outside of developed campgrounds
Open Camping; outside designated camp grounds; also called dispersed or
primitive camping. SoCal
Forest are a bit restrictive on this type of camping, due to the high fire danger. CA dirt roads for RVs, secluded hot springs, or to access hiking trailheads or OHV routes
National Forest are located throughout California, from the Baja borders near San Diego up to the Oregon coast. National Parks are usually surrounded by US National Forests & make camping 'outside the park' the best option for those looking to stay away from the masses.
National Parks are sometimes so crowded
in summer months that you can't even enjoy the experience. Try
the off-season times
for your best stay. National Forest are a much better
bet for space & less taxing on the wallet for fees. Neighboring
forest lands offer much more for the traveler who wants to stay
away from tourist traps & find their very own slice of wilderness
National Forest are protected forest & open areas throughout state that often surrounded National Parks or Wilderness Areas. Tons of small campgrounds & primitive spots for real seclusion. Get a free fire
permit & camp almost anywhere you want. Use that SUV exploring the many dirt
back roads & find that
perfect camp spot. Highly protected Wilderness Areas are usually
located adjacent to the California National Forest lands.
National Forest Cabins & Fire Lookouts for Rent
Unique wilderness experience: Historic cabin rentals from the National Forest Service.
Stay overnight on top of a towering granite boulder. NFS offers old fire lookouts or rustic cabins for rent. Many locations to choose from in the California forests.