Camping

Camping

Below is a list of fun and adventurous camping locations throughout Southern California I believe any van or RV nomad will enjoy. Each of these locations is easily accessible for a van or RV. 

Camping

Agua Caliente County Park

Agua Caliente County Park is a great place for any van or RV nomad who wants to explore the desert and all it has to offer. The campground is located

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Boondocking

Alabama Hills

The Alabama Hills represent one of the most premier locations for van and RV nomads. The hills attract thousands of nomads every year to camp among the beautiful rock formations.

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Town

Big Bear

Big Bear has it all; hiking, camping, mountain biking, snow skiing, boondocking, sailing, horseback riding, good restaurants, bars, and much more. This makes it one of the best places in

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Beach

Bolsa Chica State Beach

Bolsa Chica State Beach is an excellent place for any van or RV nomad to visit. The beach offers a lot of activities to include surfing, paddle boarding, volleyball, four

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Hiking

Borrego Springs

Any van or RV trip to the Anza Borrego State Park isn’t complete without a stopover in Borrego Springs. The town has multiple resorts, hotels, spas, RV parks

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National Monument

Carrizo Plain National Monument

Overview: If your a van or RV nomad looking to get away to the middle of nowhere, then Carrizo Plain National Monument is the place for you. The National Monument

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Town

Catalina Island

Santa Catalina Island is located 29 miles from Long Beach and is an amazing destination for any van or RV lifer looking to adventure. Activities on the island offer hiking,

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Camping

Chino Hills State Park

Chino Hills State Park is a 14,102-acre park right in the middle of Los Angeles that is perfect for any van or RV lifer who wants to spend the day

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Camping

Corn Springs Campground

The Corn Springs Campground is located deep in a canyon of the Chuckwalla Mountains and is the perfect place for any van lifer looking to get lost in a desert

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Beach

Crystal Cove State Park

Crystal Cove State Park is a great place for any van or RV nomad looking to explore the Southern California coast while in the middle of Orange County California. The

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Davis Camp Park

Davis Camp Park is the perfect place to stay if you find yourself in Bullhead City Az or Laughlin Nevada. The park is situated right on the Colorado River and

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National Park

Death Valley National Park

Overview: One of my favorite places to explore in California is Death Valley National Park. Death Valley is a perfect place for any van or RV nomad looking to explore

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Camping

Devil Creek Campground

As a van lifer, camping at Devil Creek Campground near Glacier National Park offers the perfect escape. Surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty, you can embark on exhilarating adventures like hiking

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Fishing

Dixon Lake

Dixon Lake is a wonderful place to visit and camp for any van lifer in the San Diego area. The lake offers a little bit of everything to include camping,

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Beach

Doheny State Beach

Doheny State Beach is one of my favorite places to spend the day in my van. It makes the perfect place for any van or RV nomad looking to enjoy

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Off-Roading

Dumont Dunes

Dumont Dunes Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Recreation Area is located in the middle of nowhere and a perfect place for van and RV nomads who love off-roading. The main activity

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Beach

El Capitan State Beach

El Capitán State Beach offers van and RV nomads a great place to spend the day or a few days camping on the coast. It offers its visitors a sandy

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Emma Wood State Beach

Emma Wood State Beach is an iconic beach camping area along the Pacific Coast Highway that any van or RV lifer must visit. There will be plenty of RVs and

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Camping

Goose Bay

Goose Bay Dispersed Camping Site provides a tranquil camping experience along the scenic Missouri River. Park your RV or van next to the peaceful river and take in the splendor

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Camping

Government Wash Dispersed Camping

Government Wash is a dispersed camping area located in the Lake Mead National Recreational Area. It’s a great location for anyone who wants to visit Las Vegas but doesn’t want

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Hole in the Wall

Overview: The hole in the wall is located in the middle of the Mojave Desert. The area is perfect for any Van or RV nomad looking to explore the desert

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Off-Roading

Hungry Valley State Park

Overview Hungry Valley State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA) is a fun place for any van or RV nomad to visit and explore. The area offers more than 130 miles of

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Hurricane Cliffs BLM

Hurricane Cliffs Recreational Area BLM is one of my favorite places to boondock and visit as a van lifer. It’s only 10min from teh city of Hurricane and 20min from

