There are many ways for students on a budget to experience the outdoors of California without breaking the pocket. Indulging in Mother Nature’s landscapes is always the cheapest option. It doesn’t cost a dime to backpack through the redwood forests of Mendocino, but it is an experience of a lifetime. Showering in the stunning waterfalls of Burney Falls is also a cheap thrill. Even camping in the world-renowned Joshua Tree National Park is a free experience with unforgettable rewards. Look to Mother Nature and you’ll not only spend less; you’ll make cinematic memories in the prettiest landscapes. Allow us to help; you won’t have to sleep in a cold tent or beg someone to house you this spring break; this selection of cheap rentals allows you to experience the outdoors without hurting your wallet. From traditional to edgy, you’ll find a home that fits your needs and your pocket.