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A Guide to Glamping in Southern California in 2024

Glamping, or glamorous outdoor camping with luxurious amenities, is a popular way to explore nature in comfort and style.

Southern California has a variety of beautiful places to go glamping around the state, and we’ve listed our five favorites below.

Check out these gorgeous places to go glamping in SoCal, including places at Joshua Tree and Mount Laguna. 

What Makes Glamping in Southern California Unique?

Thanks to Southern California’s beautifully diverse landscapes, you can relax in a bell tent in the forest, spend the night in a desert dome or kick back in a cabin near the Pacific Ocean.

Southern California is the ideal place to go glamping because of the state’s mild temperatures and scenic views.

Check out our five favorite glamping experiences in Southern California, where you can enjoy luxurious accommodations in scenic locations. 

Our 5 Favorite Glamping Experiences in Southern California

#1: Joshua Tree

The secluded Dome in the Desert, with two bedrooms, a full kitchen and a bathroom, is the perfect way to enjoy Joshua Tree’s arid landscape in maximum comfort.

Bright yellow furniture accents the all-white interior and a wood-burning fireplace warms the home, which can accommodate up to four guests.

Staying at the Dome costs $178 per night for one or two adults and infants under two can come for free. Pets are not permitted. 

Another great glamping option in Joshua Tree is the Land Yacht, a renovated 1973 Airstream trailer with a stocked kitchen, outdoor gas grill and covered deck.

The Land Yacht has both indoor and outdoor showering facilities.

According to guest reviews, the front patio is a perfect place for stargazing.

Staying here costs $139 per night and has a maximum of two guests, not including infants.

Pets are permitted, but if you are bringing more than two, please let your host know. 

#2: El Capitan Canyon

Glamp along the Santa Barbara Coast in El Capitan Canyon’s Cedar Cabins or Adventure Yurts at El Capitan Canyon, where you’ll be treated to spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and Santa Ynez Mountains.

All of the Cedar Cabins have peak ceilings, kitchenettes with a microwave and mini-fridge and king, queen or double beds.

Outside, all cabins have a picnic table and firepit with a removable grill. Prices vary widely — the Canyon Bunk Cabin costs $229 per night, the Creekside Double Cabin costs $319 per night and the Corral Loft, which includes a private bedroom and large sleeping loft, comes to $439 per night. 

#3: Lion’s Den

For a relaxing glamping experience in a big bell tent, check out the Lion’s Den at Mount Laguna.

This cozy site in the Cleveland National Forest includes a bell tent with a queen mattress and sofa bed along with a bell tent lounge that has two more sofas.

The spacious bell tent is furnished and comes with rugs, floor pillows, solar powered lights and a propane heater.

The site also includes tree tents, which comes with a sleeping pad, sleeping bag and pillow as well as towels, soap and shampoo.

The minimum length of stay is two nights and the host accepts bookings nine months out.

For two guests, a two-night stay costs $498 including cleaning and service fees. 

#4: Palmdale

Take in the beautiful forest and mountain views in this Palmdale yurt located on a 12-acre ranch surrounded by Leona Valley, which is in the gorgeous Angeles National Forest.

This yurt is designed for two guests and includes a fireplace, WiFi and air conditioning with an outdoor pool nearby.

Dogs are permitted on the property and can be off-leash as long as they get along well with other dogs and people.

Leona Valley also has a mini mart, gas station and local restaurant, making it easy to stock up on supplies if needed.

For two adults, a two-night stay costs $356 including a service fee.

#5: Hobbit House

Fans of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” books can step into the Shire at this Airbnb “Hobbit House” in Ramona, California.

This hobbit hole has a classic round door, wood beam ceilings and rock walls with a queen size Murphy bed inside.

Keep in mind that there a Coleman propane camping stove and a cooler are provided, but not a refrigerator or electricity.

Outside, enjoy a hot outdoor shower and make use of the propane BBQ grill and fire pit.

The Hobbit House costs $381 per night and is incredibly popular, so plan your trip well in advance as it is currently booked solid for many months out. 

The Bottom Line: Glamping in Southern California

Glamping is a great way to bask in the beauty of nature without sacrificing comfort.

Take some time to investigate these gorgeous glamping locations to decide which one works best for you — keep in mind the amount of space and types of amenities you want to have on your trip before making your final selection.

Experience the best of Southern California glamping when you visit these scenic attractions. 

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