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The Top 10 Spots to Go Camping in California
California is a nature lovers paradise. From its sandy beaches and rocky headlands to tall mountain peaks and alpine lakes, California has a variety of natural environments to explore. Although California has endless opportunities for camping and recreation, these are our favorite places to pitch a tent in the golden state.
Top 10 Gifts for Campers
Find the best gifts for campers with About Camping's guide to camping gifts. Holiday gift ideas for campers and outdoors people.
9 Must-Know Tips for Winter Camping
Snow camping is enjoyable with the right gear and cold weather essentials. Whether you are snowshoeing into the backcountry or car camping in cold weather, a few essential tips and the right equipment will make winter camping enjoyable. This is your guide to winter camping.
Turkey in a Garbage Can
A camping recipe from Holly. We fed sixteen people at camp with this recipe! If you want to use a bigger bird, increase cooking time and amount of coals accordingly. It doesn't hurt to sneak a peak near the end of cooking time to see if it's done, but do it quickly and add 15 minutes to the cooking time each time you open it up. If the bird stays away from the sides of the can and you wash it well afterwards, you can reuse your can several times.
What Are the Pros and Cons of Airstream Travel...
Airstream travel trailers and motorhomes are a good value, well constructed, and great for vacations or full time lifestyles.
Printer Friendly Camping Checklist
Print this camping checklist to help plan your next trip to the campground. Provided by David Sweet, camping guide at About.com.
Camping Recipes: Preparation: One Pot Meals
A list of camping recipes prepared as one pot meals.
Creek Ridge Camping, Hot Springs, North Carolina
Campground Review - Creek Ridge Camping, Hot Springs, North Carolina
Coleman SportCat Catalytic Heater
The Coleman SportCat catalytic heater is a safe, portable propane tent heater.
What to Pack for Camping? A Complete Checklist
Here's a complete camping checklist to use for planning your next trip to the campground.
Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas - National...
Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas, with its natural areas, historic buildings, and cultural landscapes, is a park for all seasons.
Want to Sleep Better Outdoors? Here's How.
Click here for advice on how to sleep better at the campground.
What does banking a fire mean and how is it done?
What does banking a fire mean and how is it done?
Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the...
The Wilderness Act of 1964 will celebrate its 50th birthday on September 3, 2014. More than 300 events will take place across the country to commemorate the
Do You Know How to Check Your RV's Electrical...
Here's a simple checklist to make checking your RV electrical system a cinch. Check each system in an organized way and enjoy a worry-free RV vacation.
Gearing Up For a Camping Trip
Gearing Up For Camping - What gear do you need?
What Should You Expect at US Army Corps of...
A guide to finding campgrounds managed by the US Army Corps of Engineers.
Storing Your RV for the Winter
Storing your RV for winter takes some careful and thorough work. Keeping your summer residence vacant is a top priority, as is protecting the RV from deterioration.
Camping Recipes: Preparation: Make Ahead
Easy camping recipes that you make ahead at home.
Beyond S'mores: The Best Campfire Recipes
If you love to eat at the campground, here are the most popular camping recipes sent in by fellow campers.
Easy Dutch Oven Cobbler
A camping recipe from Mike Pierce. This quick and easy recipe will satisfy any sweet-tooth.
A Coffee Lover's Guide to Camping Coffee
Coffee tastes best in the great outdoors. This is your guide to making the best cup of camping coffee.
Four Wheel Pop-up Camper: Hawk (or Kestrel) Model
If you are looking for a pop-up camper to put on the back of a truck, Four Wheel Campers make the best designs on the market. The newer Hawk model is designed to fit a medium to full sized truck.
Find a Place to Camp in State Parks, National...
Find a place to camp in state parks, national parks and forests, corps of engineers recreation areas, private campgrounds and RV parks.
RV Safety: Propane Tanks
One of the basic preparations you need to make before starting an RV trip is learning to care for your propane system safely. This entails tank safety, RV system safety, tank pressures, gauges, valves, connectors, and tank color.
