El Cariso Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

El Cariso Campground will be CLOSED from June 27th to June 30th for administrative reasons.  Please plan accordingly.  Refunds will not be issued.  For more information, please contact the Trabuco Ranger District at 951-736-1811

24 sites. 

At a Glance

Reservations: No reservations. First come, first serve.
Fees $15/Night for single unit
Open Season: Year Round
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Vehicles 22 ft. max.
Closest Towns: Lake Elsinore, CA
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Vault Toilet (2)
Operated By: Forest Service
Starting June 1, 2013 Construction has started on the new bridge overpass at Ortega Highway and Interstate 5.  CALTRANS crews will reduce lanes on the Ortega Highway bridge over the I-5 freeway to two lanes in either direction in preparation for upcoming demolition activities on the south half of the bridge.  This configuration will last for approximately one year as crews work to demolish and reconstruct the south half of the bridge.
Lane  closures are a necessary as part of this new bridge construction project, and the current lane closure will seriously impact the ability of recreational trailers and motor homes to make a left turn onto Ortega Highway after exiting the southbound I-5. 
Visitors to the campgrounds must make a change to the usual route to reach the recreational areas.  Construction Notice

General Information

Directions: Located Adjacent to the Ortega Highway (Highway 74), 25 Miles east of San Juan Capistrano and 5 miles west of Lake Elsinore.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

No. of Sites25 single site(s)
Reservation InfoNot reservable
No. of Accessible sitesNone

RV Camping

Hookup - SewerNo
Hookups - ElectricNo
Pavement Type for ParkingNo
Dump StationsNo
Reservation InfoNot reservable
Hookup - WaterNo


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