Places to Camp near Escondido, CA

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Best Camping Sites Near Escondido, CA (262)

    Camper-submitted photo from South Carlsbad State Beach Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from South Carlsbad State Beach Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from South Carlsbad State Beach Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from South Carlsbad State Beach Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from South Carlsbad State Beach Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from South Carlsbad State Beach Campground

    1.

    South Carlsbad State Beach Campground

    73 Reviews
    162 Photos
    959 Saves
    Carlsbad, California

    For many, once the sun comes out and summer rolls around, it can be hard to resist the urge to get outside and soak up some fun. If you relate, and you just need to unplug for a minute, Carlsbad camping offers some of the state’s best camping sites around. When your work has stacked up and you’re overloaded, it’s time to gather your camping gear, and head to Carlsbad State Beach camping for solitude and relaxation.

    This San Diego beach and campground feature camping, swimming, surfing, skin diving, fishing and picnicking. The campground is especially popular in the summer, thanks to its scenic location which overlooks the picturesque Carlsbad Beach below. Even better, the campground offers direct access to the beach via a set of well-kept stairs. As a result of the popularity, the campground is reservation only, so don’t show up without one or you’ll likely be unable to stay.

    When you’re done with the beach, check out the nearby California geography and some of the trails within the park. If the ocean isn’t your thing, a number of Campfire Programs, Junior Ranger Programs, and Nature Walks may be offered. That said, program availability changes with the season, so be sure to check signs posted on the restrooms and at the entrance station regarding park information during your visit.

    At night, campers are gently caressed to sleep by the nearby ocean tide, lapping upon its secluded shoreline. There is plenty of privacy throughout, thanks to the large selection of flora and fauna throughout the campground. The campsites themselves are also spacious, with roughly half of them featuring electric hookups. Additionally, All restrooms and shower buildings have accessible facilities. Prior to arrival, visitors with disabilities who need assistance should contact the unit Supervising Ranger.

    South Carlsbad State Beach Campground is perfect for campers and individuals who love the ocean and the outdoors. Whether you’re looking surf the rolling waves, or paddle board out and take part in all that the north county coastline has to offer, you’re sure to have fun here.

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

    $650 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from San Elijo State Beach Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from San Elijo State Beach Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from San Elijo State Beach Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from San Elijo State Beach Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from San Elijo State Beach Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from San Elijo State Beach Campground

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    San Elijo State Beach Campground

    36 Reviews
    74 Photos
    1067 Saves
    Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California

    Located on the San Diego Coast, San Elijo Campground offers camping, swimming, surfing, showers and picnicking. The narrow, bluff-backed stretch of sand has a nearby reef popular with snorkelers and divers.

    A camp store and snack bar located near the campground entrance operates March through December and provides all the amenities a camper may need including some RV supplies, boogie boards, and firewood.

    This San Elijo camping destination requires reservations for its 171 campsites.

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

    $95 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Dos Picos County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Dos Picos County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Dos Picos County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Dos Picos County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Dos Picos County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Dos Picos County Park

    3.

    Dos Picos County Park

    30 Reviews
    90 Photos
    247 Saves
    Poway, California

    Welcome to Dos Picos County Park, a fantastic spot for camping near Ramona, CA. This place is a hit with families and groups, especially on weekends. The park offers a mix of tent sites, RV spots, and even cabins, so there's something for everyone.

    One of the standout features here is the abundance of amenities. You’ll find electric hookups, drinking water, and showers, making it a comfortable stay. Pets are welcome, and there are fire pits and picnic tables at each site, perfect for those evening campfires and outdoor meals. The park also has a sanitary dump station and a recycling area, including a bin for empty propane bottles.

    The campground is well-maintained with paved pads at most sites, though some have gravel pads and curbs that might be tricky for RVs. There’s a creek running through the park, adding a nice touch of nature, though it can flood some sites after heavy rain. The bathhouses are basic but clean, and there’s a handicap-accessible bathroom available.

    For activities, there’s a short nature trail, a horseshoe pit, and a large picnic pavilion. Kids will love the playground and the chance to see local wildlife like squirrels, bunnies, and hawks. The park is also close to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, making it a convenient base for day trips.

