CalARVC Promotes July 4 Holiday Openings
Campgrounds, RV parks and resorts across California are filling up for the long July 4th holiday weekend. But campers can still find parks with empty spaces by visiting Camp-California.com.
The statewide travel planning website has an online reservation function that enables consumers to search privately owned and operated campgrounds all over California, according to a news release.
“You can even use Camp-California.com to identify campgrounds that have park model cabins, yurts, tipis and Airstream trailers for rent,” said Debbie Sipe, executive director of the California Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (CalARVC), which operates the Camp-California website.
Camp-California.com is packed with information on things to see and do in every region of the state. “We’ve taken the time to identify some of the campgrounds that have the best onsite activities as well as the best fireworks viewing opportunities,” Sipe said.
Camp-California has also identified many of the campgrounds that still have spaces available for July 4th weekend. Go to Discover California tab, then hit “Places to Go,” then “July 4th” to pull up the list.
Here’s a sampling of some of the activities taking place over the July 4th holiday weekend at or near campgrounds up and down the state:
- Campland by the Bay in San Diego: This family friendly campground has a private beach on the shores of Mission Bay with special areas for swimming that are ideal for children. The park also has swimming pools and a Jacuzzi as well as a skate park, a fitness center and an onsite restaurant. July 4th weekend activities include live music.
- Castaic Lake RV Park in Castaic: Fireworks are visible from this park, which is located one half mile from the Castaic Lake Recreation Area and a short drive from Magic Mountain.
- Coachland RV Park in Truckee: This park is close to the July 4th parade in Truckee.
- Chula Vista RV Park & Resort in Chula Vista: This park’s amenities include a swimming pool and Jacuzzi as well as a fitness center. July 4th weekend activities include a pig roast, hula dancers and fire dancers as well as a patriotic pet parade and a K-9 unit display.
- Emerald Desert RV Resort in Palm Desert: July 4th activities at this park include a delicious barbecue dinner along with a watermelon eating contest and bobbing for apples. Music will also be provided for guests before a complimentary shuttle takes everyone to see the fireworks at Palm Desert Civic Center.
- Forest Park RV Spaces: There are fireworks and a parade at Lake Almanor. This campground is located about a third of a mile from the south end of the lake.
- Fridays RV Retreat and McCloud Fly Fishing Ranch in McCloud: This park is unique in that it has onsite fly fishing ponds as well as a runway for model airplanes.
- Hiouchi RV Resort in Crescent City: This park is located nine miles from Crescent City, which will have a July 4th festival with a parade and fireworks.
- Kamp Klamath RV Park and Campground in Klamath: This park is located along the Klamath River, one of California’s most sought after salmon fishing rivers. Park activities include barbecues, live music, bonfires and guided tours into Bigfoot country. The park will be celebrating the grand opening of its Big Foot Fun Deck over July 4th. The park is also offering four nights for the price of three.
- Klamath River RV Park in Klamath: This park will have a barbecue on July 4th with hamburgers and hot dogs and pot luck side dishes provided by guests. There will also be games and prizes.
- Meadowcliff Lodge & RV Resort in Coleville: Meadowcliff Lodge was originally built as a 10-room motel in 1959 and has spacious rooms that are twice the size of today’s hotel rooms. The lodge also has separate, fully stocked kitchens, which families can rent so they can prepare their own meals. Meadowcliff also has its own restaurant, which is frequented by guests as well as travelers and local residents from nearby communities. The park is offering four nights for the price of three during July 4th weekend.
- Redwoods River Resort & Campground in Leggett: This park, which has RV and tent sites as well as cabin and motel room rentals, features movie nights, rock painting, ice cream socials, Karaoke nights and “Find the Rock” games in which children search for brightly colored rocks in exchange for a prize. One of the park’s biggest onsite events takes place over July 4th with a chocolate pie eating contest and canoe races in the swimming pool. Reggae Rising, an internationally acclaimed three-day Reggae music festival, takes place six miles north of the resort during the first weekend of August.
- River Oaks Resort in Lewiston: This park, located along the Trinity River, is offering 50 percent off for disabled veterans on stays of up to seven days.
- San Diego RV Resort in La Mesa: This park will have a barbecue beach park on July 6th with hot dogs, hamburgers and refreshments provided by the resort. In addition to having a heated pool and spa, state-of-the-art exercise facilities and a pet walking area, this park has its own trolley stop on San Diego’s Trolley Line. The park has also developed a five-day Trolley travel itinerary that includes visits to the San Diego Zoo, Seaworld, Balboa Park, Seaport Village, the Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy, Old Town San Diego and the beaches of Coronado Island.
- Smithwoods RV Park in Felton: This park’s summer activities include outdoor movie nights, ice cream socials and scavenger hunts. Other special events this summer include a July 4 children’s wheels parade in which campers are invited to decorate their bikes, trikes, scooters and wagons and red, white and blue. The park will also have its annual dog show competition on July 27, a vintage trailer rally on Aug. 3 and a wiffle ball tournament on Labor Day weekend.
- Truckee River RV Park in Truckee: This park is close to the Truckee 4th of July Parade.