Camping Road Trip: California's Central Coast
Big Sur is naturally stunning. The rugged coastline is spectacular for camping and is a top destination in the central Coast.
Camp Food Recipes That Your Kids Will Love
Parents sent in these recipes of their kids favorite camp foods. Try these popular camping recipes for kids.
Happy Camping: Learn to Flush Your RV's Water...
Make sure your family has a safe water supply by taking these few, simple steps in flushing and disinfecting your RV water system. It doesn't have to be difficult, but it's crucial.
Outdoor Concerts, Events and Festivals - in...
Outdoor Concerts, Events and Festivals with camping, in order by state. A list of great outdoor music festivals, annual events, and country jubilees that offer camping and lots of outdoor family fun. (USA and Canada)
Beef Stew
A camping recipe from Karen Henton. I made up this recipe while camping at Guntersville Lake Campground, a place my husband and I visit twice a year. I always take my Dutch oven along. We love the beefstew. I keep my Dutch oven greased in between cookings to keep it from rusting. It also maintains a slick interior, and the stew never sticks to the oven.
Five (Bad) Excuses to Skip Camping
Five bad excuses to skip camping and solutions, so you can be one happy camper.
Southern California Beach Camping
With its sandy beaches, sunshine and warm weather, San Diegois a top spot for beach camping in California. Plan a beach camping getaway in San Diego with this Southern California beach camping guide.
Has Your RV Been Recalled?
Has your RV been recalled? If you haven't received a recall notice you may still have a defective RV, appliance, or component. We'll show you how to find out if your RV has been recalled.
The Keystone Outback Super-Lite Travel Trailer
The Keystone Outback Super-Lite is a great choice of travel trailers. This 35-footer has made exceptional use of space and features, and even includes an outside kitchen.
Camping Recipes: Preparation: Dutch Oven
A list of camping recipes prepared in a Dutch oven.
Bureau of Land Management Campgrounds
A guide to finding campgrounds managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
Free Camping in the National Forests
A guide to finding a free dispersed campsite in the National Forests, plus an account of my adventures in Kaibab National Forest near the Grand Canyon.
Best iPhone Apps for Camping and the Great...
Check out this list of our favorites and let us know if you have a favorite app that helps you explore the great outdoors.
Why Ziploc Omelets May Be Hazardous to Your...
You shouldn't boil with Ziploc bags. Ziploc omelets are not recommended.
Camping Recipes: Course: Breakfast
A list of camping recipes for breakfast.
James M. Robb-Colorado River State Park,...
Campground Review - James M. Robb-Colorado River State Park, Palisade, Colorado
Which states allow passengers to travel in...
Which states allow passengers to travel in campers?
The Best Camping Spots in Lake Tahoe
From South Lake Tahoe campgrounds to Tahoe beach camping, this is your guide to the best camping in Lake Tahoe.
Campfire Hobo Stew
A camping recipe from S.A. Lee. This is an easy, economical and healthy recipe. We usually set up the ingredients buffet style and then form an assembly line.
Autumn Chicken- Dutch Oven Recipe
A whole chicken recipe that is easy and delicious for camping. A dutch oven chicken recipe for the campground.
Winterizing Your RV’s Water System
Preparing your RV for winter storage involves the whole rig, but the most important is winterizing the water system. Learn how, here.
Favorite Dutch Oven Recipes
There is something about Dutch oven cooking that is so authentic of the camping experience. Plan an entire day of meals around Dutch oven cooking with a few of our favorite Dutch oven recipes for the campground.
Best Camping Destinations (Top Spots List)
The best camping spots offer opportunities for outdoor adventure, solitude and nature. Campers love a variety of of environments for camping. We've selected the top spots for pitching a tent and your favorite destinations so that you can plan your next camping getaway.
Where can I find advice on RV manufacturer...
Where can I find advice on RV manufacturer ratings?
