Hipcamp host Bob S.,
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Best Views. Best Privacy. Good Convenience. 124yd to toilet. 153yd to guest hangout. Priced for 6 max 12. 1-3 tent. 1-2 Camp Rig.

The Observatory Site is the reason we bought this property.  It’s awesome. This site is at the highest point on the property at the end of the road.  Its location gives guests 360 degree vie


Best Views. Best Privacy. Good Convenience. 124yd to toilet. 153yd to guest hangout. Priced for 6 max 12. 1-3 tent. 1-2 Camp Rig.

The Observatory Site is the reason we bought this property.  It’s awesome. This site is at the highest point on the property at the end of the road.  Its location gives guests 360 degree views of the surrounding mountains and maximum privacy and distance from other guests. This large site can accommodate mid-sized trailers and multiple tents and comes with a “mini-cabin” for an extra sleeping shelter or a place to get out of the elements. The Observatory site is furnished with a large steel fire pit with spark screen and stainless-steel grill insert.  Guests will also have a commercial grade picnic table for twelve and a 10x10 ft. raised wooden camp platform for you to use for tents, canopies, cowboy camping or stargazing.

Come see why The Preserve at Aguanga Ranchos is one of the most reviewed and highest rated camps in SoCal! 

When you click (Instant) Book on this page you will then be asked to review the Rulebook before committing to your booking.  Please be sure to read it carefully so you can decide if this property and site setup will accommodate your group, vehicle, equipment and camping preferences.

For additional information that shows both properties and all of our sites click on my host name in HipCamp and drill down from there.   If you are a first-time visitor, we’d also encourage you to visit our website pupterra.com to see everything that we offer and join the Pupterra Exploration Club for 10% off all bookings. We also provide information, pictures and videos through our social channels @pupterra and YouTube Page for Pupterra Adventures.  We send all guests a virtual welcome packet 48 hours before their reservation that supplements all of the information contained within your booking details and contains videos, maps, nearby hiking trails and local recommendations. 

Campsite area
Tent or RV site
1 site
Up to 12 guests per site
Up to 3 vehicles
Wheelchair access
2WD Accessible
RV Information
Travel trailers, Toy haulers, Pop-up campers, Class B RVs, Class C RVs, Campervans, and Cars allowed
Vehicles under 23 feet allowed
Pull-in site
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: loose-gravel
Surface levelness: requires leveling
Generators allowed
No Fifth wheels and Class A RVs
Hookups: No electricity, water, sewage, or TV connection
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Picnic table available
No potable water
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Pack it out
Laundry absent
Have a question? Send Bob a message!
  • Check in: After 1PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 25% off

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Adventure Guide

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Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


Bike directly off site for scenic and challenging dirt roads in the community or drive to nearby mountain biking favorites: Hig...Read more


Lake Skinner (24 Miles), Diamond Valley Lake (29 Miles), Lake Hemet (33 Miles), Lake Cuyamaca (52 Miles)


Lake Skinner (24 Miles), Diamond Valley Lake (29 Miles), Lake Hemet (33 Miles), Lake Cuyamaca (52 Miles)


Hike the property and dirt roads in the community or take a sort drive to some amazing nearby trailheads: Oak Grove Trailhead (...Read more

Horseback riding

Saddle Up Ranch (4.8 Miles)

Off-roading (OHV)

Nearby High Point Truck Trail or Palomar Divide road for Cleveland National Forest Access for plated vehicles. Red Mountain OHV...Read more


Lake Hemet & Splashing Eagle Swim Zone (33 Miles)

Wildlife watching

Local wildlife species such as mule deer, long-tailed weasel, opossum, black-tailed jackrabbits, desert cottontails, mountain l...Read more


Natural features you'll find at THE OBSERVATORY in California.


High Desert: Native vegetation includes redshank, chaparral, white sage, black sage, yucca, cacti and cholla.


Property is at just over 3000 feet in elevation and overlooks Aguanga Valley with panoramic views of Cleveland National Forest ...Read more

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Hipcamper Peter
Peter L.
recommends this listing.
June 26th, 2022

This is my 2nd time staying at the Preserve and my first time at The Observatory. The site was clean and ready when we arrived. The mini cabin was a nice touch and convenient since I didn't want to pitch a tent. I would stay here again!

Hipcamper Carla

Cant wait to go back!

Carla R.
recommends this listing.
June 19th, 2022

The observatory was a perfect spot! Was way up at the top an no one went up there or by there! The view was amazing and it was so calm and quiet!
Just getting to the place was easy in my sedan was worried about the dirt road and accessing the camp but easy in my toyota corolla! My dog and i left the camp and went off to go for a long walk and it was so peaceful and quiet! Also you can actually see the stars up there
Its close to home but also far away enough from the city!
I will definitely be coming back!
Thank you Bob

Hipcamper John

Test gear

John B.
recommends this listing.
June 12th, 2022

Directions were spot on to the campsite. Observatory was a great choice. Platform was nice we brought a couple of easy ups for shade and Porta potty was clean and no noisy people there seems like they listen to the curfew rules etc.

THE OBSERVATORYWhat camp looks like when you’re pulling upBacked up my jeep so I could sleep in the hammock by the fire second nightEasy up dining room
Hipcamper Loren
Loren W.
recommends this listing.
June 5th, 2022

Positive experience at the Observatory site. It was mostly quiet, the little structure was nice to stay in, and the directions were very clear. Would recommend.

Hipcamper Ramona
Ramona O.
recommends this listing.
June 5th, 2022

We loved this site! The deck for a tent was perfect as well as the small shelter in case it gets too windy or cold. The privacy was great and the views were amazing. Will definitely be staying again!

Hipcamper derek
Derek B.
recommends this listing.
May 22nd, 2022

Amazing site and experience all around. Great panoramic views. This site was at the top of the campground everything spaced out nicely. The mini cabin at the site was adorable and saved us the trouble of setting up a second tent. Slept two comfortably. Some great rock scrambling and bouldering on the ground. Great weekend getaway- highly recommend

Hipcamper Benjamin

All the way up!!

Benjamin R.
recommends this listing.
May 12th, 2022

This place is just the best of both worlds camping in the middle of no where but still close enough to civilization for the "city boys" our fur baby's enjoyed themselves as much as we did! Can't thank Bob enough for extending our reservation when we had car trouble....definitely recommend that you bring shade for the day .... we will be back!! Stunning sunrise and sunset with the 360° view!!!

Hipcamper Matt
Matt L.
recommends this listing.
May 8th, 2022

The observatory is the highest elevation spot at the Preserve. There are great views of Palomar Mountain. We really like this spot at night as you can look down at most of the campground that has really cool led lighting placed throughout the property.

Hipcamper Chloe

Great views!

Chloe S.
recommends this listing.
May 2nd, 2022

A great campsite to stay with a group and the campsite is beautiful! Bob was very communicative and helpful.