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Great nudist resort to visit or live.

This is an AANR clothing optional nudist resort privately owned. It's a beautiful drive up to the high desert at the base of California and is nested amongst the big boulders.

The clubhouse has a restaurant, bar, dancing on the weekends, bands, karaoke, bingo, billiards, game room. Holiday potlucks are always fun. Oh, and themed weekends.

They have two pools, one indoor with daily water volleyball and one outdoor pool. The jacuzzi is wonderful as you soak under the palm trees under the stars. Nude required.

Tennis courts, hiking, atv, horseshoes, etc.

They have a small motel, trailer and park model rentals, rv hook ups, tent camping. Shade trees are near the clubhouse. Sites are spacious and plenty to chose from.

When I lived there for two years in 2005-2007 we had a great circle of friends. Management is very nice. Give it a try.

Run down

Very run down. Office very unorganized.

Desert Delight

This is a great open camping area, you can camp near others or find a secluded spot of your own. There are fire rings, picnic tables, toilets and even showers. The days can get pretty warm but the evenings are beautiful and star filled! If you are not into 4 wheeling there are nice hiking trails in the area. Bring plenty of water and food (there is a store but things are pricey).

Backpackers quick, quiet, getaway with views!

Corte Madera Mountain in Cleveland National Forest, just east of San Diego. You will need a permit, but you can get a free permit emailed to you if you call the rangers station. The Trail is a 7.5 mile out and back trail near Morena Village. There are great views over

the Lake Morena area and the desert as you climb. At 4,657 feet, it is a continuous climb, so don’t forget to take plenty of water! Overall, great hike. Campsites, at the summit, are just off trail surrounded by large granite boulders and great views.

Backpackers quick quiet get away with a view!

If you’re looking for a nice hike, in the wild, with few people around, this is the one. Corte Madera Mountain in Cleveland National Forest, just east of San Diego. You will need a permit to camp at the summit, but you can get a free permit emailed to you if you call the rangers station.

The Trail is a 7.5 mile out and back trail near Morena Village. There are great views over the Lake Morena area and the desert as you climb. At 4,657 feet, it is a continuous climb, so don’t forget to take plenty of water! Overall, great hike. Camping was just off trail, at the summit, surrounded by large granite boulders,

Great for Kids & Adults

I have only tent camped here and enjoyed the quite and clean site. I like that it is not far from civilization but feels very remote. My kids caught their first fish in the little pond.

Great for Kids and Adults

I have only tent camped here and really enjoyed the clean and quiet spot not too far from civilization but feels like in the middle of nowhere. My kids caught their first fish in the little pond :)

Chambers Park Campground

Located at Lake Cuyamaca in Julian. Gorgeous views of the lake!!!! Picnic area, tent camping sites, and also cabins and condos as well. This place is so serene and peaceful as you are tucked in adjacent to the 110 acre lake. Only lake in San Diego that has stock trout all year. Other fish include Florida bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, crappie, bluegill, and sturgeon. Sits at over 4,000 elevation with Mt Laguna right up the road. Huge bathrooms here with running water. Fee is rarely cheap. Great campground for families or just as a day escape from the city.

Nice getaway

This is a fairly large campground in the Laguna mountains. We hiked in and got the last walk in spot, so keep in mind that it can be busy on the weekends. The spots are fairly large and include parking, fire pits and picnic tables. Wood is available for purchase on site and kindling is easy to find. This is a nice alpine getaway with pine trees, meadows, a small lake and nearby views of the Anza Borrego desert. Located just off the PCT and other hiking trails.

Free Desert Camping!

Free camping! Located off the S22, border of Anza Borrego,just 3.5 miles past the town of Ranchita. If you keep going down the hill you'll hit Borrego Springs. Keep an eye out for the Culp Valley Camp sign because otherwise there isn't much indication. Barely any service so make sure you prepare well for an extended stay. It does extremely windy here, especially in early fall with the Santa Ana winds. Hot during day, frigid at night. It's primitively camping so No water, picnics tables, fire rings, and charcoal grills, but vault toilets and ground to put a tent on are available. In Culp Valley there is TONS of boulders to climb; varying from beginner v0's to advanced bouldering. Check out mountain project to check out some routes or just go spot out some of your own! This is place is definetly worth a weekend trip, but Shhh try to keep it a secret. ;)

Campground coordinates: 33.220541, -116.458858 (33° 13′ 13.94″N 116° 27′ 31.88″W)

Best Secluded Campground for new campers!

This is a great campsite to go to if you are car camping folk. They have a small camp store right outside the park, Hot Springs, the swimming pool on making great hiking in the area!

Comfy and cozy, Tons of Amenities!

This campground is a great place for families who want to try out camping and haven’t done much of that. They have a small restaurant, awesome new swimming facility, Bike rentals and so much more! We stayed here just for fun once and also while attending San Diego comic con. It is very close to the Metrolink train that takes you to the convention center.

Great campsite!

Very hot during the summer, so recommend to check the weather before you go. Some of the spots are secluded which is nice. Great walking access to the Big Laguna Trail and the PCT. Bathrooms were horrible though!

