7.3 Good

Burnt Rancheria Campground USFS

Pine Valley, California

Mile 23, Sunrise Hwy
Pine Valley, California 91948
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Sites: 123
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 32.86134
Longitude: -116.42045

Elevation: 5919' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station no
  • Group Camping Group Camping no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water no
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault yes
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground no
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking no
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access no

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6 Reviews

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Review Count: 65
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 18

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

Burnt Ranchería is a typical forest service campground. Beautiful location. Spacious sites. Excellent hiking right from the campground. No amenities. The campground is on Mt. Laguna, 90 minutes from the center of San Diego, so expect it to be full or nearly full on weekends when it's open, with is from May-October. The sites are spacious, but hard to get in or out of for a bigger rig. The campground was clearly created in the days when vehicles were a bit smaller. It feels more like a tent campground that has a few RV's. A few sites are quite nice for RV's, especially smaller ones, but most are not even close to level. No electric hookups or dump station. There are threaded water spigots everywhere, but any time anyone tried to use them, the camp host, a guy we quickly nicknamed "Mr. Grumpy," would rush up in his cart and say that we weren't allowed to fill our tanks. The only thing we found in the written rules was that water was for "personal use only," so we think his interpretation of the rule was his own, and not official forest service policy, but whatever. The other issue was the wasps. They were swarming every water source, including our dog water dish, and the large number of water spigots that were leaking. Maybe if Mr. Grumpy had fixed some leaks instead of chasing people with hoses....but I digress. Cell coverage was enough to keep up with email, but not much else. I really wanted to like this place. It has so much beauty going for it. But the large number of people and Mr. Grumpy made it hard to love. We camped at Burnt Rancheria Campground USFS in a Motorhome.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Site Number
Site Surface
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches
Tips for other Campers:

Desert View Trail is a nice, short loop trail that leaves right from the campground. The PCT also comes right by camp.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2011 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

Burnt Rancheria campground is a seasonal campground open from mid May to mid October. This is a gem of a campground, very clean and well maintained. It is in a National Forest so as mentioned in an earlier post, roads are narrow, thankfully one way and negotiating your spot with a "big rig" can be tricky. Turns are tight in places and expect to "rub" some branches at the very least either on your roof or on the sides or both. They list some pull through sights though I didn't see any, perhaps for the camp hosts. There aren't any hook up sights what so ever as listed (again except for campground hosts) but water abounds with water spigots just about every where you look so there is no shortage of access to water. We stayed in space #46 which is right across from a camp host and right next to one of the many restrooms. I would stay in this space again as water is right next to it if you should run out as we did. The only draw back of staying next to one of the restrooms is they are lighted throughout the night, could be good for those that may need it but I'd rather a spot with less or no light at night. Camp hosts spaces are lighted throughout the night as well. All in all a wonderful place to stay with many attractions nearby. Just to mention a number I think are worth seeing. Julian CA is about 20 miles away and the San Diego Historical Rail Road Museum in Campo CA, that actually hosts two train rides/runs on both Saturday and Sunday is about 25 miles away. Either is plenty worth the drive to go to. We camped at Burnt Rancheria Campground USFS in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 65
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 22

Date of Stay: August, 2009 - $19.00
Overall Rating:

A beautiful campground in the Cleveland National Forest east of San Diego. Located at about 5,000 feet, so usually above the coastal marine layer. Can get cold in the winter (with snow), but that's rare. Typical national forest campground. Sites well-spaced, lots of shade. Direct access from the campground to the Pacific Crest Trail so lots of hiking opportunities. Three camp hosts on site, so help/assistance available if needed. Although previous reviewers have indicated that this park is big rig friendly, I would take that with a dose of common sense. As with many national forest campgrounds, the roads are narrow in some places and overhead clearance for limbs is a challenge. In fact, in a motorhome of typical height, there are no interior roads you can navigate without collecting a few tree marks. The best big rig sites would be those near the entrance (14, 17, 18, 19) because you can back into those from the entrance and avoid the trees. We stayed in #3 - a great site, but getting out was a little more complicated. Again, a great location. We enjoyed ourselves. Just be careful of the trees. We camped at Burnt Rancheria Campground USFS in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2008 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

We roughed it here, nice area if you want to get off the beaten path, and get away from everyone! but if you have all the nice things like your toys, you may want to re-think staying here. Lots of shade, water may be an issue, it was hot during our 2 day stay. We camped at Burnt Rancheria Campground USFS in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 62
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: July, 2007 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

The park was quiet and clean. We will be returning soon. We camped at Burnt Rancheria Campground USFS in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2006 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

Overall a very nice park. The accommodations are primitive, no electric, water or sewer. There is water available, but there is no way to hook a hose to the spigot to fill your coach. The "rangers" are basically camp hosts and were slightly stand off-ish. Not really unfriendly, just not very helpful. There are many miles of nice hiking trails easily accessible from the campground and all the sites are spacious. We would return here again. We camped at Burnt Rancheria Campground USFS in a Motorhome.

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