Horse Heaven 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.
  2. Water: Conserve water.
  3. Dogs must be on leash.

Horse Heaven Group Campground

Horse Heaven Group Campground is in the Mount Laguna area of Cleveland National Forest. Contrary to its name, it is not a horse camp. The group campground is set amidst a pine forest.

The campground is separated into three individual sites: Buttercup, Hollyhock, and Lupine. The largest site can accommodate up to 100 people. The campsites accommodate both tents and RVs.

Campground Basics
Location: Off Highway S1, north of I-8 near Pine Valley
Elevation: 5,600 feet
Mileage/Driving Time: 53 miles east of San Diego - 1:01 minutes
Number of Campsites: 3
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 30 feet (45 feet back-in for Buttercup)
Open - Closed: late May through early October
Booking Window: from 3 days up to 12 months in advance of arrival
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, Noon
Pets: On leash, always attended
Campground Information: (619) 445-6235

Campsite Details
Campsite Max. # People Max. # Vehicles Fee per Night Reservations
Buttercup: 100 16 $150 Buttercup Reservations
Hollyhock: 70 12 $105 Hollyhock Reservations
Lupine: 40 10 $60 Lupine Reservations


Horse Heaven Group Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring, no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, tap water, campfire circle
Showers: No
Dump station: in Buckman Rest Area on I-8
Nearby facilities: General store 2.3 miles away at Mt. Laguna and Pine Valley
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 for
Cleveland National Forest

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

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