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Los Angeles Camping
If you're visiting Los Angeles on a limited budget, in an RV or just prefer to sleep under the stars, these camping spots and campgrounds are all in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.

Before you start looking, it may help you to know a little about Los Angeles area geography. Los Angeles is the name of the county and also the name of its biggest city. The area commonly called the "basin" sits inside the coastal mountains and includes the city of Los Angeles, Pasadena, Hollywood, Long Beach and a host of other cities and towns. Most of the major LA tourist attractions are located in this area.

Campgrounds in the Los Angeles Basin

Campgrounds are a scarce thing in busy, crowded Los Angeles, but you'll find a couple of options here, including one that's on the beach.
  • Dockweiler Beach: Our readers' favorite Los Angeles campground and with good reason. It's located just below the LAX runways and on the beach and is one of the prettiest places in Los Angeles to park your camper. No tents allowed.

     

  • Golden Shore RV Resort, Long Beach: Right on the waterfront in downtown Long Beach. No tents, but tent trailers are OK.

Camping in Malibu

These campgrounds are located in or around Malibu, west of Los Angeles and Santa Monica where the Santa Monica Bay shoreline curves to create south-facing beaches. They're all located along CA Hwy 1 and are listed in order from east to west (the first one is the closest to LA).
  • Malibu Beach RV Park: They have almost 100 sites for both RVs and tents. It's on the cliffs just above Dan Blocker State Beach.

     

  • Malibu Creek State Park: This location has been used to film so many movies and television shows that you may have a sense of deja vu when you arrive. They offer tent and RV camping.

     

  • Leo Carrillo State Beach: 28 miles north of Santa Monica. Tent and RV camping.

     

  • Point Mugu State Park: RV and tent camping in a pretty park along the ocean. Some campsites are in Sycamore Canyon, across the highway from the beach. Others are along the beach.

Campgrounds in Other Parts of the Los Angeles Area

Los Angeles is a really big place and these spots can be a long drive from some of the popular tourist spots. A good map will be your best friend as you figure out whether their location will be right for you.
  • Disneyland Area Camping: If you're visiting Mickey or other sights in Orange County, you've got quite a few campgrounds to choose from.

     

  • More Beach Camping in Southern California: It's a short list, but you'll find a few more places in Southern California where you can camp right on the beach.

     

  • East of Los Angeles

     

    • Pomona Fairplex KOA: Pomona is on the northeast side of the LA Metro area, about 35 miles from downtown Los Angeles. This KOA is located near the Pomona Fairgrounds, where the Los Angeles County Fair is held every year and also the site of swap meets and other events. It has RV and tent campsites and Kamping Kabins.

       

    • East Shore RV Park, San Dimas: The "shore" in the name refers to Puddingstone Lake. This campground is about 25 miles from downtown Los Angeles. They can accommodate RVs and they also have a few family tent camping sites.
  • North of Los Angeles

     

    • Valencia Travel Village: North of the Los Angeles Basin off I-5, this full-featured campground is close to Magic Mountain. They have more than 350 RV sites, 2 swimming pools and lots of other guest amenities.

       

    • Walnut RV Park, Northridge: Northridge is in the San Gabriel Valley, outside the Los Angeles basin but still convenient to Universal Studios and Magic Mountain. It's 20 miles from downtown Los Angeles.

       

    • Balboa RV Park, Van Nuys: It's located near the intersection of I-405 and US Hwy 101, just north of the Sepulveda Pass which leads into the LA basin, close to Universal Studios and on the way to Magic Mountain. It's a large park with full hookups, laundry room, cable TV and Internet.

Disposal Issues

If you're traveling in an RV, there's always the issue of where to get rid of the - shall we say - waste materials. The LA Department of Water and Power wants you to know where you can dispose of your waste properly. Their list of RV Waste Disposal Sites includes not only campgrounds and RV parks but also other facilities with a dump station.

Los Angeles Campgrounds Rated by Our Readers

POLL: What is your favorite place to camp in Los Angeles

 

Dockweiler Beach
Golden Shore RV Resort, Long Beach
Leo Carrillo State Beach, Malibu
Malibu Beach RV Park
Malibu Creek State Park
Pomona Fairplex KOA
Walnut RV Park, Northridge
Birmingham RV Park, Van Nuys
East Shore RV Park, San Dimas
Valencia Travel Village

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