Laguna Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

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.

This large facility has five loops of campsites, with sites fairly close to one another. One campsite meets accessibility standards. The facility is equipped with campfire rings, flush toilet restrooms and coin-operated showers. Part of the campground is fenced off to protect the habitat of the endangered Laguna Skipper butterfly. Visitors are asked to respect the fence boundary and comply with the maximum site occupancy.

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.

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).

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Re-opened Friday, August 14th. Campground will open at half capacity because of continued construction. Make your reservations now! This site can be reserved by calling toll free 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777) or on-line at http://www.recreation.gov
Operational Hours: Re-opened Friday, August 14, 2020 at half capacity due to continued construction. Open year round
Reservations: This site can be reserved by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777) at http://www.recreation.gov
Fees
  • Campsites $26/Night for single unit
  • Extra vehicle $10 (over 2 allowed with each campsite/night)
  • Parking at Day Use Parking Area $5 fee; leaving before 6PM
  • Day Use parking at campsite $10
***A reservation charge is added to the price of the site using Recreation.gov***
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Vehicles 40 ft. max.
Closest Towns: Pine Valley, CA
Water: Yes
Restroom: Flush Toilet
Operated By: Concessionaire

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Campground Camping

Laguna Mountain - The San Diego State University Observatory sponsors "Star Parties" for campers at the Forest Service Campgrounds in Laguna Mountain Recreation area. These gatherings are conducted on most Saturday evenings during the summer months. More information on the schedule for these events can be obtained at the Visitor Information Center on Laguna Mountain (619) 473-8547. Pacific Crest Trail Access.
No. of Sites104 single site(s)
Reservation InfoThis site can be reserved by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777) or on-line at http://www.recreation.gov/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=70576&topTabIndex=CampingSpot
No. of Accessible sites1 of 104

RV Camping

Hookup - SewerNo
Hookups - ElectricNo
Pavement Type for ParkingNo
Dump StationsNo
Reservation InfoThis site can be reserved by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777) or on-line at http://www.recreation.gov/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=70576&topTabIndex=CampingSpot
Hookup - WaterNo

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Location

 
  Latitude : 
32.88805556

  Longitude : 
-116.4483333

  Elevation : 
5600

 



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