805.968.1033
Crystal Cove State Park Moro Campground 8471 N Coast Hwy. Laguna Beach, CA 92651map
Camp Williams Resort 24210 East Fork Road Azusa, CA 91702map
Lake Hemet 56570 Highway 74 Mountain Center, CA 92561map
Serrano Campground 40650 North Shore Lane Fawnskin, CA 92333map