Craving some outdoor adventure? Kick up your feet at a state park campground around a campfire and tent or at an RV park where you can bunk in a vintage Airstream®, outfitted with all the modern conveniences.
Visit one of 14 state parks and beaches, most of which are equipped for camping! Experience the great outdoors at Big Basin Redwoods State Park. As California’s oldest state park, Big Basin is home to some of the most ancient redwoods, waterfalls and hidden treasure. Choose from standard ‘car-camping’ sites as well as 40 canvas tent cabins. Waterman Gap Trail Camp is located 9.3 miles from the main parking lot, or 6.3 miles from the north end of the Skyline-to-Sea-Trail, which connects Castle Rock via a 28.2 trail through Big Basin Redwoods State ending at Waddell Beach. The Waterman Gap Trail Camp is nestled deep in the forest and has six primitive sites with a vault toilet.
For a beachfront camping experience, try New Brighton State Beach located in Capitola. The perfect mix of sun, shade and beach; this state beach offers114 campsites — both tent and RV —perched on a wooded bluff overlooking the Monterey Bay.
Interested in campgrounds that are tent only? Visit Castle Rock State Park which spans 5,200 acres across the highest reaches of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The park includes 35 miles of trails connecting the park to Big Basin Redwoods State Park and other nearby open-space preserves and offers two trail camps: Castle Rock and Waterman Gap.
Experience all the thrills that the Santa Cruz Mountains have to offer by mountain biking, zip lining through the treetops, or embarking on an expert-level hike. Click here for a full list of adventures that are camper-friendly.
Remember to leave no trace, pack your trash and always follow state park guidelines. Happy trails!
See below for a full list of campsites and RV parks in Santa Cruz County!