Hipcamp host Shantel S.,
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Glamping & outdoor hospitality retreats with Alter Experiences. Sleep in the trees under the stars & rediscover the joys of pristine nature & the great outdoors. Deer Peak is our family glamping site in the Cleveland National Forest, Burnt Rancheria campground. This site comes with 2 luxury bell tents. One bell tent comes with a queen mattress & the other features 2 full bed


Glamping & outdoor hospitality retreats with Alter Experiences. Sleep in the trees under the stars & rediscover the joys of pristine nature & the great outdoors. Deer Peak is our family glamping site in the Cleveland National Forest, Burnt Rancheria campground. This site comes with 2 luxury bell tents. One bell tent comes with a queen mattress & the other features 2 full beds. This site also features a triple tree tent that can sleep an additional 3 people, as well as a hammock.


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 & Burnt Rancheria campgrounds, right off Sunrise Highway. 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 both tree tents, bell tents and 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!


- 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. 

Upon Arrival:

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'll be staying in the Cleveland National Forest and you must abide by all national forest rules and regulations. We'll go over all of this with you upon your arrival.

Other things to note Alter Experience operates under permit of the Cleveland National Forest. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


 - Open fires in designated fire rings only. Never leave an open fire unattended. Extinguish all open fires completely with water. 

 - Pets must be on a leash at all times. 

 - Quiet hours are between 9-8am. No music or generators are allowed during these hours. 

 - No discharging firearms or air guns of any kind. 

 - Fireworks and illegal drugs are prohibited 

 - Maximum 2 cars per site. 

Lodging provided
Canvas tent
1 site
Up to 8 guests per site
Up to 2 vehicles
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No wifi
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: 9 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 15% off

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Hipcamper Tricia
Tricia P.
recommends this listing.
August 3rd, 2022

We love this place! Our 2nd time here and it did not disappoint. Shantel is a lovely host and went out of her way to make sure we had everything we needed. The kids had fun improving their slack lining skills. The hiking was great and the shooting stars amazing.

Hipcamper Lev

Great family glamping experience!

Lev G.
recommends this listing.
May 19th, 2022

Great site with all the amenities provided. Fantastic hosts that we’re accessible and helpful. Definitely coming back here again with our two little kids.

Hipcamper Kara

Family glamping

Kara A.
recommends this listing.
April 18th, 2022

We had an amazing experience and highly recommend this place for everyone! It makes camping so much more comfortable and enjoyable and you don't need to bring (and wash!) as much stuff. Can't wait to go back!

Hipcamper Rica

My 3rd time booking!

Rica M.
recommends this listing.
October 30th, 2021

My 3rd time booking with Shantel and it always has been a great glamping experience! The place was clean and complete when it comes to tools needed for smooth glamping. The beds are comfortable and the interior of the bell tents was so cute & aesthetic. Extra points for extra blankets especially for the cold weather and in addition to the heaters. Water was sufficient and I love that everything has a designated area. The only thing that would make it extra special was if the little lights are working and probably additional lamps especially if the bon fire is restricted for use. But overall, my friends and I really had a wonderful and relaxing time at Deer Peak. Shantel was so thoughtful and was so nice to bring extra propane tanks to refill our heater. Super love our campsite especially autumn colors all around our bell tents.

Hipcamper Michelle
Michelle L.
recommends this listing.
August 12th, 2021

This place had EVERYTHING we needed to enjoy the mountains without the set-up. As we arrived, one of the outfitters showed us around. She was super welcoming, friendly, and helpful. The tents were well-appointed to say the least... INCLUDING mints! The second night we were there, a freak thunder storm came through and one of our sons was in the tree tent with the fly off so he could see the stars. When he woke up to find himself soaked, he joined his brothers in the tent. We were SO thrilled to discover that there were extra pillows and blankets in the stylish storage chest! We highly recommend these sites and we WILL be back. One note, though: If you're particular about having a bathroom nearby, that may be the one thing you don't enjoy. It's a bit of a hike to the nearest toilets and quite a hike to the showers.

Hipcamper angelica

Relaxing and easy

Angelica L.
recommends this listing.
July 25th, 2021

Best camping trip I’ve ever had! I will be back to book again. Thanks!

Hipcamper Luis

A true glamping experience...

Luis C.
recommends this listing.
July 11th, 2021

Deer Peak is one of several (at least 50) camping/picnic spots in the Burnt Rancheria Campground in the Laguna Mountain area. We really enjoyed our stay, the place wasn't as secluded, isolated or remote as I thought it would be, but it's still very peaceful and sometimes quiet. The 2 belltents are spacious and clean on the inside. The treetop tent and hammock are fun and relaxing. The campsite comes with a number of accessories that make your stay an awesome experience. Thr host and Campground personal where really helpful and available.

Hipcamper Matt

Can’t wait to go back!

Matt M.
recommends this listing.
April 27th, 2021

We had a lovely stay! As previous reviewers have mentioned the setup here has pretty much everything you need! Just bring your food and ice and your good! Even if you forget those, there’s a store a short drive away. Shantel made us feel us welcome from the start and we can’t wait to go back again!

Hipcamper Nicky

Great spot

Nicky G.
recommends this listing.
April 22nd, 2021

This was such an amazing experience. They literally thought of everything, if you wanna try out glamping this spot is beautiful and shantel was great

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