El Prado Group 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.

  • Hike to Cedar Creek Falls - difficult, fee permit required
  • Fishing at Loveland Reservoir
  • Star Parties at Laguna Mountain and Mount Palomar
  • Kwaaymii Cultural Interpretive Trail

Key Cleveland National Forest Camping Regulations

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

El Prado Group Campground

El Prado Group Campground is in the Mount Laguna area of Cleveland National Forest. The campground is set amidst a forest of pines and oaks. The campground is divided into five group sites: Big Sage, Buckwheat, Manzanita, Whitehorn, and Yerba Santa. Four of the campsites are tent-only, but Yerba Santa accepts RVs and trailers.

Campground Basics
Location: Off Highway S1, north of I-8 near Pine Valley
Elevation: 5,500 feet
Mileage/Driving Time: 55 miles east of San Diego - 1:04 minutes
Number of Campsites: 5
Open - Closed: Opens Memorial Day weekend, closes mid-October
Booking Window: from 3 days up to 12 months in advance of arrival
Vehicles per Site: 2 vehicle, 3rd extra vehicle fee $8
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 40 - 45 feet
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, Noon
Pets: On leash, always attended
Campground Information: (619) 473-2082

Campsite Details
Campsite Max. # People Max. # Vehicles Fee per Night Reservations
Sage: 36 15 $54 Sage Reservations
Buckwheat: 50 25 $75 Buckwheat Reservations
Manzanita: 30 10 $45 Manzanita Reservations
Whitehorn: 30 10 $45 Whitehorn Reservations
Yerba Santa: 32 8 $48 Yerba Santa Reservations

El Prado Group 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
Dump station: in Buckman Rest Area on I-8
Nearby attractions: Hike on the Pacific Crest Trail, hike to Little Laguna Lake and Big Laguna Lake, Star Parties organized the San Diego State University Observatory (contact Visitor Information Center on Laguna Mountain (619) 473-8547}.

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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