Moon California Camping

The Complete Guide to More Than 1,400 Tent and RV Campgrounds

19th Edition, April 2015
Pages: 896

Price: $24.99 USD
ISBN: 9781631210471

Price: $16.99 USD
ISBN: 9781631210488

Tom Stienstra, the nation’s top-selling outdoors writer, invites you to spend the night under the stars with the latest edition of Moon California Camping. Extremely comprehensive and packed with useful information, Moon California Camping covers more than 1,400 camping options throughout the state, from sites nestled among towering redwoods to remote backcountry destinations in the High Sierra to sun-drenched, beach-side campgrounds. Detailed descriptions, directions, contact information, and Stienstra’s signature scenic rating are provided for each site. Stienstra also includes lists of the best campgrounds, such as Best for Hikes with Views and Best Family Destinations, as well as sixty pages of helpful camping tips. With Moon California Camping, seasoned outdoors enthusiasts and camping novices alike can experience the best of the great outdoors in the Golden State.

What’s inside Moon California Camping

Enjoy the very best of California Camping with these itineraries:
  • Best Scenic Campgrounds
  • Best Boat-In Campgrounds
  • Best for Easy Backpacking
  • Best for Families
  • Best for Fishing
  • Best for Hikes with Views
  • Best Island Retreats
  • Best for Waterskiing
  • Best for White-Water Rafting
Discover the best camping spots in:
  • Redwood Empire
  • Shasta and Trinity
  • Lassen and Modoc
  • Mendocino and Wine Country
  • Sacramento and Gold Country
  • Tahoe and the Northern Sierra
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • Monterey and Big Sur
  • San Joaquin Valley
  • Yosemite and Mammoth Lakes
  • Sequoia and Kings Canyon
  • Santa Barbara and Vicinity
  • Los Angeles and Vicinity
  • San Diego and Vicinity
  • California Deserts

For over 30 years, Tom Stienstra’s full-time job has been to capture and communicate the outdoor experience. This has led him across California — fishing, hiking, camping, boating, biking, and flying — searching for the best of the outdoors and then writing about it.

Tom is the nation’s top-selling author of outdoors guidebooks. He has been inducted into the California Outdoor Hall of Fame and has twice been awarded National Outdoor Writer of the Year, newspaper division, by the Outdoor Writers Association of America. He has also been named California Outdoor Writer of the Year five times, most recently in 2007. Tom is the outdoors columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle; his articles appear on and in newspapers around the country. He also broadcasts a weekly radio show on KCBS-San Francisco.

Tom lives in Northern California. You can contact him directly via the website His guidebooks include:
Moon California Hiking
(with Ann Marie Brown)
Moon California Fishing
Moon California Recreational Lakes & Rivers
California Wildlife
Moon Northern California Cabins & Cottages
Moon Northern California Camping
Moon Northern California Hiking
(with Ann Marie Brown)
Moon Oregon Camping
Moon Pacific Northwest Camping
Moon Washington Camping
Moon West Coast RV Camping
Tom Stienstra’s Bay Area Recreation