Parks and Rec

Get Out, Get Away, and Go Camping!


School is out, summer is almost here and it’s time.

More than time to get out of the house, your normal routine, the job, escape it all and go camping! You can hit the trail, go star-gazing, munch on s’mores or just hang out and do nothing but sit in a lawn chair, listen to the birds twitter and enjoy the great outdoors.  

Sound good? Well, you won’t even have to travel too far. County Parks and Recreation makes it easy with eight camping parks, six of which are open for the summer. They’re scattered throughout the region, so depending on the site, you can set up camp minutes from the ocean, in the mountain forests, or near a desert or a lake. You can rough it and pitch a tent, bring an R-V or stay in style in a sweet cabin.

Do you ride horses? Consider Sweetwater Summit in Bonita. Enjoy fishing? Visit Lake Morena in Campo or Guajome Regional Park in Oceanside. History? Yup, that too. Guajome has its historic Rancho Guajome Adobe. Want to bring a Scout troop or church youth group? Along with sweeping mountain views, Oakoasis Preserve in Lakeside offers youth group camping. Check them all out and see which camping park appeals to you most.

Fees range from $22 a night for a camp site to $100 a night for a cabin and everywhere in between depending on whether you need a full hook-up for your R-V for electricity, water and sewer, a partial hook-up for electricity and water only or non hook-up which means water is nearby.

Make reservations any one of three ways:

  1. Go online 24/7
  2. Call Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except holidays)
    • (858) 565-3600 (local)
    • (877) 565-3600 (toll free)
  3. Visit the Reservation Office Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except holidays)
    • County Parks and Recreation
    • 5500 Overland Ave, Ste. 410
    • San Diego, CA 92123

So get back to nature and feel yourself relax. Isn’t that what summer vacation is all about? See you out there; I’ll be the one roasting marshmallows! 


Tracy DeFore is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact