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Tips For San Diego Summer Camping

The Laguna Mountain Visitor Center is pictured in this undated photo.

Credit: Mount Laguna Improvement Association

Above: The Laguna Mountain Visitor Center is pictured in this undated photo.

Tips For San Diego Summer Camping


Claire Trageser, enterprise reporter, KPBS


San Diego’s natural beauty makes it a perfect spot for camping close to home. Fortunately, there are dozens of places nearby to sleep out under the stars.

KPBS reporter Claire Trageser is an avid camper and distilled that expertise into a recent camping guide for San Diego Magazine.

"There’s just a big variety. You can go camping by the beach, you can go camping in the moutains, you can go camping in the desert at the right time of year,” she said. “There’s the more populated, crowded spots that are a fun social gathering or more isolated places.”

For a no-frills vacation, Trageser recommends camping alongside the backpacking trails on Mount Laguna. But for a more pampered experience with no tent necessary, there are places like The Ranch at Bandy Canyon in Escondido or Cuatro Cuatros in Ensenada.

The most popular campgrounds, especially those on a beach, are already booked through the summer, according to Trageser. But there are still plenty of spots at places like Dos Picos and Lake Morena. There are separate websites for reservations at state and county parks.

Trageser joins KPBS Midday Edition on Friday with more advice for a San Diego camping adventure.


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