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Campground Reservations for 2018
It's Not Too Early to Start Planning your Summer Trips
January 6, 2018
Even though we are in the middle of winter, campground reservations for the summer are opening up all around the state. The most popular destinations fill up quickly.
Yosemite National Park
Reservations are available 5 months in advance, offered in 1-month blocks on the 15th of each month beginning at 7:00 AM. For example:
For arrival dates May 15-June 14, reservations open up on January 15.
For June 15-July 14, reservations open up on February 15.
Yosemite National Park Campground Reservations
California State Parks and Beaches
California State Park campsites are available for reservations 6 months in advance of arrival day. But unlike national parks, the state park opens new reservations each day, exactly 6 months in advance. Reservations are through their new ReserveCalifornia website: ReserveCalifornia.
National Forest Campgrounds
National Forest campground reservations become available at 7:00 AM PST 6 months in advance of arrival date (group sites - 12 months). For example, a July 10 campsite becomes available for reservations January 10th. At that time, you can book the campsite for as many as 14 days.
Popular Camp Edison at Shaffer Lake begins taking online reservations for those booking 7-14 nights on February 1 at 5:00 AM. For those booking 6 nights or less, reservations open March 1 at 5:00 AM.
Camp Edison Reservations
For PG&E campgrounds, reservations for 7 days or more open on April 2. All other reservations become available on April 16.
PG&E Campground Reservations
Gold Star - The best of the best campgrounds. Not only are the campgrounds equipped with very good amenities and in beautiful settings, they are close to outstanding recreational opportunities such as natural wonders, waterskiing, beaches, or special attractions.
Green Star - Campgrounds with good facilities and located close to a variety of activities, whether its trails among redwoods, a beach-front location, or a beautiful mountain lake.
Green Triangle - Comfortable campgrounds equipped with basic amenities and near some worthwhile recreational attractions. These are sometimes smaller, more remote campgrounds which, nevertheless, may have exceptional views. Ease of driving access is sometimes a consideration.
Green Dot - Campgrounds we have not included in our reviews, either because much better campgrounds are nearby or because the facilities or available recreation opportunities are negligible.
Everyone is Different
Everyone's interests are different, so a perfect campground for one might be only mediocre for another. Use our symbols as a starting point on your quest to find the best campground for you.