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Glamping in San Diego’s Backcountry

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· California
1 acre
5 sites
5 Lodging
Alter Experiences LLC is a glamping & nature travel company based out of San Diego, CA. We're dedicated to creating meaningful experiences in nature & getting people outdoors. Our glamping sites are located in the Cleveland National Forest - Mount Laguna, CA. Our plush tents are nestled in the high mountain forests of San Diego's backcountry - sky islands where pristine nature & wild-life thrives. These are some of the most remote & biologically diverse habitats in all of Southern California. Our sites are handpicked to offer you a truly nature immersive experience. We strive to create the most comfortable outdoor experiences, even at our most remote locations. We take all that's fun about traditional camping & combine it with modern comfort & state of the art equipment. We offer various accommodation styles depending on location. Our Tentsile tree tents are definitely the most popular - a lightweight tree house that uses 3 anchor points to create a "living space" suspended between trees. Our elevated tree tents bring a whole new dimension to camping. Our plush & cozy bell tent was designed with the ultimate comfort in mind! It feature all the amenities you can expect at a hotel - therapeutic mattress, buddy heater, quality linens and more. The provided kitchen comes fully outfitted with everything you need including; hot chocolate, tea, spices and multiple cooking tops. All you need to bring is your cooler and food! Open fires are allowed (weather permitting) and bundles of wood are sold at $8. There are a network of trails to explore nearby, as well as Lake Cuyamaca and the historic town of Julian. You can choose from various restaurants, breweries wineries and we also have two hard cider locations, as well as various other attractions and activities. We also offer mountain bike rentals right from the campsite. Glamp with us and discover all the beautiful and natural wonders of our San Diego Backcountry.
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California, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Shantel S.Joined in December 2016
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107 ratings · 81 reviews
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Kristina P.recommends
October 16, 2022
Deer Peak | Glamping at Mt. Laguna
Glamping success!
Had everything we needed. Will definitely be back!
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Whitney D.recommends
October 14, 2022
Lions Den | Mt. Laguna Glamping
Camping with dog and baby
Lion’s Den was amazing! Has everything you need and plenty of space as well as privacy. We had a wonderful stay with our infant and dog, Shantel was lovely and checked in with us during our stay. Bathrooms are a little walk if you have to go in the middle of the night but everything else was exactly what we needed. Will definitely be coming back!
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Katie O.recommends
October 5, 2022
Fox Den | Glamping in Mount Laguna
We had the best weekend at Fox Den! When we arrived, everything was set up for us and we had everything we needed for a comfortable stay (bedding, towels, shower caddy, full kitchen, etc.). All we needed was food, ice & firewood! Shantel was so sweet and responsive. Would absolutely stay again, and will be recommending to our friends! Thank you, Shantel!
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Melissa E.recommends
August 28, 2022
Eagles Nest | Glamping in San Diego
Great location and beautiful set-up
Eagle's Nest is a wonderful spot - there was only spot to the side of us, and nobody behind us. It's elevated too so it felt secluded. Shantel was really helpful. The communication was accurate and detailed. We did 2 hikes that we were able to access from the campground. I was with my 13 year old son, and he loved the tree tent - I did too :) We only needed to bring our food in a cooler and dry goods. Everything else was there! I would go again.
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Tricia P.recommends
August 3, 2022
Deer Peak | Glamping at Mt. Laguna
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.
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Knock H.recommends
July 22, 2022
Eagles Nest | Glamping in San Diego
Great host! Great location and beautiful set-up.
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Crystal M.recommends
July 6, 2022
Fox Den | Glamping in Mount Laguna
Shantel was extremely helpful and the campsite had everything we needed and more! It was thoughtfully put together with all the essentials and extra fun touches like games that the kids really enjoyed. Would 100% recommend staying at this site!!
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Lev G.recommends
May 19, 2022
Deer Peak | Glamping at Mt. Laguna
Great family Glamping experience!
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.
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Susan B.recommends
May 17, 2022
Eagles Nest | Glamping in San Diego
Great experience. I would definitely recommend this tree tent adventure.
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T N.recommends
May 15, 2022
Fox Den | Glamping in Mount Laguna
Fox Den and the hosts were fantastic. Both the site and the service exceeded our expectations. Shantel answered all our numerous questions before arrival and even checked in on us during our stay to make sure everything was functioning properly. The amenities were plentiful from the shower kit to tent heat lamps and lanterns. All the details were definitely thought of. The restrooms and showers were all very clean and well kept. Some of us really enjoyed the tree tents and hammocks! This is our first time at Fox Den and it certainly won't be the last!
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Kara A.recommends
April 18, 2022
Deer Peak | Glamping at Mt. Laguna
Family glamping
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!
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Rica M.recommends
October 30, 2021
Deer Peak | Glamping at Mt. Laguna
My 3rd time booking!
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.
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Shauri Yuen E.recommends
October 11, 2021
Blue Jay | Glamping Mount Laguna
Best glamping experience
Me and my friends had an amazing time!! Everything was ready when we got there, beautiful tent, a lot of butane, towels, A lot of essentials was there! (It was really cold when we camp) it was near the restroom, showers have hot water. Would be staying again if ever decided to camp again!
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Miranda G.recommends
October 8, 2021
Eagles Nest | Glamping in San Diego
My first glamping experience!
