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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.
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: 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.
Chocolate Pecan Pancakes
A camping recipe from David. This recipe was a chocolate experiment that resulted in some very tasty pancakes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What to Pack for Camping? A Complete Checklist
Here's a complete camping checklist to use for planning your next trip to the campground.
Skidaway Island State Park, Savannah, Georgia
Campground Review - Skidaway Island State Park, Savannah, Georgia
Camping Recipes: Preparation: One Pot Meals
A list of camping recipes prepared as one pot meals.
Gearing Up For a Camping Trip
Gearing Up For Camping - What gear do you need?
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.
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.
Camping Recipes: Course: Breakfast
A list of camping recipes for breakfast.
What's Cookin' at the Campground?
Cooking at the campground can be simple, easy, and delicious. From one pot meals to make ahead recipes and simple marinades for grilling, there are a lot of
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
What Should You Expect at US Army Corps of...
A guide to finding campgrounds managed by the US Army Corps of Engineers.
Camping Recipes: Course: Lunch
A list of camping recipes for lunch.
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.
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.
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.
Camping Recipes: Course: Side Dish
A list of camping recipes for side dishes.
Delicious Desserts You Can Make While Camping
A list of camping recipes for dessert.
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.
Camping Recipes: Preparation: Foil Wrapped...
A list of camping recipes for complete meals that are prepared using foil wrap.
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.
Boulder Recreation Area, Carlyle Lake, Illinois
Campground Review - Boulder Recreation Area, Carlyle Lake, Illinois
Camping Recipes: Course: Entree
A list of camping recipes for entrees.
Camping Recipes: Preparation: Dutch Oven
A list of camping recipes prepared in a Dutch oven.
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.
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.
Camping Road Trip: California's Central Coast
Plan a Central Coast camping road trip. Santa Barbara, Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay, Big Sur, and Monterey Bay are top camping destinations.
Why Ziploc Omelets May Be Hazardous to Your...
You shouldn't boil with Ziploc bags. Ziploc omelets are not recommended.
Camping Recipes: Main Ingredient: Chicken
A list of camping recipes that use chicken as a main ingredient.
Camping Recipes: Preparation: Foil Wrapped
A list of camping recipes prepared using foil wrap.
Campfire Fajitas
A camping recipe from Chris. The smoke from the campfire along with the liquid smoke make for a very unique (and quite delicious) combo.
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.
Campfire Corn on the Cob - Barbecued Corn
An easy and delicious campfire corn on the cob is the perfect side dish for the campground. Or try the barbecued corn on the cob variation.
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.
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.
Should I put a ground cover down under the tent?
Should I put a ground cover down under the tent?
Bikers Subs
A camping recipe from eaglescout. This is a great make-ahead recipe for bikers, boaters, campers and anyone who wants a quick meal without all the work. People will love you, if you share.
Make Ahead Egg Bake
A camping recipe from Amy Mable. My husband loves this for breakfast. It is hearty and delicious, and you can add whatever you like in an omelet. I would not recommend cooking the cheese in the original baking - it hardens and is not really very good that way.
5 Secrets for the Perfect Camping Trip
A great camping trip is one you’ll remember for a lifetime. Delicious food, the family dog, and stargazing will complete any camping trip and elevate it to perfection. We’ve compiled some of our best advice to help you get camping and having a good time whether you are a seasoned camper or heading out for your first time.
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.
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.
Campfire Eggs
A camping recipe from Julie. Our family doesn't think a camping trip is complete without at least one breakfast of campfire eggs, even the kids who don't eat eggs at home.
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.
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.
Camp Kabobs
A camping recipe from Marsha. Camp Kabobs are easy and mess free. The kids like eating them too, because they're fun to eat. Bake potatoes directly in the fire, add some bread and you've got a meal.
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.
Lower Falls Recreation Area, Cougar, Washington
Campground Review - Lower Falls Recreation Area, near Cougar, Washington
Easy Dutch Oven Cobbler
A camping recipe from Mike Pierce. This quick and easy recipe will satisfy any sweet-tooth.
Where To Camp
Camping for Beginners: Lesson 2 - finding a place to go camping
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.
5 Tips for Camping Relaxation
It's not as easy to unwind on your weekend camping trip as you may think. There's lots of packing to do, and once you arrive there are so many things to do! Here are a few tips to unwind and enjoy nature on your weekend camping escape.
