Campgrounds and RV Parks


Benbow KOA

Casa de Fruta

Costanoa (Santa Cruz KOA)

Half Moon Bay State Beach

Indian Flat

Manresa State Beach

New Brighton State Beach

Pillar Point RV Park

Seacliff State Beach

Sunset State Beach

Uvas Pines RV Park

Yosemite, Crane Flat Campground

Yosemite, Diamond O Campground

Yosemite, Hodgdon Meadow Campground

Yosemite, Lower Pines Campground

Yosemite, North Pines Campground

Yosemite, Upper Pines Campground


This web site contains information about RV parks and campgrounds where I like to stay or am thinking about staying.

Benbow KOA

7000 Benbow Drive

Garberville, CA 95542

707-923-2777

www.benbowrv.com, or koa.com/campgrounds/benbow

  • Directions: Take Highway 101 to the Benbow exit, which is about two miles south of Garberville.
  • Reservations: 800-562-7518
  • Brochure, rates

Casa de Fruta

Casa de Fruta

10021 Pacheco Pass Highway

Hollister, CA 95023

408-842-7282

www.casadefruta.com

Casa de Fruta is a large rest area on Highway 152 with a fruit stand, store, restaurant, gas station, and RV park. The RV park and spaces are paved and level, but the asphalt is old and bumpy.

  • Directions: Casa de Fruta is on Highway 152 east of Hollister.
  • Fees: $42 (Good Sam and AAA discount)
  • Number of Spaces: 300 spaces: about half for long term residents, the rest for short term stays.
  • Facilities: Water, electricity, sewer, and cable in all spaces. In addition to sewer connections in each space, there is a separate dump station inside the RV park near the exit.
  • Reservations: 408-842-9316
  • WiFi: Network name: "casarv"; password: "apricots".
  • Brochure, rates

Costanoa (Santa Cruz KOA)

2001 Rossi Road

Pescadero, CA 94060

877-262-7848

www.costanoa.com

Costanoa is the KOA campground north of Santa Cruz.

Half Moon Bay State Beach

Half Moon Bay State Beach

95 Kelly Ave

Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

650-726-8820

www.parks.ca.gov

Half Moon Bay State Beach is right on the beach with miles of sandy beach and bike trails that all the way to the yacht harbor. Although you cannot see the ocean from the campsites because of the sand dunes. The park and spaces are paved and level. There is a farm just outside the park on Kelly Avenue that sells fresh produce, and there is a New Leaf market about one mile away at the shopping area on Highway 92.

  • Directions: Take Highway 92 to Half Moon Bay. When you get to the signal at Highway 1, turn left. Go to next signal, Kelly Ave., and turn right. The park is at the end of the street (about 1/2 mile).
  • Number of Spaces: 46 spaces for motorhomes up to 40 feet in length.
  • Fees: $65 for spaces closest to ocean with 50 amp electricity, $50 for spaces further back with 50 amp electricity, and $35 for spaces without electricity and furthest from ocean.
    Premium spaces: 16, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 30, 32
    Regular spaces: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9-12, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31, 33, 35, 39, 40, 42, 45-50
    Regular space without electricity: 2, 4, 6, 8, 13, 14, 43
    Handicapped spaces: 15, 28, 34, 44
  • Facilities: Rest rooms and dump station. Some spaces have 50 amp electricity. All spaces have picnic tables and fire rings.
  • Reservations: Online at Reserve California. There is an $8 fee for making a reservation. One night limit without reservation. Reservations are only accepted 48 hours or more in advance.
  • WiFi: Network name: "ParksWiFi", no password.
  • Brochure, rates, campground map

Indian Flat

Indian Flat

9988 Highway 140

El Portal, CA 95318

209-379-2339

www.indianflatrvpark.com

Indian Flat is a small, private RV park 12 miles from the entrance to Yosemite National Park. Many spaces are under shade trees; others get full sun at least part of the day (which can be very hot in the summer). The spaces are very close together.