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!
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Michelle L.recommends
August 12, 2021
Deer Peak | Glamping at Mt. Laguna
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.
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Angelica L.recommends
July 25, 2021
Deer Peak | Glamping at Mt. Laguna
Relaxing and easy
Best camping trip I’ve ever had! I will be back to book again. Thanks!
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Luis C.recommends
July 11, 2021
Deer Peak | Glamping at Mt. Laguna
A true glamping experience...
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.
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Michelle G.recommends
July 9, 2021
Fox Den | Glamping in Mount Laguna
A magical outdoor getaway (]’
We had a great time! The site was very nice and pretty secluded, and the accommodations were lovely. The hosts were attentive and responsive as well. Would recommend!
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Erica C.recommends
July 1, 2021
Eagles Nest | Glamping in San Diego
Beautiful, fun, and easy!
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.
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Canek E.recommends
May 19, 2021
Fox Den | Glamping in Mount Laguna
Great experience at Fox Den!
Shantel did an amazing job with our camp site! The accommodations were absolutely wonderful. We loved having everything we needed right there ready for us. We had such a great time enjoying the peace and tranquility of Fox Den. Shantel really went out of her way to make our glamping experience memorable. The tent setups were perfect and the beds so comfortable. The kids had so much fun as well. We're looking forward to planning our next camping trip in the area sometime soon.
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Matt M.recommends
April 27, 2021
Deer Peak | Glamping at Mt. Laguna
Can’t wait to go back!
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!
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Nicky G.recommends
April 22, 2021
Deer Peak | Glamping at Mt. Laguna
Great spot
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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Joshua J.recommends
April 2, 2021
Deer Peak | Glamping at Mt. Laguna
Our stay at deer peak glamping was so much fun. Shantel had everything you need at the campsite and was very thorough at making sure all our needs were met during our stay. The site was amazing and the kids loved the tree tent while the parents enjoyed sleeping in beds. Thank you again Shantel for making this glamping trip a memorable one and for checking up on us to make sure we had no needs during our stay. We highly recommend staying here and look forward to our next visit
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Mario M.recommends
April 1, 2021
Fox Den | Glamping in Mount Laguna
Me my wife and two children had never gone camping before as a family and we ended up having a blast! Shantel was an excellent host and put lots of thought into the campsite. We actually discovered that we overpacked as everything we needed was already provided. Super convenient. Our campsite was quite private which was nice. The tents were really spacious and a great place to relax. My kids absolutely loved the massive hammock! Overall it was a perfect way for us to enjoy the outdoors. We hope to be back again!
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Katherine J.recommends
March 25, 2021
Blue Jay | Glamping Mount Laguna
Shantel is an amazing host. Upon arriving at the campsite, she was friendly and welcoming. And definitely provided everything we needed for the stay. You really do only need to bring your own food in a cooler cause everything else is already there. We had such a great time staying here and will definitely come back!
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Carey K.recommends
March 4, 2021
Blue Jay | Glamping Mount Laguna
We had an amazing time at Blue Jay Nest. We were a group of 5 and had more than enough room to spread out. Shantel and Rami were so accommodating and sweet and made sure we were completely set up by providing bedding, cookware, soap, etc. The camping kitchen made cooking so convenient and everyone loved hanging out in the tree tent and hammock! There are trails all around the camp site and walking to the lake was our favorite. We went right before it was about to snow so it was chilly at night, so we made sure to bring lots of layers and extra sleeping bags. We can’t wait to go again!
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Ai F.recommends
February 16, 2021
Fox Den | Glamping in Mount Laguna
The Fox Den glamping set up had everything we needed for a lovely 2 family weekend away, even with 5 kids 8 and under! The site was a bit muddy and slushy from the snow - but Shantel and her husband did what they could to make it better for us and we appreciate their efforts. I look forward to checking out the other Alternative Experiences sites next time!
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Kim S.recommends
November 27, 2020
Fox Den | Glamping in Mount Laguna
Awesome Camping Trip
Thank you, Shantel for an wonderful camping experience. It was so nice just to pack the car with our food and clothes and have an amazing time. We hiked on a near by trail to a lake, cooked on the two available cook stoves, roasted s’mores on the camp fire. All spices, utensils and plates were very handy. The tree tents are so fun. Our tent was beautiful and had so many nice touches. The near by bathroom was clean. We stayed in one tent and our kids stayed in the other. We can’t wait to stay again. Thanks for a wonderful Thanksgiving camping experience.
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Christine F.recommends
November 15, 2020
Deer Peak | Glamping at Mt. Laguna
Love this place !
Amazing host and location. ! Would definitely recommend to everyone and can’t wait to be back again
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Taylor H.recommends
November 2, 2020
Deer Peak | Glamping at Mt. Laguna
Absolutely perfect
This was the easiest, most comfortable, and cutest camping trip I’ve taken. My boyfriend and I literally just showed up with some goodies and relaxed all weekend. The host was perfection! The site was darling! Absolutely no complaints. We went for a hike early in the morning one of days, I believe it’s called Big Laguna Trail, so beautiful!! Easy for beginners! The bed in our tent was amazing! We rested so much this weekend! The little space heater was awesome for the chilly nights! The hammocks were fun to lay under and read! we had cell phone reception! Honestly, one of my favorite weekends ever.
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