Best Places to Camp Near LA

Ditch the digital devices, let's go camping! We're sharing our current favorite places to set up camp near LA. Feel like you're thousands of miles away when you're really...dozens of miles away! These spots will give you a healthy dose of nature without taking you over 3 hours (pending traffic) to get there.

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Hoegee Campground

Hoegee’s is just a couple miles away from Chantry Flat. Shaded year round, enjoy cool grounds and 15 campsites.

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Buckhorn Campground

Buckhorn Campground offers 38 campsites all serenely nestled between tall pines and cedars. Trek the trails and take in the views. The sites are first-come-first-serve so arrive early and claim your camp!

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Thornhill Broome Beach - Point Mugu State Park

Point Mugu State Park, located in the Santa Monica Mountains, features miles of ocean shoreline, sandy beaches, two major river canyons, wide grassy valleys and unbeatable views. There are ample hiking trails, and, of course, the ocean!

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YelloW Post - Big Bear

Big Bear is more than just a winter destination, Yellow Post offers 13 individual camping spots for up to eight people at a time. Take in the mountain fresh air and enjoy a break!

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Joshua Tree

For a desert trip, there's no place quite like Joshua Tree. Home to one of our favorite festivals, Desert Daze, we couldn't leave this spot out. Reserve a spot at Black Rock or Indian Cove ahead of time, or try on the fly at Belle, Cottonwood, Hidden Valley, Jumbo Rocks, Ryan, or White Tank. Get ready for some of the most breath-taking sunrises of your life!

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San Elijo State Beach

Get some San Diego sun at San Elijo. Claim a standard or RC spot and enjoy your weekend by the water. The surf haven is a favorite amongst west coast locals and beyond.

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Reyes Creek Campground

$20 a night gets you a spot at Reyes Creek. Go hiking, fishing or for a dip in the water. Los Padres National Forest has a lot to offer to all nature lovers.

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Refugio State Beach

Experience the splendor of Refugio State Beach. Take part in picnics, coastal fishing, or take a kayak tour! They even offer beach wheelchairs at no cost to campers!

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Mount Laguna

Laguna Campground is a perfect California getaway just one hour east of San Diego. Campers can look forward to a break from the heat, and explore mountain trails through early fall!

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Horse Flat Campgrounds

As implied by the name, you can access equestrian facilities, hitching rails, 4 corrals and more at Horse Flat Campgrounds. Sites are available at first-com, first-served. There’s no piped water here, so make sure to bring your own for drinking and cooking and be bear aware!

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Marshall Canyon Park & Nursery

Another horse-friendly campsite, Marshall Canyon is ideal for rides, hikes and site seeing. The 119-acre grounds host 40 camp areas with horseshoe pits, built-in BBQ’s and more.

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