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Marin Camping Point Reyes

Marin County Camping

Point Reyes Peninsula / Pt Reyes Campgrounds

Ocean View CampsitesOne of the most visited coastlines in the world, San Francisco – where 2 peninsulas almost meet – at the mouth of the “hidden bay”.

This is the Golden Gate to California and the Wild West.

So, you wanna escape the tourist masses… and camp out, overlooking an amazing place?

(put on your hiking boots)

lighthouse
Pt Reyes Lighthouse

Nope, the Lighthouse doesn’t have a campground! There are no camping facilities at Muir Woods National Monument, nor Muir Beach. No camping at Stinson Beach, nor Bolinas.

canoeThe Tule Elk Reserve has no camping at all. Tomales Bay State Park no longer has car camping or RV camping available; hike-in or boat-in
camping, maybe.

What is available for campground camping on “the Point” is listed below, with phone numbers and links for more info.

foggy seashore

POINT REYES, CALIFORNIA

Point Reyes National Seashore Campground
reservations required
hike-in, bike-in, and boat-in camp sites only
415-464-5100
415-464-5137

Mount Tamalpais State Park Campground State Parks
reservations required
415-388-2070camp

  • Alice Eastwood Campground
  • Frank Valley Campground
  • Horse Camp Campground
  • Pantoll Campground
  • Steep Ravine Campground
  • Steep Ravine Cabins

Marin Headlands Camping
reservations required; no pets & no RVshiker
415-331-1540

Samuel P. Taylor Redwood State Park State Parks
reservations recommended; open year round
415-488-9897

  • Devils Gulch Horse Camp
  • Historic Camp Taylor
  • Madrone Group Camp
  • Car Camping / Tent Camp
  • RV max 27′
  • Cabin Rentals @ SPT

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Cycling, hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, kayaking and boating are all popular outdoor recreation activities.

Small towns located on the Point Reyes peninsula do have a few private campgrounds, some of which can accommodate motorhomes. Follow towns links for those.

RV camping

There are no RV parks, camper trailers or motorhomes allowed in campgrounds on the steep coastal region of Point Reyes. Most of the narrow, winding roads are forbidden for motorhome travels. No shoulder, no guard rails, on many curvy roads. Great viewpoints are best when you STOP to look, off the roadway.

hike NPS

Golden Gate National Recreation Area NPS

Point Reyes National Seashore

Stinson Beach Park

Tomales Bay State Park State Park

Tule Elk Reserve

dockside

nearby towns – 


Santa Cruz Redwoods

hippytownway
BSA Camp Cutter

Santa Cruz Mountains & Santa Cruz Redwood Parks

overnight in the redwoods

Camping out in the Santa Cruz mountains can be a magical experience. It is here where some city dweller first get a glimpse of the coastal giant trees. Towering above in several Redwood Parks, the hiking & camping are endless. Backpacking, day hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding are all popular activities in this region.

NOTE: There is no off-roading, 4×4, OHV trails in these coastal mountains, so it will be more peaceful. Peace and quiet, remember that?

redwoods Santa Cruz

Since this mountain range is in between the Santa Cruz coastline and THE CITY, San Francisco, and situated right next to the mega-city “Bay Area”, you can always expect a few tourists about and lots of locals out enjoying their backyard (at all times of the year).

Make campground or cabin reservations as far in advance as possible. Summers are the busiest months!

State Park hikes tent camp RV

Tent Cabins
Tent Cabins: Big Basin Cabins can be arranged at Big Basin State Park. Campgrounds can be found at all State Parks and some county parks. Private vacation homes are found nearby; a few small towns on Hwy 9 offer hotel accommodations. On the coastal side of this ‘mountain’ is the small community of Pescadero w/ Butano SP.

Small towns nearby offer lodging & dining:

Big Basin Redwoods Camping

Pacific Coast Fog Fest

Pacifica Fog Fest

Pacifica Fog Festival
Pacific Coast Fog Fest

Held along Palmetto Avenue in Pacifica, is a weekend arts and crafts fair with over 190 arts and craft booths, live entertainment, plenty of tasty food and drink to please any appetite.

Annual event; September
650-355-4122

Pacifica, CA

pacificcoastfogfest.com

Pacifica Fog Fest 2011

Pacifica Fog Fest 9-2009

Pacifica Fog Fest

Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival

Mill Valley Shade

Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival
Mill Valley Art Fest

held every autumn at Old Mill Park,
320 Throckmorton Avenue

This Fall Arts Festival is long running and highly competitive art festival that attracts 150 artists, many local and some from as far as Hawaii and New York. Thousands of art lovers come from all over the Bay Area to this beloved festival to stroll through the redwood park and discover treasures under the trees: sculpture, painting, ceramics, photography, textiles, woodwork – over 15 media categories that are sure to appeal to all artistic tastes. The festival represents the finest collection of arts and crafts in the country to view and purchase.

