My first visit to Chula Vista was a fantastic experience and perfect for viewing the Perseids Meteor Shower.
The campground itself is a short hike from the parking lot and is first come, first serve. Many of the campsites have fire pits, however due to the fire hazards we did not use ours. There is no trash or water, so it is necessary to pack in and pack out.
A permit is required to park in the parking lot and also if you enter the lot at night it is important to be respectful and do so with your headlights dimmed due to the area being a very popular place for stargazing.
Overall, my time at Chula Vista was fantastic. The hike to Mt. Pinos from there is short and well worth the views!
Chula Vista is a short hike from the parking lot (1/4 mile), but it is quite a way off of the 5 up more than one windy road. Mt. Pinos stands at almost 9,000 feet, one of the highest in the area, so if you are subject to altitude sickness be aware.
The camp area itself is semi dispersed, there are fire pits and picnic tables as well as an older pit toilet.
It has been one of our favorite places to Snow Camp every January, as it is relatively close and even during the drought there was usually a little bit of snow at the top. There are many places to make snow runs down the slopes, build snow caves, etc.
A wilderness permit may be required, the area is first come first serve, and there is no water nor trash so pack it in pack it out.
If you enter the parking lot at night be aware that it is a popular place for stargazing, so enter with your headlights dimmed and be respectful and cautious.