Hipcamp host Diana C.,
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Grab your TENT, BAG, PAD, camping gear and head to our San Diego rural  Sweetwater River Tent/RV Camp property in Descanso, CA.

 Base price is for 3 people; $15 per extra person, walking.

CHILDREN walking must be counted in your group booking.

Larger families/friends may book BOTH sites (Tipi and Tent/RV sites 25 yds apart), but contact Ho

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Grab your TENT, BAG, PAD, camping gear and head to our San Diego rural  Sweetwater River Tent/RV Camp property in Descanso, CA.

 Base price is for 3 people; $15 per extra person, walking.

CHILDREN walking must be counted in your group booking.

Larger families/friends may book BOTH sites (Tipi and Tent/RV sites 25 yds apart), but contact Host first for approval. Minimum two nights, up to 8 people TOTAL.

MUST BRING YOUR OWN SHOWER NECESSITIES, SLEEPING BAG OR BEDDING. and ALL camping equipment. This is CAMPING.! 

CHARCOAL BBQ (BYO charcoal). No outside wood may be brought in due to wood diseases. Check with Host for open wood fire allowance.

Purchase our large firewood bundle, $10.00 cash upon arrival.   Or, $15 cash for our propane fire bowl.

We are in the Cleveland National Forest.

RVs/trailers:  Dry camp only, 34 ft; water available;

**Generators change the "Peace and Quiet" for which campers book this rural camp. If you MUST generate, do so between 9-11 A.M and 4-6:30 P.M. ONLY. Thank you for being considerate.

A 45 minute drive from San Diego brings you to our 32 acre Clark Ranch, part of the historic Hulburd Grove Resort from the early 1900's. Our barn use to be the old riding stables!  We are nestled in oaks, pines and cedars along with boulders where you can sit peacefully and turn your heart toward the sun!

Wake up to birdsong and horses whinnying for attention. The Sweetwater River is a five minute stroll from your tent site flowing during the wet season (Dec. - June)

Nights are usually cool-cold and clear; Bring sleeping warmth!! It can be COLD at night, even in summer. The stars will humble you with their symphony of sparkle!

Descanso means "Place of Rest", and that is what your soul begins to feel as you meander through our Cuyamaca Mountain community with NO stoplights!

HIKE, BIKE or DRIVE from our property to nearby trailheads. Pick up the California Riding and Hiking Trail just up the dirt road. Or, take several short hikes on the property!

We're on the edge of the 25k acre Cuyamaca Rancho State Park where premier riding and hiking abound! Bring your mountain bike or horses to access nearby trails.

If you like easy, moderate or serious hiking, it's all here. Host can shuttle you to points as well to hike or bike back. Check out the "Extras". 

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
Park at listing
Wheelchair access
Essentials
Toilet available
Fire ban in effect
No pets
Amenities
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
No kitchen
Camping vehicle details
Water hookup available
Generators allowed
No electrical hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Pull-in site
Max length 34ft
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: grass or field
Surface levelness: requires leveling
Have a question? Send Diana a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 2 nights
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

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Experience

Sweetwater Tours

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Firewood bundle

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Propane FIREPIT

Propane fire pit HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for warmth inside TEEPEE/TIPI November th...Read more

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Sweetwater Tours

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Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking

Ride your mountain bike about 3/4 mi to Merigan Fire Road TRAILHEAD from our property. Host shuttles riders and hikers to trail...Read more

Fishing

Closest fishing is 25 minute drive to Lake Cuyamaca. Check open season.

Hiking

Easy-moderate hiking on our ranch trails 1,2,3 & 4 hour loop hikes from our ranch Close to Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

Horseback riding

We have space for horse trailer-overnight parking hipcampers Must use your own horse. Bring your own portable corrals or we hav...Read more

Climbing

Bouldering on our property

Wildlife watching

Lots of birds, coyotes, bobcats, etc.

Surfing

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Sweetwater River Tent/RV Camp in California.

Beach

50-55 minute drive to San Diego beaches and beautiful, historic Hotel del Coronado and beach

Coastal

50-55 minutes to San Diego coastal communities

Desert

Approximately 1 1/4 hrs to Anza Borrego State (desert) Park totally along scenic Highway 79

Lake

Lake Cuyamaca is a 25 minute scenic drive! Enjoy boating, fishing or hiking around its shoreline. Lots of pine trees and a good...Read more

Mountainous

Located in the Cleveland National Forest and Cuyamaca Mountains-a 25k acre park with many miles of beautiful trails.