National Park Fee Free Days 2014 - Public Lands...
Dates for National Park Service free entrance days for 2013, including U.S. National Forest, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Land Management fee free days.
Camping Food Checklist
A list of foods to consider for daily meals while camping.
Backpacking Checklist - What to Pack
Before you head out on a backpacking adventure, make sure you pack these essential items in your backpack.
Chicken and Dumplings
A camping recipe from David. This is an easy one pot meal.
Dirt Dessert
A camping recipe from Kathy. Kids love this stuff.
How to Keep Bugs Away While Camping
If you are going camping, you’ll likely see some insects and bugs. Not all bugs bite, but the ones that do can be a nuisance. Here we have the best ways to keep the bugs away and have an insect-free campout.
Campfire Chicken
A camping recipe from Bob. I tried this by accident one night during a Scout campout, and everyone loved it.
Bureau of Land Management Campgrounds
A guide to finding campgrounds managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
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.
Setting Up Camp
Camping for Beginners: Lesson 3 - setting up camp
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.
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.
Best 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.
Which states allow passengers to travel in...
Which states allow passengers to travel in campers?
Camping in Whitefish, Montana and Glacier...
Whitefish, Montana is an outdoors destination for recreation and camping. Montana was voted as one of the top 5 US States for camping.
How can I keep ice from melting for as long as...
How can I keep ice from melting for as long as possible?
These Foil-Wrapped Recipes Will Make You a...
These foil-wrapped recipes are easy to make on the grill or at the campfire, require few cooking utensils, and leave little to cleanup.
Cardinal Sins of Campers
Good campers use common sense and are courteous to those camping around them, while bad campers either lack awareness or aren't prepared, and they have no regard for their campground neighbors. Are you a bad camper?
The 5 Best States for Camping
Colorado, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, and New York were voted the top 5 US States for Camping.
Have You Ever Taken an Infant Camping?
Advice from experienced parents about taking an infant camping.
Coleman SportCat Catalytic Heater
The Coleman SportCat catalytic heater is a safe, portable propane tent heater.
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.
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.
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.
Camping Basics - How to Set Up a Campsite
Camping Basics - how to set up a campsite - tips for preparing a campsite
Campfire Pizza
A camping recipe from Becky and Carol. This is a Weight Watcher recipe for the oven, but friends tried on it on a campfire and it was yummy.
Wonder Wash
Product review - Wonder Wash, from The Laundry Alternative, is a portable laundry machine that is perfect for washing clothes at the campground.
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.
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.
Campground Reviews
A clickable image map of the USA to states with campground reviews that were sent in by visitors to the camping site.
Camp Stuff
A camping recipe from Sunny. We were almost done with our trip, and I still had these ingredients left over. So, in an attempt to fix a nice meal without wasting food, I combined everything to make a great dinner for all of us. Yummy!
How To Remove Mold and Mildew
A simple guide to removing mold and mildew from canvas, tents, and awnings.
Apple Crisp
A camping recipe from Sheryl. Highly adaptable recipe. Good for dessert as well as breakfast.
Breakfast Sandwiches
A camping recipe from Joy. These are delicious to start your day. We also make them as pies with canned pie filling, cinnamon and sugar in the middle, topped with cream cheese. Try ham and Swiss cheese, tuna and cheese, pastrami on rye, pizzas (pizza sauce, pepperoni, sausage and mozzarella) - the sky is the limit on what you can come up with.
BBQ Pork Loin
A camping recipe from David. This tasty dish requires some advance preparation at home, but very little work to serve it up at the campground.
California Campin'
Campers around the country are California dreaming. With its moderate climate, sunshine, and variety of landscapes, Southern California is a top camping
5 Tips for Easy Campground Cooking
Campground cooking doesn't have to be complicated. In fact, campground cooking can be quick and easy, yet delicious with a few basic preparations.
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.
Camping Check List - page 1
Put together a camping check list to make planning your next trip to the campground easier.
Camping Recipes: Course: Salads
A list of camping recipes for salads.
What does banking a fire mean and how is it done?
What does banking a fire mean and how is it done?
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.
Campfire Corn on the Cob
Campfire Corn on the Cob - a camping recipe from D Wilgus. My kids love this recipe when we go camping. It is so easy and the corn will be really tender. It is a cheap and easy side dish for a campfire meal.
