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. Eagles Nest is our tree tent playground in the Cleveland National Forest, Burnt Rancheria camp. This private & secluded site features 1 bell tent with full mattress. The site also features 2 double tree tents, a 2 s


Glamping & outdoor hospitality retreats with Alter Experiences. Sleep in the trees under the stars & rediscover the joys of pristine nature & the great outdoors. Eagles Nest is our tree tent playground in the Cleveland National Forest, Burnt Rancheria camp. This private & secluded site features 1 bell tent with full mattress. The site also features 2 double tree tents, a 2 story triple tree tent, and trillium hammocks. Eagle Nest is our flagship tree tent complex, ideal for families.

THE SPACELaguna 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.

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GUEST ACCESSOne 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 NOTEAlter 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 music is allowed at the campsite- Fires only allowed in designated fire pits- Pets are allowed at the campground, but not in any of the tents. You must provide a secure enclosure for your tent.

Lodging provided
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: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 15% off

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Hipcamper Knock
Knock H.
recommends this listing.
July 22nd, 2022

Great host! Great location and beautiful set-up.

Hipcamper Susan
Susan B.
recommends this listing.
May 17th, 2022

Great experience. I would definitely recommend this tree tent adventure.

Hipcamper Miranda

My first glamping experience!

Miranda G.
recommends this listing.
October 8th, 2021

I actually stayed at the Blue Jay camp after being upgraded by Shantel! I was staying alone so couldn’t justify the larger camp space, but when she offered it, I couldn’t refuse!

I loved everything about this glamping experience. At this time of year (Oct) it’s cold in the mountains at night, but fires aren’t allowed either. Honestly, I didn’t miss or need a fire. I was able to get away at a moments notice, because everything is ready at the campsite for you. The buddy heater plus all the bedding there, and my little camping heating pads were all I needed to stay warm and cosy.

Shantel was professional and courteous. She made sure I had everything I needed and the whole space was charming. Every detail has been considered, all the way down to the caddy for the shower filled with shampoos and lotions.

The kitchen tent is amazing. I loved the griddle, that made cooking and clean up so easy. It’s just so organized and that’s often what makes camping a nightmare for me… not knowing where anything is, searching through everything constantly! This experience makes it so you don’t need to do any of that.

Highly recommended… I could go on and on really, the tree hammocks are amazing, the hikes beautiful and serene, bird life is amazing! Acorn Woodpeckers at the Blue Jay site were busy working all day, which I loved.

Thanks so much for a great experience!

Hipcamper Erica

Beautiful, fun, and easy!

Erica C.
recommends this listing.
July 1st, 2021

Wonderful site with everything you could possibly need! Beautiful, peaceful area. Shantel was so helpful, checking that we had what we needed and restocking if needed. She was quick to reply to questions. We would definitely return.

Hipcamper Devi
Devi A.
recommends this listing.
August 30th, 2020

Wow! Really nice set up and spot, very fun for my 11 yo (but I wouldn't recommend for under 7 or 8). Shantel was very thorough and responsive. Ck out the "nature hike" trail at the campground which connects to a pretty section of Pacific Crest Trail. August was not too hot- hike in the morning/evening and enforced quiet time in the afternoon floating with the leaves up in the shaded tent

Hipcamper clarisse

Best camping in the woods

Clarisse J.
recommends this listing.
July 31st, 2020

It was the best camping experience I’ve had with my son. Defenitely a trip we will always remember.
We had everything we needed. And Shantal was very helpful with everything we need.
We enjoyed every bit of our stay and glamping up in the trees.
Can not wait to be back!

Hipcamper Rina

Glamping in san diego mountains

Rina V.
recommends this listing.
July 3rd, 2020

My friend and I had a fabulous time glamping. The tree tents were very comfortable. Shantel provides sleeping bags, sleep sack liners and pillows - we slept really well!

The camp kitchen was fully equipped with everything we needed to cook great meals, including seasonings.

Our site had an additional traditional tent - we used it for yoga everyday.

Shantel even provided shampoo, conditioner etc. All we needed was our cooler and food.

We were at Burnt Rancheria campground in the Cleveland National Forest. The surrounding mountains are beautiful.

I can’t say enough good things about our experience!

Hipcamper Brandon

A great vacation getaway!

Brandon A.
recommends this listing.
June 12th, 2020

Our host Shantel took care of everything. It was one of the best camping trips I’ve been on. I would definitely come back and recommend this trip to anyone of my friends. The only thing I would like to warn future guests is that the flys are kind of annoying. The host provided these great fly traps which worked great for the first day but the second and third day we probably needed some more traps so bring some extra.

Hipcamper Tiffany
Tiffany S.
recommends this listing.
June 11th, 2020

Shantel was a wonderful host! She offered clear and timely communication and met us at the site to offer direction on the gear. They provided everything we needed for a great experience.

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