Best Camping in the Western U.S.

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West Region
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West Region

  • States

    California Nevada

  • Climate

    The West Region transitions from the Pacific Ocean coast into desert areas in California and Nevada. The California coastline experiences a pleasant moderate Mediterranean climate with warm, dry summers and wet, mild winters. Summer is mostly very hot and dry in inland California and Nevada and much of the area here is desert and semi-arid climate. Nevada is the driest state in the United States. Drought conditions can occur in the West Region. Higher elevations in this region experience cooler temperatures and snow in winter months. Most of the KOA campgrounds in this region are open all year or have very long operating seasons. The excellent climate and the high number of sunny days here allow for camping in this region throughout the year.

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  • About The West Region

    The West Region includes the states of California and Nevada. You can do a lot of exploring and adventuring in this region, there are ten national parks! They vary from parks featuring volcanic formations, incredible trees, deserts and islands. Great Basin National Park is in Nevada. California boasts nine national parks, the most of any state. Here you will find Redwood and Lassen Volcanic National Parks in the northern area, Yosemite, Kings Canyon, Sequoia, Pinnacles and Death Valley National Parks in the central California area and Channel Islands and Joshua Tree National Parks in Southern California. The West Region features lots of entertainment areas and cities; Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego and amusement parks including Disneyland, California Adventure, and Universal Studios. In California, you can also visit some iconic sites, including Hollywood and the Golden Gate Bridge. There are beaches and boardwalks along the entire California coast so there are plenty of ways to enjoy ocean time in this region, including surfing, swimming and beachcombing or you can spend time driving along the Pacific Coast Highway. Numerous outdoor activities will occupy you here such as hiking, camping and surfing. Lake Tahoe, on the California-Nevada border, is a popular recreation area. Other places to visit in Nevada include Valley of Fire State Park, Lake Mead National Recreation Area and Hoover Dam. Look for wildlife in this region in a state or national park or coastline or visit a zoo or aquarium for a closer view.

Best Places To Go While Camping In The West Region

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California

Death Valley National Park, California

Emerald Bay State Park, California

Great Basin National Park, Nevada

Joshua Tree National Park, California

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, California

Kings Canyon National Park, California

Lake Tahoe State Park, Nevada

Lassen Volcanic National Park, California

Palm Springs, California

Pinnacles National Park, California

Redwood National and State Parks, California

Sequoia National Park, California

Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Yosemite National Park, California


Red Rock Canyon, Nevada

KOA Campgrounds in the West Region

Avila / Pismo Beach KOA
Avila / Pismo Beach KOA

7075 Ontario Road, San Luis Obispo

Banning Stagecoach KOA Journey
Banning Stagecoach KOA Journey

1455 S. San Gorgonio Avenue, Banning

Barstow / Calico KOA Holiday
Barstow / Calico KOA Holiday

35250 Outer Highway 15 North, Yermo

Benbow KOA Holiday
Benbow KOA Holiday

7000 Benbow Drive, Garberville

Boulevard / Cleveland National Forest KOA Holiday
Boulevard / Cleveland National Forest KOA Holiday

1331 Shasta Way, Boulevard

Cloverdale / Healdsburg KOA
Cloverdale / Healdsburg KOA

1166 Asti Ridge Road, Cloverdale

Coleville / Walker KOA Holiday
Coleville / Walker KOA Holiday

110437 US Highway 395, Coleville

Crescent City / Redwoods KOA Holiday
Crescent City / Redwoods KOA Holiday

4241 Highway 101 North, Crescent City

Lake Isabella / Kern River KOA
Lake Isabella / Kern River KOA

15627 Highway 178, Weldon

Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA Journey
Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA Journey

44300 Kinney Road, Manchester

Moss Landing KOA Express
Moss Landing KOA Express

7905 Sandholdt Road, Moss Landing

Mount Shasta City KOA Holiday
Mount Shasta City KOA Holiday

900 North Mt Shasta Blvd., Mt Shasta

Mt. Lassen / Shingletown KOA Holiday
Mt. Lassen / Shingletown KOA Holiday

7749 KOA Road, Shingletown

Needles KOA Journey
Needles KOA Journey

5400 National Old Trails Highway, Needles

Oroville / Feather Falls Casino KOA Journey
Oroville / Feather Falls Casino KOA Journey

