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Discover Los Gatos, CA

The name Los Gatos gives you a hint at its origin, and knowing that it’s in the state of California helps you make an even more educated guess. Initially named El Rancho La Rinconada de Los Gatos (Cat’s Corner Ranch) and awarded to two brothers-in-law as parts of a Mexican land grant in 1840, the land has now become home to three Santa Clara County cities: Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, and a third of Campbell.

What does it have to do with cats? Back when it was desolate and mostly uninhabited agricultural land, early settlers would frequently hear the cries of mountain lions late at night. Located near Silicon Valley, it is a thriving community that swapped wheat farming, milling, logging, for a suburban, high-tech tourist hub. Yet, somehow, Los Gatos has retained its small town charm. To see this juxtaposition, rent an RV and come see the town of Los Gatos for yourself.

The Great Outdoors

There is plenty to do for the nature-loving traveler. The Los Gatos Creek Trail starts in the nearby town of Campbell and stretches for 10 miles through San Jose and into Los Gatos. The trail weaves through the Vasona Lake County Park where many locals and tourists can be found mingling. With flat spots perfect for skateboarding, and hilly terrain that would please any hiker or mountain biker looking for a work-out, it is a popular park that appeals to a variety of outdoor enthusiasts.

Looking for more adventure? Head to Castle Rock State Park which offers trails that will challenge the average hiker or bicyclist. When you are tired and need a break, stop at the waterfall and take it in as you catch your breath.

RV Parks

Although the little town itself is hospitable toward visitors, they aren’t flush with RV parks. Luckily, the neighboring cities have more room to house your camper rental from Los Gatos for the night. A short drive away in the city of San Jose, Garden City RV Park is a small and quaint option that still offers everything that you might need. With a washer/dryer, dump station, and bathrooms with showers, this RV park offers you every convenience you hope to find. Add to that the fact that they even provide you with storage containers, and you’re probably already making plans to take your motorhome rental from Los Gatos over to San Jose for the night.

If you want a bigger RV park and have a newer coach that isn’t over 10 years old, another option for you is the Coyote Valley RV Resort in San Jose. It boasts a more pampered stay for your luxury RV rental heading from Los Gatos, with a pool, a fitness area, and a dog park with its own dog sitter. The same applies for Maple Leaf RV Park in nearby town Morgan Hill. Your RV must be fairly new (no older than 2005), but the site offers full hookups, showers, and laundry.

And if you like having more choices, in Felton, a tiny town in close proximity to Los Gatos, check out Santa Cruz Redwoods RV Resort. This RV site is just like it sounds—surrounded by redwoods that provide plenty of shade in the summer. It overlooks the San Lorenzo River, has a hiking trail, and supplies all visitors with propane grills on the deck.

For the kids, there is a basketball hoop, hopscotch, and a ping pong table. Only a quick drive away is swimming at the Santa Cruz beach, shopping at the classy shops in Capitola Village, and adventures such as aerial trekking and ziplining at Mount Hermon. There is also the Big Foot Museum—a quirky roadside attraction you cannot miss. Plus, the location is excellent if you plan to continue south down Highway 1 to see Monterey, Salinas, or Big Sur.

Exploring the City

Before you leave town to visit its neighbors, be sure to check out the charming downtown of Los Gatos itself. Although Los Gatos hasn’t been a part of Mexico since 1850, it hasn’t forgotten its Mexican heritage. Most of the restaurants in town are Mexican, so be sure to get a burrito, tamale, or tacos at your place of choice. With names like Dona Maria, Two Pesos Taqueria, Una Mas, you know you’re getting the real deal and there’s no shortage of them.

And of course, being in California (known for its vineyards in Paso Robles, Napa Valley, and much more), there are wineries to visit afterwards. Part of Testarossa Winery’s appeal is that it is in an old novitiate, but it also makes good wine loved by both locals and tourists. It has steadily expanded in size and production and will be a major highlight to your trip to Los Gatos. There is also Black Ridge Vineyards, Byington Vineyard and Winery, and Left Bend Winery, as well many other options.

And what would a historic town be with a museum? The New Museum Los Gatos, tells the story of the town’s origin and has eight galleries to look through—including one that features only local artists. Being so close to San Francisco and San Jose, you can then take your camper rental from Los Gatos to some large nearby cities. If you do, set aside time for a visit to the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, a mansion with features such as staircases that lead to nowhere designed to confuse ghosts.

Now, before you start packing, search for an RV in Santa Clara County that fits your needs. Once you find the motorhome rental that works for you, begin planning a trip full of redwood campgrounds and Mexican food—as well as all of the charms of a small town like Los Gatos.

