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Castle Rock State Park is an outdoor oasis tucked away within the scenic Santa Cruz Mountains. The park falls predominantly in Santa Cruz County but also stretches into Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. The geography of the region alone attracts an exceptionally wide range of visitors. The lush forests and vibrant flora make it a top destination for nature lovers, while the epic peaks and dips attract hikers.

Caves, rocks, and winding trails make it ideal for those seeking a new and challenging hiking trail as well as rock climbers of various experience levels. The area is dotted with unique rock formations, canyons, and hiking trails. For the most part, the natural environment has been left untouched, giving visitors a truly wild and exhilarating experience. One of the most popular activities, Skyline-to-Sea, starts at this park and ventures into California's famous redwoods.

For families and campers seeking home comforts, RV rentals near Castle Rock State Park are available in the nearby town of Los Gatos. Alternatively, San Jose offers an array of rental options. No matter where you choose to book an RV in Santa Cruz County, you'll find no shortage of motorhome rentals to suit your needs and budget.

Getting Outdoors

Castle Rock State Park campers flock to this serene setting to enjoy the many activities on offer here. Thrillseekers in search of an exhilarating adventure can try out the rock climbing routes. The Vaqueros sandstone outcrops provide the ideal challenge for bouldering and rock climbing. What makes these outcrops of sandstone particularly thrilling is the unique tafoni patterns. The outside layers of the sandstone are relatively hard and suitable for bolting. The park requires that you request permission before placing any new bolts. Due to the fragile nature of sandstone, rock climbers are always encouraged to avoid wet rocks. Ensure the area is thoroughly dry following rain.

If you'd rather stay on the ground, you'll find several worthwhile hiking trails to choose from. The Saratoga Toll Road offers many scenic views, and the green canopy overhead provides shade. Be sure to hike the Saratoga Gap to snap photos of the stunning Castle Rock Falls. The Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail is a 33-mile trek that links Castle Rock with the Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Enjoy breathtaking views of the San Lorenzo Valley and the Pacific Ocean when you take on Goat Rock Overlook. Those are simply the highlights of the park's extensive trail network, which offers hikes suited to all skill levels.

Finally, wildlife watching is a firm favorite with outdoor enthusiasts camping at Castle Rock State Park. If you're lucky, you might spot an elusive mountain lion or a bobcat. More common sightings include turkeys, black-tailed deer, and quail. Watch out for snakes on your excursions through the park as well.

Camping at Castle Rock State Park

If you're planning to go RV camping at Castle Rock State Park, we have some bad news for you. Both of the campgrounds at Castle Rock State Park are hike-in trail camps, and there aren't any sites that can accommodate RV rentals or trailers. Nearby Big Basin Redwoods State Park is a good place to camp in a trailer near Castle Rock State Park, with sites accommodating small vehicles up to 24 feet long.

Those who aren't camping in an RV can choose from 20 primitive hike-in sites at the main campground, or an additional six sites at the Waterman Gap Trail Camp. You'll want to bring plenty of water along for the journey to either campground. The main camp is over two and a half miles from the parking area, while Waterman Gap is nine miles. Amenities include vault toilets, limited drinking water, and fire rings. Campers willing to make the trek will be rewarded with sweeping vistas of the Santa Cruz Mountains from a dizzying elevation of 2,400 feet.

Exploring the Area

This captivating corner of California offers an abundance of activities, attractions, and natural wonders. Just 15 minutes from the park, in Saratoga, you'll find Hakone Estate and Gardens. Spend some time admiring the koi ponds, or treat yourself to a tea ceremony at these tranquil Japanese gardens. Afterward, explore the quaint, historic downtown area of Saratoga, where you'll find a slew of locally-owned shops and gourmet dining options.

San Jose is also worth the 35-minute drive from Castle Rock State Park. Treat the kids to a fun day at the amusement park, or learn more about the area's Spanish history at Mission Santa Clara de Asis. The star attraction here is the Winchester Mystery House, the former home of Sarah Winchester, widower of William Winchester, inventor of the Winchester repeater rifle. Tormented by grief following the deaths of her husband and infant child, Sarah purchased the estate in the late 19th century and continued building onto it right up until her death in 1922. Legend has it that Sarah consulted a psychic, who supposedly instructed her to build ceaselessly to confuse the evil spirits haunting her. The result is a lavish yet peculiar 160-room mansion with a maze of hallways, staircases, and doors leading seemingly nowhere.

