One of the last remaining undeveloped parts of Southern California, De Luz Heights is located adjacent to the Cleveland National Forest, and the Santa Margarita River (just a few miles from the campsite). This 12-month flowing river is the only one in Southern California that has never been altered or dammed by humans, and features a state-managed hiking trail with many wat
One of the last remaining undeveloped parts of Southern California, De Luz Heights is located adjacent to the Cleveland National Forest, and the Santa Margarita River (just a few miles from the campsite). This 12-month flowing river is the only one in Southern California that has never been altered or dammed by humans, and features a state-managed hiking trail with many water holes along the way with clear, clean water to dip into. On my 60 acres, there are no roads going through or next to the property. My land is 13 miles from the Pacific ocean and enjoys a relatively mild yearly climate. Giant boulders provide topographical relief and offer platforms from which to enjoy the view of the nearby Santa Margarita Mountains. The valley views are filled with olive groves, vineyards, and horse ranches. The campsite embraces all the comforts of "glamping": a hot shower, composting toilet, beds with sheets provided, gas grill with a stovetop, pots and pans, kitchenware, a sink, picnic table, shaded deck, sofa, lounge chairs, and propane fire pit. The basics are provided: toilet paper, paper towels, purified drinking water, towels, sheets, cooking oil, etc. Campers need to bring their own blankets. I've created a network of hiking trails for especially fit hikers looking for a more rigorous hike than the nearby Santa Margarita River Trail. My trails lead through creek beds, over boulders, through rocky crags, with views of the Pacific ocean on a clear day. Hikers on my trails need to wear proper hiking boots with good traction. Sections of my trails will require bouldering with hands and feet. Expect to have fatigued quadriceps, some scrapes, and a sweaty hat brim.
The campsite is accessible with a two-wheel drive vehicle; I drive a Kia Forte out there regularly. However, some tips when driving a two-wheel drive car: when going uphill on a dirt road, try to keep some momentum of about 12-15 MPH. If you stop and try to start again, your tires will spin out. If that happens, just reverse down the hill, and try it again with more momentum.
- Check in: After 1PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Strict
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
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We loved dome home!
We had such a great time staying at the Dome Home! It was exactly as described, and made for a very comfortable stay. Definitely make sure you're there for sunset--the view is gorgeous! We also appreciated the privacy--you could see Christopher's other hip camp property in the distance, but that was it. The kitchen is well stocked with lots of dishes and basics and the grill works great--we were able to make a really nice dinner. The propane fire pit puts off a lot of heat, and there are lots of great spots to sit. We brought our sleeping bags and pillows, although there were sheets and pillows there too. The outdoor shower and composting toilet were clean and easy to use. We loved the twinkle lights at night too. We would definitely stay again! If you're not comfortable driving on slightly rough dirt roads, you might not like the drive in, but we were totally fine in our Subaru. Christopher was extremely communicative with us the entire time, which was great. The town of nearby Fallbrook is very cute--we enjoyed a local beer and wood fired pizza at The Mill and stopped by the Santa Margarita Preserve. Temecula is close by too, so lots of options to enjoy.
Perfect local weekend getaway! Had some rain and sunshine but was still a comfortable and fun stay during both types of weather. Shower and toilet were easy enough to figure out. Kitchen had everything we needed. Had fun with our jeep on the way in and out. Our dogs had a great time too!
Hope to come back with some friends some day!
*Highly recommend hiking the Santa Margarita trail
Serene, beautiful, warm and remote
Overall, the Dome Home included incredible views, a unique experience, and provided the ability to explore an area of Fallbrook I would never venture into otherwise. The descriptions were all accurate and the provisions were adequate. Beds were very comfortable. The challenge of recommending to people I know, and is that they would never be able to navigate those roads without GPS (which doesn’t work). You really need a strong sense of adventure and directions… and definitely don’t do it at after sunset (like we did). The owner does warn about the heat in summer months and it is intense. So trying to leave/return to cool off is hard with the roads, distance, and other available activities. Reserve this for cooler months and you’ll have a enjoyable, serene, beautiful experience! And follow the owners directions and driving video to a T!! Owner is super helpful and responsive.
Stunning views and great fun!
What a grand adventure! Christopher was super communicative. I watched the directional video a couple of times before I left and printed out the driving instructions before hand. I wasn't expecting the dirt roads to start as early as they did, but my Prius made it! (Phew!) The key seemed to be the 12-15 MPH as recommended in the video.
The views were amazing, the sunset divine, and the setting perfect. We heard owls, saw bats and lizards, and enjoyed the dark skies and stars. There were plenty of chair options outside. The picnic table was perfectly situated and the restroom had a great view.
I'm 5'10 and really had to duck to get into the dome and the restroom canopy was a little low for me. Also, I have AT&T and had cell coverage (5G) the entire time.
Great stay at dome home, just what we needed to get away from the city. Chris’ direction and video to find the place were helpful, and my Toyota Corolla made the drive without issue. Plenty of hiking in nearby nature preserves and if you want to get back to civilization the town of Fallbrook is charming and had great local wineries to try. Chris was a great host and we would stay in one of his properties again!
If you have any type of mobility problem you might want to think twice about the Dome Home. If you are looking for a place off the beaten path but still relatively close to civilization this place is a good choice.
A refrigerator and solar power for lights and basic needs.
Drinking water and outdoor shower.
Good, weather resistant shelter for sleeping and hanging out. The bed was comfortable but very high. A step stool would have been appreciated.
Sheltered place to cook.
Nice, safe propane firepit.
About a 20 minute drive to town.
The road in is rough and narrow. I had no trouble with my high clearance 4Runner but it would have been a challenge with a standard vehicle. It only took about 10 minutes from the paved road to the site but it seemed longer.
Little to no cell phone reception on the T-Mobile network, so don’t count on the driving video unless there is a way to save it to your phone beforehand. Glad I viewed it several times before leaving so I could recognize the landmarks. Signs along the way were helpful.
Getting in and out of the Dome was a challenge for our aging knees. Three steps up, step over the threshold and duck your head, then two steps down into the Dome. Same for the composting toilet: About 6 steps up then negotiate another big step and narrow ledge before sitting down.
Close to military base(s) so lots of air traffic despite feeling like you off the beaten path.
Loved my time at the Dome Home! The first part of the adventure was driving up the road to get there, but my Kia Soul made it just fine. Chris’ directions made it really easy, so make sure you read his directions and watch the YouTube video. There is basically no cell phone reception so you will be disconnected from the world, and that’s what I wanted. Everything you need is there down to a french press for coffee. The bed was comfy. The view was beautiful. I did bring a cooler with ice, because I like my water really cold. I’ve already recommended it to about 10 people! Next time I’m going to try the Hilltop lodge.
My friends and I came here to celebrate a birthday off the grid. The directions were clear, Chris was very good with communication. The Dome Home was beyond our expectations even though there was a description. Excellent place. I will say some of the terrain is pretty Rocky and with gravel. I think 4wD and lifted vehicles are best for getting to this camping location.