At 6,000 feet above sea level, Burnt Rancheria Campground towers over Southern California, boasting epic views of the desert and, on clear days, the Salton Sea. While it’s just 50 miles from San Diego, the campground is blissfully free of light pollution, making it a popular spot for stargazers; the San Diego State University Observatory even organizes star parties most Saturday evenings in the summer. Open from mid-April through October, it’s also a good home base for hikers, picnickers, and bird nerds. Each site features a table and fire ring, while RVers will find more than 100 paved spurs to set up camp.
Campsite area
Tent or RV sites
57 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Up to 6 vehicles
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.


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Horseback riding

Horse-lovers rejoice! We have trails upon trails for you and your four-legged homeboy/girl. Check out all your horseback riding...Read more

Off-roading (OHV)

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Consider yourself a climber or just lookin’ to try it out? Either way, some pretty awesome rock climbing is to be had here, esp...Read more

Snow sports

Longing for a winter getaway in SoCal? We’ve got you covered. Grab your sleds, your tubes, your snowman-building materials, and...Read more


With flowing waterfalls throughout the forest, there are a bunch o’ different swimming holes for you to splash around in. Ceda...Read more

Wildlife watching

With 460,000 acres, many different critters call this place home. From mountain lions, to mule deer, bats, and grey foxes, this...Read more


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Hipcamper Natalia
Natalia R.
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March 26th, 2017

Fantastic campground! Pacific Crest Trail is easily accessible from anywhere on the campground, there's a great restaurant walking distance just outside of campground entrance, and each site is a bit unique. They have coin-operated showers and some bathrooms are flush. Well-maintained.

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Mark B.
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May 17th, 2015

Try for the first come first served campsites. They are more wooded, especially with pine trees. Also if you have young ones or dogs be wary of rattlesnakes. There is a good chance they are hanging around the campsite.

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Cleveland National Forest
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32.861° N, 116.417° W
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Tent Only: 8 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)
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Tent / RV / Trailer: 49 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)