RV Rentals in Los Gatos, CA

Los Gatos, CA is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

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

RV and Motorhome Rentals Nearby

Nearby to Los Gatos are a number of National, State and Local parks. Travelers can easily rent RVs and motorhomes near Yosemite National Park, Point Reyes National Seashore, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Muir Woods National Monument, and Sequoia National Park.

What's around Los Gatos, CA

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Local Hiking Trails

Hiking Trail City State
Donner Creek Loop Trail Clayton California
Cataract Falls Trail Fairfax California
Mission Peak Loop from Stanford Avenue Staging Area Fremont California
Palomarin Trailhead to Alamere Falls Trail Bolinas California
Lands End Trail San Francisco California
Muir Woods Trail Mill Valley California
Berry Creek Falls Trail Boulder Creek California
Dipsea Steep Ravine Matt Davis Loop Trail Stinson Beach California
Castle Rock and Goat Rock Trail Los Gatos California
French Trail and Stream Trail Loop via Skyline Blvd Canyon California

Nearby Campgrounds

UC Berkeley

attraction Berkeley, CA
University of California voted as one of the best public universities in the world, is a landmark of Berkeley and it has a classical architectural feel. There is an amazing tower located at the top of the hill, which offers spectacular views of the city. The library is a majestic building and there is a Greek amphitheater, where amazing performances are shown. UC Berkeley also has a dinosaur exhibition with some interesting replicas of tyrrannosarus rex and a teradactyl.

East Bay Regional Park District

campground Oakland, CA
The park offers a variety of camping options (11 different parks to choose from) and recreational activities to keep you busy during your stay. You can go geocaching, golfing, horseback riding, enjoy the many water activities, practice your shooting and archery skills, and observe the many natural wonders found within the park.

Sea Cliff State Beach

campground Santa Cruz, CA
Just south of Santa Cruz is a unique camping opportunity ONLY open to RVs. Book your RV rental and stay in one of the few California State Park locations that offers full hookup service steps from the beach. Enjoy magnificent sunsets while you dine, play in the sand, and bring the long board for classic California waves.

West Cliff Drive

attraction Santa Cruz, CA
A RV rental allows you to drive and take advantage of scenic routes. One of the most popular things to do in Santa Cruz is to cruise West Cliff Drive. Take in the dramatic views of beachside cliffs and crashing waves as you meander along high end ocean front neighborhoods in your RV rental

Redwood Regional Park

attraction Oakland, CA
You can find this Redwood forest just a few miles over the ridge from downtown Oakland. Once the source of San Francisco Bay Area?s building supplies, logging is now history, and the park is home to regal 150 foot redwoods spread over 1,830 acres. On your hike or run you may be fortunate enough to see rare species such as the golden eagle and Alameda striped racer.

Coyote Point Recreation Area RV Sites

campground San Mateo, CA
The total insider secret in the Bay Area Coyote Point is a great start off point for your San Francisco RV rental. The county park has 3 RV sites in the back of the parking lot that will fit any size RV. We have had a few renters stay here with no neighbors! How is that for one of the most amazing pieces of real estate on the bay? A good spot to do a dry run and walk thru in your RV rental.

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

campground Scotts Valley, CA
Tuck your RV rental to bed under a canopy of Redwood trees. This is a great place to stay if you decide to try your hand at the rails with Roaring Camp Railway. Miles of hiking and biking trails meander through the scenic forest only 5 minutes from major shopping and dining.

Oakland Museum of California

attraction Oakland, CA
There are 1.9 million objects which include art, history and natural sciences. You can explore the many elements that shape California?s character and landscape. Over 300,000 square feet of interactive exhibitions you can easily spend the day here. Be sure to check out the many events that occur throughout the year, every Friday night there is a gathering for the community which may include dancing or cultural performances, or you can also participate on the guided tours which for example explain the regional geology or natural the resources.

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Recommendations for Los Gatos, CA from Outdoorsy Owners

Its a nice beach with free parking. I took my kids there for years always a fun time. Great deli near by

May 25, 2018

Smoked meats, great beers, and often live music. Can get crowded

Feb 5, 2018

Fall asleep under the California redwoods and hike through the enchanted forest

Feb 5, 2018

Beach front camping. Famous cement boat. Difficult to reserve, so plan ahead

Feb 5, 2018

The Campground is nice, the beach is beautiful, the weather is always amazing and it's just a couple miles away from Capitola and the Santa Cruz Boardwalk

Dog-friendly Glamping Elbow Room Social Scene Ocean View Quiet Hookups Sleep Under The Stars Family Friendly Most Beautiful Scenic
Aug 3, 2017

A perfect place for dumping tanks on the way back into the bay area. Also has propane fill.

Mar 21, 2017