Here is a list of some fun RV campgrounds to stay as an alternative to the closed national parks. We’ve been getting emails from with lots of suggestions so we figured we would post them all here for anyone interested.
11551 Yankee Hill Rd. Columbia, CA
An alternative to Yosemite, during the government shutdown, is a combination of Columbia State Historic Park and Railtown 1897 State Historic Park. Both are in Tuolumne County’s Gold Country, just North of Yosemite. They are both open and operating. The nearest RV Park is Marble Quarry RV Park, in Columbia ________________________________________________________________
2220 Cienaga St. Oceano, CA
Pismo Sands RV Resort is ideally located just minutes from Pismo Beach, and convenient to all of the many activities on California’s Central Coast.
Our area has Hearst Castle, Surfing, Paddleboarding, Kayaking, Fishing, ATV riding in the Oceano Dunes, Horseback riding, Elephant Seals, Monarch Butterfly Grove, WineTasting, Farmers Markets, Apple Picking, World Class Restaurants including The Madonna Inn, Historic San Luis Obispo, and Solvang, and much more……enough to keep people busy for days.
(Get a 20% discounted rate of $40 if you mention this post.)
2220 Cienaga St. Oceano, CA
We wanted to make sure you know that the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (ABDSP), 600.000+ acres of pristine and gorgeous desert wilderness, is open for business and ready to accommodate visitors who are not able at this time to visit Federally-owned properties such as National Parks and Monuments.
ABDSP compares very favorably with Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Parks as a great destination for desert lovers, hikers, bikers and RVers. In addition to the mountainous and scenic desert park, the town of Borrego Springs offers a wide array of services, including restaurants groceries, shopping, fuel, RV service, towing and much more.
165 South Dolliver Street. Pismo Beach, CA
Situated midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles in beautiful Pismo Beach, Pismo Coast Village RV Resort needs only to be seen to be appreciated. Beautifully landscaped and nestled right on Pismo Beach (currently Pismo Creek is flowing along the resort and it is necessary to walk around the lagoon to get to the ocean), it is truly an outstanding destination RV resort. This award winning, nationally recognized resort is conveniently located within walking distance from downtown Pismo Beach shopping, restaurants, and the famous Pismo Pier.
Casa de Fruta Orchard RV Resort (located about 120 miles from Yosemite)
10021 Pacheco Pass Highway, Hollister CA
We are about 90 minutes from San Francisco, one hour from Monterey or Santa Cruz.
We have a 24 hour Restaurant, Wine Tasting & Deli, Bakery and Coffee Shop, Fruit Stand, train ride, carousel ride and mining sluice, 24 hour Chevron & Food Mart.
Palm Canyon Hotel and RV Resort in Borrego Springs (located east of San Diego)
Borrego Springs has two great RV parks, and is known for it’s trendy shops and art galleries. The STATE park is open—the largest desert park in the country.
The Anza Borrego is a classic desert adventure experience which will appeal to the European visitors who want to travel in the west and see unique tour destinations. The desert park has wonderful wildlife including the iconic Big Horn sheep, desert flowers, and stark landscapes. At night, the skies are dark and clear—ideal for star gazing. The area has been identified by astronomers as a ‘Dark Sky Community’ because it’s clear air and low light pollution are unmatched—we’re one of only two such Dark Sky areas in the USA.
The property has a unique western theme hotel, with a saloon style bar and grill. The resort exterior and grounds have undergone a complete renovation and we’ve added vintage Airstream trailers as cabin lodging. The resort has two pools, jacuzzis, a full laundry, and more.
66500 McKinley Grove Road, Shaver Lake, CA
We are open until November 3rd, 2013, and have already had several visitors who’ve had to make other plans due to the Park closures. We are located east of Shaver Lake, between Yosemite and Kings Canyon. We are nearly 7000 feet in elevation and this time of year is very peaceful and quiet.