Paso Picacho Campground

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

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

Paso Picacho Campground

Paso Picacho Campground is located in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park in San Diego County, near Julian. Construction in the campground in the fall of 2015 means that all campgrounds will be first come, first served. Check on the reservations website for conditions in 2016: Cuyamaca Rancho State ParkCamping Reservations.

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.

Campground Basics
Location: 13652 Highway 79, 5 miles north of I-8, 15 miles south of Julian
Elevation: 5,000 feet
Mileage/Driving Time: 50 miles east of San Diego - 1 hour
Number of Campsites: 85
Open - Closed: spring through fall
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 1 motorized vehicle, extra vehicle $8
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: #15, 36, 60, 66
Reservations: Paso Picacho 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: Paso Picacho Campground Map (PDF download)
Nearby attractions: Hiking trails to nearby peaks (Stonewall Peak Trail and others), interpretive programs in summer, Lake Cuyamaca with boating and fishing

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

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

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