Close enough to the city yet far enough away to escape the smog and traffic, Chilao Campground is a great destination for a weekend Los Angeles getaway. Haven’t seen the stars in a while? Come to Chilao Campground for a refresher course. Located at about 5,000 feet nestled in the Angeles National Forest, this spot will refresh even the more dusty of souls.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans, trailers, rv & moto...
No. of sites
RV details
Not specified
RV hookups
Park at listing
Group sizes
Up to 8 people per site
Potable water available
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.


There are more trails in the surrounding area than within the forest, but with over 500 miles of trails, there’s no need to com...Read more


When the Los Angeles sun is beating down on you, you definitely need an escape into nature; make the most of the beautiful day ...Read more


Tired of work and waiting for the fish to bite? No worries, your opportunity to fish doesn’t involve driving hours up the coast...Read more


Who knew that you could climb steep mountains in Los Angeles? Well, now you know! In fact, there are over 500 miles of trails f...Read more

Horseback riding

Equestrians will love exploring the 557 miles of trails; riding is permitted on all trails except nature trails. There’s also h...Read more


The perfect place to kayak is Pyramid Lake, a beautiful reservoir located away from the bustle of Los Angeles. All of your boat...Read more


Tired of LA highway traffic? Yeah, so are we, just thinking about it. Instead of sitting on the interstate, come cruise over 30...Read more


There are quite a few classic climbs in the forest for boulderers and mountain climbers to try out. Check ‘em out on the Mounta...Read more

Snow sports

Winter in LA doesn’t really feel like winter, but it can if you head up to the mountains! There, you’ll find a snow-covered for...Read more


Heat too much for you? Don’t want to go to the beach where the water’s a little too cold and the sand a little too hot? No prob...Read more

Wildlife watching

Angeles has its fair share of wildlife, with the general motley crew of bears, raccoons, and mountain lions. If you’re camping ...Read more


Natural features you'll find at Chilao Campground.

River, stream or ...
Swimming hole
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Hipcamper omar
Omar C.
didn't provide a recommendation.
May 17th, 2017

Awesome Campsite. Close to LA and has great views for the watching the sunset. was not very busy at the early end of the season. found a site, no reservation. Decent bathrooms, Not many trees, not big ones at least. Compared to Buckhorn campground which is just a bit further up the mountain. Overall had a very good experience here. was not very cold when i went. Made it with just a hoodie and waterproof jacket. Road was paved but not maintained. Beautiful views for stars as well as long exposure photography.

Insane Fog!
Hipcamper Max
Max K.
didn't provide a recommendation.
December 5th, 2016

Had a pretty terrifying experience here in the off season with some very dodgy fellow campers - but you gotta be ready for that up there just above such a massive city. Went back in the summer and the views on the north side are truly incredible.

Hipcamper Paige
Paige B.
didn't provide a recommendation.
April 15th, 2017

Great campsite not far from LA. Great views for sunset watching and friendly, helpful rangers. This is a well known campsite and can get pretty crowded and loud if you go during a busy weekend or during the summer months. So make sure to get there early. Well worth the view and nearby hiking trails in the area!

Hipcamper Ruth
Ruth I.
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October 17th, 2017

At $15 a night, very cheap. It can get quite windy and cold at night, and every time I've been there fellow campers have been pretty noisy using amplified sound which drove me nuts. Quite a beautiful. lunar landscape. I enjoy winter camping out here - I think it would be brutal in the summer.

Hipcamper Ian
Ian H.
recommends this listing.
December 6th, 2017

First come, first serve spots. Each site at this location is really unique, with roxk formations on some, great views north and south, and a various array of trees. Two cars are allowed per site, wth additional being an extra charge (I believe $5-$10/day). Restrooms are scattered throughout, and water spouts between most sites (was told that while potable, should be boiled first). There’s hiking in every direction, and some great slot canyons to the west. The wind can pick up from the north in the fall, so anchor down your tent (lesson learned).

Hipcamper Gail
Gail K.
didn't provide a recommendation.
May 11th, 2018

Wonderful place. BUT the bathroom walls, floor and vault toilets need a good hosing down!!!
While we where there they only replaced the toile paper. No wonder people go in the woods!

Hipcamper Yuna
Yuna L.
recommends this listing.
May 30th, 2018

Camped 3 times this year so far after snow melted, I love both sites, Manzanita and Little pines! Both has an amazing view. Not much shades so be prepared. lots of sunscreen and a cabin type of a tent would be so nice. Lots of hiking trails to go wonder around. It's a family friendly campsite. You'll see a million stars at night! I can't believe it's only one hour drive from downtown LA. It gets super busy on weekends ( drive around til you find a spot or you won't find any ) so Come reserve a spot on Friday to camp on weekends during the warm months. No water when I camped so bring plenty! In April, the temperature dropped to below 40 at night, we survived in a tent with 3 little kids! but hey, be sure to check the weather before you go!

Hipcamper Evan
Evan C.
recommends this listing.
July 21st, 2018

Poured rain all through the night, woke up to an empty, mist filled campground. It was great!

Woke up to an empty, mist filled campground after it rained hard all night. Pretty fun actually.
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July 19th, 2018
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February 23rd, 2017
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