California is the place to be if you are into camping and outdoor activities. You'll find the perfect landscape and weather that suits your taste all year round.
1. Sandstone Canyon Anza-Boreggo Desert
Sandstone Canyon is located in the beautiful Anza-Boreggo desert, with plenty of beautiful hikes through caves and winding canyons. There are plenty of dispersed camping spots, (which means there is no electricity, water, facilities or even a marked camp site), so you can camp anywhere beside the trail path. The best time to camp in this area is mid-fall to winter, to avoid the desert's scorching heat in the daytime. Most nights the skies are clear and nature's artwork appears in a sky full of bright shining stars like you've never seen before. This area is preferably accessed with a high clearance 4x4 vehicle in order to completely explore this wonderfully vast area.
Be considerate to nature and other visitors by completely cleaning up your campsite and extinguishing your fire after leaving your preferred spot. Directions: GPS: N33 02.38' W116 05.76'
2. Monache Meadows
Monache Meadows area in the Sequoia National Forest. This area has many established maintained camping grounds as well as many locations to primitively camp the eastern sierras. The Kern River runs through Monache Meadows giving the area amazing views and breathtaking camp spots with plenty of fishing available for trout (fishing permit required). Camp fires require a permit as well which you can get online, plus some equipment to maintain fire safety such as a shovel and a bucket. You will experience a feeling of serenity since there are very few people visiting this beautiful area surrounded by the unmistakable sierra peaks, basins, rivers, and lakes. As there is no telephone service in this area what-so-ever, a GPS system is highly advised to navigate this vast landscape. There are many hiking trail heads in the area for backpackers to explore. Be aware of a medium to high population of black bears, mountain lions and snakes. Be cautious on storing food away from your camp before you head in the tent for the night, try to store all food products in a tight box to prevent tempting these beautiful creatures.
Directions: From Kernville go north along the Kern River, then a right on Sherman pass road #22S05 and explore the many miles available, make sure to visit the fire lookout tower. GPS: N36.2080' W118.1693' Troy Meadow campground is highly recommended if you are not willing to camp primitively.
3. Coyote Flat
Coyote Flat near Bishop is a high desert area on the eastern Sierras, a vast land full of exploration opportunities. There are plenty of primly located camp spots with stunning views of the Sierra peaks covered with snow while you can enjoy the dry warmer climate of the desert in the winter time. You have to be completely prepared and self-sufficient since there aren't any developed camp spots, but there are many pre-existing camp spots with fire rings that you can use. Weather in Coyote Flat is a bit unpredictable, you could be soaking in the sun and watching a thunderstorm 10 miles in front of you so be prepared for the four seasons in one trip.
Directions: The trail branches off the Coyote Creek Trail at the intersection of 8S1S and 7S10 where the trail splits take a left to Coyote Flat.
GPS: N37 14.64' W118 29.55'
4. Yosemite National Park
One of earth's natural wonders, Yosemite is one of the most beautiful locations on this planet. My first camping trip ever was to Yosemite and this place got me hooked on the camping lifestyle. My only dislike about this place is the crowds, but you can't blame them. With many hiking trails and climbing spots, there will be one that will suit your expertise or liking. Every corner you take in Yosemite will drop your jaw with its scenic beauty. Many developed camping spots are in Yosemite, but you'll have to reserve a spot in advance due to the heavy tourist traffic. Best campgrounds in Yosemite are North Pines Campground that's located between tall pines and the amazing granite cliffs with a river rushing besides you. The Upper Pines Campground is the largest campground in the Yosemite area. There are plenty of trail heads starting a short walk from the campground to different directions in Yosemite. GPS:37.8651’ N, 119.5383’W