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Best Equestrian Sites Near Ocotillo Wells, CA (14)

    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

    1.

    El Prado Campground

    22 Reviews
    92 Photos
    239 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

    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

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    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

    $40 - $250 / 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

    3.

    Green Valley Campground — Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

    16 Reviews
    35 Photos
    402 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 KQ Ranch Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from KQ Ranch Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from KQ Ranch Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from KQ Ranch Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from KQ Ranch Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from KQ Ranch Resort

    4.

    KQ Ranch Resort

    9 Reviews
    17 Photos
    25 Saves
    Julian, California
    • Pets
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    Camper-submitted photo from Vallecito County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Vallecito County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Vallecito County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Vallecito County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Vallecito County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Vallecito County Park

    5.

    Vallecito County Park

    3 Reviews
    8 Photos
    57 Saves
    Mount Laguna, California

    reservations required

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Cottonwood Campground — Joshua Tree National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Cottonwood Campground — Joshua Tree National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Cottonwood Campground — Joshua Tree National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Cottonwood Campground — Joshua Tree National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Cottonwood Campground — Joshua Tree National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Cottonwood Campground — Joshua Tree National Park

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    Cottonwood Campground — Joshua Tree National Park

    25 Reviews
    93 Photos
    140 Saves
    Mecca, California

    Overview

    Download the NPS app prior to visiting the park ___ trail maps and more! Cottonwood Group Campground is one of the best places in Joshua Tree National Park for stargazing and wildflower viewing. The group campground is part of the main Cottonwood Campground and has three sites that are by reservation only. It is one of three group campgrounds in the park and the only campground that lies in the southern section. To get the most out of your visit Plan Like a Park Ranger Travelers who enjoy warm, dry winters flock to Joshua Tree from October through May, when temperatures reach between 70 to 90-degrees during the day and drop to 40 to 60-degrees at night. Summer is the park's off-season due to the uncomfortably high desert heat. Cottonwood Group Campground is at an elevation of 3,000 ft. and has little shade from vegetation; however, there are picnic shelters that provide shade at each site.

    Recreation

    Stargazing and wildflower viewing are among the most popular activities at this facility. Several hiking trails leave from the campground and several more trailheads are within a 1-2 hour drive.

    Facilities

    Stargazing and wildflower viewing are among the most popular activities at this facility. Several hiking trails leave from the campground and several more trailheads are within a 1-2 hour drive.

    Natural Features

    The landscape around Cottonwood is that of the Colorado Desert, which encompasses the southern edge of the park and a large portion of Southern California. Rather than being surrounded by large rock formations and uniquely-shaped Joshua trees, like campgrounds in the northern section, this facility overlooks flat, open-desert shrubland. It is also further from towns or cities that would contribute light pollution. As a result, it offers wide, dark and uninterrupted views of the night sky that draw astronomers and amateur sky watchers alike. Cottonwood is at a lower elevation than other campgrounds within the park, so desert wildflowers begin to bloom earlier in the spring than in other locations. Flowering occurs anytime between the beginning of February to the end of March; timing varies depending on the amount of winter precipitation and the arrival of warm temperatures.

    Nearby Attractions

    The General Patton Memorial Museum, a U.S. military history museum, is just over 12 miles away in the town of Chiriaco.

    Charges & Cancellations

    Reservation Cancellations & Changes Cancelling a Reservation: Customers may cancel their reservation prior to arrival both on-line and through the call center. A $10 service fee will be withheld from any refund for a cancellation. Depending on when you cancel in relation to your arrival day, it may be considered a late cancellation (see below). Changing an Existing Reservation: When changes are made prior to the cut-off window: If a customer wants to switch dates that are entirely outside of the original reservation dates, there is a $10 change fee. There is no change fee if a customer extends or shortens a reservation, as long as the change includes dates from the original reservation. If they choose to depart early, they may forfeit the recreation fee for the day of departure. There is no change fee if the customer wants to switch sites that are the same price with the same reservation dates in the same facility. If a reservation is made that includes dates beyond the maximum booking window, that reservation cannot be changed until 18 days have passed from the original booking date.__ Late Cancellations or Cancellations within the Cut-off Window Group Facility : Customers who cancel a group overnight facility reservation less than 14 days before the arrival date will pay a $10.00 service fee AND forfeit the first night's use fee. No-Shows Overnight Facilities: A no-show customer is one who does not arrive at a campground and does not cancel the reservation by check-out (noon) time on the day after the scheduled arrival date. Staff will hold a campsite until check-out time (noon) on the day following the arrival date.__ No-shows are assessed $20.00 service fee and forfeit the first night___s recreation fee for a campsite.__ *Note: the entire reservation will be cancelled for no-shows.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Equestrian

    $40 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Cahuilla
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Cahuilla
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Cahuilla
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Cahuilla
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Cahuilla
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Cahuilla

    7.

