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The Desert View Tower

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143 reviews
· Jacumba, California
93 acres
3 sites
3 Tent
Loaded with history, and set on the "La Posta Pluton," we are 3000 feet above the California's Imperial Valley. Sitting on this land is the historic Desert View Tower, which will turn 100 years old in 2020. The view of the tower couldn't be in a more epic setting. The sunsets, stars and views are world class. Tent camping in the area doesn't get much better than this. Learn more about this land: PLEASE CHECK IN BEFORE DARK. ***If you are showing up after dark, we unfortunately cannot accommodate you. Must arrive before 4 in the winter months, 7pm in the summery months.*** Winds here can be ferocious. A day ahead of time check the weather for Boulder Park CA (That's us). We will happily change for another date. No road access to the camp sites. Tent camping only. No RV spaces available. The Desert Tower is a 93 acre property in the midst of a great field of boulders on a hillside cliff overlooking California's Imperial Valley. One can camp anywhere in the rocks you like...there are tons of hidden gems out there with some great views. There is a sandy area in front of the tower that is very nice and close to the bathrooms -- Enjoy the views and the nighttime stars!
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Jacumba, 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 Ben S.Joined in July 2015
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233 ratings · 143 reviews
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Uma M.recommends
November 22, 2022
Desert View Tower Tent Camping
We spent 2 nights at the Desert View Tower. It definitely exceeded our expectations. Each site has a different charm. We chose a small, secluded one and absolutely loved our time there. From the endless climbing rocks to the friendly dogs and peacocks, there was so much to explore! Ben, the host, is very welcoming and accommodating, as well. An awesome place to stop.
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Luke W.recommends
November 6, 2022
Desert View Tower Tent Camping
Amazing land with amazing views. The boulder park was awesome for the kids to explore. Ben and his team were so nice and hospitable. Easy and safe camping while feeling remote and private at the same time.
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Darin P.recommends
October 30, 2022
Desert View Tower Tent Camping
Very gracious host, clean camp sites, close to freeway but u won’t know it when camping
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Lisa C.recommends
October 20, 2022
Desert View Tower Tent Camping
The hiking in the area was fun and beautiful! Enjoyed playing with the on-site dogs. And the host was friendly and helpful. We will be returning!
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Kevin R.recommends
May 15, 2022
Desert View Tower Tent Camping
Ben and everyone there were so warm and accommodating! From their hospitality to the well maintained camp sites behind their rental property, as well as their many dogs, I loved every part of my stay.
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Joe M.recommends
April 24, 2022
Desert View Tower Tent Camping
This is a bucket list campsite
This is really a delightful place to camp. You are nestled next to the boulder field, which is a scramble through boulders that were long ago carved to look like animals; near the historic Tower; and on a beautiful piece of land, where you will see beautiful peacocks stroll by. The proprieteurs are lovely people. I have been here twice, and each time was amazing for my friends who accompanied me. This isn't just a piece of land to pitch your tent. It should be a bucket list campsite.
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James C.recommends
April 2, 2022
Desert View Tower Tent Camping
ben’s land had bathrooms and we felt pretty safe knowing the staff was always nearby in case of an emergency.
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Lyssa N.recommends
February 20, 2022
Desert View Tower Tent Camping
Amazing view and caves!
Loved this place! The site was spacious for us to put up two tents. The view was absolutely beautiful and we had the whole area to ourselves. Just be mindful if you have little ones since there is a lot of cactus 🌵 loved how they had their dogs come visit us and they are all so friendly. If you want to explore there are some caves to check out and you can get an even better view at the top of the tower. We went to their gift shop and got some little goodies before our departure. Ben and the staff working the site was very friendly and inviting!
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Matthew H.recommends
February 13, 2022
Desert View Tower Tent Camping
Desert camping at its finest
Been coming here for years. Truly a wonderful spot for folks with kids.
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Stefanie H.recommends
December 2, 2021
Desert View Tower Tent Camping
Great place! Absolutely gorgeous and the host, Ben, was super friendly! Definitely coming back. :)
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Daniel H.recommends
October 10, 2021
Desert View Tower Tent Camping
Clear night skies, awesome hosts and a good time.
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Andree C.recommends
October 3, 2021
Desert View Tower Tent Camping
Super nice people!
The place is super cool!! Everyone on the land is super nice and so cool! If you go be sure to talk it up with the people living there! The stars are absolutely amazing at night and the sweet dogs on the property make the bathroom trips at night less scary. One even came and checked up on us a few times to make sure everything was going well haha. The rocks are super cool to adventure around even have cool carvings on them. Also don’t forget to take some pics at Coyotes flying saucer retrieval! I definitely would come here again and I seriously recommend this little gem of a place. They even have yoga! Thanks Ben!!
