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Camping is one of the best ways to experience Calaveras County’s four-season recreation environments from the rolling foothills of the Gold Country to the spectacular High Sierra. Wherever you choose to stay, be sure to look up into our night skies – free of light pollution, the views are awe inspiring.

As always, when staying in our beautiful environments, please be sure to follow our Hop Lightly guidelines to help keep these wild animal habitats healthy and to follow best practices to keep you and your family safe.

Camping at New Melones
Campsite overlooking the lake

Foothills camping and RV parks are located in Angels Camp.There are also plenty of beautiful campsites at our lower elevation lakes including New Melones in Angels Camp, and New Hogan, Camanche and Pardee in the Valley Springs Tri-Lakes area.Each offers different amenities, so be sure to check out their individual listings for details. In the spring, with cooler temperatures, these areas are green and lush. As summer approaches the color of the grasses begins to change until they reach their summer golden hue.

Lakeside winter camping along Ebbetts Pass | Photo: Jason B Smith
Lakeside winter camping along Ebbetts Pass | Photo: Jason B Smith

In the higher elevations, pitch your tent or park your RV under the giant sequoias at Calaveras Big Trees State Park, or close to the spectacular Stanislaus River at the Wa Ka Luu Hep Yo campground nearby. Higher elevation campgrounds are located all along the Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway and include Spicer, Union and Utica Lakes, Lake Alpine, Highland Lakes and Hermit Valley.

The higher elevations offer displays of spectacular wildflowers well into summer, and cooler temperatures. In fall, you’ll enjoy autumn colors from turning dogwoods and black oaks, to stands of aspen. Winter camping is also available – it’s not for the faint hearted – but if you have the experience and know what you’re doing, it can be fantastically fun.

Check out our full list of campsites available in Calaveras and beyond.

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