Classic Desert Campground

Can get super windy! Great over roading and hikes in this enormous state park. Come prepared for anything!

Fun Family site

This Is a really fun family friendly campsite that is a short drive from San Diego. There are convenient market within a 10 minute drive of the site for extra supplies. The state park visitor center is just up the road, and that is a fun visit for people curious about the area, or for kids to be involved in junior ranger activities.

On our last visit to this side, we did a very fun day hike with our floor-year-old and six-year-old. We also participated in a junior ranger event that was put on at the campsite. The campsite some cells are very well-maintained. The majority of the other people staying at this site word families, and everybody was veryrespectful Of each other’s campsites, and the bathroom facilities are very well-maintained. :-)

All and All, one of our favorite sites for a quick get out of town, and get into nature sites in the San Diego area.

Good for OHV camping not desirable

Sand, sand, sand and more sand. It’s the desert so you expect the sand but that’s reLly all there is. If you like off-roading it’s huge but you have to make sure you have a flag so others can see you coming over the dunes.

Julian, Ca

quiet and relaxing with great hiking spots and views. Campsite-102

Tame camping

Cabins are fun and shelter you from the occasional strong gusty winds.

Tent camping in the rain is also do-able here due to the temperate climate. There are a couple playgrounds, so a very kid-friendly environment as well.

quick trip

This location is a hidden gem in the outskirts of the city. I loved almost all aspects of the camp..the lake was clean, the sites were all nicely kept, and we had our own parking spaces. the only thing I didn't like about this place was the fact that they had security golf carts driving by every 20 minutes. ruined the whole camping experience..

Beautiful scenery miles from the city

This is a great campground all year long. You feel like you are in the middle of nowhere even though there is a small mountain town 20 minutes away and east county San Diego is only 40 away. Great for campers who like to hike. Lots of sites to choose from. Plenty of animal and bird watching. Star gazing is amazing as well. I have camped here in fall, spring and summer. I have never been disappointed.

Hikers Paradise

Even though I did not hike the pacific crest trail on this visit, tons of other hikers did!! This campground offers a discounted rate for hikers that need/want to crash for the night or two. They also have a free bin where you can take or give clothing, shoes, food & camping gear. The lake has gone down a lot so the campground is now a little trek from the lake but is walkable and beautiful to say the least. You can also fish!!! The appropriate licenses are needed before you come. There are bathrooms & showers as well!! Tent & rv camping is available!!

Great SoCal Mountain Getaway

I love this camp site. I prefer the Hillside loop for tent camping as the spots are large, lots of trees, and feels fairly private. It was easy to get a walk up site, the campground hosts are helpful, and there is super easy access to all of Mount Laguna hilling trails. We went once on a Monday in April and had the place to ourselves, and once over Thanksgiving weekend and we were still able to get a good spot! Dogs allowed as well!

Desert! Windy! Wild!

Beautiful in a desert way. Can get super duper windy. Great off road hikes and scenery.

A true oasis

This is plopped right in the middle of a busy suburban area but you could never tell once you’re inside! It feels like you’re miles and miles away from anything!

birthday trip

we had a great trip! besides the heat wave. it was quiet and peaceful. we had site 98 and loved it. it's a pretty large site not far from the restrooms. definitely going back!

Nice campground but has its flaws

Very nice campground and very kid friendly. It is also very busy and we found to be quite loud at night. They have a big pool and two hot tubs but both hot tubs were full of kids and there were adults drinking beer while wading in the pool. I am not very impressed with this koa overall but it has great potential.

Breath-taking Seclusion

I’ll have to say my stay will probably differ than your average trip. My boyfriend and I took a road trip to San Diego to stay with a friend for a few months, and we spent some time in Laguna Campground. It was however not only the middle of the week - but also December, so we were the only ones there.

The park rangers were friendly, the space was expansive, oh and the stars ✨

Did a couple of trails and really enjoyed our time, despite how weird the elevation can make me feel sometimes.

More of a Resort than a campground

Went here with friends and it was nice but there are way too many RV'S and ATV'S. there's no place to have a fire because there might be a wild fire outbreak. Bathrooms are clean and the showers are free. There are even halls where you can play BINGO and a game room with Wii games. Camping spots are big enough for 2 8 person tents or 1 small rv and a 4 person tent. If you want to glamping this is a good place but if you want to tent camp I would look somewhere else.

Worth the money

went here for the first time 2 years ago and since than we've been there 2 times. The camping is good and the amenities are really clean. The bathrooms and the showers are clean and there's WIFI near them. The only draw back is that you have to pay for the showers but with $1.50 per person you can take a good quick shower.

It’s free!!

my home base for Anza Borrego fun. Little Blair valley has beautiful rocky hills that provide a great backdrop to your desert camping. Lots of climbing to be had, as well as several trails. Including pictographs! Simply choose your spot and set up camp!

Ive witnessed some of the most gorgeous sunrises and sunsets here. desert camping, so no trees, but plenty of ocotillo and creosote. I tend to getaway here in fall and winter months it’s just too hot otherwise

Restrooms when you pull in off the highway. Dirt road. But very passable in a car.