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Paso Picacho Campground (California) Make a Reservation

13652 Highway 79
Julian, California 92036
760 765-0755
32.9547, -116.6014
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Cuyamaca Rancho State Park – Paso Picacho Campground has 85 campsites, 5 cabins and one (tent-only / walk-in) group campsite at an elevation of 5,000 feet. Campsites can accommodate tents, trailers and RVs (up to 30 feet). There is a limit of 8 people per campsite. Each campsite has a table and fire ring/grill. There are no hookups at this campground. There is one group (tent, walk-in) camping area accessed from the day-use picnic area Paso Piacho Campground has a dump station, drinking water, flush toilets and hot showers. Firewood is available for sale at the campground.

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.

The most popular hikes have trailheads starting from this campground up to Sonewall Peak and Cuyamaca Peak.

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park also has Green Valley Campground with 81 campsites and Granite Springs and Arroyo Seco Environmental camps – both of which have vault toilets, non-potable water, horse corrals and tent sites.

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’.

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7 Replies to “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!

    1. Camp Ranger says:

      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?

    1. Camp Ranger says:

      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?

    1. Camp Ranger says:

      Hi Aaron,

      Yes a ranger is usually on duty at Paso Picacho campground on Saturdays.

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Amenities
  • Amphitheater
  • BBQ Grills
  • Campfire Center
  • Campground Host
  • Campsite Tables
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Equestrian trail
  • Fire Pit
  • Fire Rings
  • Firewood Available
  • Group Camping
  • Nature Center
  • Pets OK
  • Picnic Tables
  • Restrooms (Flush Toilets)
  • Showers
Activities
  • Backpacking
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Boating (non motorized)
  • Canoeing
  • Creek
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Horseback riding
  • Kayaking
  • Lake
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nature Trails
  • Photography
  • Stargazing
  • Swimming
  • Walking Trails
  • Wilderness Area
  • Wildlife Viewing
Regions
  • Creek
  • Lake
  • Mountains
  • San Diego County
  • Southern California
Campsite Types
  • Cabin
  • Equestrian
  • Group
  • RV
  • Tent
  • Trailer
Best Campsites:

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

Campground Map:

Campground Map

Season:

From: Spring To: Fall

Elevation:

5,000

# of Campsites:

85