Originally Posted by sailski
We are planning a trip to the West coast this summer. Begging at our home in Colorado. Heading south to Santa Fe then Pheonix and West on I10 to Joshua Tree NP and from there to Yosemite stopping along the way at the NP along the way. From there we will head to LA and drive up the coast to Seattle.
We have no reservations and have not had any bad experiences finding a campground. However, I have heard that is not a good idea especially in California. We normally travel until we see something interesting or get tired then look around for a place to stay for a few days or more or less depending how we like the area. We prefer state, national, county or other public campgrounds rather than commercial.
I am primarily looking for advice on how to make this work. Thanks for your advice.
I'll bet you're already out of luck for Yosemite and for any state coastal campsites. And that's from San Diego to Seattle.
You might get the odd single night here and there.
You might find some private RV parks with some left.
Coastal campsites in California are booked up 6 months in advance nearly year round.
We are finishing up a 7 week trip, that started in March. We tried making reservations for coastal campsites in California state beaches and could only get 2 nights in a row, at one SoCal state Beach.
So expecting to just "wing it" in the summertime, is not going to work.
Competition for summer campsites in California started months ago and are gone in minutes.
Those that are successful are usually using multiple computers to get them.
Big reason why we stopped camping, during the summer, in California.
Suggest that you start looking for anything available and book any that you can.
Dan-Retired California Firefighter/EMT
and Zoe the Wonder Dog(R.I.P.)
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