Laguna 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.

Laguna Campground

Laguna Campground is in the Mount Laguna area of Cleveland National Forest. The campground is set amidst a forest of pines and oaks. Saturday night Star Parties during the summer are one of the main attractions of the campground. Cooler temperatures make summer camping a pleasure. Nearby Little Laguna Lake is a favorite hiking destination for campers. Educational programs are offered at the amphitheater.

Campsites are along five loops are spaced close together. Sites #3, 5, 6 and 8 are home to a population of endangered Laguna Skipper butterflies; these sites are restricted to 2 people per site. Four sites are tent-only.

Campground Basics
Location: Off Highway S1, north of I-8 near Pine Valley
Elevation: 5,530 feet
Mileage/Driving Time: 55 miles east of San Diego - 1:04 minutes
Number of Campsites: 104
Open - Closed: May 3 - October 3l
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2 vehicle, 3rd extra vehicle fee $8
Pets: On leash, always attended
Campground Information: (619) 473-2082

Reservations available: for half the sites whenever open, the rest are first come, first served
Booking Window: from 4 days up to 6 months in advance of arrival
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 40 feet
Accessible Sites: #65
Reservations: Laguna Campground
Fees: $24
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, Noon

Laguna 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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