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Paso Picacho Campground (California)

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14592 Highway 79
Julian, California 92036
760 765-0755
32.9547, -116.6014
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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. The campground is located in a nice forest of conifers. It is rather spread out with most campsites having some nice privacy.  The 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 also 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. 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. There is an 8 person limit per campsites.

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 park.

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.

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17 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.

  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

    1. Camp Ranger says:

      Hi Sunshine,
      The cabins at Paso Picacho campground can be reserved (recommended) by calling 800 444-7275, or visiting http://www.parks.ca.gov
      They will be able to provide pricing and availability.

  6. Andi Briceño says:

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

    1. Camp Ranger says:

      HI Andy,

      There are no hookups at Paso Picacho campground.

  7. Melissa Mangum says:

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

    1. Camp Ranger says:

      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?

    1. Camp Ranger says:

      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

    1. Camp Ranger says:

      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.

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Directions:

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park is located on Highway 79, five miles north of I-8 in San Diego County.

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
Regions
  • California State Park
  • 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:

Year Round

Elevation:

5,000

# of Campsites:

85