River, stream, or creek

Sweetwater River runs through our property January - June

Waterfall

Descanso Falls - hike or bike 2.5 miles from Sweetwater Tipi Camp Host has written directions

Ranch

32 acre ranch with oaks, pines, boulders, shaded areas, historic Indian encampment and historic barn. Lots of seating. Quiet. S...Read more

Driveway

Approximently 1/8 mile dirt/gravel drive to tipi/barn area Motorhome and trailer safe!

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Hipcamper lyle

Incredible, historic camping ❤️

Lyle R.
recommends this listing.
September 12th, 2021

Let me start by saying Diana and her husband ken were incredible hosts ! They answered every question and we’re very helpful and accommodating. Overall I was very happy to support these lovely local people !
The property exceeded our expectations, the barn , teepee , grill were very nice , cool and functional . Would strongly recommend staying with them . ( if your lucky , they will give you a history tour of the ranch and you’ll fall in love even more ) thanks again Diana and hope to be back in the future ❤️

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Great camping trip with family!

Forum B.
recommends this listing.
August 25th, 2021

This site was a little gem! The ranch, the horses, the kittens who my 11yr old fell in love with, the amenities and the peaceful surroundings, were great!

Diana and Ken are great hosts and so sweet! Ken stopped by a few times to make sure everything was ok, gave us a little history of the ranch which was awesome. Diana gave us pointer to trails on property and it was great way to explore the ranch.

Will definitely be back in the cooler months, perhaps on a new moon to enjoy the stars :)

Hipcamper Erin
Erin E.
recommends this listing.
August 22nd, 2021

What a wonderful place to camp! Diana and Ken are amazing hosts and make you feel right at home. The peace and quiet was just what I needed, and the teenagers with me thoroughly enjoyed the animals, the hikes and the nightly propane fire pit. We will be back!

Sweetwater River Tent/RV CampThe pace was just right!  Slow down and enjoyLots of history here!Our peaceful camp site
Hipcamper Julie

Wonderful camping experience!

Julie V.
recommends this listing.
June 1st, 2021

Diana was the perfect host and our family had the best time camping there. This was our first hipcamp experience, so I wasn't sure exactly what to expect - everything was great! They were so hospitable and friendly, clean facilities, gave detailed instructions on everything that was needed, including directions to a very cool nearby waterfall! Already planning our stay for the fall!

Hipcamper Morgan
Morgan W.
recommends this listing.
May 31st, 2021

Diana's place was great! Beautiful land with friendly horses and good hikes for kids.

Hipcamper Katherine

Couldn’t ask for more

Katherine H.
recommends this listing.
May 17th, 2021

This was a perfect stay during Mother’s Day weekend. We brought our 23’ trailer and our daughter’s family stayed in the tipi. The horses were such a hit with our four-year-old grandchildren that they gave them names and treated them as new friends.
Diana & Ken were wonderful hosts, who gave us some historical insight on the property & were available if we needed them.
A really wonderful stay!

Hipcamper Jenny

Friendly, clean and local history

Jenny H.
recommends this listing.
May 16th, 2021

Second time and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Wonderfully friendly hosts who know the area well. Thanks for suggestion of shrimp burritos at restaurant next to Perkin’s Store. Yum!!! We love the local history and welcoming vibe. Fun to pet the horses and thanks for the referral to stables in Pine Valley. Was fun to ride a short part of the Noble Canyon trail on horseback. Would highly recommend Diana’s hipcamp!!!

The historical ranch is clean and it’s nice to wake up to horses happily grazing in the pasture, If Ken has time, he is happy to share the history and photos of the restored barn. Ask Diana for a referral to a local stables for a fun SD backcountry trail experience.  The two hour ride is pricey and but horses were healthy and taken care of, well mannered and safe, wrangler was nice and helpful, and it was easy to book, pay, and find.
Hipcamper Jessica
Jessica P.
recommends this listing.
May 2nd, 2021

Friendly people and hospitality was 100%

Hipcamper Bonnie

Descanso camping paradise

Bonnie C.
recommends this listing.
April 23rd, 2021

This was the perfect tent/camp site with 32 acres of nature surrounding the property and a stream that flows through. The host was very helpful in providing info before and during our stay. There is clean running water, a nice kitchenette, and a cowboy themed bathroom. We really enjoyed our stay and highly recommend this property. If booking in the spring, check the weather. It did get cold at night and we had unpredicable rain that had us ending our trip a day early. Bring your own linens for the shower. The post is accurate that the hot water only lasted a few minutes, but there is a well maintained shower. Nearby: Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, Perkins Store/Gas Station, Pam's Place sells homemade jams and pickles as well as local honey, not too far a drive to other trails.

Thank you to Ken and Diana for a wonderful camping experience.

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Property
Diana's Descanso Camp
State
California
Country
United States
$45/night
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