Originally Posted by mekkerlc
My question for you all is what are some alternative campgrounds to look at for our visits to:
Channel Islands NP
Joshua Tree NP
Las Vegas/Death Valley NP
We don't mind staying outside the parks, however, we don't want to have an hour+ drive to get into the park. Maybe we need to hit up California another year?
As a native Californian, you're going to have a difficult time getting anything, especially for San Diego, Yosemite, Channel Islands. You do know that you have to camp in the Ventura/Oxnard area for Channel Islands NP? Everything in that general area will be already booked up and the boat rides out to it may also be booked up.
Not sure why you are including Vegas, Death Valley and Joshua Tree during the absolute hottest time of the year.
Vegas would be fine in a hotel but I personally wouldn't visit Vegas during the summer.
You should be able to find something near Redwood and Sequoia/Kings.
Yosemite will definitely be over 1 hour+ drive to get to the Valley floor.
If you really are intent on the desert areas, you need to go during spring or fall, not the peak of summer. Have you looked at peak temperatures during the time you plan on visiting?
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