Staying in Doheny State Beach is a picnic, party with family and friends, swimming, camping and fishing all rolled into one. Some surfing is allowed on the north end. Lots of camp sites with some facing the water. Max RV is 35 feet. During the day in the day use area there is a large lawn for picnicking and room to throw a Frisbee or baseball. There are areas with tables that can be reserved by calling ahead. 949-496-6172 The local town is near with plenty of fast food and sit down restaurants. The beach is on Del Obispo/Dana Harbor Drive, approximately one mile north of I-5
Joshua Tree National Park
San Mateo Camp Ground
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Below is the best in that area plus AAA approved. We have stayed at all of these and loved the solitude and great mountain air. The quiet is peaceful and sitting in camp early in the morning smelling the smoldering camp fires mixed with the pine tree scent is priceless. This is bear country, practice safe food storage. Some camp grounds have firewood is available for a fee.
National Recreation Reservation 877-444-67777
6 miles east of Angelus Oaks on Highway 38. Open May-Nov, elevation 6500.
50 RV sites 55 foot limit, dump station, showers. (909-794-1123) The campground, composed of two loops - Columbine and Lupine, is configured like a "figure 8." The camp sites in Lupine are scattered among Ponderosa and Jeffrey pine and Incense cedars. The sites tend to be terraced. The Columbine Loop camp sites are level and tucked in under Ponderosa and Jeffrey pines. A few Black oaks are scattered throughout the campground. There is no understory and no privacy between camp sites. Interpretive programs are available at Grayback Amphitheater on State Rt. 38 throughout summer months. They are fun and informative.
Big Pine Flats
7 miles North of Fawnskin off highway 38. Open May-Nov, elevation 6800.
15 tent sites 4 RV sites 30 foot limit. (909-8663437) The campground, composed of three unnamed spurs, two major OHV trails; and the historic Big Pine Flat Ranger Station. Each spur has a tight turn-around making them a challenge for RVrs. Camp sites in two spurs are tucked into a stand of Ponderosa and Jeffrey pines, have little understory (other then sagebrush) or shade. The third spur with camp sites 15, 16, and 17, is among younger pines and a grass understory - recommended for tent campers. This is a good base camp for OHV enthusiasts.
From Big Bear Lake, CA, take State Rt. 18 west 1.1 miles to a "T" intersection. Turn right at the intersection onto State Rt. 38 and go 3.3 miles to Butler Peak sign at intersection of North Shore Dr. and Rim of the World Dr. Turn left at sign onto Rim of the World Dr. and go 2.5 miles to campground sign. Turn left at sign into campground.
The elevation is 7,200 ft. The campground is composed of three unnamed loops. The larger loop, and more open, is north of entrance. Two smaller loops overlap and are better shaded by dense woods similar to the other loops but includes Douglas fir and more oak trees. Except where Manzanita grows, privacy is minimal between camp sites. Families of all sizes find this camp ground their favorite. ages.
In Big Bear City, CA, at the intersection of Greenspot Rd. and Big Bear Blvd., take Greenspot Rd. (State Rt. 38) south 15 miles to campground sign. Turn left at sign and go 0.2 miles to campground on right. Elevation is 6,900 ft.
This pleasant campground is composed of five loops - Santa Ana, Aspen, Group Camp, Grinnell Peak, and Sugarloaf. The Group Camp Loop is not included in this survey because it does not accept single families. Sugarloaf and Grinnell Peak Loops are smaller while Aspen is the largest. Each loop enjoys a mixture of Ponderosa and Jeffrey pine overstory with a sprinkling of fir, junipers, and oak scattered about. The understory ranges from pine needles only to sagebrush. Privacy between camp sites is fair to good. The campground is located on a ridge which provides some camp sites with a view of surrounding mountains.
In Big Bear Lake, CA, at intersection of Big Bear Blvd. and Summit Blvd., take Summit Blvd. south 0.4 miles to campground sign. Turn left at sign and go 0.1 miles to campground on right. Elevation 7,000
The campground is composed of two overlapping loops at the base of Snow Summit Ski Resort Mountain. A dense stand of Jeffrey pine, Douglas fir, and oak provide good shade to most camp sites. Although a tempting campground for RVs, it is really best suited for tent campers and a mecca for beginner and serious mountain bike enthusiasts. Also at the base of Snow Summit is the Team Bear Mountain Bike Center which has mountain bikes for rent and repair facilities. The Center also holds organized competitive races (downhill and cross-country) for amateur and professional mountain bikers. This is minutes from stores, gas stations etc.