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Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Drinking Water
About Blue Jay

    Located approximately 4 miles off Hwy 74 (Ortega) on the North Main Divide Road, this campsite has 50 available sites with a varying distance apart for a true "wilderness" feel. Amenities include trash cans, fire pits, grills, vaulted toilets, and plenty of local trails for hiking, biking and equestrian. For information regarding local and connecting trails, please see our Trail Guide under the Trabuco District.

National Forest
Drive In
Walk In
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Sanitary Dump
Trash Available
Water Hookups
Blue Jay is located in California
33.653 N
-117.45 W
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Located approximately 3 miles north of the Ortega Highway (Highway 74) and on the North Main Divide Road.
13 Reviews of Blue Jay
Secluded but easily accessible

When I lived in San Clemente, this was a great campground just to get away! This campground can get rowdy because it is so easily accessible but nothing too crazy! Great views especially at sunset!

Perfect for a quick trip!

Feels like you’re in the middle of nowhere but so close to home! Perfect for a quick night trip. My friend and I decided at 8 pm that we wanted to go camping. It’s a first come first serve but there was only one other camper there. The fee is $20 self pay per night. Clean sites, with bathrooms, dumpsters and water.

Good Overnight Spot

This is a nice quiet spot that lets you enjoy an outdoor experience. All sites have fire pits. Dumpsters are available as well. A few nice trails near. I don’t think they take reservations so it might be a first come first serve. We stayed overnight and didn’t pay for it.


This is generally a great spot. Beautiful country and always seems to be plenty of availability.

This time (late June) the flies were so bad we had to pack up and leave. Even hiking the San Juan trail we had hundreds of flies around us. Back at camp they were so thick that we figured we’d rather go home than be swarmed with flies or stuck in the tent all day. Must just be a seasonal thing because I’ve never seen them this bad in years of camping.

Blue Jay

We have stayed at Blue Jay a few different times and the weather is mild, but it can get fairly hot. This is a really fun getaway for anyone about an hour or two away, it’s not too far off of the Ortega highway. But far enough away to make you feel like your in the wilderness. Campgrounds are a little small. Being a non-reservable campground the sites fill up pretty fast on Weekends. Depending on the months we have had issues with the bugs that wouldn’t leave us alone. But our most recent experience in May was bug free except for a few ticks from the nearby trails. Overall, Blue Jay is a clean, semi-quiet, fun campground with toilets and running water. We would probably give it a three and a half stars if possible.

Good stay

A blue Jay was an awesome experience. We were able to find a spot tucked away off one of the loops to the left after a small hill. Neighbors played loud music but we didn’t mind at all. Our site had firewood left behind which was a lucky plus! We couldn’t even see our neighbors spot so 👍🏼 on the privacy. Great stay with lots of hiking trails and views of the area. If you are coming off of South Ortega, apple maps will take you up a steep and narrow road, once you get to the top there is a dirt trail on your right, that will take you to the radio tower… Amazing view in all directions!

Perfect Campground for quick Getaway

If you live in the Temecula, Murrieta, Lake Elsinore area this is the perfect campground for a quick and easy getaway. They have some beautiful sites and some good hikes. Great place for mountain biking and just an overall fun place. If you are looking for a quick trip into the nature look no further.

Almost perfect campground

This is one of the nicest places in that local area. It is well maintained by very nice people. There is a slitely steep portion of road as you enter, but its only for about 25 yards or so. There is a waterfall and creek, you just have to hike to them. Not too much wildlife other than birds. But a real nice place to get away from the rat race.

Decent Campground

This campground is ok. Everything about it is just mediocre. It’s easy to find, and close to Orange County. We enjoyed Ortega Falls which is about a 10 minute drive from the campground, and there are a few other hikes nearby. I didn’t like that the campsites are close to each other. And I think it cost $20 per night.

Great campsite

Great quiet campsite in the winter time