Boulder Oaks Campground

Cleveland National Forest


Pacific Crest Trail



Cleveland National Forest
Attractions and Activities

Visitors to the Cleveland National Forest find many interesting places to visit. Campers at Laguna Campground have the bonus of educational programs and weekly star parties.

  • Attend Star Parties at Laguna Mountain and Palomar Mountain.
  • Hike to Cedar Creek Falls. Plan on a moderate 6.6-mile round trip best during cooler months. A $6 permit is required.
  • Try your luck fishing at Loveland Reservoir.
  • Head over to the Corral Canyon OHV Area with over 51 miles of trails and roads.
  • Explore the Kwaaymii Cultural Interpretive Trail.

Key Boulder Oaks Campground Regulations

  1. Fires must be confined to provided fire rings.
  2. Dogs must be on leash and always attended.

Boulder Oaks Campground

Boulder Oaks Campground is in Cottonwood Valley in the Cleveland National Forest, 3.8 miles northeast of Lake Morena (as the crow flies). The campground serves as a convenient stopping place for those hiking or horseback riding on the Pacific Crest Trail, except that the campground is closed from March through May to protect the breeding time of an endangered species, the arroyo toad. During those times water may not be available at the campground. (Use the PCT button to find information about the Pacific Crest Trail at Boulder Oaks Campground.)

Boulder Oaks Campground offers 32 campsites for RVs, trailers, and tents. Six of the sites are doubles. Seventeen of the sites in a separate loop have corrals and are designated for those with horses. The equestrian sites require reservations while all the other sites are first-come, first-served. Campsites are shaded by oak and manzanita.

Boulder Oaks Campground Basics
Boulder Oaks Campground Location: Off Highway Interstate 80at the Buckman Springs Rd. exit. Then west on Old Highway 80 2 miles
Elevation: 3,180 feet
Mileage/Driving Time: 55 miles east of San Diego - 1:04 minutes
Number of Campsites: 32
Open - Closed: Open year-round, but may be closed March through May
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 1 vehicles, fee for additional vehicles
Pets: On leash, always attended
Descanso Ranger District: (619) 445-6235

Reservations for Boulder Oak Campground
Reservations: Reservations for equestrian campsites only; other campsites are first come, first served
Booking Window: from 4 days up to 6 months in advance of arrival
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 27 feet
Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $12 per night per single site
Reservations: Boulder Oaks Equestrian Campsite Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, 1:00 PM

Boulder Oaks Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring, no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, tap water
Showers: No
Dump station: in Buckman Rest Area on I-8
Attractions near Boulder Oaks Campground: Enjoy hiking or horseback riding on the Pacific Crest Trail. Visit the Golden Acorn Casino and Travel Center (8 miles SE on I-8) for dining and gaming. Head north to Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.

Pacific Crest Trail Information

Trail Miles Northbound from Boulder Oak Campground


Trail Miles Southbound from Boulder Oak Campground


Nearest Town

Pine Valley, 7.6 miles northwest on Interstate 8
  Grocery store, restaurants, Frosty Burger, lodging

Always confirm mileages and directions with a reliable PCT source such as the Pacific Crest Trail Association's The Pacific Crest Trail: Exploring America's Wilderness Trail.

General Camping Information

Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the reservation site when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite.

Temperatures in the desert can reach 80-100 degrees in the spring. Visitors are advised to carry water and wear sun protective hats. Be aware of possible flash floods during storms. Check with the park for road conditions. Always notify someone of your plans, including when you plan to return.

Accessible Sites

Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate.

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