Hipcamp host Diana C.
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Grab your TENT, BAG, PAD and camping gear and head to our San Diego backcountry  Sweetwater River Tent/RV Camp property in Descanso, CA.

 Base price is for 3 people; $15 per extra person, 2 years and older.

CHILDREN 2 years and older must be counted in your group booking.

MUST BRING YOUR OWN SHOWER NECESSITIES, SLEEPING BAG OR BEDDING. and ALL camping equi

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Grab your TENT, BAG, PAD and camping gear and head to our San Diego backcountry  Sweetwater River Tent/RV Camp property in Descanso, CA.

 Base price is for 3 people; $15 per extra person, 2 years and older.

CHILDREN 2 years and older must be counted in your group booking.

MUST BRING YOUR OWN SHOWER NECESSITIES, SLEEPING BAG OR BEDDING. and ALL camping equipment. This is CAMPING.! 

CHARCOAL BBQ (BYO charcoal). No outside wood may be brought in due to wood diseases. Check with Host for fire allowance. Purchase our large firewood bundle, $8.00 cash upon arrival.   Or, $15 cash for our propane fire bowl.

We are in the Cleveland National Forest.

RVs/trailers:  Dry camp only, 32 ft; water available

Only a 45 minute drive from San Diego brings you to our 32 acre Clark Ranch, part of the historic Hulburd Grove (oaks) Resort from the early 1900's. Our barn use to be the old riding stables!  We are nestled in oaks, pines and cedars along with boulders where you can sit peacefully and turn your heart toward the sun!

Wake up to birdsong and horses whinnying for attention. The Sweetwater River is a five minute stroll from your tent site flowing during the wet season (Dec. - June)

Nights are usually cool and clear; the stars will humble you with their symphony of sparkle! Bring sleeping warmth!! It can be COLD at night, even in summer.

Descanso means "Place of Rest", and that is what your soul begins to feel as you meander through our Cuyamaca Mountain community with NO stoplights!

HIKE, BIKE or DRIVE from our property to nearby trailheads. Pick up the California Riding and Hiking Trail just up the dirt road. Or, take several short hikes on the property!

We're on the edge of the 25k acre Cuyamaca Rancho State Park where premier riding and hiking abound! Bring your mountain bike or horses to access nearby trails.

If you like like easy, moderate or serious hiking, it's all here. Host can shuttle you to points as well to hike or bike back. Check out the "Extras". 

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
Park at listing
ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
No pets
Amenities
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
No kitchen
Camping vehicle details
Water hookup available
Generators allowed
No electrical hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Pull-in site
Max length 34ft
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: grass or field
Surface levelness: requires leveling
Have a question? Send Diana a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

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Take advantage of these offers available to add to your trip to Sweetwater River Tent/RV Camp

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Experience

Sweetwater Tours

Sweetwater Ranch Glampout is located on Clark Ranch. Option 1: $30. Owner gi...Read more

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Goods

Propane FIREPIT

Propane fire pit HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for warmth inside TEEPEE/TIPI December t...Read more

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Firewood bundle

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Sweetwater Tours

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Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking

Ride your mountain bike about 3/4 mi to Merigan Fire Road TRAILHEAD from our property. Host shuttles riders and hikers to trail...Read more

Fishing

Closest fishing is 25 minute drive to Lake Cuyamaca. Check open season.

Hiking

Easy-moderate hiking on our ranch trails 1,2,3 & 4 hour loop hikes from our ranch Close to Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

Horseback riding

We have space for horse trailer-overnight parking hipcampers Must use your own horse. Bring your own portable corrals or we hav...Read more

Climbing

Bouldering on our property

Wildlife watching

Lots of birds, coyotes, bobcats, etc.

Surfing

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Sweetwater River Tent/RV Camp in California.

Beach

50-55 minute drive to San Diego beaches and beautiful, historic Hotel del Coronado and beach

Coastal

50-55 minutes to San Diego coastal communities

Desert

Approximately 1 1/4 hrs to Anza Borrego State (desert) Park totally along scenic Highway 79

Lake

Lake Cuyamaca is a 25 minute scenic drive! Enjoy boating, fishing or hiking around its shoreline. Lots of pine trees and a good...Read more

Mountainous

Located in the Cleveland National Forest and Cuyamaca Mountains-a 25k acre park with many miles of beautiful trails.

