EL PRADO GROUP, CA

El Prado Group Campground is a great mountain getaway just one hour east of San Diego, California in the Laguna Mountain Recreation Area. Campers can enjoy cooler temperatures, unique natural areas and an extensive trail system at this mountain facility from summer through early fall.The...
Status: Open through Sun Oct 12 2014   Season Dates

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Know Before You Go
  • To protect the Laguna Skipper butterfly, campers cannot enter the area behind the fence; cooperation is essential in order to keep these campsites open
  • Click here for more information on the 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.
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EL P GROUP TENT ONLY AREA NONELECTRIC 36 45
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EL P GROUP TENT ONLY AREA NONELECTRIC 30 40
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EL P GROUP TENT ONLY AREA NONELECTRIC 30 30
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EL P GROUP STANDARD NONELECTRIC 32 Accessible 0
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** Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the campground.
*** Some sites may be available only from the campground on a first-come-first-served basis.
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Overview

Overview

El Prado Group Campground is a great mountain getaway just one hour east of San Diego, California in the Laguna Mountain Recreation Area. Campers can enjoy cooler temperatures, unique natural areas and an extensive trail system at this mountain facility from summer through early fall.

Natural Features:

The campground sits at an elevation of 5,600 ft. in the Laguna Mountains. It is forested with pines and oaks that provide plenty of shade. The area is home to many species of birds, as well as the endangered Laguna Skipper butterfly.

Recreation:

The Laguna Mountain Recreation Area is known for great horseback riding, mountain biking and hiking trails. Visitors can get their boots dusty on the Laguna Meadow Trail system or access a segment of the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail, which runs from Mexico, through California and north to Canada.

El Prado Cabin was built in 1911 and was the first Ranger's cabin in the Cleveland National Forest. The cabin is still standing today and is located at El Prado Campground.

Families can learn about the area's flora and fauna by attending educational programs at nearby Laguna Campground. A visitor center is a few miles down the road.

Families can learn about the area's flora and fauna by attending educational programs at nearby Laguna Campground. A visitor center is a few miles down the road.

Facilities:

The campground is made up of five well-spaced individual group sites in a peaceful setting adjacent to Laguna Campground. One of the group sites, Yerba Santa, is accessible and includes four tent sites.

Each site can accommodate a varying number of guests ranging between 30 to 50 people, and allows a 40-ft. maximum RV length.

The facility provides drinking water, flush and vault toilets and a large parking area.

Part of the campground is fenced off to protect the habitat of the endangered Laguna Skipper butterfly. Visitors are asked to respect the fence boundary and comply with the maximum site occupancy.

Booking Window

GROUP STANDARD NONELECTRIC

Mon Sep 22 2014 - Sat Sep 19 2015

Reservations must be made 3 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

GROUP TENT ONLY AREA NONELECTRIC

Mon Sep 22 2014 - Sat Sep 19 2015

Reservations must be made 3 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Fri May 23 2014 Sun Oct 12 2014
Peak Fri May 22 2015 Sun Oct 11 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Backpacking
  • Biking
  • Drinking Water
  • Flush Toilets
  • Hiking
  • RV sites
  • Scenic Drive
  • Tent sites
  • Vault Toilets
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
Visa Mastercard Amex Discover UnionPay JCB

Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
May 23 2014 -
Oct 12 2014
GROUP TENT ONLY AREA NONELECTRIC $45.00-$75.00
GROUP STANDARD NONELECTRIC $48.00
Peak Season
May 22 2015 -
Oct 11 2015
GROUP TENT ONLY AREA NONELECTRIC $45.00-$75.00
GROUP STANDARD NONELECTRIC $48.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
32.88694, -116.45556
32°53'13"N, 116°27'20"W

The campground is located 50 miles east of San Diego, California. Take I-8 to the Sunrise Highway (State Route S1) exit. Go approximately 15 miles north to Laguna/El Prado Campground, just beyond the 26 mile marker. Stop at the entrance station for information and site location.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

EL PRADO GROUP
Cleveland National Forest
Alpine  CA 

Phone Number:

Information:  (619)445-6235
Additional Information