Camping in a County Park
Making Camping Reservations (phone and in person)
Camping time limits
Resident Discount Cards
Group and Caravan Camping
Where to get discount cards/parking passes
Camp Fire Regulations
Red Flag Warnings
Camping Reservation Procedure
To make a reservation in any of our eight camping parks, you have the following three options:
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, you can now make your camping reservations on line. Visit this page to learn more.
(858) 565-3600 (local)
(877) 565-3600 (toll free)
Reservation Office and Telephone Hours:
Monday through Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Except Holidays)
5500 Overland Ave, Ste. 410
San Diego, CA. 92123
For online reservations, the latest you may make a reservation for campsites is 24-hours prior to the first day of your stay if sites are available. For same-day reservations, you must call the reservation desk.
Reservation Time Limits:
The earliest you may make a reservation for campsites is one year prior to the first day of your stay.
Payment is required when you make your reservation. You may pay for your reservation by cash, check, money order, VISA, or MasterCard.
Overnight use: All fees will be forfeited if the reservation is cancelled less than 30-days before the check-in date. Reservations cancelled with less than 90-days but more than 30-days prior to check-in date will be refunded less the first night's fee, reservation fee, and a $5 cancellation fee. Reservations cancelled more than 90-days prior to check-in date will be refunded less reservation fee and a $5 cancellation fee.
Day use: All fees will be forfeited if the reservation is cancelled less than 30-days before the picnic date. There is a $30 fee to cancel a reservation more than 30 -ays before the picnic date.
Overnight use: A $5 transfer or change fee is charged for one reservation rescheduled within a three-month period of the date of the original reservation. Transfer must be made at least one business day in advance before check-in time.
Day use: There is a $5 fee to change a reservation more than 30 days in advance. Transfers can be rescheduled up to one year from the original date and in the same park only. Less than 30 days no changes will be allowed.
The Parks Department will issue vouchers only to customers paying by cash, check, money order, or travelers check. These vouchers will be valid for one year from the date of issue.
A reservation can be made and guaranteed for one camping unit and up to eight people per campsite. The Supervising Park Ranger will determine each site's capacity for additional camping units and will allow such usage as he/she deems appropriate. Full site fees will be charged for additional units.
A paid reservation entitles the camper to use the site from 2:00 p.m. (check-in) until 1:00 p.m. the following day (check-out). Reserved sites will be held until 1:00 p.m. on the day after the scheduled arrival date. The site will then be given out on a first come, first serve basis until the next scheduled reservation for that site.
The minimum stay per reservation is one night. The maximum stay is 21 nights within a 28-day period. After a 21-night stay within a 28-day period, an individual must be out of the park for at least 7 days before another reservation or registration can be made in the same park.
The Park Supervising Ranger will determine each site's capacity for extra vehicles and allow such usage as space allows and charge an extra vehicle fee of $4 per vehicle. An extra vehicle is considered a second motorized vehicle that is not towing or being towed by the main camping unit.
All fees for Reserved Individual Sites and Reserved Group-Youth/Caravan Areas are collected in advance by the Reservation Desk. A non-refundable reservation fee ($5.00) is charged for each individual site reservation.
All fees for Unreserved/First-Come, First-Served Sites are collected by the Ranger at the Park. Fees must be paid prior to check-in time for each night's stay. No reservation fee is charged.
Additional fees will be collected by the Park Ranger for pets,extra vehicles, extra camping units, and boating or fishing fees (see Lake Morena).
Park Fees (per night):
The tables below identify camping fees currently in effect, and fees changes after September 4, 2012. Reservations may be made up to one year in advance.
For an explanation of the differences between full, partial, and non hook-ups, go to this page.
To review all park use fees, click here.
** An organized Youth Group is where 75% of those in the group are under 18 years of age. There is a $5.00 reservation fee for groups. Note that at Vallecito and Dos Picos, the maximum number of people allowed cannot exceed 25.
Pets are $1.00 per night (note that dogs are not allowed at Quail Gardens or Volcan and Santa Ysabel Open Space Preserves). Horses are $2.00 per night at Sweetwater Summit and Vallecito collected at the park upon check-in. See Frequently Asked Questions for pet regulations.
$5.00 Per Individual Reservation. This fee is non-refundable.
Anyone who lives in San Diego County is eligible for a County Resident Discount Card. The cost of the card is $35.00 and is good for one year from the date of purchase.
$1.00 off per night, any night.
Waiver of $5.00 reservation fee.
Senior Citizens who are sixty-two years or older and residents of San Diego County, and residents of San Diego County who have a 50% disability, are eligible for a Senior or Disabled Discount Card. This card costs $15.00 and entitles the holder to the following benefits:
$4.00 off weekday camping/full hook-up RV sites (Sunday through Thursday except night prior to holiday).
$3.00 off weekday camping/partial and non-hookup sites (Sunday through Thursday except night prior to holiday).
$1.00 off per night Friday, Saturday, and night prior to holidays.
Waiver of $5.00 reservation fee.
Please Note: Discount cards apply to only one camping unit or one site per night, and are not transferable.
Family Pass ..........$40/year
Senior (62+)............FREE if a San Diego County resident
Disabled ................FREE if a San Diego County resident (current California Disabled Placard honored in all regional day use parks)
Waiver of the parking fee in San Diego County Regional Day Use Parks. (Note: parking pass is not valid at Agua Caliente, Quail Botanical Gardens, and some special events.)
Where to get your discount card/parking pass:
To obtain a discount card or parking pass, you have two options. The cards/passes are available at any of our camping parks, or in person at our Reservation Center. For further information, call 877-565-3600.
Group Camping Discount:
Group organizers may reserve a minimum of 10 campsites up to one year in advance of their stay. Please call the Reservation Center at 877-565-3600 to make these group reservations. This will enable us to avoid charging you reservation fees for each site. By phone, a reservation fee of $5 will be charged for reserving 10 to 20 sites. There will be an additional reservation charge of $1.00 per site after the initial 20 reservations are made. Pavilion and/or kitchen facilities for one full day during the reservation period are included in the reservation at no additional charge. (At Dos Picos, the pavilion may be reserved at no additional charge in 4-hour blocks. Additional fees will be collected at the park by the ranger if a longer period is required.) One extra vehicle fee and pet fees are waived. Sites may be cancelled prior to the reservation date, but the group must remain at a minimum of 10 sites to qualify for this special program. Only 1 transfer or reschedule maybe made per group reservation. All other Department rules and regulations apply. Cancellation and transfer policies are the same as individual site reservations.
The Caravan area at Agua Caliente may be reserved up to one year in advance. Current fees are $100, maximum of 10 units. Call 858-565-3600 for more information.
We offer gift certificates for camping in any amount. These certificates are good for full hook-up, partial hook-up, primitive sites, camping in a wilderness cabin, or merchandise. Call the Reservation Desk at (858) 565-3600 (local) or (877) 565-3600 (toll free) to purchase the certificates. Gift certificates are also available for purchase at any of our camping parks and the Reservation and Information Center . For your convenience, they are also available online, 24 hours a day, at http://reservations.sdparks.org/commerce/gift_certificate_sale.asp
Camp Fire Regulations:
No person shall ignite or permit to be ignited, a fire in any location in a County park except in a designated campfire ring or cooking area provided by the County or as specifically authorized by the Park Ranger. Fires in fire rings are allowed from 7:00 am - 11:00 pm.
Red Flag Warnings:
An open flame ban shall go into effect whenever a Red Flag Warning is posted by the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and will remain in effect until the Red Flag Warning is lifted by the NOAA. In the event of a Red Flag Warning, refunds will not be given.