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1. Posted by The Jones (Budding Member 44 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Hi all,

I would love to see Californina, Who wouldn't but it so expensive. Is it possible to live by camping in the national parks on a shoe string buget and spend a little time in the citys & towns in between, after all a lot of california (but not all) I want to see is in the national parks. Has anyone doe this before on here. Let me know.

2. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 2009 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

National Park Campgrounds

By David Sweet, Guide

The National Park Service (NPS) preserves the natural resources of the US for the enjoyment and education of current and future generations. Some of the benefits to the NPS stewardship are the vast outdoor recreation opportunities made available to everyone.

NPS Goal: " promote and regulate the use of the national parks, which purpose is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations."

Camping allows us to experience the splendors of the national parks up close. You can do this in two ways: either backpacking into primitive campsites in the backcountry, or by camping at the developed campgrounds accessible by car. Backpackers must obtain backcountry permits on the day of their departure and are usually required to have an itinerary. In my opinion, this is the best way to experience the parks. However, car campers and RVers will find the developed campgrounds a comparable experience.

Within the National Park System there are hundreds of parks, recreation areas, and other facilities; and within these parks are over one hundred campgrounds open to the public. Campsites are usually available on a first come, first serve basis. A few of the campgrounds do offer reservations, which can be made online. National Park campgrounds aren't expensive, typically costing $10-16 a night, with a maximum stay of 14 days. Amenities aren't many, but you came here to enjoy the park, not the campground. The campgrounds have clean restrooms and hot showers, some have laundry facilities, and campsites will have picnic tables and fire rings. But remember, the national parks are very popular and tend to get very busy on holidays and during the summer months.

The National Park Service has a Web site called Park Net which has everything you need to plan a camping vacation in one of the parks. The areas of Park Net that will be of interest to campers:

* Park Net1 - the NPS home page.

* Park Search2 - find park details and campground information.

* Reservations3 - for tours and some campgrounds.

* Park Maps4 - downloadable.

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3. Posted by StaceyD (Inactive 20 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Hello there! Who wouldn't want to see some scenic views of natural parks? If you have a tight budget then national parks would help you with that since they have cheaper accommodations compared to state parks. The top rated natural parks in CA include Death Valley National Park, Yosemite National Park and Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks.



4. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 1999 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

If you are going to be in the Sierra Nevada mountain area, I also suggest you try to visit the towns of Murphys and Angels Camp--they are in the gold rush areas north of Yosemite. There is a campground area about 30 miles NE of Murphys where you should be able to pitch a tent. (This is in a US national forest--as opposed to a US national park).

Here is the link to the US national forest campground sites:


P.S. Also consider visiting some California state parks as well as just the national parks. California has one of the largest state park systems in the country. It can be accessed at:

Many of these parks are on the beach--and are the best places (only legal places) to camp near the beach. You need to book way in advance, though, since these fill up fast.

As you can see, there are many places to camp in the US--but they all get busy in the summer months.

[ Edit: Add US national forest and California park campground links ]

5. Posted by The Jones (Budding Member 44 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Some good avice here thank guys