These 10 Campgrounds in California Are Nearly Impossible to Book

Fallen Leaf Lake has one of the most popular campgrounds in the state near Lake Tahoe

California offers some of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring national and state parks and forests in the United States. With its coastline, mountain ranges, and sheer size of 800 miles from north to south, it offers everything a camper could ever hope to experience. No wonder it is one of the top vacation destinations in the country, especially for campers.

There are plenty of campsites in California, but some are much higher in demand than others. The demand may be their proximity to large municipalities, or simply their shear beauty. Either way, the most popular campsites in the state are pretty spectacular.

The Dyrt put together a list of the 10 hardest-to-book campgrounds in the state. Twin Lakes Campground tops the list, ranking at No. 9 nationally. But, the demand for camping in California is so high that every campground on the list is booked at least 88 percent of the time.

Twin Lakes Campground tops the list of hardest-to-book camping experiences in California

Here is the entire list from The Dyrt:

  1. Twin Lakes Campground, Inyo National Forest, Mammoth Lakes — Booked 97.2% of the year
  2. Silver Lake Campground, Inyo National Forest, June Lake — Booked 96.9% of the year
  3. Lost Claim, Stanislaus National Forest, Groveland — Booked 95.9% of the year
  4. Kirk Creek Campground, Los Padres National Forest, Big Sur — Booked 93.4% of the year
  5. Coldwater Campground, Inyo National Forest, Mammoth Lakes — Booked 91.3% of the year
  6. Fallen Leaf Campground, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, South Lake Tahoe — Booked 91.1% of the year
  7. Buckeye Flat Campground, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, Sequoia National Park, — Booked 89.9% of the year
  8. Convict Lake Campground, Inyo National Forest, Mammoth Lakes — Booked 89.3% of the year
  9. Meeks Bay, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, Tahoma — Booked 89.2% of the year
  10. June Lake, Inyo National Forest, June Lake — Booked 88.8% of the year

Whether you’re looking for coastal campgrounds or mountain campgrounds, California has it all. From Yosemite National Park, Joshua Tree National Park, and Lake Tahoe to Big Sur, Redwood National Park, and Death Valley, California’s diverse landscapes provide endless opportunities for exploration and adventure.

California remains one of the top vacation destinations in the country for campers. With its diverse landscapes, from coastlines to mountain ranges, it offers a range of camping experiences that attract campers from all over the world. The high demand for camping in California makes it challenging to secure reservations, but the experience is worth it.

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