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Best Equestrian Sites Near Cleveland National Forest, CA (28)

    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Skinner Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Skinner Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Skinner Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Skinner Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Skinner Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Skinner Recreation Area

    1.

    Lake Skinner Recreation Area

    25 Reviews
    47 Photos
    346 Saves
    Temecula, California

    Lake Skinner Recreation Area, located near Temecula, CA, is a popular spot for family camping. This campground offers a variety of accommodations, including tent sites, RV spots, and even glamping options. It's open year-round, so you can enjoy the great outdoors whenever the mood strikes.

    One of the standout features here is the full hookups available for RVs, making it a convenient choice for those who prefer a bit more comfort. The campground is also pet-friendly, so feel free to bring your furry friends along for the adventure. For families, there's a splash pad and playground to keep the kids entertained, and plenty of open space for activities like kite flying and cornhole.

    Fishing enthusiasts will appreciate the lake, which is actually a reservoir. While swimming isn't allowed, you can fish for a $10 daily fee. The camp store is well-stocked, so if you forget any essentials, you won't have to go far to find what you need.

    The sites are a bit close together, so don't expect a lot of privacy. However, the friendly atmosphere and the range of amenities more than make up for it. The bathrooms and showers are generally clean, though it's always a good idea to bring your own toilet paper just in case.

    Overall, Lake Skinner Recreation Area is a great spot for a family getaway, offering plenty of activities and conveniences to make your stay enjoyable. Whether you're there for the fishing, the open spaces, or just a relaxing weekend away, you'll find something to love about this campground.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $25 - $45 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Dripping Springs Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Dripping Springs Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Dripping Springs Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Dripping Springs Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Dripping Springs Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Dripping Springs Campground

    2.

    Dripping Springs Campground

    14 Reviews
    42 Photos
    151 Saves
    Aguanga, California

    Overview

    Dripping Springs campground is a wonderful campground adjacent to the Agua Tibia Wilderness.

    Recreation

    Recreation in the area includes hiking, trail running, and backpacking.

    Facilities

    Recreation in the area includes hiking, trail running, and backpacking.

    Natural Features

    The campground is adjacent to sensitive riparian habitat which is home to the endangered Arroyo Toad. The hills surrounding the campground are covered in southern California chaparral which is host to a diverse population of flora and fauna. The mountain tops above the campground are lined with coniferous forest.

    Nearby Attractions

    The campground is directly adjacent to Agua Tibia Wilderness. This wilderness area includes a 20-mile hiking loop. The campground is also near Temecula, California, and the Temecula Wine Country.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $15 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park

    3.

    Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park

    20 Reviews
    86 Photos
    353 Saves
    Coto de Caza, California

    While the park does now have water, the showers remain closed. Water is limited, though, so please plan accordingly.

    Caspers Wilderness Park is an 8,000 acre protected wilderness preserve nestled among the river terraces and sandstone canyons of the western coastal Santa Ana Mountains. The park's many fertile valleys are overtly complemented by specimen groves of native Coastal Live Oak and magnificent stands of California Sycamore. These areas are further accentuated by seasonal wildflower displays and running streams. Wildlife is abundant and can be readily viewed from any of the park's numerous trails.

    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs

    $20 - $25 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from O'Neill Regional Park
    Camper-submitted photo from O'Neill Regional Park
    Camper-submitted photo from O'Neill Regional Park
    Camper-submitted photo from O'Neill Regional Park
    Camper-submitted photo from O'Neill Regional Park
    Camper-submitted photo from O'Neill Regional Park

    4.

    O'Neill Regional Park

    27 Reviews
    61 Photos
    404 Saves
    Trabuco Canyon, California

    The Arroyo campground offers 79 campsites varying in size to accommodate RVs or tent camping for up to eight people per site. Reservations for individual sites can be made online, by phone or in person. The park offers eight large group campsites for parties of 17 or more and five equestrian campsites, each equipped with horse corrals, barbeques and fire pits. Reservations for groups of 17 or more can be made by calling the park office at (949) 923-2260.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $20 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Launch Pointe Recreation Destination and RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Launch Pointe Recreation Destination and RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Launch Pointe Recreation Destination and RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Launch Pointe Recreation Destination and RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Launch Pointe Recreation Destination and RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Launch Pointe Recreation Destination and RV Park

    5.

