Camping & Cabins

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Cabins

The Cleveland National Forest does not manage any cabin rentals. If you are looking to rent a cabin on or near the forest, please contact the nearest Chamber of Commerce or rental agency.

Remote Camping

Remote camping on the Cleveland

You may camp a maximum of 14 days out of every 30 on the Forest.

All 3 Ranger districts offer remote camping, also known as “dispersed camping”, where camping outside of developed campgrounds is an option. Please note: wood or charcoal fires are never allowed outside of developed campgrounds or picnic sites on the Cleveland National Forest, but portable stoves or lanterns that use gas, kerosene, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel are permitted unless elevated fire conditions prohibit their use in identified locations.

  • Descanso - permit required for areas outside of the Laguna Recreation Area.(619-445-6235)
  • Palomar - permits required for all backcounty locations, contact District Office for desirable locations.(760-788-0250)
  • Trabuco - allowable only in the San Mateo Canyon Wilderness, permit required. (951-736-1811)

For more permit information, or to download the Wilderness permit online, please go to our Recreation Permit Page

Areas & Activities