Description

Located on a picturesque pass in the Santa Ana Mountains, El Cariso campground has small, sunny and shady sites primarily suitable for tent camping. The campground is held together by quality CCC architecture, and is a prime spot for picnicking. An on-site visitor center and direct access to a self-guided nature trail, offer cool info on plant life and the area’s mining

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Located on a picturesque pass in the Santa Ana Mountains, El Cariso campground has small, sunny and shady sites primarily suitable for tent camping. The campground is held together by quality CCC architecture, and is a prime spot for picnicking. An on-site visitor center and direct access to a self-guided nature trail, offer cool info on plant life and the area’s mining history, mixing low-key education with the pleasure of being outdoors.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans, trailers, rv & moto...
No. of sites
24
RV details
Not specified
RV hookups
None
Access
Park at listing
Group sizes
Up to people per site
Potable water available
Fires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Picnic table available

Activities

Offered near the campground.

Biking

Your leg muscles are straining as you pedal hard, fighting against gravity. You’re winding through oak trees and chaparral at i...Read more

Fishing

The Loveland Reservoir is THE fisher(wo)man’s spot in Cleveland National Forest. You can chill with catfish, bluegill, and red-...Read more

Hiking

With 460,000 acres, of course there are plenty of hiking trails here. Seriously, we’re talkin’ 356 miles of trails in total. Wi...Read more

Horseback riding

Horse-lovers rejoice! We have trails upon trails for you and your four-legged homeboy/girl. Check out all your horseback riding...Read more

OHV

Do you find yourself getting agitated by those pesky white and yellow lines? By red and green lights, stop signs, and the like?...Read more

Climbing

Consider yourself a climber or just lookin’ to try it out? Either way, some pretty awesome rock climbing is to be had here, esp...Read more

Snow sports

Longing for a winter getaway in SoCal? We’ve got you covered. Grab your sleds, your tubes, your snowman-building materials, and...Read more

Swimming

With flowing waterfalls throughout the forest, there are a bunch o’ different swimming holes for you to splash around in. Ceda...Read more

Wildlife watching

With 460,000 acres, many different critters call this place home. From mountain lions, to mule deer, bats, and grey foxes, this...Read more

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at El Cariso Campground.

Cave
Desert
Forest
Lake
River, stream or ...
Swimming hole
Waterfall
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Dexter K.
didn't provide a recommendation.
May 31st, 2017

Came up here around Memorial Day weekend after unsuccessfully trying to get a spot up at Blue Jay. Arrived around 3pm and the place was pretty open but that soon changed. I took Site 19 which I thought was the best spot with a nice little stairway leading up to the site and a tent clearing behind some bushes for extra privacy. It's a small campground but cozy. The only real downside is it's close to the Ortega Highway so you don't get a lot of quiet, but it's good cause it's a short drive to get supplies if you need them.

Stairway up to Site 19.Early morning view.Tent clearing area in the bushes at Site 19.North trail by campsites.
Hipcamper Dexter K.
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May 31st, 2017
Hipcamper Judy J.
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March 26th, 2017
Park
Cleveland National Forest
State
California
Phone Number
858-673-6180
Directions
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Official Website
View Website
Coordinates
33.651° N, 117.413° W
$15/night
Tent / RV / Trailer: 24 Sites
(Up to people per site)