Annual event: September
415-381-8090

Mill Valley, CA

mvfaf.org

Chocolate Festival

Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival

Ghirardelli’s Chocolate Festival

Chocolate lovers need no prompting for this legendary 2-day sweet event held at the famous Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco, CA. Entrance fee includes chocolate tasting; Pay double for your entrance ticket and enjoy wine tasting too.

Annual event: September

San Francisco, CA

ghirardellisq.com/chocolate-festival

ghirardelli.com/chocolatefestival

The line for tasting chocolates at the Ghirardelli

Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival

Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival

Aloha Festival

sf aloha festival - hula

Bay Area Aloha Festival

Pacific Islanders of the San Francisco Bay Area offer talents in music & dance during this 2-day festival of arts. Entertainment highlights include Pacific Islander music as well as Polynesian dance. The festival will also feature arts & crafts vendors, island cuisine, educational exhibits and workshops, and games for the kids! Located at the San Mateo County Event Center.

Annual event; August

San Francisco CA

http://www.pica-org.org/AlohaFest

sf aloha festival - packed house

sf aloha festival  - keiki hula

Samuel P Taylor Campground

San Francisco Redwoods Camping

Samuel P Taylor State Park

Samuel P Taylor Campground

San Francisco Redwood State Park

SamP is one the large redwood parks north of San Francisco, CA. Coastal redwoods can be found in the mountains above Santa Cruz, as well as on Point Reyes in Marin County. Hiking in the region is amazing w/ enchanted forests, dramatic fog, waterfalls, numerous trails in every direction.

This is one of the best developed campgrounds in the region for car camping and RV campers. Consisting of several loops, a group site, a horse camp and hike-in or bike-in camp sites. There are even cabin rentals in the park. This park has several camp sites that can accommodate visitors with disabilities. Reservations are highly recommended, especially during summer months. Be prepared to pay hefty fees for overnight use.

Max RV Camper Length: 31′Marin Redwoods
Max Trailer Length: 27′

  • Creekside Loop
  • Orchard Hill Loop
  • Madrone Group Site
  • Madrone Cabins
  • Horse Camp
  • Hike & Bike in Sites
    (max 8 persons)

CA State Park

Samuel P Taylor State Park
59 developed campsites
4 cabin rentals
15 miles W of San Rafael on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard
415-488-9897

 

Samuel P Taylor

San Francisco RV Park

RV Campground San Francisco / RV Camp Ground

San Francisco RVing

Beach RV Park
2505 Portola Dr
Santa Cruz, CA
831 462-2505

Betabel RV Park
9664 Betabel Rd
San Juan Bautista, CA
800-278-7275
831 623-2202

Candlestick RV Park
650 Gilman Ave
San Francisco, CA
800 888-2267
415 822-2299

Costanoa Coastal Lodge & Camp
2001 Rossi Road @ Hwy 1
Pescadero, CA
650 879-1100

Coyote Valley RV & Golf Resort
9750 Monterey Rd
Morgan Hill, CA
866 376-5500
408 463-8400
San Jose, CA

Marin Park
2140 Redwood Hwy.
Greenbrae , CA
888 461-5199

Novato RV Park
1530 Armstrong Ave
Novato, CA
800 733-6787
415 897-1271

Olema Ranch Campground
Point Reyes National Seashore
10155 Highway 1
Olema, CA
800 655-2267
415 663-8001

Parkway Lakes RV Park
100 Ogier Ave
Morgan Hill, CA
408 779-0244

Pinto Lake Park
451 Green Valley Rd
Watsonville, CA
831 722-8129

San Francisco RV Resort
700 Palmetto Ave
Pacifica, CA
877-864-2728
182 sites

Santa Cruz Ranch RV Park
917 Disc Dr
Scotts Valley, CA 95066
877-864-2728
Full hook up, pull-thru sites

Saratoga Springs Park
22801 Big Basin Way
Saratoga, CA
408 867-3016 x824

Trailer Tel RV Park
1212 Oakland Rd
San Jose, CA
408 453-3535

Treasure Island RV Park
1700 El Camino Real
South San Francisco CA
650 994-3266

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