Alan's Frozen Salad
A camping recipe from Alan. Try this fruit salad for dessert. You serve it frozen like ice cream.
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.
Biscuit on a Stick
A camping recipe from Joe Adams. About ten years ago one of my camping buddies pulled a can of biscuits out of his cooler one cold camping morning and introduced us to this great and simple culinary miracle. A can of Hungry Jack buttermilk biscuits has been a staple in my cooler ever since.
Camp Beef Stew
Camp Beef Stew - a camping recipe from Randy. Prepare at least a day before camping. While camping, your prep work is done and the stew can cook for 2-3 hours while you do other things!
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.
Essential Camping Items
What 10 items of camping gear would you put on your checklist? Based on over 2000 survey results, here are what fellow campers consider essential camping gear.
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.
Camping Recipes: Course: Sandwiches
A list of camping recipes for sandwiches.
Cheese Crisps
A camping recipe from David. Both kids and adults will like this one, and it's simple to make. The only things that need cleaning up afterwards are the skillet and your fingers.
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.
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.
August Events in the National Parks
Find an exhibit or ranger guided tour in a National Park this July.
Autumn Chicken - Whole Chicken Dutch Oven Recipe
A whole chicken recipe that is easy and delicious for camping. A dutch oven chicken recipe for the campground.
Camping Recipes: Main Ingredient: Beef
A list of camping recipes that use beef as a main ingredient.
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.
Pleasant Hill Lake, Perrysville, Ohio
Campground Review - Pleasant Hill Lake, Perrysville, Ohio
Camping Recipes: Course: Entrees Beef
A list of camping recipes for beef entrees.
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.
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.
Camping Recipes: Main Ingredient: Ground Beef
A list of camping recipes that use ground beef as a main ingredient.
Kid's Favorite Foil Dinner
A camping recipe from Char from Fife, Washington. My kids, now grown (21 and 24 ), still ask if we are going to have this when we go camping.
Camping Community Photo Gallery
This gallery features photos taken by campers of campground scenes, their campsite or cooking area, their RV or tent, or anything about their camping trip. All campers are welcome to submit their camping photos.
Campsite Cannonballs (meatball soup)
A camping recipe from Kirk. This is one of our campsite favorites.
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.
Bean Soup
A camping recipe from David. This recipe is one of my concoctions. I like to take food I've got in the house and come up with a dish. This turned out so good that I thought I'd share it with you.
Reese's S'mores Will Change Your Camping Trips...
S'mores recipe variations for this popular camping treat.
Where can I find advice on RV manufacturer...
Where can I find advice on RV manufacturer ratings?
Common Mistakes Of New Campers
Examples of common mistakes that new campers make at the campground.
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.
Camping Recipes: Preparation: Campfire
A list of camping recipes prepared over a campfire.
Macaroni and Cheese
A camping recipe from David. If you're camping with kids, this dish is sure to be a hit.
Dogs in Sleeping Bags
A camping recipe from Sam. This makes a nice lunch, and kids will enjoy helping prepare and cook it.
Camping Check List - page 5
Put together a camping check list to make planning your next trip to the campground easier.
Seven Oaks Lodge, Angelus Oaks, California
Campground Review - Seven Oaks Lodge, Angelus Oaks, California
Blueberry Maple Pancakes
A camping recipe from David. Pancakes are a popular campsite breakfast. This is one of my favorite versions, which goes great with bacon or sausage.
Camping Recipes: Course: Entrees Poultry
A list of camping recipes for poultry entrees.
Camping Recipes: Preparation: Pie Iron
A list of camping recipes that use pieiron as a main ingredient.
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.
Eggs in a Hat
A camping recipe from Kym. This is one of our many camp concoctions that we have on almost every trip.
Camping Recipes: Main Ingredient: Pasta
A list of camping recipes that use pasta as a main ingredient.
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.
Camping Recipes: Preparation: Foil Wrapped Meat
A list of camping recipes for meat that are prepared using foil wrap.
Shish Kabob Buffet
A camping recipe from David. This recipe is a real crowd pleaser. Lay out a variety of meats, seafood and vegetables so everyone can build their own kabobs. Great grill food, whether at the campground or in your back yard.
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