Say Hello To El Dorado National Park
So, you’re dreaming of that perfect RV trip? Renting an RV and hitting the open road is one of the best feelings in the world, right? If you live in California, you have an abundance of incredible places to head to on a road trip.
Just picture it, heading down the highway with your family in a newly rented RV, a weeklong trip planned with no itinerary other than camping, fishing, outdoor living, and partaking in some of your favorite activities. Paradise.
In this post, we’re going to explore one of California’s best RV camping destinations, El Dorado National Park, and in particular, Wrights Campground in the Crystal Basin area of the park. The place is a nature lover’s paradise and offers a whole host of awesome activities.
The park has an abundance of wildlife (watch out for bears), awesome hiking tracks, beautiful scenery, pristine waters and lakes, raging rivers, and views that are well… hard to beat anywhere in the world. Let’s check out exactly what there is to see and do when you’re camping in and around The Wrights Lake Campground in El Dorado National Park.
El Dorado National Park Overview
El Dorado National Park is part of the Sierra Nevada ranges and boasts some of the most beautiful scenery in California. Situated in eastern California, the park includes rivers, lakes, rock faces, forests, and mountains.
There are over 400 miles of hiking trails throughout the park, and the lakes make a perfect spot for fishing and boating. Hiking through the park, you’ll be rewarded with incredible views across the Sierra Nevada Ranges and Crystal Basin lakes – If you want to be surrounded by nature, look no further.
So, what’s the best time of year to visit the national park? This largely depends on what you want to do, but generally, summer is the perfect time to visit the park as temperatures are perfect for taking advantage of the many lake-based activities.
In winter, the park can also be great, especially with an awesome RV kitted out with all the amenities to keep warm. The winter months offer stunning views of snow-capped mountains and the opportunity to ski and snowboard.
If you rent an RV, you can easily access the park from Sacramento or San Francisco, and although there are many places to camp across the El Dorado National Park, let’s check out one of the very best… Wrights Lake Campground.
Wrights Lake Campground Has A Lot To Offer
Wrights Lake Campground is a beautiful campground perfect go RV’ing or pitching a tent. Situated in the El Dorado Forest within the greater national park, this campsite offers you a perfect mix of stunning scenery and a great location.
Wrights Lake includes 75 sites, 19 of which are reserved for tents, and the rest of them ideal for your rented RV. The campground also boasts fantastic amenities which in addition to your RV features, will make for a stress-free, luxury camping trip. Some of the campground amenities include:
- Picnic tables
- Toilets and showers
- Fire rings
- Bear-proof boxes for food storage
The camp’s location is perfect, and you’ll have easy access to all the activities you come here for. Boating, fishing – and the surrounding hiking trails are all within walking distance, and if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you can take the Twin Lakes Trail into the Desolation Wilderness.
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The Best Sites & Things To Do Around Wrights Lake Campground California
El Dorado National Park and the Crystal Basin area have so many sights, and epic things to do that including them all would make this article thousands of words long. So instead, we’ve narrowed it down to the very best.
Explore The Crystal Basin
The Crystal Basin area within the greater national park includes five different lakes and is spread across 85,000 acres. Within the lakes here is the stunning Union Valley Reservoir which has over 24 miles of shoreline – ideal for boating, fishing, and swimming.
Across the lakes making up the basin, the shorelines make for a perfect environment for activities such as horse riding, biking, fishing, boating, and swimming. Whatsmore is you’ll get beautiful views of the mountains surrounding the lakes.
Without a doubt, this is a beautiful spot and a must-do on any cruise America road trip. The Wright’s Campground is located exactly where you want to be and perfect for both summer and winter trips.
Gaze At Lover’s Leap Rock
Lovers Leap Rock is iconic in El Dorado county, and for a good reason. The majestic granite rock face has been extremely popular among climbers since the 60s, but climber or not, Lover’s Leap is spectacular and is visible from Highway 50.
Whether you’re an experienced climber or just want a few photographs, Lover’s Leap Rock is a must-do if you’re in the area. Old tales from the area state the rock got its name from two native American lovers leaping from the rocks to their deaths.
Go Rving Along The Spectacular Echo Summit
Echo summit is considered one of the best drives in eastern California, let alone just Dorado. The drive takes you between the towns of Myers and Phillips and will reward you with spectacular views across the surrounding Sierra Nevada mountains.
Due to its elevation of over 7000ft, the summit was used for training Olympic track and field athletes at high altitudes during the 1960s, and while you’re likely not here to push your body to the limit, the drive is a must-do, and the views certainly won’t disappoint.
Dive Into The Activities Available
One of the main attractions, in addition to the stunning scenery in the area, is the numerous activities available so close to Wrights Lake Campground. I mean, you could spend two weeks here and more or less do a different activity every day of your trip.
Activities close to Wrights Lake Campground ad through the entire El Dorado national park include:
- Skiing & Snowboarding
- Horse Riding
If you want to do any of these activities while surrounded by stunning scenery, then the El Dorado National Park is certainly for you. It’s this combination of several activities and amazing nature that keeps so many nature lovers visiting, year in, year out.
If you want to go RVing on an action-packed road trip, hire your RV, hit the open road, book your campsite and head straight to El Dorado and Wrights Lake Campground.
PS - Don’t Miss The Natural Attractions
El Dorado and Crystal Basin’s Wrights Lake Campground are awesome destinations for renting an RV and undertaking an unforgettable road trip.
The national park has an abundance of natural attractions and the opportunity to do activities such as hiking, skiing, boating, fishing, and biking. It truly is an unbeatable destination if you love the outdoors, and you’ll struggle to get bored RVing here.
Wrights Lake Campground is also one of the best places you can stay with RV-friendly pitches, fantastic amenities, and a great location allowing you to experience everything the Crystal Basin and wider national park have to offer.
To summarize, here’s what you can’t miss:
- Lover’s Leap Rock
- Hiking Trails Throughout the park
- Skiing (In winter)
- Boating & fishing
- Echo Summit drive
- Camping at Wrights Lake Campground
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