If you’re thinking about exploring the epic swimming holes and canyons of the Arroyo Seco River, you might want to set up camp at the Escondido Campground. The camp is located in a grassy meadow in groves of spreading oak trees. It offers perfect views of California’s golden rolling hills and there are many hikes nearby into the Ventana Wilderness. Time to break in those boots!

Campsite area
Tent or RV sites
9 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Up to 6 vehicles
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.


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Horseback riding

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Wildlife watching

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Natural features you'll find at Escondido Campground.

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William R.
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March 11th, 2017

I have been to Escondido many times.. Wonderful remote campground. It is on Google Maps so I suggest you look at it there before going. There is no pond at the campsite. I have stayed there many times but never seen anyone coming to fish or kayak. People come to walk and mountain bike. The trails (opposed to fire road) are often overgrown with poison oak -- at least when I go in the spring. Leather gloves and pruning shears advised , at least for spring, for the lead hiker. Fire trails into the mountains -- you see them in google maps -- are lovely and require no preparation. Also, the road to the camp is closed when it rains. But you can always walk or bike in the 4 mile dirt road.

Hipcamper April A.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
August 2nd, 2019
Los Padres National Forest
United States
Phone Number
805 434 1996
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36.141° N, 121.495° W
Unknown price
Tent / Van: 9 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)