Leo Carrillo State Beach Hotels

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Canyon Campground: Enjoy a Natural, Canyon Setting

The Canyon Campground has 135 campsites, each with a table and a fire ring. There are also a few hike and bike campsites located near the front of the campground, and a group campground at the back. There are no hook-ups, but there are restrooms with token operated hot showers, and a dump station. The pads are quite small, measuring about 30 foot long by 18 foot wide, but the sites are nicely spaced, so that they are not bunched up side by side. There are, however, a few broadside sites that allow for larger RVs. These are wide spots in the road, so on one side you have the road, but the other side of these sites is quite nice, so they are still worth staying in. One odd thing that we did not like, is that there is an inbound gate that is locked at night, so you can get out, but not back in after 10:00 PM. Reservations are recommended for May through October, holidays, and weekends. You can make reservations by phone or online.

This is a very nice campground located in a wooded canyon, and is a great spot for bird watching. There are also a number of California Squirrels (see photo 2) that we enjoyed watching Be careful, however, about leaving food out on your picnic table. Both the squirrels and the crows will make off with your food. If you would like to take a hike into the mountains, the campground also has trailheads located near the front of the park. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, the park runs campfire programs and junior programs for children ages 7 to 12, as well as nature walks.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Hiking and Walking, National/State Park, Camping
  • Written May 21, 2007
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