    Launch Pointe Recreation Destination and RV Park

    11 Reviews
    27 Photos
    41 Saves
    Lake Elsinore, California

    Launch Pointe is the Southern California RV Camping destination place to be. It was designed to provide guests with a truly unique RV resort experience. Launch Pointe is conveniently located between Los Angeles and San Diego, off the I-15 freeway.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $55 - $140 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Paso Picacho Campground — Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Paso Picacho Campground — Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Paso Picacho Campground — Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Paso Picacho Campground — Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Paso Picacho Campground — Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Paso Picacho Campground — Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

    6.

    Paso Picacho Campground — Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

    23 Reviews
    43 Photos
    385 Saves
    Descanso, California

    The beautiful park offers camping and hiking in an oak woodland forest, with a sprinkling of pines and lovely meadows with creeks. There are over 100 miles of trails which accommodate hikers, bikers, and equestrians. The two family camps, Paso Picacho and Green Valley, are open and on the reservation system spring through fall. Green Valley sits at an elevation of 4,000 feet and has a creek which runs through the middle of the campground. The day use area offers sets of cascades and shallow pools, great for water play on hot days. Green Valley has 81 campsites.

    Paso Picacho, 5 miles north, sits at an elevation of 5,000 feet. The most popular hikes start from this camp, including the 2 mile hike up Stonewall Peak (elevation 5,700 feet), and the 3.5 mile hike up Cuyamaca Peak (elevation 6,512 feet), both which offer breathtaking views of the deserts to the east, the coast to the west, and Lake Cuyamaca at the bottom. Lake Cuyamaca, operated by the Helix Water District, is two miles north of Paso Picacho and offers boating and fishing. Paso Picacho campground has 85 campsites.

    Each campsite has a picnic table and a fire ring. Restrooms with flush toilets and pay showers are in the campground. Water faucets a located every few campsites. There are no hookups. Each campground has a dump station. Firewood and ice may be purchased at the camps. Interpretive programs are offered during the summer season. Campsites are $30 per night. Reservations are necessary for weekends April through October. The camping fee includes one motorized vehicle. Extra vehicles are $10 per night. There is a limit of 8 persons per campsite. Dogs are allowed but are restricted to the campgrounds, picnic areas, and paved roads and Cuyamaca Peak Fire Road. They may not be left unattended.

    Environmental backpack in or horseback ride in camps are also available. Granite Springs and Arroyo Seco Environmental camps are open on first come, first serve. Both have chemical toilets, non-potable water, corrals and tent sites.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs

    $250 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Kumeyaay Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Kumeyaay Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Kumeyaay Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Kumeyaay Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Kumeyaay Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Kumeyaay Lake Campground

    7.

    Kumeyaay Lake Campground

    20 Reviews
    45 Photos
    361 Saves
    Santee, California

    The Kumeyaay Lake Campground is open for Friday and Saturday night camping. The 46 campsites are available for reservation on a first-come, first-serve basis and the is $22.66 per night. On the reservation website page, go to the "Location" drop-down menu at the top of the page and select Kumeyaay Lake Campground. All cancellations must be made 14 days in advance.

    • Fires
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • Tents
    • Equestrian

    $24 - $25 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Sweet Oaks Winery - Temporarily Closed
    Camper-submitted photo from Sweet Oaks Winery - Temporarily Closed
    Camper-submitted photo from Sweet Oaks Winery - Temporarily Closed
    Camper-submitted photo from Sweet Oaks Winery - Temporarily Closed
    Camper-submitted photo from Sweet Oaks Winery - Temporarily Closed
    Camper-submitted photo from Sweet Oaks Winery - Temporarily Closed

    8.

