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part ofCleveland National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Sun Oct 11 2015   Season Dates


Contrary to its name, Horse Heaven Group Campground has no equestrian sites. Instead, this tent-only facility can accommodate gatherings of up to 100 people. It provides a great mountain getaway for city dwellers to relax and enjoy cool summer temperatures, hiking and other outdoor recreation, just one hour east of San Diego.

Natural Features:

The campground is nestled in the pines at an elevation of 5,600 feet within the Laguna Mountains in the southern portion of Cleveland National Forest. The area is home to many species of birds and wildlife.


The Laguna Mountain region is known for its great horseback riding, mountain biking and hiking trails. Visitors can get their boots dusty on a segment of the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail, which runs from California to the State of Washington, and access other trails within a short drive. Many picnic areas are located nearby.


This site offers three areas for group gatherings: Lupine Loop can accommodate 40 people and 10 vehicles; Buttercup Loop can hold 100 people and 16 vehicles; Hollyhock Loop can hold 70 people and 12 vehicles. The facility is equipped with vault toilets and drinking water. A general store is located 2.3 miles away at Mt. Laguna and Pine Valley.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Drinking Water
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Picnic Area
  • Tables
  • Vault Toilets
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • General Store
Within 10 Miles
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Mountain Biking
Know Before You Go
  • No equestrian camping at this facility
  • No first-come, first-served sites; reservations required
  • 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):
32.8875, -116.44083
32°53'15"N, 116°26'27"W

The campground is located 50 miles east of San Diego, California. Take I-8 to Sunrise Highway exit. Go approximately 14 miles to Horse Heaven Group Campground.

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Information:  (619)445-6235
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