  • Directions: Take Highway 140 east from Merced. Continue east through Mariposa. The campground is 22 miles from Mariposa and about 10 miles before the entrance to Yosemite near the town of El Portale. It will be on your right just past the Cedar Lodge.
  • Fees: $42 from April to October, and $37 from November to March
  • Number of Spaces: 25 spaces for motorhomes of various sizes.
  • Facilities: Water, electricity, cable TV, picnic table and BBQ in all spaces. A few spaces have sewer. There is a dump station that costs $5 to use. You are allowed to use the swimming pool at Cedar Lodge next door.
  • WiFi: There is public WiFi at Cedar Lodge next door, but I could not get it to work. No cell phone coverage (but there is in Yosemite Valley)
  • Campground map

Manresa State Beach

831-724-3750

www.parks.ca.gov

  • Number of Spaces: Tent camping only; no RVs.
  • Directions: From Highway 1, south of Aptos, San Andreas Road heads southwest and continues for several miles to Manresa, the first beach access upon reaching the coast.
  • Reservations: Online at Reserve California. There is an $8 fee for making a reservation. One night limit without reservation. Reservations are only accepted 48 hours or more in advance.
  • Brochure, campground map

New Brighton State Beach

Park Avenue off Hwy. 1

Capitola, CA 95010

831-464-6329

www.parks.ca.gov

  • Directions: New Brighton State Beach is in the town of Capitola, just south of Santa Cruz. Take the New Brighton/Park Avenue exit off Highway 1.
  • Reservations: Online at Reserve California. There is an $8 fee for making a reservation. One night limit without reservation. Reservations are only accepted 48 hours or more in advance.
  • Brochure, campground map

Pillar Point RV Park

4000 Cabrillo Highway

Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

650-712-9277

newradio.com/pillarpointrvpark

  • Directions: About ¼ mile south of the harbor entrance on highway 1.
  • Fees: $67-84
  • Number of Spaces: xxx spaces for motorhomes up to xx feet in length.
  • Reservations: None. First come, first serve
  • Highlights: Right on the ocean; beautiful view; walking distance to harbor and restaurants.

Seacliff State Beach

201 State Park Drive

Aptos, CA 95003

831-685-6500

www.parks.ca.gov

  • Directions: Take the State Park Drive exit from Highway 1. Proceed west through the neighborhood of Aptos to the entrance.
  • Reservations: Online at Reserve California. There is an $8 fee for making a reservation. One night limit without reservation. Reservations are only accepted 48 hours or more in advance.
  • Brochure, campground map

Sunset State Beach

Sunset State Beach

201 Sunset Beach Road

Watsonville, CA 95076

831-763-7063

www.parks.ca.gov

  • Directions: The beach is 16 miles south of Santa Cruz. From Hwy 1 take the San Andreas Road exit. Proceed south to Sunset Beach Rd; go west to beach entrance.
  • Reservations: Online at Reserve California. There is an $8 fee for making a reservation. One night limit without reservation. Reservations are only accepted 48 hours or more in advance.
  • Brochure, campground map

Uvas Pines RV Park

13210 Uvas Road

Morgan Hill, CA

408-779-3417

www.uvaspines.com

  • Directions:
  • Fees: $50
  • Number of Spaces: xxx spaces for motorhomes up to xx feet in length.
  • Facilities: Water, electricity, and sewer in all spaces. Dump station and propane available.
  • WiFi: Yes

Yosemite, Hodgdon Meadow Campground

Yosemite, Hodgdon Meadow Campground

PO Box 577

Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

209-372-0200

www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/campgrounds.htm

The Hodgdon Meadow campground near Yosemite Valley is open all year.

  • Directions: The Hodgdon Meadow Campground is just past the Big Oak Flat Entrance Station to Yosemite National Park. From the Big Oak Flat entrance station, go south ½ mile on Highway 120 (Big Oak Flat Road). Turn left (east) on Tuolumne Grove Road. In 2500 feet, the campground will be on your right. Yosemite Valley is 25 miles further south. Take Highway 120 south, but go straight at Crane Flat, which is where Highway 120 turns left to cross the Tioga pass.
  • Fees: $26 plus park entrance fee. Seniors with Interagency Senior Pass get free entry into the park and half price on the campground fee.
  • Number of Spaces: 31 spaces for motorhomes. Size restrictions vary by campsite.
  • Facilities: No hookups; There are bathrooms with flush toilets (not especially clean because of high usage). No fresh water except in the bathrooms.
  • Condition: Within the campground, both the roads and campsites are dirt. Campsites are generally not level.
  • Elevation: 4875 feet
  • WiFi: None
  • Cell Reception: None
  • Reservations: Required in the peak season. To make a reservation call 877-444-6777 or go online at www.recreation.gov.
  • Campground map

