Paso Picacho Campground is located in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park in San Diego County, near Julian. With construction completed, Paso Picacho Campground is back to the reservation system. Firewood and ice may be purchased at the campground. Interpretive programs are offered during the summer.
The park is characterized by oak woodlands, meadows, and creeks. A number of campsites are tent-only. Two Group Camps are located at the north end of the campground. Los Vaqueros Group Horse Camp is located nearby. Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is only a short drive away.
Changes in California State Parks Reservation System
California State Parks is switching to a new reservation system beginning August 1, 2017. ReserveCalifornia will replace the previous ReserveAmerica. "Beginning on midnight July 26, 2017, the website and telephone reservations for California's state parks will be temporarily offline to prepare for the exciting launch of the new system on August 1. During this time, all existing reservations will be honored. An electronic or hard copy from ReserveAmerica will need to be presented to State Parks staff when checking in for reservation made prior to July 26, 2017."
Explore hiking trails to nearby peaks such as the Stonewall Peak Trail and others. Enjoy interpretive programs in the summer. Head to Lake Cuyamaca with boating and fishing.
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.
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.
Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate.
Paso Picacho Group Campsites
Each of the two tent-only group campsites at Paso Picacho can accommodate between 9 and 60 people. Up to 20 vehicles may park at each site. Reservations are available May through October.
Paso Picacho Group Campsite Reservations Fee: $335
Los Vaqueros Group Horse Camp
Los Vaqueros Group Horse Camp is located near Cuyamaca Lake. The single site is designated for between 9 and 80 people. A maximum of 50 vehicles may be parked at the site; maximum length of vehicles, 30 feet.
Los Vaqueros Horse Camp Reservations Fee: $550