Upcoming Campouts

    • Thu, February 09, 2023
    • Sun, February 12, 2023
    • 2745 Otay Pacific Dr., San Diego, CA 92154
    • 1


    Kiss a Whale Adventure!

    La Paz, Baja, Mexico

    4 Days - 3 Nights


    We will be flying to La Paz, Baja, Mexico to experience the wonders of nature that are here in winter this includes seeing, maybe petting, and possibly even kissing Grey Whales, snorkeling with Whale Sharks, swimming with Sea Lions, and much more. We will be staying at an “Excellent” (as rated by TripAdvisor users) 4-Star hotel that I have stayed at before. We will be eating at 4-Star restaurants that I have eaten at before along with exploring: the beautiful “Malecon” beach boardwalk of La Paz with public art all along it, the historic center of La Paz including the cathedral, and more.

    Access the Trip Flyer here.  

    Cost: $795/pp

    Trip Details

    Tours & Events included:

    • Extended Grey Whale Watching Tour
    • Snorkeling with Whale Sharks
    • Swimming with Sea Lions
    • Luncheon on famous Balandra Beach
    • Rooftop Sunset Party

    Adventures also includes:

    • Stay at "Excellent" 4-Star hotel
    • Professional Photos and Videos
    • Naturalist to Answer Questions
    • Most/All Ground Transportation
    • Breakfasts and Lunches

    What's NOT included (estimated to be $300):

    • Flight to La Paz (Tijuana to La Paz via Volaris)
    • Dinners
    • Parking/CBX Walking Bridge
    • Tips/Spending Money

    Meet: Cross Border Express (CBX) park car in CBX lot and check-in on American side

    Location: Meet at Volaris check-in at the Cross Border Express in Greater San Diego across the border from the Tijuana Airport.

    Direction: https://goo.gl/maps/LTd6Pu2S1ihcgd7U6

    Requirements: 

    1.) Passport valid until at least August 13, 2023

    2.) You will need to fill-out a tourist card before entering the Mexican side of the airport. There are computers and usually helpful airport personnel that will help you fill these out once you cross the CBX bridge right before going through Mexican customs.

    We will be flying Volaris Airlines-

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    Departure: Tijuana (TIJ) 9:34 am - La Paz (LAP) 12:26pm on Thursday, February 9, 2023.

    Note- La Paz is one hour later the PST

    Return: La Paz (LAP) 1:00 pm - Tijuana (TIJ) 1:58 pm on Sunday, February 12, 2023.

    Tips:

    1.) This flight is currently $133.18 USD plus money conversion fee. If your credit card does not charge a conversion fee (like my Capital One Credit Card), select to pay in Mexican Pesos in the top right of the Volaris website to save yourself $10 to $20.

    2.) Pay the CBX bridge crossing fee when buying your ticket. This makes things easier than having to buy at the airport. It will also save you money if the cost goes up which it often does on January 1. 


    Whale Shark Encounter

    Each Winter just off La Paz is a spectacle of nature, Whale Sharks!

    • Knowledgeable Guides
    • Marine Biologist
    • Experienced Captains
    • Canopy Covered Boats

    These gentle giants are filter feeders and don't have teeth making them safe to swim with.  They are the world's largest fish and swimming with them is an awe inspiring experience.  Our guides will teach you all about the whale shark and how to keep both you and the whale sharks safe.  Unlike other tours here, we will have a marine biologist on-board to educate and answer your questions.  Whether you stay on the boat or go snorkeling, this is a tour you won't forget!

    *Snorkeling gear provided.


    Sea Lion Snorkel & Balandra Beach

    Swim with playful sea lions and lunch on a beautiful deserted beach!

    • Learn all about Sea Lions
    • Experienced Snorkel Guides
    • Lunch and Relax on Balandra Beach
    • Save Time and Money

    La Paz is known for its friendly sea lions and the water in winter is warm...70 F.  The rookeries in the area (that are closed in summer) are open in winter for encounters with these playful marine mammals.  Unlike most tours that only have a boat captain often that only speaks Spanish, we will have a marine biologist that will tell those interested all about the natural wonders on our adventure.  Our guides will make sure your interaction with these animals is a safe and awesome one.  After swimming with sea lions, we will head to Balandra Beach for a delicious lunch with lots of time to explore the warm spectacular beach.  This tour is combined with the whale shark tour saving both time and money. 

    *Snorkeling gear provided.


    Grey Whale Encounter

    The Best Grey Whale Watching Experience in Baja!

    • Extended Grey Whale Watching
    • Best Captains & Boats
    • Marine Biologist
    • Best Transportation
    • Professional Photos and Videos
    Other tours are only 2 hours, but ours is a special extended 4 hour tour, maximizing the possibility of once-in-a-lifetime experiences.  We use the best local captains that know how to interact with the whales responsibly.  We will be on the best boats available including importantly canopies for sun protection.  A marine biologist will be along to teach those interested all about the grey whales, other boats typically have just a captain or sometimes a guide who has just tried to memorize a script and can't answer questions.  Transportation is in the best vans available in Southern Baja for added safety and comfort.  In addition to your image captures, professional photos and videos will be taken for your personal use to help you remember and share this trip of a lifetime. 


    La Paz is for Foodies

    La Paz has numerous affordable 4-star restaurants

    • Typical dinner with drink under $30
    • Amazing seafood locally caught
    • Delicious steaks regionally raised
    • Regionally grown fruits and vegetables
    • Most restaurants feature ocean views
    Go for amazing wildlife but stay for the awesome food! La Paz has numerous unique locally owned restaurants featuring super fresh locally caught seafood and regionally raised produce and steaks.