Yosemite, Lower Pines Campground

Yosemite, Lower Pines Campground

9024 Southside Drive

Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

209-372-8502

www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/campgrounds.htm

The Lower Pines Campground in Yosemite Valley is open from April to October. There are two adjacent campgrounds, North Pines and Upper Pines. Upper Pines is open all year.

  • Directions: The Lower Pines Campground is at the eastern end of Yosemite Valley. There are three roads that lead to Yosemite Valley. Highway 120 from Manteca is the northern most approach. Highway 140 leads to Yosemite Valley from Merced and Mariposa. Highway 41 from Fresno is the southern most approach. It enters the park at Wawona and continues north to Yosemite Valley.
  • Fees: $26 plus park entrance fee. Seniors with Interagency Senior Pass get free entry into the park and half price on the campground fee.
  • Number of Spaces: ??? spaces for motorhomes. Size restrictions vary by campsite. Sites are level; most are paved but some are not.
  • Facilities: No hookups; There is fresh water and bathrooms with flush toilets. There is a dump station just outside the entrance to the North Pines Campground. There is cell phone coverage in Yosemite Valley.
  • Elevation: 4000 feet
  • Reservations: Required. To make a reservation call 877-444-6777 or go online at www.recreation.gov.
  • Campground map

Yosemite, North Pines Campground

Yosemite, North Pines Campground

9024 Southside Drive

Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

209-372-8502

www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/campgrounds.htm

The North Pines Campground in Yosemite Valley is open from April to October. There are two adjacent campgrounds, Lower Pines and Upper Pines. Upper Pines is open all year.

  • Directions: The North Pines Campground is at the eastern end of Yosemite Valley. There are three roads that lead to Yosemite Valley. Highway 120 from Manteca is the northern most approach. Highway 140 leads to Yosemite Valley from Merced and Mariposa. Highway 41 from Fresno is the southern most approach. It enters the park at Wawona and continues north to Yosemite Valley.
  • Fees: $26 plus park entrance fee. Seniors with Interagency Senior Pass get free entry into the park and half price on the campground fee.
  • Number of Spaces: ??? spaces for motorhomes. Size restrictions vary by campsite. Sites are level; some are paved but most are not.
  • Facilities: No hookups; There is fresh water and bathrooms with flush toilets. There is a dump station just outside the entrance to the North Pines Campground. There is cell phone coverage in Yosemite Valley.
  • Elevation: 4000 feet
  • Reservations: Required. To make a reservation call 877-444-6777 or go online at www.recreation.gov.
  • Campground map

Yosemite, Upper Pines Campground

Yosemite, Upper Pines Campground

9024 Southside Drive

Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

209-372-8502

www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/campgrounds.htm

The Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite Valley is open all year. There are two adjacent campgrounds, Lower Pines and North Pines, that are only open from April through October.

  • Directions: The Upper Pines Campground is at the eastern end of Yosemite Valley. There are three roads that lead to Yosemite Valley. Highway 120 from Manteca is the northern most approach. Highway 140 leads to Yosemite Valley from Merced and Mariposa. Highway 41 from Fresno is the southern most approach. It enters the park at Wawona and continues north to Yosemite Valley.
  • Fees: $26 plus park entrance fee. Seniors with Interagency Senior Pass get free entry into the park and half price on the campground fee.
  • Number of Spaces: 230 spaces for motorhomes. Size restrictions vary by campsite. Sites are level; most are paved but some are not.
  • Facilities: No hookups; There is fresh water and bathrooms with flush toilets. There is a dump station just outside the entrance to the campground. There is cell phone coverage in Yosemite Valley.
  • Elevation: 4000 feet
  • Reservations: Required in the peak season and not accepted in the off season. To make a reservation call 877-444-6777 or go online at www.recreation.gov.
  • Campground map