By Mickey Little
Featuring key campground gains, amenities, and actions, this guide's a hundred thirty+ maps take you correct the place you must move. this can be the main entire, map-packed, best-organized camping out consultant you could personal.
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To acquaint you with the general topography of California, let’s take a quick trip around the state (see map) to get an overall picture of the lay-of-the-land and what’s available for recreational pursuits. Starting at the Mexico border on the Pacific Ocean, more than 200 miles of sun-washed sandy beaches stretch north to beyond Santa Barbara. These are the famed beaches enjoyed by swimmers and surfers almost year round. The Coast Range parallels the shore from just north of the Los Angeles Basin to the Oregon border.
Whitney rises to 14,495 feet while 85 miles away is Death Valley, whose lowest point is 282 feet below sea level. Extreme temperatures of –45°F and + 135°F have been recorded, as have extreme yearly rainfall accumulations of zero in the desert and 161 inches in a rain forest. From north to south, and east to west, California abounds with ideal recreation areas: forests of giant trees; high, rugged mountains; alpine meadows and lakes; fertile valleys; inland deserts; and sandy beaches of the south coast.
Reservations for family campsites and group campsites can be reserved up to 7 months in advance, and as late as 1 day prior to arrival, subject to availability. Reservations may be charged to Visa or MasterCard. National Parks Only 5 national parks in California are presently on a reservation system. Death Valley and Sequoia each have one campground on the DESTINET reservation system, Joshua Tree has 2, Whiskey-town has 3, and Yosemite has 9. The reservation period at Joshua Tree and at Lower Pines in Yosemite is year-round; others are seasonal.