Markleeville Area Campgrounds

Alpine County, California

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Markleeville Camping

Markleeville's most popular camping areas are at nearby Grover Hot Springs State Park. Campers will also find a nice campground set on the bank of Markleeville Creek. Visitors like to relax in the hot springs at the state park. They also enjoy hiking, fishing, and visiting the many quaint shops in Markleeville.

Grover Hot Springs State Park

Grover Hot Springs State Park has two campground loops, Quaking Aspen and Toiyabe. During the winter the loops are closed and camping is allowed in the picnic area, where there are both water and restrooms. The park's main attraction are its natural hot springs pools with water temperatures around 103 degrees. Pool hours vary by season. The park is also a great place for hiking, fishing, and mountain biking.

The campground will open for the 2013 season, weather permitting, April 26, 2013 on a first-come, first served basis until reservations begin on May 17, 2013.

Directions: From Markleeville drive west 3.5 miles on Hot Springs Road to the entrance to the park.
Day-use Entrance Fee: $8
Pool Fees: Adults $7, Children $5
Camping Fee: $35 per night
Reservations: (800) 444-7275 or Reserve America - Grover Hot Springs State Park
Park Office (530) 694-2248   Pool Phone (530) 694-2249

Grover Hot Springs State Park Campground Amenities

  • 76 campsites for both tents and RVs up to 27 feet (24 feet for trailers)
  • Piped water, flush toilets, showers
  • Picnic tables, cupboards, bear boxes, fire rings

History Note:

Recent archaeological work in the vicinity of the Hot Springs indicates that people were living in the area as long as 4000 years ago. In the winter of 1844 John C. Fremont led his expedition through the valley on their way over the Sierra in the near Carson Pass. The springs were later owned by John Hawkins, and then in 1878 Alvin M. Grover. Believing the mineral waters had curative powers, many early settlers in California visited the hot springs.


Markleeville Campground

Markleeville Campground area

Markleeville Campground rests on the banks of Markleeville Creek, just upstream from its confluence with the East Carson River. The campground is only a half mile downstream from the small town of Markleeville. The campground is favored by anglers who like to fish the local creeks.

Directions: From Markleeville drive .5 miles southeast to the turnoff to the campground.

Fees: $16 per night
Reservations: None

Markleeville Campground Amenities

  • 10 campsites for tents or trailers up to 24 feet
  • Piped water, vault toilets
  • Picnic tables, fire rings

History Note:

The land around Markleeville was first claimed in 1861 by Jacob Marklee who built a toll bridge across a tributary of the Carson River. For a time with the silver boom at nearby Silver Mountain, Marklee did well, but in 1863 he was killed in a gunfight. When Silver Mountain City was virtually abandoned after the mines played out, Markleeville took over as the county seat.


Campgrounds near Markeeville, Alpine county, CA