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"The Observatory" is the flagship site on the Preserve at Aguanga Ranchos with 360 degree views from the highest point on the property.  To see an overview of all sites at this property please visit our website pupterra.com, YouTube Pupterra Adventures or Instagram @pupterra.

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"The Observatory" is the flagship site on the Preserve at Aguanga Ranchos with 360 degree views from the highest point on the property.  To see an overview of all sites at this property please visit our website pupterra.com, YouTube Pupterra Adventures or Instagram @pupterra.

See all the way across the valley and up into the Palomar mountains, with a backdrop of the boulder field to the West. The Observatory site is at the end of the road and is accessible with a 2WD vehicle.  This site accommodate mid-size camping rigs, or a handful of tents and accessories. On this site you have an 8 foot solid picnic table, 30 inch fire pit with spark screen and grill-top, and an "in rock" fireplace which is great for camp cooking with wind protection. If you want to walk off into the boulder fields and explore, you can walk out directly off the site and go explore an additional 10 acres of the property covered in massive boulders with amazing views.  We almost kept this spot for our own personal camp spot, but decided it was too cool to keep to ourselves.  The private host area site in this listing is only made available upon the request of existing reservation holders looking to add a second reservation for larger groups or exclusive access to our garden area. Due to the popularity of this site we have a two night minimum for weekends that we reduce to one night if left unbooked by Thursday or each week, along with a flexible cancellation policy that allows for free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance. To see more details on the rules and safety notifications for this specific site, you can hit the "Book" button in this listing.  You will then see the details before committing/paying for anything.  You can also find more details through our Pupterra Adventures website pupterra.com

What is Pupterra Adventures? We turned our passion for outdoor adventure into a small side business called "Pupterra Adventures" in 2020.  In April 2020 we purchased the property now called The Preserve at Temecula Creek and in March 2021 purchased The Preserve at Aguanga Ranchos.  While it wasn't our initial intent to host guests on the land, we gave it a try - ended up loving hosting/sharing the land - and now we spend nearly all of our free time working on restoring the land while creating a special and unique guest experience for our visitors. In addition to running The Preserve properties, Pupterra Adventures tries to find ways to make it easier for you to find your next adventure by sharing guides, maps, gear and off-road camp trailer resources and recommendations. 

How do the properties differ? We get this question a lot.  The properties are more similar than they are different so let’s start with that. The properties are 2.6 Miles (~15 minutes) apart from each other.  To keep things easy, we offer every site across both properties at the same nightly rate for 4 guests, with some of the smaller sites priced for two at a lower cost point.  All sites allow for instant booking, 1 night minimums and the most flexible cancelation policy available. Both properties are set up for “Wilderness+” camping experience; remote yet 4G LTE connected on a safe and established private property. Neither property has utilities, nor water and provide a porta-potty toilet. Guests are expected to “leave no trace” and pack out all waste after their stay. Personal (or rental) propane fire pits and grills are allowed on all guest sites, with wood burning fire options available to all guests as described in each individual site listing. All sites have tables as described in the listing details with Guest Hangout areas on the property for some extra comfort, fun and gathering space.  Our guests visit to decompress and disconnect.  Quiet hours are 9PM to 9AM on both properties.  We are dog lovers and encourage guests to bring well-behaved pets.  We ask that they stay on leash/lead while on the property for their safety and the safety of others. When camping at one of The Preserve properties you can expect beautiful surroundings, room to spread out and explore, proximity to many outdoor adventures in the area, responsive hosts and cool guests sharing the property (over half of our guests are now repeat visitors – and these properties seem to draw very chill outdoor adventure enthusiasts).  We do not live on either property which gives you even more privacy, but also limits immediate on-site support.  We employ local guest experience managers to help maintain the property and to remain on call for immediate guest needs.

The Preserve at Temecula Creek is surrounded on all sides by Cleveland National Forest and requires a two mile ascent on a high vehicle clearance dirt fire road.  We suggest high clearance AWD as our standing ‘recommendation’ because it will apply to any weather/road condition throughout the year.  We allow for trailers and campers on this property but strongly suggest that they be off-road capable (smaller, good clearance, independent suspension or torsion axles).  This property is a favorite for overlanders and off-road enthusiasts.  The fire road that runs through the center of the property continues up and through Cleveland National Forest to the High Point Fire Lookout and then back down Palomar Divide Road.  

The Preserve at Aguanga Ranchos is more accessible to all vehicles and larger trailers/campers.  It is also very private, however, it is surrounded by private property – which limits guests to the 25 acres for exploration.  Aguanga Ranchos is more traditional.  Each site has a large heavy-duty picnic tables and a wood burning fire pit w/ a grill insert and spark screen.  This property is higher in elevation than Temecula creek, and the landscape is different – with large boulder fields and rock outcroppings throughout. 

