Escape the city lights of Los Angeles and hit the road in a campervan for the weekend. Campervan and RV camping near Los Angeles is something everyone should experience. Whether you’re looking to head up the Pacific Coast Highway to the beach for some sun, surfing, fishing, and beachcombing, or prefer the serenity of hiking or biking in the mountains, we have you covered. Enjoy our list, in no particular order, of the top campervan campgrounds and RV Parks near Los Angeles.
Moro Campground, located in Crystal Cove State Park in Laguna Beach, California, is just an hour outside of the city of Los Angeles. If you are planning a road trip up the Pacific Coast and want to live the beach life for a bit, then Moro Campground is a great spot to park your campervan for the night. Moro has all of the quintessential activities for an epic beach campout, including surfing, fishing, sunbathing, hiking, and beach barbeques.
Note: No open flame wood fires or charcoal fires are allowed. Compressed gas barbeques are permitted on the beach and in campsites.
San Miguel Campground – Santa Barbara, California
Distance from Los Angeles: 84.3 miles
Located just south of Santa Barbara, San Miguel Campground is on Carpinteria State Beach, offering some of the most prime beachfront RV campsites in southern California. Mostly known for its beach activities, San Miguel is an excellent place for boating, fishing, surfing, sunbathing, paddleboarding and swimming. If you are looking to take an easy hike, the Carpinteria Bluffs Trail is lovely if you need a break from the beach scene.
Amenities: restrooms, *fire rings, picnic areas, potable water, showers, firewood available for purchase
Note: *Fire rings are not available on the beach row of San Miguel Campground. There are vehicle size restrictions, so make sure you double-check.
Sycamore Canyon Campground – Malibu, California
Distance from Los Angeles: 58.1 miles
Sycamore Canyon Campground, located in Point Mugu State Park, boasts 58 campsites and is just a short drive to Malibu Creek State Park, Leo Carrillo State Park, and Topanga State Park. Sycamore Canyon is a popular, and social, campground along the Malibu coast. With over 5 miles of beachfront and over 70 hiking trails, Point Mugu State Park has a little something for everyone. With direct access to the beach and hiking trails, Sycamore Canyon Campground is a prime spot to park your campervan for a weekend and explore Point Mugu State Park.
Amenities: restrooms, fire rings, potable water, picnic tables, firewood available for purchase, token-operated showers only, RV dump station
Note: Token machines take one-dollar bills and do not provide change.
Doheny State Beach Campground – Orange County, California
Distance from Los Angeles: 58.8 miles
Doheny State Beach Campground is located on the southern end of Doheny State Beach and boasts over a mile of sandy beach and warm water. With 33 beachfront campsites (113 campsites total), Doheny State Beach has earned the title of “Orange County’s best camping site.” At Doheny, campers can pass the day away with beach activities such as sunbathing, surfing, paddleboarding, and fishing, or get out and explore Sycamore Trail at Dana Point by way of biking or hiking. Doheny is a trendy spot, so make sure and reserve your camping spot early.
Amenities: restrooms, showers, fire rings, picnic tables, potable water, RV dump station near the visitor center
Pro Tip: Try and reserve a campsite closer to the beach. The campsites in the back are near the Amtrak tracks so that you will hear a bit of noise.
Bonita Ranch Campground & RV Sites – Lytle Creek, California
Distance from Los Angeles: 58.4 miles
Bonita Ranch Campground & RV Sites, located in the foothills of the San Bernardino National Forest, is a family-owned campground. At Bonita Ranch, you don’t have to go far to enjoy outdoor activities. Lytle Creek runs along the east edge of the park, and Bonita falls just a short hike up the canyon behind the RV park. Most of the RV sites have shade, so you’ll be able to keep your campervan a bit cooler. If you are an avid hiker, then 34.7 miles away, check out the hiking trails in the San Gabriel Mountains. Disneyland is about an hour from the campground, or in California to attend Coachella, looking to catch a concert at San Manual Amphitheater or hit the Black Jack tables at San Manual Casino, Bonita Ranch Campground is conveniently located to it all.
