Top 5 Camping Sites Near San Diego

The camping near San Diego area just may be the place that has it all. It has miles of picture-perfect shorelines, bright city lights, the rugged foothills and the  nearby dry deserts just waiting to be explored. If you are living the sunny CaliBaja life you are sure to know all the best camping spots. But don’t worry if you don’t know. We have the perfect top five list for you.

Anza-Borrego State Park in San Diego County

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At first, camping in the desert might not sound like a picnic, however, Anza-Borrego State Park is an adventure for anyone with the wanderlust itch. This is the largest state park in California with hundreds of miles of dirt roads and several wilderness areas that will be redolent to your childhood camping memories. This park is roughly two hours from San Diego located on the east side of San Diego County. It then stretches into Imperial and Riverside counties. You can camp along the sweeping vistas or be brave and get up close and personal with the cacti. The wildlife in this desert park is phenomenal. So why not, venture out on a trail to see wildflowers, eagles, roadrunners? Or may even catch a glimpse of a mule deer? There is so much to appreciate in this desert park.


Serrano Campground in Big Bear

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You will have to travel a little ways to get to this pine tree haven that over looks Big Bear Lake, but it is well worth the drive. Serrano Campgrounds is located in San Bernardino, which is roughly about a 3 hour and 25 minute drive northeast of San Diego. This fairly new campground is all set up for tent or RV camping and has all the amenities so that you don’t have to ‘rough it.’ While you stay here enjoy the lake, fish and make your way over to the Alpine Pedal Path. The Alpine Pedal Path is a 3 mile paved trail that offers a great scenic view lined with luscious pine trees.


Lake Arrowhead

Lake Arrowhead has been lovingly nicknamed ‘The Alps’ of southern California. The drive to Lake Arrowhead is about 2 and a half hours north of San Diego. The beauty of this notable camping location is that they have several campsites for you to choose from. North Shore Campgrounds is just on the north shore line of Lake Arrowhead. This campsite has awe-inspiring scenic views of the lake, pines and manzanita that are local to this area. Hiking and water activities are the favorite pastimes here. This campground is also only 3 miles from Lake Arrowhead Village which is convenient for shopping and tourism.Other campsites in the area include: Dogwood Family Campground, Keller Peak Yellow Post and Green Valley Family Campground. There is so much to see in do in the Lake Arrowhead area. Enjoy a hike on the Pacific Trail Forest or shoot over to the Wild Haven ranch and see the wildlife there! Lake Arrowhead is a prime camping area in Cali that you won’t want to miss out on.


Salton Sea State Recreation Area

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Located about two and a half hours from San Diego sits the Salton Sea.This incredible sea is one of the largest inland seas and is the 10th lowest elevation on the planet. Can you imagine an inland sea that is 45 miles long and 20 miles wide? That is exactly what the Salton Sea is!  It sits at -227 ft below sea level. The Salton Sea State Recreation area has 14 miles of shoreline and has been an ideal site for campers and fishermen. It is highly recommended that you take in some bird watching, photography, fishing and hiking on your visit here. The campgrounds at this national park are ideal for both RV campers and tents campers. There are also many amenities and fun activities to do, making this a gem in California.

Joshua Tree

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This lush and beautiful park has scenic views that you can only ever imagine. Joshua Tree National Park is known for its plant diversity and wildlife. It boast that it has over 750 species of plants some of which are rare plants and cacti. The terrain is also very diverse and includes sand dunes, mountain peaks and flat, dry lands. Joshua Tree is a natural mosaic that will take your breath away. The park has nine campgrounds so there is definitely something for everyone here. Take a hike, enjoy the wildlife and catch a glimpse of the mountains while you as you camp here. This amazing national park is only 3 and a half hours from San Diego, but it feels like countries away from the bright lights of the city.

Whether you are into nature’s tapestry, fishing or even hiking these type five camping sites near San Diego are favorites among locals and tourist alike. Those who live the CaliBaja life know that we work hard, part we play even harder.