Campgrounds

Notes for reserving campgrounds with links to reservation sites…

Reservations

ReserveAmerica

National Sites open up 6 months early, at midnight?  Each day opens one at a time, not in a whole block.

Recreation.gov (state parks)

State parks open up (according to a blog) on the first of the month at 8am for 7 months out.

Everything is now on Reserve California

https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=1023

You can now book 6 months out from the current day.

 

Car camping locally:

  • Mount Tamalpais State Park
    • Steep Ravine (S Rav) Fills up really fast
  • Samuel Taylor State Park
  • China Camp State Park. Lots of sites available anytime, mostly “hike-in”

Short hike locally:

Point Reyes Sky camp

Point Reyes Coast camp

Bay Area first-come, first served:

  • Castle Rock State Park in the Santa Cruz mountains.  Hike-in camps at 0.1 and 2 miles from road at different locations.

Camping in Sierra:

 

Article for how to get a good spot:

http://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/Tips-on-beating-the-system-for-campsite-2650161.php

(And what campgrounds often don’t fill up)

Automated checkers:

https://github.com/webrender/campsite-checker

https://github.com/bri-bri/yosemite-camping

Automated reserve America checker:

https://alexmeub.com/finding-campsites-with-python/