5 California RV Parks You Must Visit

From its celebrated coastline to its broad heartland and granite Sierra peaks, California offers a lifetime of RV travels in one Golden State. In a place this big and diverse, there is truly something for everyone—and plenty left over to keep you coming back.

A key factor in planning an RV road trip is selecting RV parks and resorts.

Here are my top five picks for California RV parks, campgrounds, and resorts.

Durango RV Resort, Red Bluff © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Durango RV Resort, Red Bluff © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Durango RV Resort, Red Bluff

Big-rig friendly, Durango is a 5-star resort located on the Sacramento River. Most sites are pull-through 70-90 feet in length and 30-35 feet wide. In addition there are 11 riverfront sites and 21 water-feature spaces (fountains); these sites have utilities on both sides of the concrete pads enabling fifth wheels and travel trailer to back onto the sites and motorhomes to drive forward maximizing the view and water features. In addition, there are a number of buddy sites.

The park is well laid out and designed. Utilities including 20/30/50-amp electric service, water, sewer, and cable TV (63 channels) are centrally located. Wi-Fi works well from our coach at our site (#114). Interior roads are paved. A beautiful RV resort with friendly and courteous staff. We have stayed at Durango on several occasions and would return again in a heartbeat.

Located on I-5, Exit 649 (Highway 36/Antelope Boulevard).

Jackson Rancheria RV Resort, Jackson

Jackson Rancheria RV Resort, Jackson © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Jackson Rancheria RV Resort, Jackson © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

New in 2008, Jackson Rancheria RV Resort is part of a casino complex. Big rig friendly 50/30-amp electric service, water, sewer, and cable TV are centrally located. Wide, paved interior roads with wide concrete sites. Back-in sites over 55 feet with pull-through sites in the 70-75 foot range.

We would return in a heartbeat. Reservations over a weekend are required well in advance. Jackson Rancheria is conveniently located in the heart of Gold Country.

Orange Groove RV Park. Bakersfield

Orange Groove RV Park. Bakersfield © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Orange Groove RV Park. Bakersfield © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Orange Groove RV Park is a unique full service RV park and resort. It’s a 40-acre orchard on the eastern edge of Bakersfield where you park your RV between row after row of beautiful orange trees.

Easy-on, easy-off (SR-58 at Exit 119), the 177 pull-through sites are 65-feet and 90-feet long plus extra wide, which makes coming and going a breeze. You just pull right in, pick an orange and enjoy.

All utilities including 30/50-amp electric service, water, sewer, and cable TV (72 channels) are centrally located. Our Wi-Fi was super fast (Site #162). This park is a popular overnight stop for snowbirds with many arriving after dark. We would return in a heartbeat.

Be sure to visit nearby California Fruit Depot; numerous free samples available, good quality, and excellent prices, and friendly staff.  Check out the Medjool dates and pistachios. Shipping available.

The RV Park at Rolling Hills Casino, Corning

The RV Park at Rolling Hills Casino, Corning © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The RV Park at Rolling Hills Casino, Corning © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The RV Park at Rolling Hills Casino is easy-on, easy-off (I-5 at Exit 628); a 5-star park with long pull-through sites (up to 75 feet in length) with 30/50 amp-electric service, water, and sewer conveniently located; no tall trees to interfere with obtaining satellite. Security patrols the park on a regular basis.

Known as the Olive Capital, Corning is home to the largest olive processing plant in the U.S. Nearby, Lucero Olive Oil is an informative, tasty stop.

Indian Waters RV Resort, Indio

Indian Waters RV Resort, Indio © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Indian Waters RV Resort, Indio © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Now open year-round, Indian Waters RV Resort & Cottages is located in the heart of the Coachella Valley that includes Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, and Indio. Recently new ownership totally renovated the resort property, adding cottages, a second pool, lighted pickleball courts, 50 amp service and city sewer service to all sites, resurfacing of roads and sites, enhanced Wi-Fi, and a complete “make over” for the large clubhouse that now includes a new fitness room, billiard room, office area, dining area, and lounge/computer center.

Located five minutes from I-10 (Jackson Street exit), east of Palm Springs.

Vogel Talks RVing selected this list of California RV parks and resorts from parks personally visited.

Worth Pondering…

There are not many places in the world where you can get to the beach in an hour, the desert in two hours, and snowboarding or skiing in three hours. You can do all that in California.

—Alex Pettyfer

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