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Posted by /blog/it-s-camptober | 10.18.2017
Joshua Tree at night
Josh Willink

 

October is one of the best months to camp in Southern California. The mountains are showing off their gorgeous fall colors, while the cooler desert temperatures set the stage for epic daytime adventures.  But the best part? The crowds have thinned out and the nights are cold enough for a toasty campfire under the stars....

 

Listed below are 23 of our favorite SoCal car camping spots for Fall. See you out there!

 

A16 West LA & A16 Tarzana Store Favorites

 

Go to A16 San Diego and Solana Beach Store Favorites

 


Mountains

 

 

Buckhorn Campground

Buckhorn Campground Site #9  Charlotte A.

 

 

"Towering Pines and cedars provide beauty and shade with access to top-notch hiking" ~ Tim, West LA Store
 

“Close drive from SFV. All campsites are along the San Gabriel River East Fork. Easy hikes and you can bungee jump off the Bridge to Nowhere.” ~ Melissa, Tarzana Store
 

“A beautiful lake with things like kayaking, fishing and even Frisbee golf to keep you entertained!” ~ Christy, West LA Store
 

“Although Malibu creek is not close to the beach, this campground has a lot to offer with its beautiful hikes and lots of climbing and scrambling around the creek." ~ Christy, West LA Store
 

“Conveniently located near the Mt. Baldy trail head and Falls in a pretty pine forest setting, Manker Flats Campground serves as a great hiking basecamp.” ~ Tim, West LA Store
 

"Amazing views from the top looking down on Ventura and the ocean. Lots of good bouldering nearby." ~ James, Tarzana Store
 

“Beautiful trees and views hiking on the Matilija Creek Trail. Ojai is a cool town!” ~ Melissa, Tarzana Store

 


Beach

 

 

“A premier spot to see fall colors with nearby access to beach and hiking trails.” ~ Christy, West LA Store


 

Leo Carillo Campground

Leo Carrillo Campground    Jeffrey P.

 

 

“Beach camping. Need I say more? You won’t need the waves on a white noise app to lull you to sleep. Lots of scenic hiking trails.” ~ Melissa, Tarzana Store 
 


Desert
 

 

Indian Cove Campground

Indian Cove Campground    NPS / Hannah Schwalbe

 

 

“Great camping hidden in the boulders away from busier campgrounds. Awesome climbing nearby.” ~ James, Tarzana Store
 

 

 

A16 San Diego & A16 Solana Beach Store Favorites

 

 

Mountains

 

“Easy to get to from San Diego, with hot showers and nearby hiking on the PCT.” ~ Katelynn, San Diego Store
 

 

Green Valley Area Campground

CRSP Green Valley Area Campground  TentTalk

 

“Pretty scenery, easy access to fishing, hiking.”  ~ James, MIS

 

“Pretty setting, near stream and falls.”  ~ James, MIS

 

“Shady campsites, good access to hiking trails and the Observatory.”  ~ James, MIS

 

“A hop, skip and a jump from town, yet you feel miles away. You’ll be camping in a beautiful Oak grove." ~ John D., A16 President

 

Laguna Campground

Laguna Campground Doris W.

 

 

“Shady forest with tons of hiking nearby.” ~ James, MIS?

 

“Beautifully laid out tent camping sites and plenty of room to room.  A great place to take bike and just a short drive to Julian to get some apple pie for dessert.”  ~ John D., A16 President


Beach
 

 

San Eligo State Beach Campground

San Eligo State Beach Campground   San Diego Beaches & Adventures

 

“Great views right on the bluffs of the ocean.” ~ Lindsey, Solana Beach Store,
“A rare urban camping opportunity.  Take advantage of the taco shop in the campground. Don’t forget your ear plugs if you want a good night sleep.” ~ John D., A16 President

 

“Next to a world-class surf break.” ~ Jay, Designer

 


Desert

 

 

“Primitive camping featuring abundant plant and animal life, amazing geologic formations, Big Horn sheep sightings, brilliant nighttime stars and great hiking and caving opportunities.” ~ Kaitlynn, San Diego Store




Borrego Palm Canyon Campground
Borrego Palm Canyon Campground   Kristin W.
 

 

“Access to easy 3-mile hike to a real desert oasis, including waterfall and Bighorn Sheep, if you are lucky.” ~ Sandy, VP Accounting
 

“Really nice off-the-radar car camping.” ~ Lyndsey, Solana Beach Store

 

"Lots of hiking trails nearby and tons of rocks to climb. The scenery at JTNP is unlike anywhere else since the trees are unique to that area." ~ Amy, Solana Beach Store

 

White Tank Campground

White Tank Campground, Joshua Tree National Park

 

 

This interactive map features A16'ers favorite camp spots mentioned in this article. Click on each tent icon for details about the campsite.

 

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Sea to Summit Pro Hammock Single

 

Sea to Summit Pro Hammock Single

 

 

Snow Peak Mini Flame Lantern

Snow Peak Mini Flame Lantern

 

 

Yeti Rambler 30 oz Vacuum Insulated Tumbler

Yeti Rambler 30 oz Vacuum Insulated Tumbler

 

 

Big Agnes Chair One Camp Chair

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