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Giovan M.recommends
October 1, 2021
Desert View Tower Tent Camping
Magical time
Most fun I have EVER had camping!
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Tyler C.recommends
September 12, 2021
Desert View Tower Tent Camping
First time staying here and it was a great experience. The host was super friendly, accommodating and knowledgable about the area. Will probably stay again in the future.
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Pia T.
June 18, 2021
Desert View Tower Tent Camping
Shop in the tower - it has all kinds of cute goodies!
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Sharon M.recommends
April 5, 2021
Desert View Tower Tent Camping
A little desert oasis
What a magical wonderland of desert splendor! Ben is such a great host with a wonderful volume of history for the area!
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Natalie S.recommends
February 28, 2021
Desert View Tower Tent Camping
Peaceful and fun
So much fun! So much to find and explore
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Megan C.recommends
January 3, 2021
Desert View Tower Tent Camping
A really cool, unique site
This was a really fun place to stay. Between the tower, Boulder Park, and the unique grounds, you won’t be disappointed. Ben and family make you feel at hope whether you are passing through or there for the night.
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Dean R.recommends
January 3, 2021
Desert View Tower Tent Camping
The camp site was really cool, and the owners limited the site to two parties. Limiting the amount of people really made the grounds feel secluded and socially distant. John (Ben's nephew) was really helpful during check in, and Ben was hospitable in the morning with coffee. Great getaway from the hustle and bustle, and I look forward to future trips.
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Ryan L.recommends
November 29, 2020
Desert View Tower Tent Camping
Beautiful!
Ben is an awesome host and the camp site was magical! Highly recommended.
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Mark H.recommends
November 29, 2020
Desert View Tower Tent Camping
Beautiful camping/Breathtaking view
This is an amazing venue. I love staying here and taking in the beautiful views. The Boulder Park is amazing and the hosts are wonderful. I'll definitely be back.
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Rida A.recommends
November 1, 2020
Desert View Tower Tent Camping
Great camping spot local to southern California. Plenty of things to look at and nice people. Our pups loved it.
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Allan G.recommends
October 19, 2020
Desert View Tower Tent Camping
A great time...
The host, Ben, and his family were very gracious and my family of four had a wonderful day and night at the Desert Tower
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Sandy G.recommends
October 4, 2020
Desert View Tower Tent Camping
Sweet campsite ! Pet friendly, welcoming hosts. We really enjoy our time here.
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Chad D.recommends
September 22, 2020
Desert View Tower Tent Camping
Phenomenal sunsets and sunrises overlooking the desert! The family that hosts is friendly and accommodating. I really enjoyed the conversations with everyone. This might be the best kept secret in SD County. Highly recommended!
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Smash V.recommends
August 24, 2020
Desert View Tower Tent Camping
Can’t wait to come back!
Awesome experience! Already planning our next trip back and recommending to all of our friends. Our dogs loved exploring and Ben and all of them were super nice and welcoming. Highly recommend!
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Jessica G.recommends
August 16, 2020
Desert View Tower Tent Camping
Ben and Sam were awesome! And the site was incredible! I’ve never been to one like it! Ben was very helpful in letting us know how hot and even said we would be able to cancel if we would like to ensure our comfort. But I didn’t want to miss this opportunity and I am glad that I didn’t! Stargazing at night was amazing I have honestly never seen anything like it! We also traveled to the dunes which are about an hour away in glamis. And that site is out of this world. I really loved this camping site and hope to be back soon! Sam was great and showed us around the site and let us pick which one we would like to go! There was plenty of space for us. For a last minute trip for us it had exceeded our expectations
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Ling L.recommends
July 26, 2020
Desert View Tower Tent Camping
Unique spot with great views
This place was amazing! The hosts were so friendly and accommodating. We loved exploring the area, there’s cool artwork everywhere and some nice hikes. The dog got along great with the owners dogs and loved having all that space. Our kid is obsessed with the tower and wants to live there forever. We’d love to come back!
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Thu T.recommends
July 19, 2020
Desert View Tower Tent Camping
100% recommend!
I cannot recommend this place enough!!! Ben is super awesome, the site itself has great amenities and a cool little adventure within itself! Staying there gives you access to the tower, which has a slice of history you can’t miss out on. Great place to stay, highly HIGHLY recommend!
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Robert S.recommends
July 13, 2020
Desert View Tower Tent Camping
Great time for what I needed. It was super quiet due to Covid so I was able to relax, find places to hike and see stars at night. Super windy so be prepared and yes in the summer you will see rattle snakes but Ben will take care of them.
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