RV Rentals in Castle Rock State Park, CA

Castle Rock State Park, CA is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in Castle Rock State Park. Outdoorsy's Castle Rock State Park RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are RV rentals?

Renting an RV lets you enjoy the flexibility of RV travel without all the costs and maintenance of ownership. With a rental, you can book the perfect rig for any trip just like you would a car or hotel. With Outdoorsy, you rent directly from the RV owner but get the backing of programs like roadside assistance, insurance, and stellar support from real, live people 24/7.

How much are average RV rentals?

On average, you can expect to pay between $75 and $150 per night to rent most small trailers and campervans. Larger trailers and motorhomes could cost $100 to $250 per night. Renting an RV for a longer time can be even more affordable–a week or month-long rental could average out to less than $60 per day.

Are there RV rentals with unlimited mileage?

Yes! Each RV owner can choose whether to offer unlimited miles on their vehicles. You’ll be able to see if unlimited mileage is an option on any listing you check out. If unlimited miles are not available, you’ll be able to see what is included with the base rate and what extra miles will cost.

Are RV rentals pet-friendly?

Many RV owners allow pets in their rentals. Be sure to check the listing to see if it’s an option for the rig you have your eye on. You’ll be able to see if there is an extra deposit or fee for pets before you request a booking.

Do RV rentals offer delivery?

Having an RV delivered to your home or destination is a great way to simplify your trip. Many RV owners offer delivery and setup services, usually for an extra fee or within a certain distance of their location. Each listing shows whether or not delivery is an option.

Are there RV rentals near me?

RV rentals are available all over the country! Whether you want to pick up an RV near home to set out an epic road trip or if you want to have one ready at your destination, you can search by location for any type of rig.

RV rental vs buying?

Renting an RV is an affordable way to get all the benefits of RV travel without the maintenance and overhead of ownership. It’s also a great way to try out the lifestyle and different types of rigs before you take the plunge and buy your own. Already own an RV? Consider renting yours out to bring in some extra income.

How many people can sleep in an RV?

Small travel trailers and campervans can usually sleep 2-4 people comfortably. Mid-size trailers and motorhomes usually sleep 4-8. Bigger rigs often sleep 6-10, some even 12!

Why choose Outdoorsy vs Craigslist or Airbnb?

Security, for one. Outdoorsy helps protect RV owners and renters with excellent support and insurance options, and a secure platform for listings, communication, and payments. There are plenty of other reasons though, like roadside assistance, detailed listings, and a wide variety of RVs to choose from.

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What's around Castle Rock State Park, CA

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Popular Nearby Trails

Hiking Trail Location
Castle Rock and Goat Rock Trail Castle Rock State Park, CA
Castle Rock Ridge Trail Castle Rock State Park, CA
Summit Rock Loop Trail Los Gatos, CA
Sanborn Trails Saratoga, CA
Sanborn Skyline Park to Castle Rock State Park Trail Saratoga, CA
Big Basin and Castle Rock Loop Castle Rock State Park, CA
Saratoga Gap Long Ridge Loop Trail Los Gatos, CA
Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail Castle Rock State Park, CA
State Park Trifecta Big Basin Redwoods State Park, CA
Hickory Oak Ridge Trail Loop Los Gatos, CA

Popular Nearby Campgrounds

Campground Location
Santa Cruz North / Costanoa KOA San Mateo County, CA
Santa Cruz Harbor RV Park Santa Cruz County, CA
Pelican Point RV Park San Mateo County, CA
Santa Cruz / Monterey Bay KOA Santa Cruz County, CA
Del Valle Family Campground Alameda County, CA
Moss Landing KOA Express Monterey County, CA
Anthony Chabot Regional Park Alameda County, CA
San Francisco RV Resort San Mateo County, CA
Salinas / Monterey KOA Monterey County, CA
Belle Ridge Campground Putnam County, TN

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