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Sleep Under the Stars!

Camping is a great way to get outside, take a break, and enjoy nature with your friends and family.  There are campgrounds across the state that range from primitive sites (meaning no running water or flushing toilets) to full service sites with water and electric hookups for RV’s.  These sites also range in price from free to around $35 depending on the types of accommodation you plan to use. Check out all of the awesome camping in the Sierra Nevada, including wilderness areas, National Forest, and local and state parks.

There are many styles of camping from the relative simplicity of a tent to the comfort of a car to the full on luxury of an RV or trailer.  Whatever style suits you, camping is a way to get away from home and enjoy some time in nature with friends, or on your own.

Plan your trip: Want a quiet evening under the stars? A night of stories around a campfire? Easy access to a hike, a lake, or a beach?  Check out your options and choose a place to go.  You can find maps and information about campgrounds here.

Pack it Up: If you’re planning a camping trip, you’ll need to bring along everything you plan to use for your time out.  Think about where you’re going and what you plan to do when making your list, but here are some essentials:

  • First aid kit
  • Tent w/ stakes to hold it in place or other type of shelter
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad or air mattress to place under your sleeping bag for comfort
  • Lantern or flashlight
  • Tarp for extra shade or storm protection if needed
  • Rope or cord
  • Firewood and fire starter if you’re planning to have a campfire
  • Portable stove
  • Durable dishes and utensils for cooking and preparing food
  • Pots and or pans
  • Cooler (w/ ice) for storing perishables
  • Trash bags
  • Small sponge and biodegradable soap for kitchen cleanup
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug repellent
  • Personal care items
  • Raincoat
  • Sturdy shoes or hiking boots
  • Water for drinking, cooking (and cleaning up depending on where you’re camping)
  • Food for meals and snacks

You might also like to bring folding chairs, fishing equipment, hiking gear, stories or games.  Just bring things that are portable, durable and can be cleaned easily.

Give yourself some time: It will take some time to get your camp set up for the night(s).  Be sure to arrive with plenty of time to set up your camp, cook, and (hopefully) clean up before the sun sets.  Then you’ll have plenty of time to get comfortable and enjoy yourself.

Have fun!