River, stream, or creek

Sweetwater River runs through our property January - June

Waterfall

Descanso Falls - hike or bike 2.5 miles from Sweetwater Tipi Camp Host has written directions

Ranch

32 acre ranch with oaks, pines, boulders, shaded areas, historic Indian encampment and historic barn. Lots of seating. Quiet. S...Read more

Driveway

Approximently 1/8 mile dirt/gravel drive to tipi/barn area Motorhome and trailer safe!

The vibe at Sweetwater River Tent/RV Camp

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Hipcamper Kenneth

First time at clark ranch at discan

Kenneth Z.
recommends this listing.
May 20th, 2020

It was a great experience camping there, it was more than i expected. Beautiful location to hike or just to explore or relax. Ken and Diana are Very friendly hosts, I can't thank them enough for their hospitality.

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Hipcamper Donella

A perfect camping getaway!

Donella D.
recommends this listing.
June 10th, 2019

Tent camping at this ranch was the best weekend we could have asked for! The site was perfect, sunny and bright to lock in some heat for the cool nights. We got our animal fix, with the dogs and horses and all the bird sounds. The hosts make themselves available for all that you need. We got written directions to a local hike-in waterfall, and a much needed recommendation for Sunday morning pancake breakfast at the Descanso town hall. We were able to relax and never ran out of things for the kids to busy themselves with!

Hipcamper Dmitriy

Clark’s ranch campsite

Dmitriy D.
recommends this listing.
June 16th, 2019

This was a great retreat us. The host Diana was very welcoming and kind. She and her husband gave us a tour of the giant ranch with different animals such as horses, ponies and Australian cuties dogs that they have. The style of the ranch is very cozy and you can tell the owners really care about the property and the guests who arrive there. We were welcomed everywhere and had an amazing stay that we will remember. We will definitely visit again with our friends and reckoned this to everyone out there.

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Hipcamper Mia
Mia R.
recommends this listing.
July 7th, 2019

Had an amazing stay at Diana’s Descanso camp! Diana and her husband were so welcoming and lovely and made sure to give us a full tour and make sure we had everything we needed through out our stay. They went above and beyond giving up local tips and insightful history about the area. The actual campsite is perfect with plenty of flat spaces for tents, accessible drive up parking, a trash bin, and a little picnic table. The property has a nice clean bathroom with shower, fire pits, smoker, and microwave that is shared with the tipi hipcamp that is also on Diana’a property. This site has clear view of the stars at night and during the day you can explore the nearby creek or pet Diana’s horses. There are nearby hikes in the mountains or you can venture 45 minutes to San Diego. Everything about our stay here was perfect I only wish we had more time!

Hipcamper Diana
Response from Diana, the Host, on July 10th, 2019

I am so glad you enjoyed the property, Mia. We feel honored you traveled a long way and stayed with us! Hope to see you again!

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Hipcamper Scott
Scott G.
recommends this listing.
October 27th, 2019

Our entire stay - from arrival to departure was filled with personalized service, wonderful hosts and a fabulous facility and location. Our stay was way above and beyond our expectations and we will be back many times in the future. Diana and Ken are the absolute best...

Hipcamper Robert

Would reccomend!

Robert S.
recommends this listing.
November 10th, 2019

Hi all! I would recommend this spot to any of my friends. The hosts, Diana or Ken, are friendly and helpful. The amenities are quite nice, and overall the spot if very quiet and private. I will certainly be going back soon.

Hipcamper Mark
Mark S.
recommends this listing.
February 23rd, 2020

Had a wonderful trip. Diane and her husband were extremely hospitable. Great place to camp. Lots of hiking. We loved our horse neighbors.

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Hipcamper Ray

Great hosts super relaxed trip.

Ray J.
recommends this listing.
May 3rd, 2020

45 minutes from San Diego but a world away. Everything was easy and the hosts go out of their way to make your stay comfortable and fun.

Hipcamper Seiko

Perfect getaway from our busy life

Seiko I.
recommends this listing.
May 13th, 2020

This was our first try with Hipcamp. We are really glad that Diana and Ken were our hosts. They were very friendly, accommodating and fun to talk to. The ranch was beautiful and well maintained with clean bathroom and shower, nice patio area, awesome firepit etc.

The camp site was a good size with well water near by. It got pretty cold at night but we did ok once we went inside the tent and under the blanket. We brought one thick blanket and one comforter. We would have been freezing if we had only one blanket. At night night, we saw so many stars in the sky which we never get to see in the city.

The place is far enough to get away from the busy life but close enough to drive from the city and go home next day. We would love to go back there again for our little getaway.
Thank you, Diana and Ken!!

Property
Diana's Descanso Camp
State
California
Country
United States
$45/night
1 Site

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