    Visitors have praised the quiet, peaceful atmosphere, especially during the week. The park’s dark skies are great for stargazing, and the surrounding oak trees provide plenty of shade. Whether you’re here for a quick overnight stay or a longer getaway, Dos Picos County Park offers a relaxing and enjoyable camping experience.

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

    $24 - $100 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Dixon Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Dixon Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Dixon Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Dixon Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Dixon Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Dixon Lake Campground

    4.

    Dixon Lake Campground

    23 Reviews
    70 Photos
    383 Saves
    Escondido, California

    Welcome to Dixon Lake Campground, a fantastic spot near Escondido, CA. This place has a lot to offer, whether you're into tent camping, RVing, or even glamping. The campground is open all year, so you can enjoy it no matter the season.

    One of the standout features here is the view. Many campers rave about the spectacular night lights and the beautiful lake views. If you're lucky enough to snag a spot on the ridge line, you'll get a great mix of city and lake scenery. It's a unique experience to feel so close to nature while still being near the conveniences of the city.

    For those who like to stay active, there's plenty to do. Fishing is a big draw, and you can rent boats if you want to get out on the water. Hiking around the area is also a popular activity. If you're bringing kids, they'll love the climbing rocks at site #23.

    Amenities are solid here. The campground has coin-operated showers, which are a lifesaver after a long day. There's also a small market and a snack stand, so you won't go hungry. Pets are welcome, and it's only a buck a night for your furry friends.

    A few tips from fellow campers: Spot #45 is highly recommended for its privacy, and if you're tent camping, site #6 offers a secluded feel with a great view. Just be prepared for some steep driveways.

    Overall, Dixon Lake Campground is a great place to relax, enjoy nature, and maybe even catch a fish or two. Happy camping!

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

    $39 - $50 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Jennings
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Jennings
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Jennings
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Jennings
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Jennings
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Jennings

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    Lake Jennings

    31 Reviews
    52 Photos
    772 Saves
    Lakeside, California

    Lake Jennings is known for being one of the most scenic parks in all of San Diego County. It is a welcoming recreation destination located in Lakeside, California offering fishing, camping, hiking, and picnicking activities. The lake is a drinking water reservoir owned and operated by Helix Water District. The scenic views of the lake and the wooded surroundings make it feel as if you are in the middle of the wilderness, right outside of town.

    Lake Jennings hosts a 97-space campground that is open seven days a week year-round. It’s located on the north side of Lake Jennings, with a variety of spaces available for RVs, Trailers, Campers and Tents. Come on out, take a paddleboat, rowboat or motorboat for the day, and enjoy the beautiful weather! Cozy coves make great picnic spots, so don’t forget your picnic basket.

    Lake Jennings offers a great escape for novice or avid fishermen, and is open for shore fishing from the shoreline below the campground. Boat rentals, private boat launching, and fishing from our floating fishing dock is available Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. For your convenience, we have an on-site Bait and Tackle Shop open Friday through Sunday, offering a wide selection of bait, tackle, camping supplies, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages.

    Lake Jennings is a great destination for the serious and casual wildlife viewer and photographer. The rolling hills, the endless lake, the coastal sage, and the riparian areas provide a diverse habitat in a small area. Common sightings include deer, fox, and osprey. Bird watchers are equally drawn to Lake Jennings for its rich variety of bird species.

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

    $35 - $140 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from William Heise County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from William Heise County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from William Heise County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from William Heise County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from William Heise County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from William Heise County Park

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    William Heise County Park

    43 Reviews
    84 Photos
    505 Saves
    Julian, California

    Situated 4,200 feet above sea level in a forest of pines and oaks along the northern extremity of the Laguna Mountain Range, this 929-acre park is one of the few San Diego county parks to get snowfall each year.

    Forests of oak, pine, and cedar surround peaceful mountain meadows and provide an undisturbed setting for nearly 11 miles of scenic hiking and equestrian trails. Mule deer and wild turkey are frequently seen throughout the park, and rare residents include bobcats and mountain lions.

    Though its forest may seem timeless, each season brings dramatic changes: from winter snowfall to spring wildflowers, there is always something new to experience at Heise.

