Camping is a great American pastime. Santa Cruz is a favorite destination amongst families that are looking to get outdoors. Most family and friends are looking for a different approach to their vacation. What makes Santa Cruz so great for getting outdoors, you ask? It’s one of the few spots in the world where you can enjoy a walk amongst the Coastal Redwoods not remembering that you are just minutes from the Monterey Bay and Pacific Ocean. Also, whether you enjoy using a tent or an RV, there is something for everyone. From privately owned to CA State Parks, Santa Cruz is a must for your camping destination. You can enjoy roughing it amongst the Redwoods or listening to the sounds of the ocean. Some of the hottest camping spots around Santa Cruz County include:

Big Basin Redwoods State Park Campground

Big Basin was established in 1902 and is known as California’s oldest State Park. The park is home to the ancient coastal Redwood trees. Some of them are 50 feet around, as tall or taller than the Statue of Liberty and some are around 2,500 years old. The park offers many other trails too. Trails that lead to spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and lush Waterfalls. Camping in Big Basin is a great way to spend your summer. Big Basin offers:

  • Family Campsites, Group Campsites, Hike or Bike Campsites
  • RV Sites (No Hookups) – Max. Trailer 24′, Max Camper Motorhome: 27′
  • RV Dump Station
  • Bike Trails
  • Hiking Trails
  • Horseback Trails
  • Food Service
  • Camp Store
  • Showers
  • Restrooms

It’s important to call ahead before coming (831) 338-8860.For more information on Big Basin, please click here.

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Campground

Henry Cowell Campground is a great place to sit back and relax amongst the coastal redwoods. The park is famous for its ancient giant Redwoods and its sunny sandhill ridges. Visitors can enjoy trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and walking. You can also swim in the San Lorenzo River and Fish (depending on season), Henry Cowell is a great place to enjoy the serene beauty of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

  • 111 Campsites
  • RV Sites – Max Trailer 31′, Max Camper Motorhome: 35′
  • Day Use Area – Sunrise to Sunset
  • Guided Tours
  • Restrooms

It’s important to call ahead before coming (831) 335-4598. For more information on Henry Cowell, please click here.

Santa Cruz Harbor RV Park

If the coastal Redwoods aren’t your thing then come enjoy the RV amenities of the Santa Cruz Harbor. The Santa Cruz Harbor RV Park boasts:

  • Santa Cruz Harbor Brochure (You will need a PDF viewer, please click here)
  • 12-RV Sites with a Maximum Length of 42′
  • Permit is required for camping. Please call the number below.
  • RV-Hookups
  • Year Round Camping
  • Pets Allowed (See Rules for Pets)
  • Walking Trail
  • Food (nearby)
  • Beach

For more information please call ahead before coming by calling (831) 475-3279. For online information, please click here.

New Brighton State Beach Campground

Located just steps from the beach and a short drive to Capitola, lies New Brighton State Beach Campground. If you love to camp and be close to the ocean, then this is your stop on your summer trip. The campground and day use areas cater to aquatic activities. You can enjoy walking along the waters edge, playing in the surf, Kayaking, Surfing, and other great family fun activities.

For more information on New Brighton State Beach Campground, please call (831) 685-6442

The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park

This is a more unique camping area within Santa Cruz County. If you’re looking for a more back-country type adventure then this may be your spot. The campground is small (6-Sites) and is known as the Trail Camp. The Trail Camp is located 6-miles in from the nearest parking lot. The park boasts 30-miles of trails for hiking, jogging, and or biking trails. Many visitors come for the day to use the many picnic areas. Nisene Marks has great Mountain Biking Trails! For more information on the park and or the camping requirements, please call (831) 763-7063 or you mayclick here for more information.

Seacliff State Beach Campground

Seacliff is known for being one of the best RV beach camping spots within Santa Cruz County and California. The park offers 26-full hook-up sites and 37-non hook-up sites. While camping you will be able to enjoy 2 plus miles of beach, pier fishing, museum, BBQ areas and so much more. Showers are available and pets are allowed. For more information, please call (831) 685-6442 or (831) 685-6500. To make camping reservations please call (800) 444-7275. For a brochure of Seacliff State Beach, please click here.

Manresa and Sunset State Beach Campgrounds

Manresa and Sunset Beaches are a great place to get away from it all. Each campground is nestled along the Monterey Bay allowing you to enjoy some of the best views around. Manresa is a local hot-spot for surfing while Sunset prides itself on those who like to stroll along the secluded beach. Click here for an informational flyer on both campgrounds.

  • Manresa is walk-in tent camping only!
  • 64-Sites
  • Pets Allowed
  • Showers
  • For more information please call, (831) 761-1795
  • Reservations: (800) 444-7275
  • Sunset accommodates tent and RV-camping (92-sites)
  • Showers
  • No-Hookups
  • No Pets!
  • Year round camping
  • For more information please call, (831) 763-7063
  • Reservations: (800) 444-7275

Santa Cruz KOA Kampground

The Santa Cruz KOA Kampground is an all in one experience. It doesn’t matter if you love to sleep in a tent, RV, Airstream, or Cabin; the Santa Cruz KOA Kamground has you covered. The Santa Cruz KOA offers visitors many summer activities that the whole family can enjoy. KOA offers movie nights, campfire nights and even train rides just to name a few of its amenities. If getting out and about to see the surrounding area is on your list then you will love the KOA location. Your home away from home is located 1/2 mile from the beaches, 40-minutes to Monterey and 30-minutes to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

  • 230 Sites
  • Pool
  • Laundry
  • Hot-tub
  • Free WiFi
  • RV-Hookups
  • Year round camping
  • Dumping
  • Showers
  • Pets Allowed

For more information on the Santa Cruz KOA Kampground, please call (831) 722-0551 or  click here.

****Reservations are strongly recommended (800) 562-7701****

****Camping is highly popular in the summer months around Santa Cruz. Please call ahead to confirm campsite availability.****

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