Cibbets Flat Campground

Cleveland National Forest

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

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 Cibbets Flat Campground Regulations

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

Cibbets Flat Campground

Cibbets Flat Campground is a remote camping destination in the southern Laguna Mountains, south of Anza Borrego Desert State Park. Access to the campground is off Interstate 8 and 5 miles north on Kitchen Creek Road. The campground serves as a stopping spot for hikers along the Pacific Crest Trail, which is 0.8 miles southeast of the campground on Fred Canyon Road. (Use the PCT button to find information about the Pacific Crest Trail at Cibbets Flat Campground.)

Cibbets Flat Campground has 24 single campsites which are available first-come, first-served. Campsites are nicely shaded by mature oaks. Campsites 19-22 require a short walk from the parking area and offer nice privacy. In the spring when Kitchen Creek is flowing at its best, the stream offers soothing views of the water cursing among the rocks.

Cibbets Flat Campground Basics
Cibbets Flat Campground Location: 5 miles north of Interstate 8 on Kitchen Creek Road
Elevation: 4,160 feet
Mileage/Driving Time: 61 miles east of San Diego - 1:15 minutes
Number of Campsites: 24
Open - Closed: Open year-round
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

No Reservations: All campsites are first come, first served
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 27 feet
Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $14 per night per single site
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, 1:00 PM

Cibbets Flat 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 Cibbets Flat Campground: Enjoy hiking or horseback riding on the Pacific Crest Trail. Visit the Golden Acorn Casino and Travel Center (7 miles SE on I-8 from its junction with Kitchen Creek Rd.) for dining and gaming. Head north to Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.

Pacific Crest Trail Information

Trail Miles Northbound from PCT Junction at Fred Canyon Rd.

Trail Miles Southbound from PCT Junction at Fred Canyon Rd.

  • Boulder Oaks Campground - 6.6 miles
  • Lake Morena Campground - 12.6 miles
  • Campo - 31.2 miles
  • Mexican Border - 32.6 miles

Nearest Town

Pine Valley, 15.6 miles, south to Interstate 8, then northwest on I-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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