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part ofCleveland National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates


Falcon Group Campground has three individual group campsites just off the scenic Ortega Highway in Southern California, which connects San Juan Capistrano and Temecula Valley Highway.

The pleasant climate, scenery, trail system and convenient location, make this a popular destination for groups from Los Angeles and San Diego. Hiking is especially popular among campers.

Natural Features:

The campground sits at an elevation of 3,300 ft. off the Ortega Highway scenic drive in the Santa Ana Mountains, a route that offers beautiful views of the surrounding mountains, valleys and forest. The area lies in a mixed forest and chaparral ecosystem and is inhabited by a variety of birds, plants and wildlife.


Hikers of any level can find trails that challenge and accommodate their recreational goals around the campground. Among them are the Falcon Trail, a 1.4-mile easy trail that connects to the campground, and Trabuco Canyon Trail, which provides scenic 6.8-mile hike into the backcountry.

The San Juan Trial, which is popular with mountain bikers, has a trailhead at Blue Jay campground, adjacent from Falcon Group Campground. The trail climbs a very steep set of stacked switchbacks from the floor of Hot Springs Canyon and traverses briefly before steeply ascending a ridge toward Sugarloaf Mountain.

There are also many ideal picnic spots and scenic overlooks along Ortega Highway.


There are three individual campsites within the group campground. Lupine can hold 40 people and eight vehicles, Sage can hold 30 people and six vehicles, and Yarrow can hold 70 people and 10 vehicles. The facility is adjacent to Blue Jay Campground, which has first-come, first-served individual sites.

Nearby Attractions:

The closest town is Lake Elsinore, which has various shops, restaurants and recreation opportunities.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Drinking Water
  • Group Camping
  • Hiking
  • Picnicking
  • Scenic Drive
  • Vault Toilets
Know Before You Go
  • Parking is limited to 6 spaces at Sage, 8 spaces at Lupine and 10 spaces at Yarrow; carpooling is recommended
  • Parking area is not large enough for vehicles with trailers
  • Camp fire rings are available as are charcoal grills.
  • Mountain lions and other animals frequent the area; Be aware of your surroundings and keep all food and trash secure
  • Click here to learn more about Cleveland National Forest
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect California's forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. For more information visit firewood.ca.gov.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
33.65583, -117.46028
33°39'21"N, 117°27'37"W

From Southern California, take U.S. Highway 15 to State Highway 74 (Ortega Highway) in Lake Elsinore. Travel 6 miles west of Lake Elsinore on 74 and turn north on North Main Divide Road. Proceed 5 miles to Falcon Campground.

From I-5, exit for Ortega Highway (State Highway 74). Take 74 east approximately 27 miles to North Main Divide Road. Turn north and proceed 5 miles to Falcon Campground.

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Information:  (951)736-1811
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