Amenities: full hookups, RV dump stations, picnic table, group grill, showers, restrooms, trash collection, laundry facilities
Mesa Campground – San Bernardino County, California
Distance from Los Angeles: 74.5 miles
Located in Silverwood Lake State Recreational Area, Mesa Campground offers 136 campsites and is the perfect spot if you’re looking for a weekend getaway into the mountains and experience lake life. Swimming, hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, and mountain biking are all popular activities in Silverwood Lake State Recreational Area. With over 13 miles of paved trails, you won’t find yourself sitting at the campsite all day. Miller Canyon is the most popular hiking trail due to its scenic setting in the woods, meandering path through Serrano beach and the breathtaking views along the way.
Amenities: full hookups, flush toilets, showers, fire rings, picnic tables, potable water, RV dump station, trash collection, firewood for purchase, campground store
Malibu Creek State Park Campground – Malibu, California
Distance from Los Angeles: 34.1 miles
Malibu Creek State Park Campground is a hotspot outside the bustling city of Los Angeles. Surrounded by Sycamore Trees and 14 miles of meandering Malibu Creek makes the 63 campsites in this campground a perfect escape from the city and one of the most scenic getaways! Get out of your campervan and enjoy the 15 miles of trails following Malibu Creek from the Santa Monica Mountains to the Malibu Lagoon or take a dip in Rock Pool to cool down from the summer heat. Hiking, horseback riding, fishing, rock climbing, swimming, biking, and kayaking are popular activities in Malibu Creek State Park.
Don’t wait to reserve your spot. Malibu Creek Campground fills up quickly, given its proximity to Los Angeles and its jaw-dropping scenery. Fun fact, Hollywood movie and TV show hits like M*A*S*H and Planet of the Apes were filmed here.
Amenities: fire rings, potable water, picnic tables, restrooms, showers, RV dump station at the entrance
Note: Showers are tokens only. Token machines take one-dollar bills and do not provide change.
Canyon Campground in Leo Carrillo State Park – Santa Monica, California
Distance from Los Angeles: 52.4 miles
Located in the Santa Monica Mountains of Southern California, Leo Carrillo State Park Campground (aka Canyon Campground) is the perfect spot to do it all. With the Southern California coast on one side, you can partake in all of the beach activities like surfing, swimming, fishing, sunbathing, beachcombing, and windsurfing, and don’t forget to check out the tide pools and sea caves. When you need a break from the beach, cross the Pacific Coast Highway and hit the hiking trails of the Santa Monica Mountains. Canyon Campground boasts over 130 campsites with easy access to the beach.
Amenities: fire rings, picnic table, restrooms, showers (token only), RV hookups, RV dump station, and lifeguards on duty
Bolsa Chica State Park Campground – Huntington Beach, California
Distance from Los Angeles: 31.2 miles
Bolsa Chica State Park, located in Huntington Beach, California, is a hotspot for surfing, fishing, and other beach and water sport activities. Bolsa Chica is a surfer’s paradise, with epic waves, lifeguards on duty, and great swimming. No need to pack a bunch of fishing gear to fish here. At Bolsa Chica, you can surf fish barehanded as long as you have a permit. After hitting the waves head out on a 7-mile bike path separating the coastline and the wetlands and landing you on Huntington State Beach.
Amenities: electric & water hookups, restrooms, showers, fire rings (first come first serve), picnic tables, potable water
Jumbo Rocks Campground in Joshua Tree National Park
Distance from Los Angeles: 149.1 miles
Jumbo Rocks Campground offers 124 campsites and is a popular campground due to the location inside Joshua Tree National Park and the impressive views of the rock formations. The scenic campground is nearby many great hiking trails and rock formations such as Skull Rock, Juniper Flats, and Pleasant Valley Trail, all only minutes away from where you will wake up. You won’t find a lot of amenities at Jumbo Rocks Campground, and you’re required to haul in firewood for campfires, which are permitted only in the fire rings provided. Potable water is not available, so make sure you pack plenty of your own. Don’t get stuck in the desert without plenty of water!
Amenities: Vault toilets, fire pits, picnic areas, trash bins.
Bastian is the Sales & Marketing Manager here at Travellers Autobarn. He holds a Master of Commerce in Marketing and International Business Management, and 20+ years experience in campervan hire, road trips and travel.