Laguna Seca Recreational Area, Chaparral Campground, Salinas, California

Laguna Seca Recreational Area has three campgrounds that overlook the beautiful Salinas/Carmel valley as well as the Laguna Seca Racetrack. Several public and private events are held here throughout the year. The Chaparral Campground is open year round, and offers electrical and water hookups, along with some stunning views of the valley. Some sites have great views of the racetrack, but can be noisy from morning to evening with the racing events. Of course, if that's what you came to see, you will enjoy the proximity to the events and the ability, at some sites, to stay within the comfort of your campsite, yet see most of the track. Sites in the Chaparral loop are fairly level, and are on paved pads with paved interior roads. Sites are very close together and offer little to no privacy from neighbors. All sites have a picnic table and fire pit, but our fire pit was in an awkward place that really didn't allow us to use it. Sites in the other two campgrounds are similar, but have dirt pads and some offer hookups while others do not. These campgrounds are right off the highway between Salinas and Monterey, but because of their bluff-top location, road noise from the highway is non-existent. The entry and exit road is at a 16% grade, so approach cautiously. Monterey and Carmel are just a quick drive away.

Best Sites: 5, 7, 9, 23, 34, 35, 39, 40, 42-45, 69, 71, 77-79, 80-82, 90, 91, 95, 95, 98, 112, 113, 122-126, 163-177
Poor Sites: 22, 60, 62, 64, 89, 101, 103
Hookups: Electric & Water (at some)
Potable Water: No
Dump Within Facility: Yes