- Check in: After 12AM
- Check out: Before 1PM
- Cancellation policy: Super Flexible
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 18 months out Weeknight discount: 70% off
- Response time: Within an hour
- Response rate: 100%
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Natural features you'll find at San Diego Mountain Escape Camp in California.
High desert mountains. Gets light snow in winter.
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Great spots, poorly managed
tl;dr Beautiful land with freedom to do what you want, but assignment of sites is a free-for-all despite the hosts's claims of having it under control.
Jonas's land is beautiful and you can pretty much do whatever you want here which is nice. Jonas is a nice guy and responds immediately whenever you reach out to him. He also was very accommodating when it came to issuing a partial refund when my group size changed, and a full refund when the experience was not good (I ultimately did not pursue this as we made it work).
We reserved two sites for 35 people a month in advance. Jonas told me only one other group maximum would be present, although we were the only ones that had booked at the time. We asked that sites 1 and 3 would be reserved for us, which we were told was no problem. Two days before our booking, we were contacted by Jonas saying that he overbooked and asked if we could reschedule. I told him this was not possible, and he said that given my group size was cut in half, we could get by with only one site, to which I agreed. Importantly, he still promised us group #1. I expressed my concern that someone would take #1 before our arrival, and he assured me that he communicated to all campers that #1 was reserved for us.
When we arrived on site, of course another family was already at our reserved site. They were very kind and explained that they had the EXACT SAME MESSAGING with Jonas, that he tried to get them to reschedule, and still promised them campsite #1. We were stuck with #3, the smallest site. When I contacted Jonas, he claimed that his "caretaker" was waiting for us holding the site until noon (we arrived at 3pm), which was flagrantly false because the family was there all weekend. He then went on a rant about how I can go ahead and leave a bad review because there were so many other people leaving good reviews, and that he would gladly refund me.
In the end we made it work so I will not be demanding a refund. But I must say that this guy needs to totally change the way he manages this place. He does not live in the same part of the state which makes it impossible for him to have any oversight. It would be very simple to have someone come by every weekend and post the name of the person reserving a particular site. Instead, we and other groups were all promised the same thing and had to fend for ourselves.
Privacy and freedom to do what you want is awesome, but it very quickly loses its appeal when there is zero sense of any competent management. Proceed with caution.
The ponds were dry due to the time of the year/drought but hope to come back another time when maybe there is some water on the property. Overall had a great time on the mountain!
Great camping spot down by the border with Tecate. Beautiful land and some fun trails to drive around on. Bunch of different campsites to choose from. There is a high point you can drive up to that overlooks Tecate and you can see sections of the border wall off in the distance. Only stayed one night so we didn't get a chance to explore everything. Jonas was cool and check-in/check-out was a breeze. 4 wheel drive vehicle recommended.