Located in the north-western mountains of California, Castle Crags State Park has become a popular haunt for those who have an RV rental in Siskiyou County. Conveniently located just off Highway 5, this spectacular park has direct access from both Sacramento and Eugene, OR.
Established as a state park in 1943, Castle Crags State Park was recognized for its remarkable glacial rock formations. However, this state park is much more than just stunning landscapes. In fact, it was once the location of a bloody battle between the Modoc Indian tribe who settled in the area, and gold miners who were on the hunt for the valuable metal.
Today, visitors choose to rent a camper near Castle Crags State Park to learn about its rich heritage and rare geological properties. Swim in the Sacramento River, hike up to stunning viewpoints or climb the granite rocks to truly uncover this unique park.
Castle Crags State Park is best explored by foot, so make sure to pack some sturdy walking boots, a picnic lunch, and plenty of water. With close to thirty miles of hiking trails within the park, outdoor lovers can choose from a wider range of trails of varying difficulty levels. For any adventure enthusiast that rents an RV near the park, why not tackle Dome Trail, which some consider to be the most challenging hike in the park. The hike itself is a six-mile-long uneven path, with an elevation gain of 2,200 feet. Successful hikers will be rewarded with close access to the infamous granite rocks, stunning panoramic vistas of the Sacramento River Valley and, on a clear day, can enjoy views of the snow-capped Mount Shasta.
On the way back down, take a quick detour to the banks of the Sacramento River, that runs through the valley. Although there are no lifeguards along the river, those who visit are more than welcome to take a dip in the refreshing waters. And, with temperatures often soaring above 90 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer, you won’t be able to resist a cooling river swim! Fishing enthusiasts choosing to camp with an RV near the park will be pleased to know that The Sacramento River is also a great spot for a day of fishing. Get yourself a license from the visitor’s center and find a spot on the river for the chance to catch the infamous King Salmon, Rainbow Trout or Herring! Do take note that a catch and release only policy is strictly enforced on the river, in a bid to sustain a healthy population of fish.
Rock climbing is another popular activity at Castle Crags State Park, with plenty of opportunities for both intermediate and advanced climbers. Most of the climbing found in the park is of the traditional type, so consider bringing your own gear or renting it from a shop in town. Head to Castle Dome, the Cosmic Wall or the Northwest Ridge for some of the best climbing routes in the park.
Camping at Castle Crags State Park
Camping in Castle Crags State Park could not be easier, thanks to the well-developed campsite situated within the park. With over seventy individual sites, catering for rigs of up to 27 feet long including some pull through sites, there will be something here suitable for everyone. Although the campground offers no hookup facilities for your RV, there are well-maintained toilet and shower blocks close to each and every site. Even more, well-behaved pets are welcomed onto the campground, although owners should refrain from taking them onto any of the hiking trails. Handily, the campsite is open all year round, with bookings being highly recommended during peak season!
For those that would rather set up camp outside of the park, cruise over to the town of Dunsmuir, an easy thirty-minute drive up I-5. Consider parking up your RV rental at the Railroad Park Resort, a campground that caters for even the most luxurious of campers. With full hookups at each site, on-site laundry facilities, and a convenience store. Consider staying here if you prefer camping with your creature comforts.
Exploring the Area
When you have an RV rental near Castle Crags State Park, it is well worth checking out some of the other noteworthy attractions in the area.
Consider camping in an RV near Dunsmuir for close access to the majority of these city attractions. The Siskiyou Arts Museum is a must-see for any creatives visiting the area. Run by a team of local volunteers, the gallery showcases work from over sixty local and regional artists, giving them an impressive platform to express themselves. As well as a constantly changing exhibition of local artwork, the museum hosts a series of events and workshops aiming to educate and enlighten the community. Make sure to visit the gift shop to sign up for one of these classes or purchase a unique piece of local art for yourself!
A little closer to Mount Shasta is the Sacred Mountain Spa, a perfect day trip for those aching muscles at the end of your trip. Located on the banks of Lake Siskiyou and within perfect viewing distance of Mount Shasta, there is no better place to leave all of your worries behind. From manicures to facials, deep tissue massages to steam rooms, there are plenty of opportunities to indulge in a bit of "me time." The staff are extremely knowledgeable and more than happy to spend time understanding your needs and giving personal recommendations.
With plenty of rolling hills and stunning backdrops in the area, it is no surprise that there is a golf resort located smack bang in the middle of it all. Whether you enjoy a game of golf or not, Mount Shasta Golf Resort is worth a visit for the spectacular views. During summer, the hills are laden with vibrant wildflowers; whilst the winter sees snow-capped mountains appear. The 18-hole course can be relatively challenging due to its hilly terrain but don’t let this put you off! After a game, grab a refreshing drink at the highly spoken-of clubhouse and take time to reminisce about your wonderful week of RV camping in Castle Crags State Park.