Rough it in California
With the amazing terrain, spectacular views and numerous camping spots throughout the state, California is one of the more popular destinations for camping. But did you know it also has several great areas for people looking to camp unplugged as well?
Boondocking, or dry camping, is the term that refers to parking your RV anywhere and camping without or with limited amenities. This is generally a practice people use when they want to enjoy the scenery but don't want to spend money or resources on a lot of luxury camping items.
California has a lot of great spots that are perfect for dry camping. If you are looking to take advantage of the California scenery and head out for a boondocking trip, here are some great places you can start with!
1. Lake Isabella
Known to many as "California’s best kept secret:, Lake Isabella is home to some of the best water activities in the state as well as some great primitive camping spots.
If you come to Lake Isabella you will find many activities, including:
With the Kern River flowing rapidly into and out of Isabella Lake, you are sure to see breathtaking views and have a great time!
There are a ton of campsites close by, ranging from developed to just open areas for camping. Check to make sure if you need a reservation as most sites have a limited number of spaces.
2. Joshua Tree National Park
If you were driving by Joshua Tree National Park, you might think it is just a sparse desert with not a lot to offer. If you took a closer look however, you would see a healthy variety of plants and animals that make their home in this unique land.
Shaped by strong winds, rain and climatic extremes, Joshua National Park has some of the most unique landscapes and views to offer campers and hikers alike.
The park features extensive dirt roads for cyclists and plenty of great rock-climbing as well.
If you plan on roughing it, backcountry camping is permitted. You can find a spot among mountains, desert, or a serene path. It's up to you! The important thing to remember is that since it is a desert environment, bringing enough water is imperative and needs to be done!
3. Salvation Mountain
Salvation Mountain is a well known area that features a mountain with artwork all over it. The mountain was created by resident Leonard Knight and is made from paint, adobe and straw.
Many people come to the mountain to take pictures and experience a little bit of the history and culture behind it, but the mountain and park feature other great activities and camping as well!
After you leave Salvation Mountain, if you are wanting to camp, stop by the RV park area! The park area is graced by an eclectic mix of people who stay the whole year and others just stopping by for the night. Whether you decide to stay or not, you are sure to have a truly one of a kind experience.
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Looking for parts to take camping as well? All Valley RV Center has a great selection of parts for all types of campers. Check out our online parts store
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Wherever you decide to camp this fall, be safe and have fun!