    In addition to trails, you can take advantage of cabins, trailer sites, individual tent sites, and a group-tent camping area, along with several playgrounds, restrooms with coin-operated showers and ample picnic spaces. Rangers-lead activities every weekend, and the park office with a small museum is open during the day or by appointment. This park makes a gorgeous setting for weddings and special events!

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

    $24 - $34 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Guajome Regional Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Guajome Regional Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Guajome Regional Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Guajome Regional Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Guajome Regional Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Guajome Regional Park

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    Guajome Regional Park

    18 Reviews
    132 Photos
    173 Saves
    Oceanside, California

    Guajome Regional Park is located in the coastal community of Oceanside and has a little bit of everything that San Diego County offers. Just 8 miles from the Pacific Ocean, the park is a great place to visit year-round, and is close to many natural and historic points of interest.

    Some 4.5 miles of multi-use, non-motorized trails meander through diverse Southern California habitats such as woodlands, chaparral, wetlands and mixed grasslands. Two ponds attract a migratory birds and serve as home to a variety of fish that will test the skills of any angler.

    Guajome also has two day-use areas with new playgrounds, a basketball court, restrooms and lots of green lawn space make this park ideal for picnicking – along with 33 tent and RV campsites, a caravan pavilion and a rustic cabin for those wishing to extend their stay overnight.

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

    $29 - $35 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from San Mateo Campground — San Onofre State Beach
    Camper-submitted photo from San Mateo Campground — San Onofre State Beach
    Camper-submitted photo from San Mateo Campground — San Onofre State Beach
    Camper-submitted photo from San Mateo Campground — San Onofre State Beach
    Camper-submitted photo from San Mateo Campground — San Onofre State Beach
    Camper-submitted photo from San Mateo Campground — San Onofre State Beach

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    San Mateo Campground — San Onofre State Beach

    49 Reviews
    92 Photos
    505 Saves
    San Clemente, California

    Details here: https://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/647/files/SanMateo082609.pdf

    San Mateo Campground lies a short distance inland from the 3.5-miles of sandy beaches within San Onofre State Beach A 1.5-mile Nature Trail connects the campground to Trestles Beach, a world class surfing site. San Mateo Creek flows just east of the campground outward towards the ocean creating key riparian and wetland habitats which host some rare and even endangered species. All campsites include a fire pit and picnic table. Hookup sites are available with electricity and water. Other amenities include an RV sanitation station, hot, coin-operated indoor showers, and flush toilets. Below are listed a few park rules that will assist you in having a fun and save visit.

    San Onofre - San Mateo Campground is at 830 Cristianitos, San Clemente, CA, 92672 a short distance inland from the 3.5-miles of sandy beaches within San Onofre State Beach. A 1.5-mile Nature Trail connects the San Mateo camping site to “Trestles Beach,” the world class surfing site. Surfers using redwood boards have visited San Onofre since at least the 1940s; San Mateo Creek flows just east of the campground outward towards the ocean creating key riparian and wetland habitats which host some rare and even endangered species. All campsites include a fire pit and picnic table. RV Hookup sites are available with electricity and water. Other amenities includes a dump-station, hot indoor showers, and flush toilets. Camping is available year-round.

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

    $250 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from La Jolla Indian Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from La Jolla Indian Campground
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    Camper-submitted photo from La Jolla Indian Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from La Jolla Indian Campground

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    La Jolla Indian Campground

    20 Reviews
    10 Photos
    198 Saves
    Palomar Mountain, California

    We are San Diego County's ONLY campsite with river and tubing access!

    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Reservable
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $40 - $120 / night

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

    20 Reviews
    45 Photos
    360 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

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Frequently Asked Questions

What camping is available near Escondido, CA?

According to TheDyrt.com, Escondido, CA offers a wide range of camping options, with 262 campgrounds and RV parks near Escondido, CA and 13 free dispersed camping spots.

Which is the most popular campground near Escondido, CA?

According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground near Escondido, CA is South Carlsbad State Beach Campground with a 4.4-star rating from 73 reviews.

Where can I find free dispersed camping near Escondido, CA?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 13 free dispersed camping spots near Escondido, CA.

What parks are near Escondido, CA?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 7 parks near Escondido, CA that allow camping, notably Cleveland National Forest and San Bernardino National Forest.