How to Go Backpacking - Backpacking for Beginners
If you love the outdoors and camping, then you will love backpacking. Get started backpacking with advice on how to pack, where to go, what gear you'll need and backpacking safety and ethics.
Best Stocking Stuffers for Outdoors Aventurers...
Are you looking for the perfect gift for your favorite camper or outdoors adventurer? There are a lot of great camping gifts on the market and we’ve selected our favorites for stocking stuffers. Here’s a selection of the best camping gift ideas that range in price from under $20 to under $200.
Learn the Secrets of RVing with These Online...
RV Forums are the perfect place to get insider's secrets for a perfect RV trip. RV Forums are the place where RVers tell all that you won't learn from books and magazines.
Dump Cake
A camping recipe from David. You'll be making new friends at the campground, when fellow campers walk past your campsite and get a whiff of this dessert.
RV Buying Trends
RVers’ buying preferences are changing. To meet the new demands, manufacturers are making lighter weight RVs and new manufacturers are introducing inventive variations of large and small homes on wheels.
Buying A New Camping Tent? Features of Camping...
Buying a new camping tent? Here are some tips that will help you look for features in camping tents that will let you enjoy the use of that tent for many years to come.
Lesser-Known State Regulations Regarding Travel...
Planning a multi-state RV trip with a trailer or other tow can result in one or more tickets if your rig doesn’t meet state requirement, or if you don’t have a permit for your variances. Read more about how to plan your trip and avoid unpleasant surprises and fines.
November Events in the National Parks
Find an exhibit or ranger guided tour in a National Park this November.
Camping Basics - How to Set Up a Campsite
Camping Basics - how to set up a campsite - tips for preparing a campsite
Florida Campground Reviews
A guide to camping destinations in Florida, with campground reviews for state parks, national parks and forests, and private campgrounds and RV parks.
Dutch Oven Pork Roast: Your Perfect Campfire...
A camping recipe from Carrie. I call this recipe Dutch Oven Heaven. The pork roast doesn't have to be fancy or expensive, as it will be slow cooked to spoon-tenderness. Ham will be fine too, but shorten the cooking time to two hours, as ham is already cooked.
How can I keep ice from melting for as long as...
How can I keep ice from melting for as long as possible?
Canvas Camping Tents
Shopping for a new canvas tent? Product reviews and price comparisons of popular makes and models of canvas camping tents.
The 5 Best States for Camping
Colorado, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, and New York were voted the top 5 US States for Camping.
Camping Recipes: Preparation: Foil Wrapped...
A list of camping recipes for complete meals that are prepared using foil wrap.
Cream of Chicken and Rice
A camping recipe from Gary Totten. If you are looking for a simple, fast, hot, nutritious, easy clean up, One Pot Meals that tastes great - add this recipe to your camping menu.
Hash Mess with Eggs
A camping recipe from Julie Ann Craft. My three daughters named this recipe. It does not look too appetizing, but they love it.
How To Remove Mold and Mildew
A simple guide to removing mold and mildew from canvas, tents, and awnings.
RVers Go Green With Wind Power
RVers looking for a greener way to power their RVs may find the perfect solution blowing in the wind. Wind turbines, or wind generators, may be a superior alternative, or compliment, to solar power.
Mountain Man Breakfast
A camping recipe from Mountain Man. At the campground, prepare this recipe in a Dutch oven, then slice and serve it like quiche. But it is better when prepared in your kitchen oven. Just mix it up and place in a large flat glass baking dish and bake at 350 for 15 minutes. It is really good and hardy, and you will absolutely get rave reviews.
5 National Parks for Your Next Camping Trip
About.com Camping readers nominated their favorite US National Parks for Camping and these five took top honors: Glacier, Grand Canyon, Great Smoky Mountains, Yellowstone and Yosemite.
Why Go Camping?
There are many valid reasons for escaping the routines of ordinary life, and camping facilitates that escape for many of us.
