magnificent public lands in Northern California — view of a gorgeous mountain valley.

You’ll find more than your fair share of magnificent public lands in Northern California, from majestic Yosemite National Park to the towering Redwood National and State Parks. Fortunately, you’ll find Good Sam Parks close to these and other natural attractions in the Golden State.

Enjoy a Good Sam discount and take day trips to iconic destinations.

Yosemite and Sam

magnificent public lands in Northern California — a hiker surveys a magnificent dome-shaped peak.

Yosemite’s Half Dome. Photo: Amaud Steckle/Unsplash

Bass Lake at Yosemite RV Park in Bass Lake: This park features RV and tent sites as well as rental cabins. Amenities at Bass Lake include a swimming pool, a restaurant, a lodge and a shaded outdoor picnic area.

Fifth-wheel trailers on grassy sites.

Bass Lake at Yosemite RV Resort.

High Sierra RV Park & Mobile Park in Oakhurst: This park, which complements its RV and tent sites with rental cabins, is located along the Fresno River near the southern entrance to Yosemite National Park. Amenities here include hot showers, laundry, and a store with camping and RV supplies, including propane.

Yosemite Lakes RV Resort in Groveland: This campground is located near the Big Oak Flat entrance to Yosemite National Park and has frontage on the South Fork of the Tuolumne River. This campground complements its RV and tent sites with furnished cabins and yurts. Its family-friendly cabins, which sleep up to six, include bathrooms with showers, flat-screen TVs and fully equipped kitchens, so guests can cook their own meals. The yurts also sleep up to six and include microwave ovens, hot plates, cooking and eating utensils, flat-screen TVs and bathrooms with showers. The campground is also next to a YARTS bus stop. So you can leave your camping equipment at the campground and make day trips into Yosemite Valley and other magnificent public lands in Northern California. Advance reservations through the YARTS website are recommended.

RVs parked under tall pine trees during sunset.

Yosemite Lakes RV Resort.

Yosemite Pines RV Resort: This campground not only has RV and tent sites but also a wide selection of vintage travel trailers that have been restored to look like new, including Boles Aero and Silver Avion travel trailers. The campground also rents out new Retro brand Silver Beach and White Water travel trailers, which are manufactured to look like vintage trailers. The rental units typically come with refrigerators, microwave ovens, coffee pots and fresh linens. This park also has covered Conestoga wagon rentals, each of which has a king-size bed and twin bunk beds, a small refrigerator, microwave and coffee pot.

Beautiful Base Camps

Steam rises form hot pools surrounded by firs.

Lassen Volcanic National Park. Photo: Priya Karkare/Unsplash

Independent campgrounds in remote areas are also more likely to have more availability than campgrounds closer to the most traveled state and national park entrances.

Further north, Lassen RV Resort in MacArthur in MacArthur is another example of a remote, independently owned and operated campground that can serve as a base camp for trips to Lassen Volcanic National Park, Lava Beds National Park, McArthur Burney Falls, and remote Ahjumawi Lava Springs State Park, which is only accessible by boat or kayak.

“We’re a park not many people know about,” said park owner Ben Jansen, adding that he anticipates having availability this summer.

Red building under the shade of a tall tree.

Lassen RV Resort

“We recommend making weekend plans now, as those will fill up fast.  Weekdays are still a good bet through Labor Day.  After Labor Day, our schedule opens up quite a bit usually, so that’s also a great time to visit us here.  We’ll figure out how open we want to be for short-term guests after October 15th and if demand is there, we may book into November, depending on the weather. Winter will be for month-to-month guests only, likely, until February, when we begin taking off-season guests in just a few sites for travelers mainly.”

Other campgrounds in the Lassen area include Hat Creek Resort and RV Park in Old Station, which has RV and tent sites as well as cabin, yurt and motel rentals.

Planning to visit the arboreal giants that populate Redwood National and State Parks? Stay at Kamp Klamath RV Park and Campground in Klamath in Klamath, which has RV and tent sites or Sounds of the Sea RV Park & Campground in Trinidad, which has RV and tent sites as well as park model RV rentals.