Hipcamp host Shantel S.
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Glamping & outdoor hospitality retreats with Alter Experiences.

Imagine being able to immerse yourself in nature and still be able to have all the comfort and luxury of a 5 star hotel, that's what this site is all about.  

Our bell tents offer the ultimate glamping experience and come equiped with a therapeutic queen mattress, pillows, linens, comforter, bed si


Glamping & outdoor hospitality retreats with Alter Experiences.

Imagine being able to immerse yourself in nature and still be able to have all the comfort and luxury of a 5 star hotel, that's what this site is all about.  

Our bell tents offer the ultimate glamping experience and come equiped with a therapeutic queen mattress, pillows, linens, comforter, bed side tables, plush carpets and floor pillows, ambience lighting, chairs, ottoman and can fit up to 4 people comfortably with an additional full sofa bed.

Your glamping site also comes with standard amenities, a lounge area and outdoor kitchen space. Camping without the hassle!

The space

Alter Experiences has multiple affiliate locations in Julian & the backcountry. We take all that's fun about camping & combine it with modern comfort & state of the art equipment. It's an outdoor & nature immersive experience unlike any other. Each one of our sites has been handpicked with various factors taken into consideration. Facilities & amenities are standard across our multiple sites, but the locations will vary depending on the season & availability. Many factors come into play for us to deliver this one of a kind outdoor experience. Our primary sites operate under permit with the Cleveland National Forest & all sites are within the general vicinity of Cuyamaca - Julian - Mount Laguna area.

Facilities & Amenities:

- Our retreat sites are handpicked to offer the most comfortable glamping experience possible. Hot shower/bathroom available with flush toilets.

- 5-gallon drinking water dispenser that we re-fill as needed

- Compartments & bins to keep things organized

- Camping fire pit and seats around the campfire.

- First Aid Kit

- Camp kitchen with cooking & serving utensils - butane cooker, pots/pans, kettle, mugs, essential spices & oils, coffee, hot chocolate & sugar. All you really need to bring is your cooler & food to last for your trip. You also have the option to eat at nearby restaurants.

Guest access

One of our team members will be on site when you arrive to give you a short orientation on the site layout, safe practices, tree tent equipment, & responsible tourism. You may be staying in the Cleveland National Forest and you must abide by all park rules and regulations. We'll go over all of this with you upon your arrival.

Interaction with guests

One of our team members will greet you upon arrival and we are available if needed. Our team headquarters is centrally located on North Peak and we're always a phone call away. We want to ensure you have an incredible experience and feel safe during your trip with us.

Other things to note

Alter Experience operates under permit on the Cleveland National Forest. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Camping without the hassle! That's what glamping is all about. Everything you'll need for your trip is provided for you. All you have to do is bring your cooler and food.

Lodging provided
Canvas tent
1 site
Up to 8 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
No pets
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No wifi
Have a question? Send Shantel a message!
  • Check in: After 3PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 2
  • Accepts bookings: 9 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 35% off


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


Boats are available for rent at Lake Cuyamaca.


Fishing is available at Lake Cuyamaca


Paddle boats are available for rent at Lake Cuyamaca.

Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Bell Tent Glamping | Mount Laguna in California.


The vibe at Bell Tent Glamping | Mount Laguna

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Hipcamper Anita

Graduation glamping

Anita S.
recommends this listing.
August 4th, 2019

As an avid camper I’m used to bringing everything and then some and this was a nice surprise. Took my daughter for a graduation trip and we LOVED it!! My favorite part of the trip were the hammocks. So relaxing for reading, viewing the gorgeous forest, charcuterie and wine, and a game of gin rummy. Loved the Blackstone griddle, and all the solar lights and lanterns. The best was arriving and it’s all set up. Definitely planning two more trips in September and October when the leaves change colors. Thanks for an awesome trip.

Hipcamper Sachin
Sachin C.
recommends this listing.
August 11th, 2019

This was our first glamping experience outside of cabins. Shantel did an amazing job by really thinking through every detail of what is required of guest at camping. My wife and kids all enjoyed this experience thoroughly of living in the wild and enjoying the camping experience without breaking our backs of sleeping on hard surfaces. She even went to an extent of getting us a jacket as I forgot to carry one for the cold nights.

Hipcamper Lily

Better than imagined!

Lily P.
recommends this listing.
August 27th, 2019

Our stay was incredible! It was the first time my husband and I ever done glamping and literally everything exceeded our expectations :)

We were welcomed with open arms with Shantel giving us a thorough tour of the campsite. She gave us so many great recommendations regarding hikes, things to do in Julian, and kindly answered all of our questions. We were doing our best to prepare for the trip since it was our first time, but literally all the necessities we could ever think of bringing was already at our campsite (we just needed clothes and food).

My husband really enjoyed our time here, especially the stargazing, campfire, and the wonderful accommodations. Definitely would recommend!

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Hipcamper Nicholas
Nicholas J.
recommends this listing.
October 13th, 2019

My wife and I camp a lot and it was so great that we didn’t have to set up anything or take down anything. It made our time more enjoyable. The bed was amazingly comfortable tent was huge and kitchen setup and outdoor seating areas were great. O Ly thing I would have added to this would u e been some better outdoor solar lights but it wasn’t an issue as we brought our our own led lanterns which were perfect. Restrooms and shower accommodations were great and the fire wood was ready available anytime we needed it for a $6 charge which you leave with the guy that provides it. The ranger and area workers that maintain the camp are
Great and helpful if you have any questions. Lake Cuyamaca is only a 15 minute drive where you can fish from shore or rent a motor boat. The cost for this is perfect you could ask for better accommodations or hosts to book this. Shantel was great and always answering our questions before during and after our stay. We will be returning next year in the summer and will be making it a huge family trip with extended family members. Thanks again for a great weekend getaway Shantel👍👍👍👍

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Hipcamper Anthony

Comfortable camping with kids

Anthony A.
recommends this listing.
December 4th, 2019

We had the most incredible glamping experience at Bell Tents on Mt. Laguna last weekend. It snowed 18 inches the night before our arrival and we almost canceled the trip and we are so glad that we did not.
It was a surreal experience to wake up surrounded by a winter wonderland. It was a cold night but they provided a lot of blankets for the beds. The kitchen tent was warm and dry so we were still able to cook meals. And the restroom was nearby so that was easy too. We used both tents as we were two adults and four children and the kids all loved the experience too. We can't wait to go back in the summer.

Bell Tent Glamping | Mount Laguna
Hipcamper Adeel A.
recommends this listing.
April 8th, 2018
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