Crestline Group Campground

Palomar Mountain
Cleveland National Forest

Palomar Observatory

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 Palomar Mountain
  • Hike along the Pacific Crest Trail to Kitchen Creek Falls.
  • Kwaaymii Cultural Interpretive Trail
  • Hike the 4.4-mile (round trip) Observatory Trail on Mount Palomoar.
  • Ride your horse along the Barker Spur Trail from Palomar Divide Rd. to West Fork San Luis Rey River.
  • Enjoy the view from Henshaw Scenic Vista Observation Site on Highway S7.
  • Enjoy a picnic at San Luis Rey Picnic Site
  • Visit San Diego County's Wilderness Gardens Preserve for scenic hiking and bird watching.

Key Cleveland National Forest Camping Regulations

  1. Fires in fire rings only.
  2. Water: Conserve water.
  3. Dogs must be on leash.

Crestline Group Campground

Crestline Group Campground is adjacent to Palomar Mountain State Park and close to Palomar Observatory. The tent-only campground is popular with groups planning a visit to the observatory. The site is forested but still offers plenty of open space for star gazing.

The single group site can accommodate up to 50 people. Portions of the campground have been modified to make them wheelchair accessible, including picnic tables, the cooking area, and restrooms.

Campground Basics
Location: Off S6, Palomar Mountain east of Escondido
Elevation: 5,300 feet
Mileage/Driving Time: 81 miles NE of San Diego - 1:40
Number of Campsites: 1
Open - Closed: April through mid-November
Max. People per Site: 50
Vehicles per Site: 12
Pets: On leash, always attended
Campground Information: (760) 788-0250

Reservations required: whenever campground is open
Booking Window: from 4 days up to 12 months in advance of arrival
Maximum RV Length: 27 feet
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: Yes, tables and restroom
Reservations: Crestline Group Campground
Fees: $75
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, Noon

Crestline Group Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic tables, fire rings, no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, tap water
Showers: No
Dump station: No
Nearby attractions: Visit Palomar Observatory, Palomar Mountain State Park, Palomar Mountain Interpretive Station, hiking trails

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.

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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