3 Alverda Dr., Oroville

Palm Springs / Joshua Tree KOA
Palm Springs / Joshua Tree KOA

70405 Dillon Rd, Desert Hot Springs

Placerville KOA
Placerville KOA

4655 Rock Barn Road, Shingle Springs

Red Bluff KOA Journey
Red Bluff KOA Journey

100 Lake Avenue, Red Bluff

Salinas / Monterey KOA
Salinas / Monterey KOA

8710 Prunedale North Road, Salinas

San Diego Metro KOA Resort
San Diego Metro KOA Resort

111 North 2nd Avenue, Chula Vista

San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA
San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA

20 Rainsville Road, Petaluma

Santa Cruz / Monterey Bay KOA Holiday
Santa Cruz / Monterey Bay KOA Holiday

1186 San Andreas Road, Watsonville

Santa Cruz North / Costanoa KOA
Santa Cruz North / Costanoa KOA

2001 Rossi Road at Hwy 1, Pescadero

Santa Margarita KOA Holiday
Santa Margarita KOA Holiday

4765 Santa Margarita Lake Road, Santa Margarita

Temecula / Vail Lake KOA
Temecula / Vail Lake KOA

38000 Hwy 79 South, Temecula

Trinity Lake KOA Holiday
Trinity Lake KOA Holiday

60260 State Highway 3, Trinity Center

Ventura Ranch KOA Holiday
Ventura Ranch KOA Holiday

7400 Pine Grove Road, Santa Paula

Visalia / Sequoia National Park KOA Journey
Visalia / Sequoia National Park KOA Journey

7480 Avenue 308, Visalia

Avila / Pismo Beach KOA

7075 Ontario Road, San Luis Obispo

Banning Stagecoach KOA Journey

1455 S. San Gorgonio Avenue, Banning

Barstow / Calico KOA Holiday

35250 Outer Highway 15 North, Yermo

Benbow KOA Holiday

7000 Benbow Drive, Garberville

Cloverdale / Healdsburg KOA

1166 Asti Ridge Road, Cloverdale

Coleville / Walker KOA Holiday

110437 US Highway 395, Coleville

Crescent City / Redwoods KOA Holiday

4241 Highway 101 North, Crescent City

Lake Isabella / Kern River KOA

15627 Highway 178, Weldon

Moss Landing KOA Express

7905 Sandholdt Road, Moss Landing

Mount Shasta City KOA Holiday

900 North Mt Shasta Blvd., Mt Shasta

Mt. Lassen / Shingletown KOA Holiday

7749 KOA Road, Shingletown

Needles KOA Journey

5400 National Old Trails Highway, Needles

Palm Springs / Joshua Tree KOA

70405 Dillon Rd, Desert Hot Springs

Placerville KOA

4655 Rock Barn Road, Shingle Springs

Red Bluff KOA Journey

100 Lake Avenue, Red Bluff

Salinas / Monterey KOA

8710 Prunedale North Road, Salinas

San Diego Metro KOA Resort

111 North 2nd Avenue, Chula Vista

San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA

20 Rainsville Road, Petaluma

Santa Cruz / Monterey Bay KOA Holiday

1186 San Andreas Road, Watsonville

Santa Cruz North / Costanoa KOA

2001 Rossi Road at Hwy 1, Pescadero

Santa Margarita KOA Holiday

4765 Santa Margarita Lake Road, Santa Margarita

Temecula / Vail Lake KOA

38000 Hwy 79 South, Temecula

Trinity Lake KOA Holiday

60260 State Highway 3, Trinity Center

Ventura Ranch KOA Holiday

7400 Pine Grove Road, Santa Paula

Ely KOA Journey
Ely KOA Journey

1596 South US Highway 93, Ely

Las Vegas KOA Journey at Sam's Town
Las Vegas KOA Journey at Sam's Town

5225 Boulder Highway 89122, Las Vegas

Laughlin / Avi Casino KOA Journey
Laughlin / Avi Casino KOA Journey

10000 Aha Macav Parkway, Laughlin

Reno KOA Journey at Boomtown
Reno KOA Journey at Boomtown

2100 Garson Rd, Verdi

Wendover KOA Journey
Wendover KOA Journey

651 North Camper Drive, West Wendover

Ely KOA Journey

1596 South US Highway 93, Ely

Las Vegas KOA Journey at Sam's Town

5225 Boulder Highway 89122, Las Vegas

Laughlin / Avi Casino KOA Journey

10000 Aha Macav Parkway, Laughlin

Reno KOA Journey at Boomtown

2100 Garson Rd, Verdi

Wendover KOA Journey

651 North Camper Drive, West Wendover

Lake Tahoe, Nevada

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