It's been a wetter than average water year so far for Kern County, and while that doesn't break the drought, it does give us the promise of some fantastic wildflowers and waterfalls in the coming weeks! So if you are looking ahead to planning your spring break vacation, what are the best camping spots for your family?
Well here's my list:
#1 - Wind Wolves Preserve
It's a quick drive, located down near Maricopa, and they have excellent tent camping, guided hiking tours and more. It's also known to be one of the most beautiful places in the county to capture wildflowers on camera. The best part? The camping is free! They have flush toilets but no electricity or hot water. Bring your tents only, as RVs and loud generators are not allowed. Call to make reservations now and get closer to Kern County's nature. Click here to learn more about the preserve.
#2. Yosemite of course!
With all the snow melt this spring, the waterfalls are promising to be not only running, but gushing! Make your reservations now though, especially if you want to stay inside the park, because you know other Californians will be flocking to see the falls in addition to the millions of international visitors who come every year. Visit this site to help plan your visit.
#3. Our local lakes
While Lake Isabella won't be back to full capacity any time soon, this wetter-than-average winter is helping it recharge a little bit. Locals there tell me they are working hard to make it a great summer with rafting, hiking, and biking along with other recreational options for campers coming to visit. And don't forget it's an easy drive to Shaver, Huntington, Pyramid and Castaic lakes.
#4. Sequoia National Park & Kings Canyon
It's an easy drive to the forest of giants with abundant camping sites and hundreds of miles of trails. As the National Park Service advertises: "There are 14 campgrounds within these parks, including three that are open year-round. Most campgrounds are first-come, first-served with a maximum of six people allowed per standard site." Click here to start planning your trip.
#5. Head west to the beach
Obviously beach camping is very popular for Central Californians, and this season will be no different. Pick one of the popular spots like Pismo State Beach, or Oceano that's popular for the dunes, or Grover Beach which allows you to hold your own bonfire, or opt for a more traditional site and drive your RV over.
#6. Death Valley
Don't be scared of the extreme heat, because in the Spring it's not so bad! As they advertise on their site: "In this below-sea-level basin, steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Yet, each extreme has a striking contrast. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley." Click here to see the best spots to view the desert wildflowers this Spring.