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Paso Picacho Campground (California)

Paso Picacho Overview

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Paso Picacho Campground at Cuyamaca Rancho State Park  has 85 campsites, 5  cabins (with beds, stove and light) and one (tent-only / walk-in) group campsite.  Cabins cost $75 per night plus taxes and reservation fee.

The campground is located in a nice forest of conifers. It is rather spread out with most campsites having some nice privacy.  Campsites can accommodate tents, trailers and RVs (up to 30 feet). There is a limit of 8 people per single-family campsite. Each campsite also has a table and fire ring/grill. There are no hookups at this campground. There is also one group (tent, walk-in) camping area accessed from the day-use picnic area, and also a group equestrian campsite.

Paso Piacho Campground has a dump station, drinking water, flush toilets and hot showers. Firewood is available for sale at the campground. Check-in time is 2:00 PM and check-out is 12:00 PM. Reservations are necessary for weekends April through October. The camping fee includes one motorized vehicle. Generators are allowed at Paso Picacho campground from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Paso Picacho – Cuyamaca Rancho State Park Area Recreation

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park is a beautiful and popular park and includes miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails. In edition, Lake Cuyamaca offers boating and fishing.  Other outdoor activities include picnicking, photography, wildlife viewing, horseback riding and swimming in some of the creek’s ‘swimming holes’.

Green Valley campground is also in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. It has 58 campsites for tents, trailers and RVs, as well as 15 equestrian campsites.

Make a Reservation for Paso Picacho

Amenities
  • Amphitheater
  • BBQ Grills
  • Campfire Center
  • Campground Host
  • Campsite Tables
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Equestrian trail
  • Fire Pit
  • Fire Rings
  • Firewood Available
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Nature Center
  • Pets OK
  • Picnic Tables
  • Ranger Station
  • Restrooms (Flush Toilets)
  • Showers
Activities
  • Backpacking
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Boating (non motorized)
  • Canoeing
  • Creek
  • Cultural Sites
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Horseback riding
  • Kayaking
  • Lake
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nature Programs
  • Nature Trails
  • Photography
  • Picnicking
  • Stargazing
  • Swimming
  • Visitor Center
  • Walking Trails
  • Wilderness Area
  • Wildlife Viewing
14592 Highway 79
Julian, California 92036
760-765-3020
Make a Reservation Campground Map
Best Campsites

8, 22, 36, 52, 62, and 65

Regions
Campsite Types
  • Cabin
  • Equestrian
  • Group
  • RV
  • Tent
  • Trailer
Season:

Year Round

Elevation:

5,000

# of Campsites:

85

Paso Picacho Photos

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Paso Picacho Comments & Reviews

Visted Paso Picacho Campground lately? We'd love to hear about your adventure. Did you find us useful? Did we forget something? Anything our community should know before heading out to Paso Picacho?

34 Comments on “Paso Picacho”

  1. Angela Anaya says:

    Its so beautiful there. We are on our way there right now and cant wait. Cooler temps, beautiful scenery. I saw deer in the wild for the first time last time we were there.

  2. Stacy says:

    What time is the earliest we can enter the campgrounds? Our group will already be on-site Friday, but due to work obligations, we can’t arrive until early Saturday morning.

    We will be staying at site 6, 7, and 8.

    Thanks in advance for your help with this!

    • Hi Stacy,

      Paso Picacho campground check-in time is 2:00 PM and check-out is 12:00 PM. The camping fee includes one motorized vehicles (extras are $10 per night). There is an 8 person limit per campsites. Pets/dogs are allowed on leash.

      Have a great time!

  3. Katia says:

    What is the latest time we can arrive Friday night? We have campsite PO20 and have a 29 foot trailer we have to park. Will it be to tight to park it at night?

    • Hi Katia,
      Paso Picacho campground check-in time is 2:00 PM and check-out is 12:00 PM. The camping fee includes one motorized vehicles (extras are $10 per night). There is an 8 person limit per campsites. Pets/dogs are allowed on leash.

      Your 29-foot trailer should be fine to park in site PO20.

      Have a great time!

