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Old 06-03-2016, 04:14 PM   #1
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Question Creekside camping not too far from SoCal

Last year we took a month-long trip from our home in SoCal, visiting a dozen national parks/monuments in Nevada, Wyoming, Utah & Arizona. Despite the scenic beauty of all those parks, our favorite place was a tiny Forest Service campground called Swift Creek in southwest Wyoming. It was a tiny campground with only about 8 sites, situated on the banks of the creek. It wasn't intended for 30' motorhomes, but we squeezed in, and really enjoyed the quiet and solitude. The only sounds were from the creek, the birds, and the wind in the trees.

Now, we've been hoping to recreate that experience. Does anyone know of a remote, no-hookups campground where an RV can park next to a creek/stream/river to enjoy some nature? Hopefully without driving a thousand miles?
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This is a site we used all the time to find awesome national forest campgrounds:

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Not too far from So Cal . . . If you have a dinghy, places like you are describing exist in Cal, but they often require some exploring to find them. First place that comes to mind is the Eastern Sierra. Lots of those dead end roads coming off of 395 from the general area of Lone Pine lead to beautiful primitive campgrounds along streams. I'd suggest you find an RV park, park the rig, take the dinghy & start exploring what's there. We stumbled across a great place between Tahoe & Truckee where, literally outside our Class C door, the boy & I tore up little planter rainbows. The places exist, just got to do some exploring.
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Twogypsies, thanks for the website link. Wow, that's a thorough website... 2383 campgrounds! I wish they had a "Search" function, with some selectable parameters, like "creekside". It's gonna take a long time to read the reviews on all the possibilities.

Biosensei, thanks for the tip about the Lone Pine area. Unfortunately, we don't have a tow car, so we're gonna need another way of finding those spots. I'll see what I can turn up via online research.
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This use to work....haven't tried it in a while

https://freecampsites.net/#!California&query=region
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There are lots of creek side campgrounds along the 395 that a 30 footer can fit in. Lone Pine creek, Tuttle Creek, Independence Creek, Taboose Creek, Goodale Creek, Big Pine Creek, Bishop Creek, Horton Creek, McGee Creek.....

My good friend (who is a camp host at Mammoth) has a 35' motor home that he visits all the time.

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Twogypsies, thanks for the website link. Wow, that's a thorough website... 2383 campgrounds! I wish they had a "Search" function, with some selectable parameters, like "creekside". It's gonna take a long time to read the reviews on all the possibilities.
Easiest is to look on a map and decide what general area you want to go - a specific national forest. Then plug in the national forest and the campgrounds will appear. Normally, on a trip you don't bounce from one N.F. to another so this will narrow it down somewhat.

By the way, the authors of this site have personally visited these campgrounds so it's only one person's (or 2) critique, unlike some review sites where thousands can state if it was a cloudy day, bugs, no Wifi, dirt on the ground, etc. You get the idea.
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Hi everyone,

Thanks for your tips and suggestions. You've given me some good options to investigate.
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