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. The region is known for its beautiful natural surroundings and parks, 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 Buck Owens Crystal Palace. It is the perfect place to rest and have a great time with friends and family. Book your stay at Bakersfield KOA Journey today!

Short-Term Stays 
If you are planning a short-term camping trip in Bakersfield, our RV Sites let you bring your RV and enjoy all of our campground activities and amenities. 

Depending on the type of RV you have and the kind of setup you are looking for, we have everything from Pull-Thru 50/30 amp full-hookup sites to 90ft extended Pull-Thru 50/30 amp full-hookup RV Sites. We also have deluxe Back-In 50/30 amp full-hookup RV Sites with additional features like a propane firepit and full covered patio.

Group Stays 
Planning a large family reunion, RV rally or church group get-together? Bakersfield is the perfect setting for your next group stay. Our campground offers a great setting for your friends, family or group to gather together and make fun memories. When you reserve ahead of time, you'll be able to enjoy special benefits like a discounted rate on RV Sites and the ability to reserve sites together so your group does not have to be separated. You can even use the clubhouse during your stay.

Extended Stays 
For those planning an extended stay camping trip near Bakersfield, California, there are several ways to enjoy a relaxing and convenient experience. With all the nearby attractions and amenities, our campground is in the perfect location for individuals or groups that need somewhere to stay a while. With everything from full hookups to brand-new upgraded Wi-Fi that's capable of streaming, you can settle right in and enjoy a great time.

Local Attractions and Opportunities 
During your stay, you will have easy access to all kinds of attractions and opportunities to enhance your trip. From music events to corn mazes and hay rides, you and your friends and family will always have something fun to see and do. 

Along with experiencing camping near Sequoia National Forest, you will also want to check out the city. Bakersfield features an abundance of local charm and attractions like the Bakersfield Museum of Art, Buena Vista Museum of Natural History, California Area Living Museum and Panorama Vista Preserve so you can learn more about and experience all this area has to offer.

Check out a few of the best things to do in the area:

  • Dine at Crest Bar & Grill Restaurant: You do not have to go far to enjoy something tasty. At Crest Bar & Grill Restaurant, located on-site at Bakersfield KOA Journey, you get to enjoy homemade recipes in a relaxed atmosphere. The full-service restaurant celebrates American cuisine. Order the guest-favorite Wild West Cheeseburger or Pastrami Gone Wild. The New York Strip and Lemon Chicken Piccata are also delicious mains, and the beer-battered onion rings and sweet potato fries are must-tries. The brownie sundae and peach cobblers are the ideal way to finish off your dining experience. 
  • 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.
  • Buck Owens' Crystal Palace: Experience the region's rich honky-tonk heritage at Buck Owens' Crystal Palace. The renowned music hall in Bakersfield has hosted the likes of Brad Paisley, Willie Nelson and many other country music icons. Visit the hall any day of the week and enjoy two-stepping, line-dancing and some delicious homely cuisine while listening to the best of local country talent.
  • 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.
  • Mechanics Bank Arena: Enjoy the diverse live entertainment at Bakerfield's Mechanics Bank Arena, Theater and Convention Center. The center hosts concerts, family shows, events and community activities all year round.

Why Choose Bakersfield KOA Journey?
No matter how you decide to stay, Bakersfield KOA Journey offers a variety of amenities to make your stay even more unforgettable. Thanks to the mild climate, our resort-style pool is open year-round so you can splash around and spend time outdoors. We also have a hot tub, mini golf, playground, KampK9® dog park — and more. 

Stay active at the gym, run a load of clothes in the laundry room or visit the general store to stock up on your camping essentials. No matter what the day brings, this campground is designed for ultimate convenience and adventure. 

Why Plan Your Next Trip at Our Bakersfield Campground?
While there's plenty to do and see in the surrounding area, Bakersfield KOA Journey has all kinds of amenities available right on the campground for your convenience. Our campground is especially suited for traveling professionals, families and more seasoned adults who are planning short-term stays with the upgraded Wi-Fi and year-round pool. 

For those wanting to plan a longer-term stay, you'll be excited about having access to on-site dining at the Crest Bar & Grill. You can focus on working in the area while enjoying delicious food right on the campground.

Book Your Stay at Bakersfield KOA Journey Today!
Whether you want to plan a short weekend trip, find a getaway spot for a few nights away or are interested in a longer extended stay, Bakersfield KOA Journey has the perfect place for you to camp in Bakersfield. Our convenient location, affordable camping and array of amenities will surely make it a memorable experience for you and your entire family.  

We've also designed our booking process to be simple and straightforward. Here's how it works:

  1. Enter your reservation details. 
  2. Choose your site.
  3. Pay for your reservation.
  4. Review your information and booking details. 
  5. Confirm — and then start preparing your itinerary and packing.

Ready to experience the ultimate convenience on your journey? No matter if you choose one of our RV Sites or extended stay options, you will be able to enjoy a fun and comfortable experience.

Our sites do book up fast, so start planning your next work assignment or adventure as soon as possible. Book your stay now and secure your spot at Bakersfield KOA Journey today! You may also call us at 800-562-4167.

Campground Amenities

  • 50 Max Amp
  • 80' Max Length
  • Wi-Fi
  • Pool (Open Year-Round)
  • Hot Tub/Sauna
  • Snack Bar ($)
  • Mini Golf
  • Pavilion
  • 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

Hero Discount

Bakersfield KOA Journey is proud to offer a special Thank You to all military veterans, service men and women, police, firefighters and first responders with 10% off their reservation. Valid military, state or federal service ID is required at check in. 

Terms & Conditions: This discount cannot be combined with any other discounts or offers including KOA Rewards. Minimum length of stay rules may apply. Not valid on stays of 28 days or more. Discount applied to site registration fees only.

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Local Area

California Living Museum (CALM)

Take your friends and family to the California Living Museum. This zoo offers you countless attractions for your enjoyment, like animal exhibits, a carousel, climbing tower, ropes course, children's area, and many other fun options.

10500 Alfred Harrell Hwy

661) 872-2256

Bakersfield, CA 93306




Kern County Museum

The Kern County Museum is one of the most intriguing places to visit in Bakersfield if you are a history buff. It perfectly depicts and preserves the history and culture of Kern County and features more than fifty original buildings. These buildings show what life was like in the county during the 19th century.

3801 Chester Ave

Bakersfield, CA 93301




Buck Owens' Crystal Palace

Are you looking for the top things to do in Bakersfield tonight to have a blast with your friends? If you are, head on down to Buck Owens' Crystal Palace. It is a superb location for you to bond with your companions as you enjoy tasty food and breathtaking live performances.

2800 Buck Owens Blvd

Bakersfield, CA 93308




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




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