Welcome to the Gateway to Central Valley

Ready to start your adventure? Welcome to Bakersfield, the Gateway to Central Valley, and the Country Music Capital of the West Coast. It's the perfect place to rest before you begin the next leg of your journey. At the Bakersfield KOA Journey, we offer a wide range of amenities to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable. Our campsites feature full hook-ups for your RV or tent, as well as cable TV and Wi-Fi. In addition to our campsites, we have a variety of amenities to make your stay even more enjoyable. Our campground features a swimming pool, hot tub, and playground for the kids. We also have a camp store stocked with all the essentials you might need during your stay. Spend some time at the pool, get a delicious meal at the Crest Bar and Grill, and enjoy Bakersfield's local charm! Make sure to visit the local breweries, restaurants and try the close hiking trails.

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Ways to Stay in Bakersfield

Camping in Bakersfield, CA is an amazing way to explore the Central Valley and all that it has to offer. The region is known for its beautiful natural surroundings, with opportunities for hiking, biking, and fishing in the nearby Sequoia National Forest and Kern River. In addition to the outdoor adventures, Bakersfield also has a thriving wine industry and a number of cultural attractions, including the California Living Museum and the Kern County Museum. RV camping allows you to fully immerse yourself in this amazing region, with the comfort and convenience of all the amenities you need right at your fingertips.

  • RV Sites: Enjoy your RV site offering all the RV-friendly amenities you could wish for  including picnic tables, level padding, and great outdoor living space. 

What to do Near Bakersfield KOA

During your adventure, make sure to stop at Bakersfield to experience the town's convenience and local charms. Some of the favorite attractions are the California Area Living Museum, Bakersfield Museum of Art, Buena Vista Museum of Natural History, Panorama Vista Preserve, and Sequoia National Forest. People enjoy local hiking trails such as Hart Park Trails, Panorama Park, and the trails in Panorama Vista Preserve and Sequoia National Forest. Some local restaurants are the Crest Bar and Grill, Locale Farm-to-Table Eatery, Pizz A Perfection, Sonder, Moo Creamery, and Sweet Bites N Ice. 

  • Visit the California Living Museum: This unique museum is home to over 100 species of native California animals, including mountain lions, bears, and bald eagles. In addition to animal exhibits, the museum also features a beautiful botanical garden.
  • Explore the Kern River: The Kern River is a popular spot for rafting, kayaking, and fishing. Rent a raft or kayak from a local outfitter and spend the day on the water, or try your hand at catching some rainbow trout.
  • Visit the Kern County Museum: This museum offers a fascinating look at the history of Kern County, from the indigenous peoples who lived here to the oil boom of the 20th century. Don't miss the outdoor Pioneer Village, which features authentic pioneer-era buildings.
  • Go wine tasting: Bakersfield may not be as well-known as Napa or Sonoma, but it has its own thriving wine industry. Visit local wineries and taste some of the delicious wines produced in the region.
  • Hike in the Sequoia National Forest: Just a short drive from Bakersfield, the Sequoia National Forest is home to some of the tallest trees in the world. Hike through the forest and marvel at the giant sequoia trees.
  • Visit the Murray Family Farms: This family-owned farm offers tours and tastings of their olive oil, vinegar, and other products. Take a tour of the farm and learn about the process of producing olive oil, then sample some of their delicious products.
  • Go stargazing at the Kern River Valley Observatory: Located in the Sequoia National Forest, this observatory offers stargazing tours and workshops for all levels of experience.
  • Visit the Bakersfield Museum of Art: This small museum features an impressive collection of modern and contemporary art, as well as rotating special exhibits.
  • Take a stroll through the Kern River Parkway: This beautiful parkway runs along the Kern River and features walking and biking paths, picnic areas, and playgrounds. It's a great place to relax and enjoy the outdoors.

Book Your Stay for the Best Camping in Bakersfield

Our convenient location, affordable camping, and amazing amenities make us the best place to camp in Bakersfield. Sites book up fast, so reserve your stay at Bakersfield KOA today for the best selection! Prefer to call? Book your stay at 800-562-4167.

Campground Amenities

  • 50 Max Amp
  • 80' Max Length
  • Pool (Open Year-Round)
  • Hot Tub/Sauna
  • Snack Bar ($)
  • Mini Golf
  • Dog Park
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Ways to Stay

KOA Journey

KOA Journey Campgrounds

KOA Journey campgrounds are the perfect oases after a day on the road. Whether it’s along the way or a quick getaway, they’ve got you covered. Located near the highways and byways of North America with long Pull-thru RV Sites, they deliver convenience to the traveling camper. Pull in, ease back and take a load off.

KOA Journeys Feature:

  • Pull-through RV Sites with 50-amp service
  • Premium Tent Sites
  • Well lit after hours check-in service

Latest Hot Deal

Big Weekend

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WHEN: May 12-13, 2023

WHAT: Stay Friday night, May 12th at a participating campground, and get Saturday night, May 13th for just $20*.

WHY: The Big Weekend helps raise funds to send kids with cancer to medically-supervised camps all across North America. Kids fighting cancer deserve a chance to attend a summer camp and to just be a kid again. Funds raised from May 13 support KOA Care Camps which distributes more than $2.2 million dollars annually to support 132 oncology camps each year. Learn more at koacarecamps.org.

* Only at participating KOA locations. Applies to one-site, for two consecutive nights at the same KOA. Sites may be limited. Not valid with other discounts.

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Local Area

Mechanics Bank Arena, Theater and Convention Center

Create long-lasting memories with your partner, family, or friends at the Mechanics Bank Arena, Theater and Convention Center. Check their website ahead of time and prepare to watch entertaining shows, like concerts, symphony orchestras, theatrical productions, games like basketball and ice hockey, live recreations of your favorite movies like Trolls, and much more.

1001 Truxtun Ave

Bakersfield, CA 93301

661-852-7300

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Panorama Vista Preserve

One of the top things to do in Bakersfield for couples is spending quality time together in nature. The Panorama Vista Preserve is the perfect place for you to have a terrific time bonding as you enjoy a multitude of activities. It features various picture-perfect trails, countless plants and animals, a sparkling river, and a gorgeous forested landscape.

901 E Roberts Ln

Bakersfield, CA 93308

661-872-3569

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Camelot Park

Bumper boats & other family amusements such as miniature golf in a festive spot good for all ages.

1251 Oak St

Bakersfield, CA 93304

661-859-1812

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Buena Vista Museum of Natural History & Science

The Buena Vista Museum of Natural History & Science is magnificent and features exhibits about paleontology, geology, and anthropology. It has many galleries and displays for you to view, a gift shop selling a wide array of items, and fun programs for your enjoyment.

2018 Chester Ave

Bakersfield, CA 93301

661-324-6350

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