  4. Aaron says:

    Is there a ranger onsite Saturdays? I ask as campsites are all booked (except for the ADA sites) and wondering if there is a possibility of reserving day of (drive in/walk in)? We will be up in Cuyamaca hiking anyway, so is there a possibility for a day of drop in reservation on a Saturday… maybe there is a cancellation?

  5. Sunshine says:

    Hello,

    Can you tell me how much the cabins are at Paso Picacho campground and if they are also first-come, first-serve basis?

    Thanks you,
    Sunshine

  6. Andi Briceño says:

    Are there hook ups for RV’s at the campsite?

  7. Melissa Mangum says:

    Is there electricity in the cabins? Thank you in advance!

    • Hi Melissa,
      The Paso Picacho cabins at Cuyamaca Rancho State Park have a ceiling light, beds and a stove. We’re not sure if they have electric plugs. You might try calling the park directly at 7670-765-3020.

  8. Melisa Wong-Jimenez says:

    Can we take our dog on the trails at Paso Picacho on a leash?

    • Hi Melisa,
      Pets/dogs are allowed (on leash) in the campground, as well as on the Los Caballos/Stonewall Mine Road trails and the the paved Cuyamaca Peak Fire Road.  Bicycles and horseback riders are also allowed on these trails. Dogs are not allowed on any other trails in the Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.

  9. Ashley says:

    Hello, on the reservations site the cabins had random numbers and letters I was wondering what the code was for the Cedar cabin. I’ve seen it hiking there and that’s its name on the outside but they werent listed on the map and when I called they didnt know which cabins were which

    • Hi Ashley,
      Unfortunately we don’t have photos of the Paso Picacho cabins and can’t help you with trying to identify which code/# is assigned to the Cedar Cabin. I’ll schedule a photographer to get up there soon and photograph the cabins, but it probably won’t be until a month or so.

  10. Tammy says:

    Are there any restrictions for having campfires this weekend?

  11. Mark says:

    Stayed there a few days ago mid week. Had entire campground mostly to ourselves. It was wonderful.

    We had walked by the locked cabins but I failed to inquire while there how much they cost and if they were available in the winter. The official website for Paso Picacho does not provide any cabin information. Can we just show up this time of year and get one first come first served?

    • Hi Mark,
      Cabins at Paso Picacho campground in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park cost $75 per night + an $8 per night reservation charge. Go to the Paso Picacho campground page HERE and then click on the ‘Make A Reservation’ button. That will direct you to the ReserveCalifornia site. Once there, search for ‘Cuyamaca Rancho State Park’ and choose ‘Paso Picacho’ campground. It will list all of the campsites and cabins available after you enter a date.

  12. Stacey says:

    Staying there in a couple weeks. It is possible to check in early since it’s off season? Would like to set up camp and do a hike before the sun goes down around 5:00 pm.

    • Hi Stacy,
      Usually the campgrounds are sticklers on check in / check out times. However, since it is the off season – if the site you have reserved at Paso Picacho is available, the Ranger(s) may allow you to check in early. You can try calling the Paso Picacho campground info line:760 765-0755

  13. Scott Thompson says:

    How do I look at reservations/availability for the Paso Picacho group site? I can’t see it under Paso Picacho campground reservations.

    • Hi Scott,
      Good question. We checked Reserve America for the group campsite at Paso Picacho (Cuyamaca Rancho State Park) and it did not show up either. I recommend you call Reserve California directly to ask: 800-444-7275

  14. Aaron Cannon says:

    How many people can stay at the “group” campsite?

    • Hi Aaron,
      We’re not sure how many people they allow at the tent-only group camp site or the equestrian group site at Paso Picaho. You might want to call the park directly to find out: 760-765-3020

  15. Sandy F says:

    Can we bring a generator?

  16. Debbie Principe says:

    We have an 18ft. trailer which we keep attached to a Toyota full-size truck. We have had problems backing into some of the sites. Could you recommend a good campsite that will fit our trailer with truck, and also be easy enough to back into?

    • HI Debbie,

      Our ‘favorite’ campsites for Paso Picacho campground should work and there are several others. I’d recommend checking out the photos of Paso Picacho campground and also referencing the map. Our ‘favorite’ Paso Picacho campsites are: 8, 22, 36, 52, 62, and 65

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