What Not to Do on a Camping Trip
Want to make your campground neighbors miserable and have no fun on your next camping trip? Read this.
Tips for Camping With Dogs
Your dog probably loves camping and the great outdoors as much as you do. If you plan to take your best friend on your next camping trip, make sure you plan ahead so everyone has a good time. Consider these tips and advice for camping with your dogs, so that you and your pooch are prepared for dog camping success.
Where To Camp
Camping for Beginners: Lesson 2 - finding a place to go camping
Wonder Wash
Product review - Wonder Wash, from The Laundry Alternative, is a portable laundry machine that is perfect for washing clothes at the campground.
National Park Campgrounds
A guide to finding campgrounds using Park Net by the National Park Service.
10 Safety Tips for Planning an RV Trip
RV safety tips to help you plan your RV trip. Here are 10 steps you can take using RV safety tips for an enjoyable RV trip.
Should I put a ground cover down under the tent?
Should I put a ground cover down under the tent?
Get Started Dutch Oven Cooking
Want to try dutch oven cooking at the campground? Here are a few tips and essential tools for dutch oven cooking -- because everything tastes better cooked on the campfire and under the stars.
Buying an RV
An RV is a major investment. Learn how to buy, with confidence, the RV that meets your wants and needs for years to come.
Dutch Oven Cornish Game Hens
A camping recipe from Robin. I love to cook and use my Dutch oven. I just made this recipe up while walking through the store wondering what would be different for camping.
Campground Reviews
A clickable image map of the USA to states with campground reviews that were sent in by visitors to the camping site.
Starstream SS24QB Travel Trailer
If you're shopping for a high quality used RV travel trailer, take a look at the Starcraft Starstream line. These sleek, well-built travel trailers seem to stand the test of hard use by frequent RVers and full-timers.
Apple Crisp
A camping recipe from Sheryl. Highly adaptable recipe. Good for dessert as well as breakfast.
Learn to Make Delicious Foil Packs Perfect for...
A camping recipe from Cindi Stokes. Our scouts do this recipe the first night of every camping trip.
Backpacking Checklist - What to Pack
Before you head out on a backpacking adventure, make sure you pack these essential items in your backpack.
7 Camping Luxury Items (That You Don’t...
You don't need much to go camping, but the truth is, even the most dedicated campers -- even minimalists -- like to have camping luxuries. Here are five items you might want to consider leaving at home, and one item you definitely do-not-need.
Baking At The Campground With Dutch Ovens
Whatever you can bake at home in a conventional oven, you can bake at the campground in a Dutch oven.
RV Living: Pet Control and Pest Control
Traveling in a RV with pets? Get tips on how to control your pets, and make your RV an undesirable neighborhood for insects and rodents.
Setting Up Camp
Camping for Beginners: Lesson 3 - setting up camp
Camping Recipes: Course: Lunch
A list of camping recipes for lunch.
Bryan's Dutch Oven Stew
Bryan's Dutch Oven Stew - a camping recipe from Bryan. A hearty one-pot meal. If you like dumplings, you can add a can of bicuits to the top and let cook for 15 minutes longer.
Beanie Weenie Casserole
A camping recipe from Rebecca Bishop. I am a cook at a campsite now and have found this is a big hit whenever I serve it. This recipe can be done on the stove or over a fire.
State Park Campgrounds
A guide to finding campgrounds available at the state parks.
Fruit Cobbler - Dutch Oven Recipe
A dutch oven fruit cobbler recipe. This easy camping recipe is by the Mad Chef of the Forest.
Death Valley National Park - A National Park...
Death Valley is a national park of extremes. The below sea level basin is a land of record summer heat, snowy winter peaks, spring wildflowers and a diverse wildlife. Despite it's morbid name, the national park is a top destination for outdoor recreation and seasonal camping.
RV Club Memberships
RV club memberships offer RVers a wide assortment of benefits. We'll tell you about the different types of RV clubs you can join and the most common RV club membership benefits they offer.
