You No Longer Need A Tent or RV to Camp in California


Debbie Sipe

(530) 885-1624






Rental units range from cabins and park model RVs to vintage Airstream trailers, furnished safari tents and tipis. Some parks even have covered wagon rentals! 


AUBURN, Calif., March 14, 2017 — So you don’t have a tent or an RV? That doesn’t mean you can’t go camping.


Growing numbers of California campgrounds offer fully furnished cabins, park model RVs, vintage Airstream trailers and other rental accommodations, including safari tents, tipis, yurts and covered wagons!


“Campgrounds are making it harder and harder for people to say ‘no’ to camping,” said Debbie Sipe, executive director of the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, which hosts, the travel planning website.

“More than half of California’s privately owned and operated campgrounds now have rental accommodations, and many parks are continuing to add to their inventory in response to consumer demand,” Sipe said.

One reason is convenience.


Campground operators have learned that if they can provide a turnkey camping experience in a furnished cabin, tipi, safari tent or park model RV, more people will give camping a try, especially those who do not already own camping equipment.


In the long run, however, many of those campers who start off in a rental unit eventually purchase a tent or RV of their own. 

Here’s a sampling of campgrounds, RV parks and resorts across California that offer rental accommodations: 


  • Canyon RV Park in Anaheim: This park, which is shaded by sycamore trees on the south side of the Santa Ana River, features RV and tent sites as well as nine rental cabins.

  • Coloma Resort in Coloma: This campground resort, located in the Sierra Nevada’s Gold Rush country with nearly a mile of frontage along the south fork of the American River, offers RV and tent sites as well as park model cabins, safari tents and a bunkhouse.

  • Flying Flags RV Resort in Buellton (Solvang): This park, located five minutes from the Danish-themed village of Solvang, has RV sites as well as luxurious safari tent, park model RV and vintage Airstream trailer rentals.  The resort’s onsite restaurant, the Campfire Cafe, features American comfort food, beer and wine. Golf and wine tasting packages are also available.
  • Hiouchi RV Resort in Crescent City: This park has yurt rentals in addition to RV and tent sites.

  • Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort and Marina in Newport Beach: In addition to offering RV sites and camping on the beach, this resort has fully furnished park model RV rentals. Amenities include a secluded beach with a waveless swimming lagoon on the bay and a swimming pool. Pet friendly amenities include a dog wash station.

  • Palm Canyon Hotel & RV Resort in Borrego Springs: This resort features hotel rooms, RV sites and vintage Airstream trailer rentals.
  • Springs at Borrego RV Resort in Borrego Springs: This 160-site park features three furnished, two-bedroom, one-and-a-half bath park model RV rentals. 

  • Santa Cruz Monterey KOA in Watsonville: This campground offers RV and tent sites as well as Airstream trailers, cabins and luxury park models, called “lodges.”

  • Stagecoach Trails RV Park near Julian: This park offers RV and tent sites as well as a variety of rental accommodations, including cabins and camp wagons, which resemble covered wagons.

  • Twentynine Palms Resort in Twentynine Palms: This 300-site park, located just seven miles from the northern entrance to Joshua Tree, features RV sites as well as cottage rentals.


  • Ventura Ranch KOA in Santa Paula: This campground offers RV and tent sites as well as fully furnished safari tents, tipis and park model cabins, which it markets as “Lodges.”
  • Vineyard RV Park in Vacaville: This park offers elegantly furnished canvass tent cabins with French doors and pine wood frames.
  • Yosemite Pines RV Resort and Family Lodging in Groveland: This park, located just outside Yosemite National Park, offers RV and tent sites as well as park models and yurts.


For more information about campgrounds with unique accommodations in California or for additional commentary, statistics and sources on the latest camping trends involving parks in your news coverage area, please contact Debbie Sipe at the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds at (530) 885-1624 and visit