Most retirees who plan to spend all or part of the winter in California campgrounds and RV parks and resorts have already made their reservations. But the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds has assembled a list of parks that still have room for snowbirds.
“We’re trying to make it easier for snowbirds to find places to stay,” said Debbie Sipe, executive director of the Auburn-based campground association, whose Web site, www.Camp-California.com, serves as a search engine and booking tool for campgrounds throughout the state.
A recent informal survey found that least 11 campgrounds, RV parks and resorts in California had yet to fill up for the season. Parks that still have vacancy for short- and long-term winter visitors include:
- Bernardo Shores RV Park in Imperial Beach: This 124-space gated adult park is located on the San Diego Bay. www.bernardoshoresrvpark.com
- Flying Flags RV Resort in Buellton: This park, located next to the Danish themed town of Solvang, offers special snowbird discounts through March 31. Special winter activities, weather permitting, include Friday night Tri-Tip barbecues, Saturday night ice cream socials and outdoor movies and Sunday morning breakfasts. www.flyingflags.com
- Gold Country Campground Resort in Pine Grove: This park offers off-season discount rates through May. Amenities include rental cabins and a miniature golf course. www.goldcountrycampground.com
- Kamp Klamath RV Park in Klamath: This scenic park, located along the Klamath River in the Northern California redwoods, offers a $10 per night discount through the end of February when visitors mention the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds upon booking a site. www.kampklamath.com.
- Kit Fox RV Park: This new park near Interstate 5 is 92 miles south of Sacramento. The park plans to add a dog run and putting green. www.kitfoxrvpark.com
- Leapin’ Lizard RV Ranch in Ocotillo Wells: This park has trailer rentals as well as periodic activities and special events, including a Jan. 15th chili cookoff; a Valentine’s Day cupcake bakeoff on Feb. 12; a St. Patrick’s Day potluck on March 19th; and a Hawaiian Luau on April 16. www.leapinlizardrvranch.com
- Marble Quarry R.V. Park in Columbia: This park, located in the historic Mother Lode Country in the Sierra Nevada foothills, offers mid-week specials through March 31st. Rental cabins and park models are also available. www.marblequarry.com
- Mountain Gate RV Park in Redding: Located three miles south of Shasta Lake, this northern San Joaquin Valley park features big rig friendly sites, a solar heated swimming pool, bocce ball and horseshoes, and a fenced dog park. www.mt-gatervpark.com
- Pismo Sands RV Park in Oceano: In addition to offering nearby hiking, ocean swimming and kayaking opportunities, this park features a heated swimming pool and spa and arcade with pool and air hockey tables. Nearby attractions include Hearst Castle, San Luis Obispo, the Danish-themed village of Solvang, the quaint village of Arroyo Grande, The Great American Melodrama and Vaudville Theater in Oceano and the coastal town of Pismo Beach. www.pismosands.com
- Rancho Los Coches RV Park in Lakeside: This eastern San Diego County campground, which was built on the site of the smallest Mexican land grant in California, has plants and a rock wall dating to the mid-1800s as well as a creek with morteros, the polished rocks that Native Americans used to grind acorns and other nuts and grains. www.rancholoscochesrv.com
- Two Springs RV Resort in North Palm Springs: This park offers a special rate for first-time guests through April 30th. Park amenities include a recreation hall with a big screen TV, kitchen and pool table; a bocce ball park; lighted tennis and pickle ball courts, a championship 9-hole putting green and a swimming pool and hot tub. Activities include water exercise classes, tennis and arts and crafts. www.twospringsrv.com
For more information about parks with vacancy for snowbirds contact the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds at (530) 885-1624.