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Recently I wrote an RV park review for a California park and stated that the cost for camping there was $38 to $42. In a comment left by Judy from Travels With Emma, she asked if all the parks in California were that expensive. So, in this post I thought I’d give a very few examples of the differing costs depending on where you go and what you are looking for. There are literally thousands and thousands of parks and campgrounds here in California and I’m only give you a few examples. I’m not giving park names….just towns and costs. You can do the leg work by looking in the T.L. Directory or similar places for the RV park suitable for your needs.
It also happens to be Annie’s 13th birthday today. What a trooper. 13 months ago we weren’t sure if she’d still be here with us. She is!
Let’s start with a few of the pricey ones just for fun. I think most everyone knows that when you stay in, or near, a large metropolitan area you’ll pay higher nightly rates. San Francisco is certainly no exception. In the past, we have stayed just south of S.F. in the town of Pacifica. You can have a site on the bluffs with an ocean view or in an area with no view. Price range: $50 to $82 per night. Sad to admit, but we’d still stay here the next time we want to visit San Francisco. We’ll just have to save for a while, I guess. North of the city, along Hwy. 101, is another option at $55 per night.
If you want to stay down in Anaheim, near Disneyland, you’ll pay a hefty price there, too. In the last 4 years we’ve had reason to be in Anaheim 3 different times and stayed at a different RV park each time. The price ranges for all of those parks: $45 to $75 per night.
If you want to stay in Long Beach down by the Queen Mary and the shore you can stay for $50 to $62 per night. Down in Huntington Beach there is a choice of a private park with rates from $55 to $80 per night.
There are some “resort parks” in the Palm Springs area that can run up to $95 per night, and others that are as low as $35 per night and they are still “resorts” in every way! It just depends on what you are looking for.
A couple of the real “whopper parks” in my opinion, can be found in Newport Beach and in the San Diego (Mission Bay) area. In Newport Beach you can stay at one park where the nightly rate can run from $55 to $280. In San Diego’s Mission Bay area there is a park with rates from $35 to $400 per night….YES….you are reading that correctly.
OK, we’ve had fun looking at those dream RV parks so let’s get down to reality. There are still plenty of affordable RV parks and campgrounds, not to mention the California State Parks, to choose from. Let’s look at a few areas for that type of budget.
Also in the greater San Diego area (leaving the Mission Bay area), I saw a public country park with a rate as low as $19 with no hook-ups. Other private parks, a bit out of the city, have rates as low as $35 with FHU sites. There are also a few more county parks with hook-ups starting at $26 per night.
Let’s get away from the big cities and see what there is to offer the camper in California. The Golden State has a lot of National Forest parks, no hook-ups for as low as $10 per night. It seems that the California State Parks and Beaches with camp sites have had some rate hikes over the past couple of years, and some rates are up to $35 per night. Some of the parks have hook-ups while others do not. Some of the state parks up along the Redwood Coast range from $15 to $20 with no hook-ups.
Here are 3 different areas in California for comparing:
* Near Mammoth Lakes and Bishop I saw an ad for a private park with rate of $20 per night with hook-ups.
* In Bakersfield you can get FHU sites at a number of parks as low as $27.
* In Crescent City you can get FHU sites also beginning at $17.
Again, this is just a smattering of areas in California and a small sampling of RV park or campground options. I know there are probably many others with low rates and FHU’s but I could not possibly include them all in a blog post. In the past couple of years during our two cross country travels we found few (if any) private RV parks with FHU’s for less than $25 per night.
Hopefully, this will give you all just a bit of information on what it may cost for campsite fees if you are planning a trip to California. The smaller your rig, the more options you will have at the public campgrounds, but that is the same in any state. Check it out online or in the large campground directories for places you like and will meet your budget!
Until next time…..so long for now!