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
Cave
Desert
Forest
Lake
River, stream or creek
Swimming hole
Waterfall
Beach
Hot spring
Redwoods
Biking
Fishing
Hiking
Horseback riding
OHV
Climbing
Snow sports
Swimming
Wildlife watching
Boating
Paddling
Wind sports
Surfing
Whitewater paddling
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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.
recommends this listing.
March 26th, 2017
Park
Cleveland National Forest
State
California
Phone Number
858-673-6180
Directions
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Official Website
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Coordinates
33.651° N, 117.413° W
$15/night
Tent / RV / Trailer: 24 Sites
(Up to people per site)