    Lake Cahuilla

    10 Reviews
    26 Photos
    97 Saves
    La Quinta, California

    Lake Cahuilla Campground, nestled near La Quinta, CA, is a gem for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle. This place is a haven for campers who appreciate a quiet, dark night sky and spacious sites. The campground offers a mix of tent and RV accommodations, with options for water and electric hookups, and a dump station on-site.

    Fishing is a popular activity here, although catching something might be more about the experience than the haul. The lake adds a serene backdrop to your stay, perfect for evening strolls or just relaxing by the water. The campground is also a great base for visiting Joshua Tree, with its stunning desert landscapes and unique rock formations.

    Families will find plenty to keep the kids entertained, from the playground to the bike trails around the lake. Pets are welcome, so feel free to bring your furry friends along. The campground is big rig friendly, and there's even a market for those last-minute essentials.

    One thing to note is that the campground is a bit of a drive from the nearest stores, so stock up on supplies before you arrive. The staff here are known for being friendly and helpful, making your stay even more enjoyable.

    Whether you're here for the fishing, the quiet nights, or as a stopover on your way to Joshua Tree, Lake Cahuilla Campground offers a peaceful retreat with plenty of amenities to make your stay comfortable.

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    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
  1. 8.

    Stagecoach Trails Resort

    2 Reviews
    27 Photos
    73 Saves
    Julian, California

    You will love this serene campground only 25 minutes from the quaint mining town of  Julian CA.  Set in a high desert (2400 ft) valley surrounded by Mountains adjacent to Anza Borrego State park with its hundreds of miles of vehicle, mountain bike and foot trails.  There is fishing 30 minutes away at Lake Cuyamaca, Golf in Borrego Springs and lots of nearby exploring and hiking.

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

    $39 - $9999 / night

  2. 9.

    Thousand Trails Oakzanita Springs

    6 Reviews
    13 Photos
    70 Saves
    Guatay, California

    If you want to experience all of the four seasons, then Oakzanita Springs RV Camping is the perfect getaway. Our RV camp is set at a 4000' elevation in the California mountains, and can bring a wide range of weather conditions from the fall through the winter months; therefore, during that time we operate a limited season RV camp in California. The pools, activities and weekend breakfasts are hibernating, and store hours are limited. All other Oakzanita Springs facilities, campsites, spa, and RV camping amenities remain open during this time. In the summer, Oakzanita Springs RV Camping has a perfect climate of warm days and comfortable nights. Relax and enjoy our weekend activities at our RV camp in California's beautiful mountain region. If you enjoy fishing, Cuyamaca Lake is just 15 minutes away or you can hike the Cuyamaca State Park trails starting right off our property. To make your visit a safe and enjoyable one, remember that only pressed logs and charcoal fires are allowed during the summer and fall months due to high fire danger. No wood fires are allowed except under wet conditions. Please make sure anyone under the age of 18 remembers their bicycle helmets for bikes and scooters. Due to the terrain, no skateboards are allowed. Clean restrooms, a comfortable lodge area, and free WiFi access round out the first-class service you'll find at Oakzanita Springs. Our RV camping areas are a bit remote, but you can get Verizon and Sprint cell service at the RV camp park. And even though we may be in the California mountains, we have a small camp store with basic camping supplies, novelties and ice. Best of all, Oakzanita Springs is just a short, 45-minute drive from all of San Diego's wonderful attractions. Year-Round RV Camp in California Whether you're planning a retreat for the whole family, a group of friends or a getaway for two, there's no shortage of unique activities to explore at Oakzanita Springs RV Campground. Plan activities upon arrival or visit this page before your departure to plan ahead. Looking for more? Our friendly staff can fill you in on all of the great ways to make your stay a memorable experience.

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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    Camper-submitted photo from Fountain of Youth Spa RV Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Fountain of Youth Spa RV Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Fountain of Youth Spa RV Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Fountain of Youth Spa RV Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Fountain of Youth Spa RV Resort

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    Fountain of Youth Spa RV Resort

    4 Reviews
    5 Photos
    31 Saves
    Niland, California
    • Pets
    • Electric Hookups
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    • Group

    $30 - $213 / night

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