Hipcamp host Shantel S.,
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Glamping & nature retreats with Alter Experiences. Sleep in the trees under the stars & rediscover the joys of pristine nature & the great outdoors. Blue Jay Nest is our glamping playground in the Cleveland National Forest, Laguna campground. This fun and cozy space features 4 bell tents, as well as our double bubble 2 story tree tent and trillium hammocks. Blue Jay n


Glamping & nature retreats with Alter Experiences. Sleep in the trees under the stars & rediscover the joys of pristine nature & the great outdoors. Blue Jay Nest is our glamping playground in the Cleveland National Forest, Laguna campground. This fun and cozy space features 4 bell tents, as well as our double bubble 2 story tree tent and trillium hammocks. Blue Jay nest is nestled among giant pine and conifer trees for a private setting. It's located right next to toilets/showers.

The space

Laguna Mountain is one of the highest peaks in San Diego at an elevation of over 6,000ft. It's part of the Cleveland National Forest network and one of the most bio-diverse habitats in all of Southern California. It features some of the tallest pine, conifer and oak trees in the region, as well as beautiful open space preserves as far as the eye can see.

The area is extremely remote and secluded. Our glamping sites are located in the communal campgrounds of Laguna./El Prado campgrounds, right off Sunrise Highway (your group site is completely private).

The closest town is Julian about 30 minutes away. It's about a 15 minute drive to Lake Cuyamaca. The drive along S1 Sunrise HWY is an experience in itself, with contrasting landscapes between our mountain forests and the Anza-Borrego desert.

Your site comes with a combination of bell tents, tree tents and trillium hammocks.

Bell tents are fully outfitted and spacious with therapeutic mattress and / or sofa bed (s). They are staged with the ultimate comfort and luxury in mind, featuring rugs, plush floor pillows, solar powered lights and propane heater.

Our Tenstile tree tents are 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.

Our elevated tree tents offer a very unique nature immersive and outdoor experience.

Your glamping site also comes with standard hotel amenities, private lounge area, outdoor kitchen space & outdoor fire-pit. Enjoy camping without the hassle!

Facilities & Amenities:

- Hot shower/bathroom available with either flush or composting toilet.

- Your tree tent comes complete with sleeping pad, sleeping bag & pillow. A floor lounge area is provided underneath your tree tent. Our tree tents can accommodate 2 or 3 people per unit. Our double bubble can accommodate a family of between 5-6 (limited availability).

- Drinking water provided

- Towels, soap and shampoo are provided

- Hanging compartments & bins to keep things organized

- Firepit is provided for your lounge & seats around the campfire (wood fires only permitted in designated fire pits)

- First Aid Kit

- Camp kitchen with cooking & serving utensils - 17' Blackstone Griddle, portable 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.

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 are under permit with the Cleveland National Forest & all of our sites are within the general vicinity of Mount Laguna - Lake Cuyamaca - Julian.

Please be aware that you'll be staying in a communal campground in the Cleveland National Forest. Our sites are very private with your own area, kitchen, fire-pit and parking. Only bathroom facilities are communal.

Alter Experiences operates multiple affiliate locations in the San Diego backcountry, in partnership with the Descanso Ranger District office of the Cleveland National Forest.

Our glamping retreats are designed to offer the most comfortable outdoor experience possible, while providing all the camping equipment and amenities you will need.

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.

Look us up and join our glamping tribe for exclusive offers, give-aways and much more.

Other things to note

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 federal laws 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.

- No loud music is allowed at the campsite. Quiet hours from 9pm-8am.- Fires only allowed in designated fire pits. Must not be left unattended.- Pets are allowed at the campground, but not in any of the tents. You must provide a secure enclosure for your tent.

Lodging provided
Canvas tent
1 site
Up to 14 guests per site
Up to 4 vehicles
Wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No wifi
Laundry absent
Have a question? Send Shantel a message!
  • Check in: After 3PM
  • Check out: Before 10AM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 2 nights
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 20% off

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Hipcamper Shauri Yuen

Best glamping experience

Shauri Yuen E.
recommends this listing.
October 11th, 2021

Me and my friends had an amazing time!! Everything was ready when we got there, beautiful tent, a lot of butane, towels, A lot of essentials was there! (It was really cold when we camp) it was near the restroom, showers have hot water. Would be staying again if ever decided to camp again!

Hipcamper Katherine
Katherine J.
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March 25th, 2021

Shantel is an amazing host. Upon arriving at the campsite, she was friendly and welcoming. And definitely provided everything we needed for the stay. You really do only need to bring your own food in a cooler cause everything else is already there. We had such a great time staying here and will definitely come back!

Hipcamper Carey
Carey K.
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March 4th, 2021

We had an amazing time at Blue Jay Nest. We were a group of 5 and had more than enough room to spread out. Shantel and Rami were so accommodating and sweet and made sure we were completely set up by providing bedding, cookware, soap, etc. The camping kitchen made cooking so convenient and everyone loved hanging out in the tree tent and hammock!
There are trails all around the camp site and walking to the lake was our favorite.
We went right before it was about to snow so it was chilly at night, so we made sure to bring lots of layers and extra sleeping bags.
We can’t wait to go again!

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