How to Plan a Camping Wedding
Love the outdoors? Want to tie the knot at a campground? Photos, advice and true stories from brides who recently planned a camping wedding.
Online Discount Camping Equipment Retailers
There are a lot of discount camping equipment retailers online. This is your resource to online camping equipment and outdoor gear.
Campsite Cannonballs (meatball soup)
A camping recipe from Kirk. This is one of our campsite favorites.
Camping Recipes: Main Ingredient: Bread
A list of camping recipes that use bread as a main ingredient.
Napa Valley Guide to Camping, the Great...
The Napa Valley in California isn’t just for wine lovers and luxury travellers. There are great camping options and opportunities for outdoor adventure.
RV Purchase Scams
Watch out for RV scams: investing a bit of time may save you thousands of dollars, or expose needed repairs before you get stuck with the bill. Take your time planning your RV purchase, sale or trade-in and do your homework.
RVers GPS and Campground Locator Systems
Today’s world of instant information puts RV GPS devices on our dashboards and apps on our phones that include locations of RV parks and other RVer’s travel needs.
Chicken and Dumplings
A camping recipe from David. This is an easy one pot meal.
Camping Recipes: Course: Side Dish
A list of camping recipes for side dishes.
eGear XT-130 Polymer K2 Tactical Torch
This is a tough flashlight that uses a Luxeon LED and has an output of 130 lumens.
Who, in your opinion, is the most reliable RV...
Who, in your opinion, is the most reliable RV maker?
The Best Outdoor Apps for the iPhone
A list of the best apps for camping and the great outdoors including iPhone and Android camping apps.
Why Camping Is a Great Budget Family Vacation
Family vacations on a budget. Take a family of four camping for a week for under $1000. Once you buy the initial camping gear you can take your family on a second vacation for under $400.
What They Don't Tell You About Camping
So you're ready for your first camping trip. You've got your checklist, and everything is in order. If only it were that simple. What they don't tell you may surprise you at the campground.
The Top 5 Wilderness Areas in the U.S.
Campers love the great outdoors and they voted these five wilderness areas as their favorites. Check out the top 5 US Wilderness areas.
Camping Recipes: Main Ingredient: Chicken
A list of camping recipes that use chicken as a main ingredient.
RV Living Tips: Living Small
Adjusting to the small space in your RV can be time-consuming, costly, and wasteful. Here are some RV living tips for scaled-down living and cost-effective budgeting for those new to the full-time RVing lifestyle.
Tacos in a Bag
Tacos in a Bag - a camping recipe from Rheanna. This recipe is very flexible as you can prep as much as you like. It all depends on your eaters. Usually one bag will fill up an adult male. I got this idea when I worked in a school, and they used these as a fundraiser at tournaments.
Camping Recipes: Preparation: Foil Wrapped
A list of camping recipes prepared using foil wrap.
Redwood National Park, California
Home to the tallest trees on earth, Redwood National Park in California is a top national park getaway for outdoors lovers and campers.
Georgia Campground Reviews
A guide to camping destinations in Georgia, with campground reviews for state parks, national parks and forests, and private campgrounds and RV parks.
Camping in the Reds Meadow Valley
The Reds Meadow Valley is a top camping and outdoors destination in California near Mammoth Lakes. Highlights include Devils Postpile National Monument, Rainbow Falls and the San Joaquin River.
Camping Basics - More About Bedding
Camping Basics - more about bedding - alternatives to sleeping on the hard ground.
Guide to WiFi, WLAN, LAN, WAN, 3G, and 4G for...
Are you trying to figure out the best way for you to stay connected while you’re on the road? If you’re confused about the many ways RVers can connect to the Internet, here’s a simple introduction to WiFi, WLAN, 3G, 4G, hotspots, USB hubs and more, with links to more detailed explanations of these technologies.
Camping Recipes: Main Ingredient: Turkey
A list of camping recipes that use turkey as a main ingredient.
