Green Valley Campground

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park


Anza-Borrego Desert State Park



horseback rider in desert

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
Attractions and Activities

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park spreads over 24,700 acres of forest, meadows and streams. Campers at Green Valley Campground can explore all the popular features of the park.

  • Lake Cuyamaca is operated by the Helix Water District. The lake is 2 miles north of Paso Picacho and offers boating and fishing.
  • Wander along the creek that runs through Green Valley Campground.
  • Participate in the Junior Rangers Program at Picacho Day Use Area.
  • Watch for wildlife such as badgers, foxes, bobcats, and maybe even a mountain lion.
  • Birders enjoy seeking out the more than 100 birds in the park, including retailed hawks, sage sparrows, and woodpeckers.
  • Hike the 2-mile trail to the summit of Stonewall Peak.
  • Visit the Stonewall Mine site exhibits which provide a pictorial history of the mine.

Green Valley Campground Regulations

  1. Fires must be in fire rings and are only permitted between 7 AM to 11 PM.
  2. Wooden pallets may not be burned in campfires.
  3. Dogs must be on leash and attended at all times. Dogs are not allowed on trails, meadows, or at the falls.
  4. Generators may only be operated from 10 AM to 8 PM.

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 main Green Valley Campground. Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is only a short drive away.

Green Valley Campground Basics
Green Valley Campground 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 for Green Valley Campground
Reservations available: April through November, closed when not on reservations
Booking Window: from 2 days up to 6 months in advance of arrival date
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 20-30 feet
Accessible Sites: none designated
Online Reservations at ReserveCalifornia: Green Valley Campground Reservations
or call (800) 444-PARK (7275) between 8 AM and 6 PM
Fees: $30
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, Noon

Green Valley 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)
Attractions near Green Valley Campground: Enjoy local hiking trails. Visit cascades and shallow pools at Green Valley Day-use area. Attend interpretive programs in summer. Hike up trails to nearby peaks. Head up to 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 reservation 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.


ReserveCalifornia Reservations Tips

California State Parks' new reservation system - ReserveCalifornia - now allows campers "to make reservations 6 months to the day in advance of their arrival date." For example, on January 1 reservations can be made for stays beginning on July 1. In the past, reservations were released in one-month blocks. Now it is day by day. For months with fewer days than the month 6 months away, reservations for the remaining days will be released in a small cluster on the first of the next month. For example, on March 1 (because February is a short month) you can make reservations for stays beginning August 29-31. Read details at ReserveCalifornia.

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