Click on my host name in this listing to see both properties and the site listings for each. For an overview of all guest sites available between the two properties please visit pupterra.com, our social pages @pupterra and @preservecamping and our youtube channel Pupterra Adventures.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
2 sites
Up to 10 guests per site
Park at listing
Wheelchair access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Picnic table available
No potable water
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Pack it out
Laundry absent
Camping vehicle details
No electrical hookup
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Generators not allowed
Pull-in site
Max length 23ft
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: loose gravel
Surface levelness: requires leveling
Have a question? Send Bob a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 15% off

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3000ft Elevation with views directly into Cleveland National Forest and Palomar Mountain.

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Hipcamper Ken

Great views, great site!

Ken C.
recommends this listing.
(The Observatory)
October 11th, 2021

The observatory was a really great spot to camp, Very secluded feeling. Easy to find and well kept. Awesome views of the mountains, and at night the stars shine bright! Bob was a good host and answered all my questions fast. Highly recommended!

Hipcamper Joann
Joann C.
recommends this listing.
(The Observatory)
September 27th, 2021

Great views! Bob was a very welcoming host. Keep in mind there’s no hookups or trash disposal. Kids had a great time climbing all over the rocks.

Hipcamper Katie
Katie D.
recommends this listing.
(The Observatory)
August 14th, 2021

The campsite was perfect for viewing the Perseid meteor shower. It was easy to find and well maintained. I had an amazing time and would absolutely recommend it to a friend!

Hipcamper KAREN
Karen C.
recommends this listing.
(The Observatory)
July 24th, 2021

We loved the place and will definitely come back!!!

Hipcamper Bob
Response from Bob, the Host, on August 5th, 2021

WooHoo! Thanks Karen.

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Hipcamper Shawn

Magical night

Shawn S.
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(The Observatory)
July 23rd, 2021

The campsite was awesome! We were so happy to stay there overnight. We were the only campers there at that night, so we just hit a jackpot. Observatory is at the end. You don’t see anyone else, even if there are other groups. The view and the open sky is unforgettable. It was warm when we were there, so we just set up the tent with no cover, and enjoyed the night sky till falling asleep. We woke up to a sunrise. What a great spot!

There is one communal toilet at a guest hangout area. It’s a walk from our site, but we enjoyed the walk. The toilet is clean, so all good!

Bob was very responsive 👍🏻 Thank you for this amazing experience.

Hipcamper Bob
Response from Bob, the Host, on August 5th, 2021

Glad you enjoyed your stay Shawn! We learned something interesting after we started hosting guests. Everyone seems to have different preferences with choosing a campsite, and a much larger consideration than we would have imagined is "proximity to toilet." Because of that we actually measured the distance from each site to the toilet and posted it on our website pupterra.com/thepreserve.

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Hipcamper Charlene
Charlene E.
recommends this listing.
(The Observatory)
July 19th, 2021

Amazing campsite! Great host! Third time staying at Bob’s location. Did not disappoint!

Hipcamper Bob
Response from Bob, the Host, on August 5th, 2021

Thanks for the review Charlene! Charlene had a great idea that I would highly recommend for future guests: Bring a kite if you have one. They seemed to be having a great time flying those kites in the breeze rolling of the mountains.

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Hipcamper Michael
Michael E.
recommends this listing.
(The Observatory)
July 6th, 2021

A perfect Hipcamp camping experience. Well-spaced campsites, great location, and great host. Couldn’t ask for more!

Hipcamper Joren

Great spot!

Joren M.
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(The Observatory)
June 17th, 2021

Great spot with a great view of the North side Palomar Mountain & a vast canyon. Fire pit feels safely distanced from any hazards & away from flat area good for tents. Non-invasive lights allow easy navigation to toilet at night. Stargazing was AMAZING! Only criticism is that there are several areas nearby with old debris from demotions, which is pretty ugly, but not really visible from the campsite. Also, bring your own shade, as the sun gets intense during the day.

Hipcamper Bob
Response from Bob, the Host, on August 5th, 2021

Hey Joren thanks for the comments. We will slowly but surely keep "manually grading" all of the sites with a rake and tamp, and you unknowingly gave a HUGE compliment by sharing that there are good flat areas for tents. That part of setting up campsites takes a lot of work! Fun Fact: The county won't let you grade property without a permit - so we have to do all of that the old fashioned way - by hand. Regarding debris: The Preserve at Aguanga Ranchos and all sites are clear of anything significant, but the neighbor has a really nice collection of heavy machinery & materials on his property adjacent to ours. You can not see his property from any of the sites, but could easily confuse it for our land if you take a walk outside of the main gates.

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Hipcamper John
John H.
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(The Observatory)
June 15th, 2021

First of all the host was amazing, he accommodated us. Second the camp site was easy to get to even with a 2wd. The overlook campsite that we stayed at was clean, with a nice view. I would definitely recommend for a large group.

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Hipcamper Bob
Response from Bob, the Host, on August 5th, 2021

Thanks John. Appreciate the review and the pictures! Love the Biolite Camp Stove. Shameless plug: Biolite is one of our favorite outdoor gear brands that you can find on our website pupterra.com. Consider checking out our gear page if you are looking for new stuff to add to your gear collection.

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Property
The Preserve at Aguanga Ranchos
State
California
Country
United States
$50/night
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