Have You Ever Taken an Infant Camping?
Advice from experienced parents about taking an infant camping.
Coleman Instant Tent
The Coleman Instant Tent is an ideal family camping tent for camping road trips. The Instant Tent is quick and easy to set-up.
Snow Camping Photo Gallery
A photo gallery of snow camping.
Buying an RV Tips
Buying an RV can be daunting with so many things to consider. Learn about the different types of RVs you can choose from here.
Camping Recipes: Course: Entree
A list of camping recipes for entrees.
Delicious Desserts You Can Make While Camping
A list of camping recipes for dessert.
Weber Baby Q 100 Gas Grill
Product Review - Weber Baby Q 100 Gas Grill, a portable propane cooking system.
A Guide to Buying Family Camping Tents
Shopping for a new family camping tent? Product reviews and descriptions of family camping tents, including the Coleman Weathermaster, Eureka Equinox, Kelty Grand Canyon, Paha Que' Pamo Valley, REI Camp Dome, Sierra Designs Nomad, and The North Face Bedrock.
How To Purify Water
Easy ways to purify drinking water.
Clear Springs Recreation Area, Meadville,...
Campground Review - Clear Springs Recreation Area, Meadville, Mississippi
Is there a web site to get a blue book for used...
Is there a web site to get a blue book for used campers?
California Campground Reviews
A guide to camping destinations in California, with campground reviews for state parks, national parks and forests, and private campgrounds and RV parks.
Cowboy Goulash
A camping recipe from sydney2462. A quick and easy one-pot meal.
Camping Basics
A series of articles focusing on how to make camping simple and enjoyable.
RV Checklists
RV checklists help you start your RV trip safely. Use RV checklists to secure your RV for trips, inspect your RV before purchase or rental, and for setting up and leaving your campground.
Alamo Chicken
A camping recipe from Beth. This recipe is easy and very tasty. It's also great for those low-carb diets. After all, anything with bacon and cheese has got to be good.
Choosing the Right Tires for Your RV
Choosing the right RV tires depends on understanding its weight limits and distribution. RV tires are the most vulnerable component of RV safety. RV weight determines the right size RV tires.
Car Camping Primer
Advice and resources for planning a camping trip.
Campfire Chicken
A camping recipe from Bob. I tried this by accident one night during a Scout campout, and everyone loved it.
RVer Preparedness Plans for Thunderstorms,...
Across the country thunderstorms bring much needed rain. But they can also bring dangerous hail, wind, lightening, tornados and flooding. RVers need to be particularly attentive to these dangers and prepared to protect themselves. Learn how to spot danger and get to safety when a dangerous thunderstorm approaches.
One Pot Bubble and Squeak
A camping recipe from Jacketbacker1. This recipe is fast, easy, and the ingredients need little refrigeration.
Outdoor Games and Toys
Bring your own recreation to the campground with these outdoor games and toys.
Tex-Mex Foil Dinner
A camping recipe from K9s4moi. This is a recipe you can make ahead at home and just put on the grill when you get to the campground.
Corn Bread
A camping recipe from David. This is an easy corn bread recipe that you can make right at the campground in your Dutch oven.
Sleep Secrets for Campers
Rest easy and get a good night’s rest while camping with these tips, advice and sleep secrets for campers.
Camping Recipes: Preparation: Skillet Meals
A list of camping recipes for skillet meals. Page 2.
10 Creative RV Solutions for Wi-Fi Reception,...
RVers, do you want an easy way to align your hitch ball and tongue without a spotter? Wish you had Wi-Fi access from anywhere? What about a little more room in your shower? Here are 10 RV products that work around RV space and access limitations.
Learn to Make Boatin' Hillbilly Trash Breakfast
A camping recipe from Pat Frain. This is so easy to make, and you can add whatever you want, and clean up is easy. I made this up last summer and the marina that we keep our boat at and my other boating friends just love it.
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