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Camping with Awesome Sunset Views

Has Sonoma County got great sunsets? With 55 miles of sensationally beautiful coastline, you bet we do! In fact, sunsets are one among many reasons why campers love pitching tents and parking RVs in our coastal campgrounds. Spend a night or two in one of the campgrounds below and you’ll see what we mean.

Doran Regional Park

Just south of Bodega Bay, Doran is situated on a lovely two-mile-long sandy beach; it’s a popular spot to picnic, build sand castles, fly kites, surf, fish, stroll — and it’s particularly known for sunset-watching. The campground is open year-round, with 112 campsites and one hiker/cyclist group site. Download a Doran campsite map. 201 Doran Beach Road, Bodega Bay, 707-565-2041

Sonoma Coast State Park

Stretching north along the coast for 17 miles, from Bodega Head to four miles past Jenner, this park consists of many beaches separated by coves and rocky bluffs. This park offers some of the most beautiful campsites you’ll ever find anywhere, and sunsets to match. Campsites are in three locations: Wright’s Beach and Bodega Dunes are adjacent to the beach; Willow Creek Environmental Camp contains 11 primitive sites. To learn more about the campsites or make a reservation, visit this page.

Gualala Point Regional Park

Beautifully situated on the far northern coast, right where the Gualala River enters the Pacific Ocean, this park’s long stretch of sand dunes offers countless perfect observation points for watching the sun disappear at day’s end. The small campground (18 reservable campsites, and a few non-reservable hiker/cyclist sites) nestles under redwood trees beside the river and within walking distance of the crashing surf. Download a map of Gualala Point Regional Park. 42401 Highway 1, The Sea Ranch, CA 95497, 707-785-2377

Ocean Cove Campground

Situated around a sheltered cove, this scenic Pacific coastal campground — on private land, but surrounded by state and county parks — offers oceanfront sites on the bluff as well as secluded camps tucked into the trees. A group campsite is also available. No matter where you pitch a tent or park your RV here, it will be a superb place from which to watch a sunset. RVs and tent sites available from April 1-Nov. 30. Visit the site. 23125 Coast Highway 1, Jenner, CA 95450, 707-847-3422. 

Salt Point State Park

This gorgeous park, located on the county’s rocky coast in the far north, offers memorable sunsets. The park stretches for more than six miles along the water, with more than 20 miles of hiking trails, an underwater park, and a host of recreational activities that include hiking, horseback riding, fishing, and skin or scuba diving. Salt Point has two main campgrounds, as well as sites for group camping and people who hike or cycle in. To learn more about Salt Point’s campsites and/or to reserve a site, visit this page. 25050 CA-1, Jenner, CA 95450; 707-847-3221.

Stillwater Cove Regional Park

Near Fort Ross State Historic Park in Jenner, Stillwater offers fabulous ocean-view hiking, a beach launch suitable for kayaks and other small boats, immensely popular abalone diving—and sensational sunsets. The park has more than 20 reservable campsites available (two with disabled access), as well as a hiker/bicyclist group site. Download a Stillwater Cove campsite map. 22455 Highway 1, Jenner, 707-847-3245.

Westside Regional Park

On the north side of Bodega Bay, this campground is tucked away from crowds in a beautiful setting with great sunset views. Westside is popular for fishing and boating; it offers a boat ramp, a boat-rinsing and a fish-cleaning station, and is near stores and tackle shops. The park has nearly 47 trailer/camper sites available (two are configured for disabled access). Download a Westside campsite map. 2400 Westshore Road, Bodega Bay, 707-875-3540.

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Written by Sonoma Insider Suzie Rodgriguez.

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