BackCountry area sites get you right up to the edge of the valley looking directly out into the mountains. To see an overview of all sites at this property do a web search for "The Preserve at Temecula Creek Video" which can be found on our website pupterra.com, YouTube Pupterra Adventures or Instagram @pupterra
BackCountry area sites get you right up to the edge of the valley looking directly out into the mountains. To see an overview of all sites at this property do a web search for "The Preserve at Temecula Creek Video" which can be found on our website pupterra.com, YouTube Pupterra Adventures or Instagram @pupterra.
In the BackCountry area there are two sites, both with amazing views set far back along the ridge overlooking the mountains. Site 1 is tent only and has short 4x4 driveway up to the parking spot (or park across the road with your 2WD). Hike in about 100 yards to the large sandy tent clearing with unbeatable views. Site 2 is the is the furthest site from others and has a large parking area with easy access for tents, cars and trailers. Site two also includes two additional tent clearings with stunning views of the mountains. BackCountry area is set far way from the others and gives you great privacy and solitude. For larger groups you can book both sites for the ultimate BackCountry experience where everyone can spread out at night, and gather together in one of the large clearings during the day and for meals.
The Preserve at Temecula Creek has a nice guest hangout area in the center of the property that all guests can use with a geodome, hammock, charcoal grill, dog gazebo, wood burning fire pit, lounge chairs and sun shades.
To see more details on the rules and safety notifications for this specific site, you can hit the "Book" button in this listing. You will then see the details before committing/paying for anything. You can also find more details through our Pupterra Adventures website pupterra.com
What is Pupterra Adventures? We turned our passion for outdoor adventure into a small side business called "Pupterra Adventures" in 2020. In April 2020 we purchased the property now called The Preserve at Temecula Creek, and in March 2021 purchased The Preserve at Aguanga Ranchos. While it wasn't our initial intent to host guests on the land, we gave it a try - ended up loving hosting/sharing the land - and now we spend nearly all of our free time working on restoring the land while creating a special and unique guest experience for our visitors. In addition to running The Preserve properties, Pupterra Adventures tries to find ways to make it easier for you to find your next adventure by sharing guides, maps, gear and off-road camp trailer resources and recommendations.
How do the properties differ? We get this question a lot. The properties are more similar than they are different so let’s start with that. The properties are 2.6 Miles (~15 minutes) apart from each other. To keep things easy, we offer every site across both properties at the same nightly rate for 4 guests, with some of the smaller sites priced for two at a lower cost point. All sites allow for instant booking, 1 night minimums and the most flexible cancelation policy available. Both properties are set up for “Wilderness+” camping experience; remote yet 4G LTE connected on a safe and established private property. Neither property has utilities, nor water and provide a porta-potty toilet. Guests are expected to “leave no trace” and pack out all waste after their stay. Personal (or rental) propane fire pits and grills are allowed on all guest sites, with wood burning fire options available to all guests as described in each individual site listing. All sites have tables as described in the listing details with Guest Hangout areas on the property for some extra comfort, fun and gathering space. Our guests visit to decompress and disconnect. Quiet hours are 9PM to 9AM on both properties. We are dog lovers and encourage guests to bring well-behaved pets. We ask that they stay on leash/lead while on the property for their safety and the safety of others. When camping at one of The Preserve properties you can expect beautiful surroundings, room to spread out and explore, proximity to many outdoor adventures in the area, responsive hosts and cool guests sharing the property (over half of our guests are now repeat visitors – and these properties seem to draw very chill outdoor adventure enthusiasts). We do not live on either property which gives you even more privacy, but also limits immediate on-site support. We employ local guest experience managers to help maintain the property and to remain on call for immediate guest needs.
The Preserve at Temecula Creek is surrounded on all sides by Cleveland National Forest and requires a two mile ascent on a high vehicle clearance dirt fire road. We suggest high clearance AWD as our standing ‘recommendation’ because it will apply to any weather/road condition throughout the year. We allow for trailers and campers on this property but strongly suggest that they be off-road capable (smaller, good clearance, independent suspension or torsion axles). This property is a favorite for overlanders and off-road enthusiasts. The fire road that runs through the center of the property continues up and through Cleveland National Forest to the High Point Fire Lookout and then back down Palomar Divide Road.
The Preserve at Aguanga Ranchos is more accessible to all vehicles and larger trailers/campers. It is also very private, however, it is surrounded by private property – which limits guests to the 25 acres for exploration. Aguanga Ranchos is more traditional. Each site has a large heavy-duty picnic tables and a wood burning fire pit w/ a grill insert and spark screen. This property is higher in elevation than Temecula creek, and the landscape is different – with large boulder fields and rock outcroppings throughout.