    Sweet Oaks Winery - Temporarily Closed

    1 Review
    6 Photos
    24 Saves
    Cleveland National Forest, California

    Sweet Oaks Winery Campgrounds amass nearly 25+ acres of our working equestrian ranch located in the heart of the Temecula Valley Equestrian and Wine Valley, with breath-taking mountainous views and rolling vineyards. Take in the beauty of the hot-air balloons taking flight in the mornings, sip on delicious Sweet Oaks Wine in the afternoon, take a hike or ride a mountain bike on our trails and then enjoy the sunset on a 90 minute guided horseback ride!

    No Hookups although we do have a water hose which can be used if necessary. Luxury outdoor restrooms (no showers).

    Check-in 2PM Check-out 12PM

    Parking spots are first-come, first-served and a specific spot cannot be reserved in advance.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs

    $50 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Green Valley Campground — Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Green Valley Campground — Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Green Valley Campground — Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Green Valley Campground — Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Green Valley Campground — Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Green Valley Campground — Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

    9.

    Green Valley Campground — Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

    16 Reviews
    35 Photos
    400 Saves
    Descanso, California

    Green Valley sits at an elevation of 4,000 feet and has a creek which runs through the middle of the campground. The day use area offers sets of cascades and shallow pools, great for water play on hot days. Cuyamaca camping has 81 campsites.

    Each campsite has a picnic table and a fire ring. Restrooms with flush toilets and pay showers are in the campground. Water faucets a located every few campsites. There are no hookups. Each campground has a dump station. Firewood and ice may be purchased at the camps. Interpretive programs are offered during the summer season.

    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $40 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from El Prado Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from El Prado Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from El Prado Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from El Prado Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from El Prado Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from El Prado Campground

    10.

    El Prado Campground

    22 Reviews
    92 Photos
    238 Saves
    Mount Laguna, California

    Overview

    Laguna Campground is a great mountain getaway just one hour east of San Diego, California in the Laguna Mountain Recreation Area. Campers can enjoy cooler temperatures, unique natural areas and an extensive trail system at this mountain facility from summer through early fall.

    Recreation

    The Laguna Mountain Recreation Area is known for great horseback riding, mountain biking and hiking trails. Visitors can get their boots dusty on the Laguna Meadow Trail system or access a segment of the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail, which runs from California to the State of Washington. Wildflowers are usually abundant in April and May on the Big Laguna Trail, which takes visitors past Big Laguna Lake. In wet years there is water in Big Laguna Lake by December or January and ducks and other birds can be found. The trail presents a number of options to the user. A return to the trailhead parking can be made by cutting through the Laguna Campground or by taking the Pacific Crest Trail north. Families can learn about the area's flora and fauna by attending educational programs at the facility's amphitheater. Or for history buffs, the El Prado Cabin located at nearby El Prado Campground, is the first ranger cabin built in the Cleveland National Forest in 1911. The San Diego State University Observatory also sponsors "Star Parties" for campers most Saturday evenings during the summer (schedule can be obtained at the nearby visitor center or by calling 619-473-8547).

    Facilities

    The Laguna Mountain Recreation Area is known for great horseback riding, mountain biking and hiking trails. Visitors can get their boots dusty on the Laguna Meadow Trail system or access a segment of the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail, which runs from California to the State of Washington. Wildflowers are usually abundant in April and May on the Big Laguna Trail, which takes visitors past Big Laguna Lake. In wet years there is water in Big Laguna Lake by December or January and ducks and other birds can be found. The trail presents a number of options to the user. A return to the trailhead parking can be made by cutting through the Laguna Campground or by taking the Pacific Crest Trail north. Families can learn about the area's flora and fauna by attending educational programs at the facility's amphitheater. Or for history buffs, the El Prado Cabin located at nearby El Prado Campground, is the first ranger cabin built in the Cleveland National Forest in 1911. The San Diego State University Observatory also sponsors "Star Parties" for campers most Saturday evenings during the summer (schedule can be obtained at the nearby visitor center or by calling 619-473-8547).

    Natural Features

    The campground sits at an elevation of 6,000 ft. in the Laguna Mountains. It is forested with pines and oaks that provide plenty of shade, in addition to a meadow. The area is home to many species of birds, as well as the endangered Laguna Skipper butterfly. Little Laguna lake is located just a short distance from the campground and is an excellent hiking destination for photographers and visitors looking to explore the area.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $35 / night

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