Burnt Rancheria Campground

Cleveland National Forest

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Cleveland National Forest
Attractions and Activities

Visitors to the Cleveland National Forest enjoy a wide range of scenic places to visit. Campers at Burnt Rancheria Campground are only a short drive from many of these key attractions.

  • 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.
  • Attend Star Parties at Laguna Mountain and Palomar Mountain.
  • Head over to the Corral Canyon OHV Area with over 51 miles of trails and roads.
  • Explore the Kwaaymii Cultural Interpretive Trail.

Key Burnt Rancheria Campground Regulations

  1. Fires must be in fire rings and are only permitted between 7 AM to 11 PM.
  2. Wooden pallets are not allowed for campfires.
  3. Dogs must be on leash.

Burnt Rancheria Campground

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Burnt Rancheria Campground is in the Mount Laguna area of Cleveland National Forest. The campground is set amidst a forest of pines and oaks. Children's activities and evening campfire programs in the summer make it a popular spot for families. The campground is high enough to offer cooler temperatures than in surrounding desert areas.

Burnt Rancheria Campground features 123 campsites. Eight of the sites are for tents only. The remainder can accommodate RVS, trailers, and tents. Reservations can be made for specific sites for about half the campsites. For other reservations, called Management, specific sites are assigned upon arrival. Some sites are available first-come, first served.

The Pacific Crest Trail passes near the campground and many hikers choose to camp overnight at Burnt Rancheria, using the opportunity to resupply, take showers, and pick up mail. (Use the PCT button to find information about the Pacific Crest Trail at Burnt Rancheria Campground.)

Burnt Rancheria Campground Basics
Burnt Rancheria Campground Location: Highway S1, north of I-8 near Pine Valley
Elevation: 5,900 feet
Mileage/Driving Time: 50 miles east of San Diego - 58 minutes
Number of Campsites: 109
Open - Closed: May 3 - October 3l
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2 vehicles, 3rd extra vehicle fee $8
Pets: On leash, always attended
Campground Information: (619) 473-0120

Reservations for Burnt Rancheria Campground
Reservations available: for half the sites whenever open, the rest are first come, first served
Booking Window: from 4 days up to 6 months in advance of arrival
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 20-30 feet
Accessible Sites: #12, plus several other unspecified sites
Reservations: Burnt Rancheria Campground Reservations
Fees: $25 per night
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, Noon

Burnt Rancheria Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring, no hook-ups
Campground: Flush and vault toilets, tap water, campfire circle
Showers: Yes, coin or token operated
Only available from about mid-April through mid-October
Dump station: in Buckman Rest Area on I-8
Attractions near Burnt Rancheria Campground: Hike on the Pacific Crest Trail. Hike to Desert View Picnic area for views of the desert and Salton Sea. Enjoy campfire programs in the summer. Discover the highlights along interpretive trails. Join guided hikes. Attend one of the Star Parties organized the San Diego State University Observatory. (Contact the Visitor Information Center on Laguna Mountain (619) 473-8547).

Pacific Crest Trail Information

Trail Miles Northbound from Burnt Rancheria Campground

  • Mount Laguna Campground - 6 miles
  • Scissors Crossing - 35.5
  • Warner Springs - 68 miles
  • Canada Border - 2,608.5 miles

Trail Miles Southbound from Burnt Rancheria Campground

Nearest Town

Mount Laguna - 0.4 miles west of PCT
  Post Office, Mount Laguna Sports, lodge, store

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.

Accessible Sites

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

map of campground locations around the Mount Laguna


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