Click on my host name in this listing to see both properties and the site listings for each. For an overview of all guest sites available between the two properties please visit pupterra.com, our social pages @pupterra and @preservecamping and our youtube channel Pupterra Adventures.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Super Flexible
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out Weeknight discount: 25% off
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I drove over five hours to get there and it was well worth it! Waze correctly navigated me all the way to property, no confusion. You definitely need clearance under your vehicle, but I have a 2wd Sportage and did fine.
There’s plenty of signage once you arrive, though watching the welcome video/ property tour definitely helped.
I honestly couldn’t think of a single improvement. The views were incredible as was the whole set up. Loved the communal fire pit areas - reminded me of camp when you’d walk back to your cabin after campfire 🥰
I had phone reception most of the time and Bob got back to me right away when I had any questions.
Magical backcountry 1
Just got back from an amazing stay at Backcountry 1. It seems to be the most private of all of the sites (with the exception of Backcountry 2 being within view). You have to walk a short path down to the private area but transporting our stuff from the car to the site was extremely worth it and not too much of a hassle. The site has stellar views and honestly one of the best spots I've camped at in this area. You are surrounded by mountains and the stars at night are bright because of minimal light pollution. There is also minimal sound pollution and all of the campsites were relatively quiet on a weekend. Great place to reconnect and find peace. The site itself is spacious enough for a mid-sized tent and several set-up areas for kitchen and fire pit/lounge area. The space has two round tables which made it super convenient for cooking and eating. Things to note, there is no shade so bring some sort of canopy or shade set-up as the sun/heat can be intense during the day. You do have to bring your own chairs and wood burning fire place is not allowed at this particular site due to all of the plantation. They do have a communal area that has a wood burning fireplace and a grill for all to use. We brought our own propane fire pit so that wasn't a problem. I really can't believe this spot exists for this price range. Bob was also a wonderful host, responding to any questions I had and providing loads of very professional informative videos and tips. He has taken the time to add details and love to the land such as cute signs designating spots and solar lights to help light the trails. It did not go unnoticed. There are some nearby hikes we didn't get to experience because our views were just that good that we didn't want to leave. Overall, extremely impressed with it all and will DEFINITELY return. Last thing to note, I would definitely heed to the advise of the host to bring a 4x4/AWD high clearance vehicle as there are some rocky/bumpy paths but overall not too bad.
Breathtaking and intimate
Backcountry was AMAZING!!! The view was unbeatable and it was so quiet. It was easy to find where the campsite was and things were well marked. Definitely don’t ignore the suggestion for an AWD or 4WD car like I did. We made it, but it got a little dicey at times.
Really great spot
We loved staying out here for fun father-son “real camping” weekend. Plenty of space to not feel like you’re camping with 100 neighbors around. And far enough from the beaten path that the stargazing was amazing. Camp host Bob was great and helped us make sure we were well prepared by answering all our questions ahead of time and following up with me after arrival. The proximity to other cool things to do on day trips also makes an ideal spot for a family trip or larger group. All around very cool campsite that I plan on coming back to soon.
I car camped at site 1 and the views were amazing. Sunset and sunrise was gorgeous! There’s a small hill/ trail in site 1 for the parking pad, so you’re kind of on a hill overlooking the mountains, sky view campsite, you can see the guest hang out area. I was able to fit my Jeep Wrangler and a canopy tent where the parking pad was for site 1. The porta potty was nearby, down the hill of the entrance of site 1. I didn’t use it. I had my portable bathroom, so not sure how nice it was inside. I did notice a funky smell when I would pass by the porta potty (so be wary of that) but the smell never reached up the hill where I car camped/ parking pad. The road getting to the preserve was fun, but rough! It was my first time doing some off roading and I would definitely recommend having a high clearance car! Although…. later that evening a bmw sedan arrived and I was pretty stunned that it got there lol! For sunset I hiked up high point truck trail onto this hill and it was awesome! The stars at night were beautiful!! I wish I stayed another night and did more hiking. Bob the host gave me an online welcome packet filled with info and videos and it was really helpful! Any questions you have he’ll answer right away. I got to meet him on my last day when he was watering the trees. I definitely will be back at this campsite, I actually already booked at his other campsite the preserve at agunaga! The weather when I went was HOT, 90 degree weather but cooled down at night. Definitely recommend this campsite!!!