The Great Outdoors

Whether you’re complete camping novices or grizzled outdoor experts, San Diego campgrounds can be the perfect weekend destination. Pack up your car, trailer, or motor home and head out for a taste of the great outdoors.

An hour east of San Diego, Lake Morena County Park is a blend of coastal, desert, and mountain terrain. Ten cabins and 86 hook-up, partial hook-up, and tent sites mean there’s a perfect campsite for any family. The Morena Reservoir is open to personal canoes and kayaks, and motorized boats are available to rent for fishing and cruising. The famous Pacific Crest Trail passes near a select number of campsites.

Bonita’s Sweetwater Summit Regional Park welcomes motor homes, trailers, and tent campers alike to 112 campsites in the 500-acre park. The 15 miles of trails are open to bikers, hikers, and horseback riders – some of the campsites include corrals so equine visitors can stay the night as well. Kick back and spend the afternoon fishing at Sweetwater Reservoir, then get dinner ready at one of the picnic pavilions.

William Heise County Park offers 103 campsites, almost 11 miles of multi-use trails, and 14 cabins with internet access for those who want to stay connected in comfort. Look out for mule deer and wild turkeys among the pines and oaks. The park is 4,200 feet above sea level near the historic gold rush town of Julian – head into the city during the day to visit the Pioneer Museum or pick up one of the famous local pies.

Be sure to make reservations early and stay updated on current campfire and water use regulations. Remember to check the projected weather at your destination before you finalize your packing list. Learn more or check out other campgrounds at

The S’More the Merrier


Standard s’mores are delicious, but sometimes it’s fun to go beyond the traditional marshmallow, chocolate bar, and graham cracker sandwich.

Whether you’re making them over the campfire or in your fireplace, try a few of these ideas to get some more out of your s’mores!

  • Add sliced bananas or strawberries
  • Add peanut butter or caramel sauce
  • Use Nutella instead of chocolate
  • Experiment with different kinds of candy bars
  • Use cookies instead of graham crackers
  • Try chocolate marshmallows and chocolate graham crackers