Sleep in the trees under the stars & rediscover the joys of nature & wildlife. Our glamping retreats are designed to offer the most comfortable outdoor experience possible. You'll be staying in a Tenstile - a lightweight treehouse that uses 3 anchor points to create a "living space" suspended between trees. Our Tentsiles are fun, safe & bring a whole new dimension to the camping experience. Your glamping site comes with amenities, lounge area, & outdoor kitchen space. Camp without the hassle!
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. Our elevated tree tents offer a whole new dimension to the camping experience. Each one of our sites has been handpicked with various factors taken into consideration, the first obviously being the proper tree configuration. It can get tricky with bigger groups when we need a greater density of trees available to set up site. Some sites are only available seasonally & we also try to rotate as much as possible to minimize the stress on our trees. This also gives an opportunity for return guest to always experience a new site. 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 Cleveland National Forest & all sites are within the general vicinity of Cuyamaca - Julian - Mount Laguna area.
Facilities & Amenities:
- Our retreat sites are handpicked for the best glamping experience possible. Hot shower/bathroom available with either flush or composting toilet.
- Your tree tent that comes complete with sleeping pad, sleeping bag & pillow. A floor lounge area is provided underneath. Our tree tents can accommodate 2 or 3 people per unit. Our double bubble is set up on top of each other and can accommodate a family of between 5-6 (limited availability).
- 5-gallon drinking water dispenser that we re-fill as needed
- Hanging compartments & bins to keep things organized
- Wood fires only permitted in designated fire pits
- 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.
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.
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.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Strict
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 2
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
- Response time: Within 24 hours
- Response rate: 100%
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It was an amazing experience! We are avid campers and it was super nice to not have to pitch a tent, bring sleeping bags or chairs or bring anything for cooking. Just food, even water was provided for us.
The place is stunning and tranquil with lots of hiking opportunities.
Our host made sure we were all set and comfortable. Can’t wait to do it again!
Our little family of four had a fantastic time! Shantel almost immediately replied to our reservations with websites to check out in advance of our visit. She met us at our campsite. Clearly loved the area and knew a lot about it with great ideas for hiking and texted us things going on in town to check out.
The site was great and really beautiful. Just steps from tons of trails in the Laguna Meadows for hiking or mountain biking. The tree tents were amazing and our girls LOVED it. She had everything you needed including towels and supplies for the shower (bring your own quarters) and coffee, tea and hot cocoa. And we were plenty warm in our tent.
Shantel is a great host and we loved the area - so beautiful, even took in a few miles on the Pacific Crest Trail. We hope to be back!
Tree Tent Glamping with Shantel was extremely easy and a great spot for a short, or extended stay. The accommodations were more than plenty, including a firepit (w/ grill connected), full "kitchen" with cookware, plates, spices, and so much more. The glamping tent was well equipped for the chilly nights with blankets, towels, and sleeping bag included to comfortably fit two. The tree tents in the area are great for larger groups as well as to comfortably relax during the day (be weary of the cold at night and pack extra blankets!). As this is also a campground (Laguna Campground) there are tons of campers also present, but this also means that there is a host site that sells firewood ($6) and has quarter showers and bathroom facilities. There are TONS of hiking trails nearby as well as a great lookout area closeby. The entrance is shown in the pictures - make sure you take a look as cell phone service in the area is very poor. Shantel is great at communication though so send questions her way beforehand!
Overall, I could not recommend a better spot to have the overall "camping" or "glamping" experience so close to such a beautiful national forest. With full amenities you can cook all you want and do all the outdoor activities as well.
Tree Tent Glamping was a first for us. It was especially nice to arrive at the site and find that the kitchen, campfire and sleeping quarters are ready for you. You don't have to make endless trips to the car for chairs, sleeping bags, and cookware. We loved it!
This glamping experience was more than we ever hoped for! If you’re thinking about, just do it. Trust me! I went with my cousins and sister and brother so there was four of us. When we got there Shantel was super sweet and and welcoming and showed us around. She let us know the best hikes and trails to do. They had everything set up front the kitchen to the dining area to the two tree tents (filled with our own sleeping bags, fleece bag and sleeping pads), which is set up for 2 people each tent, and lastly, a lounging area! What we all loved the most probably was the small feminine touches that you can tell Shantel put her time into which made the place more homey and very comfortable :) All you have to bring are ur food, clothes and cooler (quarters if you wanna shower) Our campsite was right next to the bathroom and showers which was very convenient. Since we weren’t allowed to do campfire on first night due to the strong winds, we were worried if it’ll be too cold but Shantel’s thick sleeping bags and fleece were so warm and thick and such nice quality that we slept outside on the lounging area the first night under the stars! We saw a few shooting stars! Shantel wa samaizng and I’d recommend this place to everyone I know. Well definitely be back again :)
A last minute getaway turned into a wonder staycation for me and a friend who are local to San Diego. We were greeted when we arrived and given an introduction to the area by Shantel. She was pleasant and easy to talk to, eager to provide any suggestions and instructions on the site and the area. When requested, she provided more lighter fluid and was otherwise easy to contact. Thankfully, I had reception with AT&T. The tent was comfortable, but did bring a few extra blanket layers as suggested by someone else. The only suggestions I might offer is to provide a hatchet to breakdown firewood bundles for easier lighting and maybe bring your own lantern or two. The solar powered ones provided are great, but if not charged enough in the sun during the day (and the site is heavily shaded), by day two you’ll be struggling to see at night. And I would try my inflatable sleeping pad next time to see if that was easier to switch positions through the night and a little more insulation from the bottom. Otherwise a fun and minimal stress. Very well thought out and easy ‘tear down’ come time to leave.
Shantel provided us with everything we needed! Everything was clean and beautiful. The tents were amazing but the hammock was by far our favorite part. We’d love to do it again!
Thoroughly enjoyed staying in a tree tentsile. Shantel and her husband could not have been more gracious and welcoming, and they had everything set up when I arrived. You basically bring food and clothes: everything else is already prepped for you. Plus the campground she chose was fantastic! Clean, very well managed, secluded and private. Exactly what I needed