Green Valley Campground

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

horseback rider in desert

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Attractions and Activities

With over 600,000 acres, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is the largest state park in the contiguous United States. Visitors to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park enjoy a wide range of scenic places to visit.

  • Visitor Center - books, brochures, maps, exhibits
  • Borrego Palm Canyon - nature trail to grove of native California fan palms
  • Coyote Canyon - year-round stream and lush plant life, hiking trails
  • Font's Point - view the Borrego Valley and Badlands
  • Split Mountain - geologic wonder
  • Mountain Palm Springs -grove of fan palms in the Tierra Blanca Mountains
  • Borrego Valley
  • Interpretive activities and events, walks and talks

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park Camping Regulations

  1. Fires in fire rings only 7 AM to 11 PM.
  2. Generators may only be operated from 10 AM to 8 PM.
  3. Dogs are not allowed on trails, meadows, or at the falls

Green Valley Campground

Green Valley Campground is located in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park in San Diego County, near Julian. The park is characterized by oak woodlands, meadows, and creeks. A number of campsites are tent-only. Popular swimming holes are in the river near the campground.

A Horse Camp with 15 sites is located across the river from the campground. Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is only a short drive away.

Campground Basics
Location: 13652 Highway 79, 5 miles north of I-5, 15 miles south of Julian
Elevation: 4,000 feet
Mileage/Driving Time: 50 miles east of San Diego - 1 hour
Number of Campsites: 81
Open - Closed: May 1 - October 3l
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 1 motorized vehicle, extra vehicle fee
Pets: On leash, always attended
Park Information: (760)765-0755

Reservations required: weekends April through October
Booking Window: from 2 days up to 7 months in advance of arrival
New reservatiion dates are released in 1-month blocks on the first of the month.
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 20-30 feet
Accessible Sites: none designated
Reservations: Green Valley Campground
Fees: $30
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, Noon

Paso Picacho Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring, no hook-ups
Campground: restrooms with flush toilets, tap water, campfire circle
Showers: Yes, fee
Dump station: yes
Campground map: Green Valley Campground Map (PDF download)
Nearby attractions: Hiking trails, cascades and shallow pools at Green Valley Day-use area, interpretive programs in summer, trails to nearby peaks, Lake Cuyamaca with boating and fishing

Green Valley Horse Camp

Green Valley Horse Camp is located across the Sweetwater River from the main campground. ( The horse camp has 15 sites, with sites 12 and 13 designated as accessible sites. Each site can accommodate up to 8 people and 2 vehicles. The site has 2 horse corrals. Campers should take note of the Alerts at the bottom of the reservation site page for the particular site being reserved to be sure it meets their needs.
Photos of Green Valley Horse Camp
Green Valley Horse Camp Reservations
Fee: $35
Note: The reservatiion page also shows Los Vaqueros Group Horse Camp, but the Green Valley Horse Camp is a separate facility.

General Camping Information for
Anza-Borrego State Park and
Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

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 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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