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National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

Besides a visit to the beach, a visit to Joshua Tree National Park is a must for any van or RV nomad exploring Southern California. The park offers excellent adventures

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Boating

Lake Arrowhead

Lake Arrowhead is located in the San Bernadino Mountains and is a perfect place for any van or RV nomad who wants to escape the city. There are a variety

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Lake Havasu

Lake Havasu is a popular destination during the cooler months for van lifers and RV dwellers. You will find plenty of nomads boondocking on the BLM lands just outside the

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Boating

Lake Morena

Lake Morena County Park is a great destination for any van or RV lifer. The park offers camping, hiking, fishing and is located in East County, San Diego. Lake Morena

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Camping

Malibu Creek State Park

Malibu Creek State Park is located in the Santa Monica Mountains 25 miles from downtown Los Angeles. The park has camping, hiking, fishing, mountain biking, swimming, rock climbing, and horseback

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Camping

O’Neil Regional Park

O’Neill Regional Park is 4,500 acres and is situated in beautiful Trabuco and Live Oak Canyons. The park serves both as overnight camping and a day-use/picnic facility. The park is

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Beach

Oceano Dunes SVRA

Oceano Dunes Natural Preserve is located 3 miles south of Pismo Beach and is one of the most expansive coastal dunes left in California. The preserve offers the opportunity to

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Camping

Ocotillo Wells SVRA

There are many amazing places to visit while in Fullerton. Fullerton is home to Cal State Fullerton, one of the largest colleges in Southern California. Besides Cal State Fullerton, there

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Camping

Palomar Mountain

Palomar Mountain is a mountain ridge in the Peninsular Ranges in northern San Diego County. It is famous for the Palomar Observatory and Hale Telescope and is home to the

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Park

Point Mugu State Park

Point Mugu State Park has everything a van and RV nomad could want. The park offers a vast amount of hiking and mountain biking trails in the Santa Monica Mountains.

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Camping

Potrero County Park

If you want to get away from the city but not drive your van too far, Potrero County Park is perfect for you. In a broad valley with scattered coastal

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Camping

Red Rock Canyon State Park

Red Rock Canyon State Park is a great place to stopover on your way to Los Angeles or Mammoth. The park is located at the Sierra Nevada mountains’ southernmost

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Camping

San Clemente State Beach

As a dedicated van lifer always on the lookout for the next perfect spot to park my home on wheels, I’ve ventured far and wide across the country. Yet, nestled

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Beach

San Elijo State Beach

San Elijo State Beach is a good place for any van or RV nomad looking to visit or camp at the beach. The beach is long and wide and is

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Sinks Canyon State Park

Sinks Canyon State Park is an excellent place for any van lifer looking to spend a day or two exploring a beautiful canyon with a river and waterfall. The park

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Boondocking

Stewarts Point Campground

Tucked away amidst the rugged landscapes near Lake Mead lies a hidden gem for vanlifers seeking solace in nature: Stewarts Point Campground. Despite its bumpy and dusty access road, this

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Camping

Three Island Crossing State Park

Three Island Crossing State Park in Idaho invites van lifers to relive history and immerse themselves in outdoor adventures. From exploring the Oregon Trail to hiking scenic trails, fishing in

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Vallecito County Park

Vallecito County Park is one of my favorite campgrounds since it was the first place I camped in my van. The park is located at an old pony express stagecoach

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Valley of Fire Recreational Area

The Valley of Fire Recreational Area provides a fun hiking and camping experience for any van lifer in New Mexico. The recreational area is centered around a 5000-year-old lava flow

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Camping

Valley of Fire State Park

If you find yourself in the Las Vegas area, the Valley of Fire State Park is a must-visit for any nomad. The park is 40,000 acres full of bright red

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Camping

Virgin River Canyon Campground

The natural beauty of Arizona’s Virgin River Canyon Campground attracts nomadic adventurers. Experience the wonder of the desert as you kayak down a peaceful river, wander through colorful paths, climb

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Camping

White Spar Campground

White Spar Campground is conveniently located just 2.7 miles south of downtown Prescott and east of Highway 89. Situated at an elevation of 5,641 feet, this campground offers vanlifers the

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