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California Camping Guides: High Sierra Region

The High Sierra region of California is every outdoor lovers dream. Beautiful mountains, incredible lakes, and amazing forests await those that visit this area. 


Yosemite Valley (Yosemite Valley, https://www.flickr.com/photos/dougletterman/)

Yosemite Ridge Resort

Yosemite Ridge Resort is one of the premier campgrounds in the High Sierra Region. Visitors return again and again thanks to the quiet atmosphere, great facilities, and amazing location.

Location:

This campground is located about 12 miles outside of Yosemite National Park. Adventure seekers should consider river rafting down the Tuolumne River, with some of the best rapids in California. Those looking to relax can enjoy exploring the beautiful Yosemite Valley, or simply take it easy at the campground and soak in the scenery.

Amenities:

  • Swimming Pool: Jumping in the pool is a perfect way to relax on a hot summer day.
  • General Store: Grab any food or supplies that you may need here at the general store.
  • Restaurant: Don't feel like cooking? Head to the Buck Meadows Restaurant located on the campground for a delicious meal.
  • Wi-Fi: Enjoy the free internet access provided throughout the campground.
  • Restroom/Shower Facilites: Start your day with a hot shower, cleaned daily by the campgrounds staff.

Accommodation:

This campground accommodates RV Campers, and provides cabins to guests.

  • RV Sites: These sites can accommodate any size RV. Each site provides full hookups with water, sewage, TV/internet, and 30/50 amp electricity. Each site has great views of the surrounding mountains. Rates start at $25 per night in the fall/winter, and $40 in the spring/summer. 
  • Camping Cabins: The smallest cabin option, meant to accommodate up to two people. These cabins have a queen bed, table with chairs, small fridge, and bathroom with a shower. Rates start at $50 a night during the fall/winter, and $100 during the spring/summer. 
  • Loft Model Family Cabins: These cabins are meant to accommodate small families. Two queen beds, a futon, bathroom with shower, full kitchen, and TV/internet. Rates start at $100 a night during the fall/winter, and $175 during spring/summer.
  • Miners Cabin: The newest cabins at Yosemite Ridge, the miners cabin accommodates a small family and provides two queen beds, full bathroom, full kitchen, heating/AC, and TV/internet. Rates start at $150 in summer. These cabins are unavailable during the offseason. 

Visit http://www.yosemiteridge.com/index.html for more information.

Blue Hour at Emerald Bay (Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe, https://www.flickr.com/photos/frank_schulenburg/

Truckee River RV Park

Truckee River RV Park is undoubtedly one of the best campgrounds in Northern California. Visitors compliment the campground's friendly staff, beautiful location, and clean facilities.

Location:

This campground is located just steps away from the beautiful Truckee River, right off Interstate 80. The area is perfect for outdoor lovers. Raft down the Truckee River, fish in Lake Tahoe, and explore the many nearby trails. 

Amenities:

  • Full Hookups: Each RV site provides full hookups including water, sewage, 50 amp service, and internet access. 
  • General Store: Grab any food or supplies that you may need here at the general store.
  • Laundry Facilities: Take care of your dirty laundry at the laundry facilities provided at the campground. 
  • River Access: The Truckee River is only steps away from many of the campsites. 
  • BBQ Grills: Grills are provided at each campsite.

Accommodation:

Truckee River RV Park is an RV campground only. Rates differ based on the season. Winter rates start at $35 a night and $225 per week. Summer rates start at $40 a night for 30 amp, $45 a night for 50 amp, $250 per week for 30 amp, and $275 per week for 50 amp. 

Visit http://www.truckeeriverrv.com/Home_Page.html for more information.

Great Fall scene at Intake 2 near Lake Sabrina (Lake Sabrina, https://www.flickr.com/photos/72213316@N00/

Keoughs Hot Springs

One of the most unique campgrounds in the High Sierra Region, Keoughs Hot Springs combines wonderful accommodation with an amazing natural attraction.

Location:

This campground is located in Bishop, near some amazing natural attractions. The hot springs are the campgrounds main point of interest, and are an amazing place to relax. Check out the Little Lakes Valley Trail, rated by many as the best hike in Northern California. Anyone interested in geology should check out the Bishop Tuff, a 800,000 year old white rock formation created by the eruption of a super volcano. 

Amenities:

  • Hot Springs: The main attraction of the campground, these springs attract visitors from all over and are a fantastic place to relax.
  • Massage Parlor: Head to the massage parlor after the springs to complete your spa experience. 
  • BBQ Grills: Bring your own food and cook it yourself at the grills provided.
  • Restroom/Shower Facilities: The restroom and shower facilities are cleaned daily by the campground staff.
  • Game Room: The game room is a perfect place for both kids and adults to relax and fun. 

Accommodation:

Keoughs Hot Springs accommodates RV campers, and provides both tent and mobile cabins to guests. 

  • RV Sites: Each site provides full hookups with water, sewage, and 30 amp electric service. The maximum stay is two weeks. Rates start at $28 per night.
  • Tent Cabins: There are four tent cabins available to guests. Rates are $75 per night for cabins two, three, and four, made to accommodate two people, and $90 per night for cabin one, suited for three people. 
  • Modular Retreat: These mobile homes are a great choice for those wanting to camp in comfort. There are two choices, each equipped with two bedrooms, a full kitchen, and a living area. Rates start at $115 for the smaller option, and $135 for the larger. 

Visit http://www.keoughshotsprings.com/index.html for more information.