Pitch a tent under the oak trees, enjoy the stars with no city-light pollution in King Creek Valley Ranch in the San Diego Mountain area. Private, secluded, off the grid camping, a great place to create your own camping experience.
- Check in: After 3PM
- Check out: Before 3PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 18 months out
- Response time: Within an hour
- Response rate: 100%
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
At your own risk: Bring your own non-motorized bike, riding on existing dirt roads and trails, only. Recommendations provided ...Read more
At your own risk: Bring your own horse, riding on dirt roads only, no corral. Recommendations provided by host family.
At your own risk. Recommendations provided by host family.
Many varieties of birds, reptiles, turkeys, deer, enjoy - NO hunting on property!
Natural features you'll find at King Creek Valley Ranch in California.
Old grove Oak trees throughout property.
Very private, man-made lake around winter and spring. Perfect for paddling and picnics!
Kings Creek campsite is a private owned valley surrounded by the Cleveland National Forest.
Prairie, meadow, or plain
Our campsites are in shaded oak tree groves and open meadows.
River, stream, or creek
Seasonal: Running during the winter/ spring and dry in the summer.
Many small, but spectacular hidden waterfalls. Hike required and seasonal.
The vibe at King Creek Valley Ranch
Places to see near King Creek Valley Ranch
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
Very cool campsite for those looking to have your own space. The hill driving into the campsite should only be attempted with an SUV or truck. One of our party brought a sedan and the host was nice enough to load all his stuff in their car and ferry him down the hill. The campsite is really just a fire pit surrounded by tree covered grass and dirt. Very basic and exactly what we were looking for. There is an outhouse a couple minutes walk from the main campsite. During the day we took a few different hikes exploring the property, which used to be a boyscout camp. There are a few abandoned structures and fairly well maintained hiking trails to explore. The hosts had a couple of dogs that hung around during the day just doing dog stuff. The campsite is in a valley so there wasn't much wind when we were there. There were also almost no bugs, we saw one or two mosquitos and no flies even though we were cooking out in the open. This may have been because it was March and slightly chilly. The hosts also drew us a map of the property and it was surprisingly very accurate and we were able to find all the landmarks easily. The hosts were also very friendly and after explaining the topography just let us do our own thing. You won't get any cell service at the camp (or even in the town around the camp) so be prepared for that. You'll probably only want to drive down that hill when you arrive and leave so bring anything you need with you. I would definitely recommend this spot for a group looking to rough it.
Carlotta’s place was incredible! Quiet, secluded camp sites with 5 or 6 going trails. She was very friendly and easy to communicate with - we had a fantastic experience!
There is a bumpy dirt road leading to the campsites - a few times we weren’t sure if the sedan we were in would make it, but bigger cars will have no problem.
Carlotta and her husband were extremely friendly and helpful hosts. Very secluded and private! Stunning views on the entire horizon. If you are trying to camp in East County, this is the only spot you should consider!
My crew and I produced a short film at King’s Creek and we were thrilled with the location for our shoot. Not only was the location perfectly beautiful but the host, Carlotta, was incredibly accommodating and kind. Carlotta was very generous with helping me and my crew in any way, whether it was getting phone service/internet to providing us water. Not only were the campsites very spacious and safe, but you will be amazed by the stars in the night sky! Carlotta was an incredible host and I would definitely recommend camping out on her land. I guarantee a wonderful, adventurous stay!
Carlotta was a great host and her campsites are to die for! My husband and I stayed here this past weekend and we had such a blast! It was completely secluded; it felt as if we were the only ones onsite. We had a great spot with a fire pit, next to a couple of trails and lots of shade. The stargazing at night is stunning and the trails during the day are awesome! Our favorite parts were exploring the trails & creek (we especially loved the historic Native American adobe house), and catching glimpses of deer and the birds. Berry, Carlotta's dog, is SO cute and hung out with us (we asked if he could roam around) for the night. We will definitely be back!!
We got a very nice welcoming from Richard who lead us the way from the gate to the campsite. For the way there a SUV would be more comfortable but it is also doable with a sedan.
Carlotta already provided wood, water, a table and other stuff on our campsite which was very nice! The two dogs sugar and berry were also a great company during the whole night.
All in all we had a great stay at this place.
Our new, quick, weekend getaway spot to camp!
Here are some tips and highlights:
—responsive, friendly, and hospitable hosts
—call the host when you get off the highway (so that she can meet you at her gate)- you will lose all service within a couple miles of her place.
—the ride from the gate to the campsite is Very bumpy, so an SUV was great to have (though the host sped down in her Honda civic!)
—don't dismiss the host's invitation to show you the bathroom & then wait til it's dark- the route there isn't super close and there’s a twist & turn!
—though the toilet area is very minimal, it doesn't smell (even in the August heat!)
—there are two super friendly guardian dogs who will make you feel safe from any rustling in the woods (and Sugar eats the bees!)
—use caution in a couple areas at campsite and trails- poison oak present
—gorgeous sunset/sunrise views if you continue down the trail past the toilet!