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Use to find camping treasures

AUBURN, Calif. — Dardenelle Resort, located in at the 6,000 foot level on the road to Sonora Pass, Calif., has no Wi-Fi or cellphone service, which makes it possible for husbands to reconnect with their wives and parents to reconnect with their children without having to compete with Facebook, Instagram and other online distractions.

“It’s a wonderful place,” said Cindy Ferguson, whose family has camped at the resort every year for the past 19 years. “You can go hiking, fishing, horseback riding. They have campfires and other activities. We have met so many people up there.”

Dardanelle Resort is just one of more than nearly 300 resorts that are featured on, the statewide travel planning website for camping enthusiasts.

“ is the most comprehensive camping resource available for people who are looking to discover California’s hidden camping treasures,” said Debbie Sipe, executive director of the California Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds, which hosts

Indeed, is the online counterpart to “Camp-California! The Camper’s Guide to California,” which won the 2014 State Directory of the Year Award from the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds, which is also available online in digital format.

In addition to providing a searchable database of campgrounds, posts letter grades from A to F for each campground that has received consumer reviews through, the nation’s most thorough campground rating service. also gives consumers the ability to search for campgrounds that are pet friendly, big rig friendly, kid friendly or adults only. Campers can also use the website to search for campgrounds that offer specific amenities, like Wi-Fi or hot tubs or golf courses or tennis courts or even stables for your horses.

The travel planning website also offers press releases that highlight camping itineraries for many regions of the state as well as ideas for themed vacations, such as lighthouse tours or road trips to see California’s historic Spanish missions, while using campgrounds as base camps along the way.

Other press releases highlight weekend getaways in conjunction with food, wine and music festivals, county fairs and sporting events — as well as campgrounds that are expanding or are adding new rental accommodations, amenities, activities or entertainment.

“The reality is that camping is much different today than it was 20 or 30 years ago,” Sipe said. “In the old days, campgrounds were places where you simply parked your RV or pitched a tent. Today, campgrounds often provide organized family activities and entertainment. Most privately owned and operated campgrounds also now provide furnished park model cabins, yurts, teepees and other unique rental accommodations.” also has an extensive database of music and food festivals and other special regional events, which makes it possible to find information and weblinks on a diverse range of activities ranging from the Motherlode Century Bike Ride on May 9 in Coloma to the Tequila & Taco Music Festival, which takes place July 18 to 19 at Riverpark in Oxnard.

For more information on fun things to see and do throughout California while camping or to order a copy of the print version of “Camp-California! The Camper’s Guide to California,” please visit

SOURCE: press release

About Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith is a Wisconsin native currently living in Illinois with her husband, Eric, and two dogs, Maggie and Grace. She enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and, of course, camping in cabins and park models.

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