    The same 4-star meal in crowded Cabo two hours’ drive south will cost you three times what it costs you in La Paz. Best of all, this supports the best practices of Sustainable Eco-Tourism. You win! Locals win! Environment wins!


    La Paz is the place to be!
    • Beautiful Beaches, Amazing Sunsets
    • More town than city
    • Friendly locals who love visitors
    • Lots to do and see
    • Short flight from SoCal
    • Not a tourist trap

    La Paz is known for beautiful beaches and amazing sunsets. The Malecon (beach boardwalk) has public art every few feet and is enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. After a couple days you will see familiar faces and locals soon will remember your name. Have a question/problem? … often friendly locals will offer to help before you even ask! La Paz has great shopping for locally made goods including art by local artists. There are tequila tastings, local sunset hikes, beautiful walks like eerie Skull Hill lit by colorful lights, and much more. Take a seaside bike ride or enjoy a skateboard park with locals. All of this is just an inexpensive 75-minute flight from SoCal. La Paz is half the cost of many popular Mexican destinations that are “gringo priced”, aka a “Tourist Trap”.


    Our Most “Excellent” Accommodations!

    • Boutique Hotel
    • Friendly Staff
    • Quiet Grounds
    • Centrally Located
    • Steps to La Paz’s Best Restaurants
    • Sustainable Tourism

    A locally owned boutique hotel with a friendly and helpful staff with quiet grounds and a pool for relaxing. Just a short walk to the historic center of La Paz and even closer to most of La Paz’s best restaurants. Escape the bustle of the Malecon and beach, a 5-minute walk away, to relax and rejuvenate in this quiet haven. Breakfasts will be at Melt just steps from the entrance to the hotel. Rooms are either one King or two Twin beds.

    Hosted by Jeffrey Lehmann, a little about Jeffrey...

    Board Member- North American Travel Journalist Association 

    Host & Producer of the multi Emmy & multi Telly awarded "Weekend Explorer" travel series provided free to PBS stations nationwide and airing on commercial broadcasters around the world.

    Host & Producer “Maritime Silk Road-Birth of the Global Economy” - a historical documentary series awarded "Documentary Series of the Year”-Guangzhou International Film Festival and Telly's for “Writing” and “Cultural Documentary”. 

    Host & Producer “China’s Big Bay”,  documentary series on Chinese technologies more advanced than in the West with an award-winning animated open.

    Producer/First AD - “I Brake for Caterpillars” SAG RomCom feature film currently in post production.

    Under Development- “Diving Explorer” traveling the world to dive and help protect the ocean world ...before it is too late!

    Cancellation Policy:  In order to ensure reservations, all balances must be paid in full no later than January 5, 2022.  Any cancellations after that time will only be honored if someone is found to take your place.  A credit card processing fee of $25.00 will be deducted from the refund. 

    • Sun, February 12, 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • Wed, February 15, 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • 7878 Great Southern Overland Stage rt of 1849, Julian CA. 92036
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    Behold the beauty of the silent desert as the coyote song awakens your spirit of adventure. Join us for a variety of desert adventures that include hiking, 4x4 off road trips, stargazing, amazing sunsets/sunrises and soaking in hot mineral springs at nearby Aqua Caliente County Park.  Gather around a campfire and gaze at more stars than you ever knew existed, or smell the bacon sizzling as your eyes open to beautiful wide-open valleys and mountains.  Located in Shelter Valley, just 16 miles east of Julian, Stagecoach Trails Resort sits just outside of Anza Borrego State Park and offers a variety of amenities.  We have a group site that will accommodate both tents and RVs. The site has a large campfire circle, pavilion, and full hookups. These large sites will accommodate 3 vehicles. Tents can share a site with an RV and have electric power available.  Non electric tent only sites located nearby are available.  Cabins are available on site (no pets in cabins).  Contact the park direct, click here for Stagecoach Trails to reserve a cabin. After you reserve a cabin return here to register for this event.

    Schedule of Events

    Check whiteboard for additional / updated activities.

    Sunday - Feb 12

    • 12 PM - Check In 
    • 3 PM - Hot mineral hot springs at Agua Caliente Co Park (20 min,18 miles)
    • 5:30 PM - Meet & Greet - Bring appetizer to share
    • 6 PM - Dinner on your own
    • 7 PM - Campfire and group activities - bring firewood

    Monday – Feb 13

    • 7 AM - Fresh ground coffee 
    • 7:30 - 8:30 AM - Continental breakfast   
    • 9 AM - TBD - check whiteboard 
    • 1 PM - TBD - check whiteboard
    • 6 PM - Potluck Dinner - Bring a dish to share
    • 7 PM - Campfire activities - bring firewood

    Tuesday – Feb 14

    • 7 AM - Fresh ground coffee 
    • 7:30 - 8:30 AM - Continental breakfast   
    • 9 AM - TBD (pack your own lunch) 
    • 6 PM - Group gathering for dinner.  BBQ charcoal coals for you grilling pleasure.  Bring something to grill for yourself  and a side dish to share.
    • 7 PM - Campfire and group activities

    Wednesday – Feb 15

    • 7 AM - Coffee and continental breakfast
    • 12 noon – check out and safe travels home

    Nearby adventures: (check whiteboard for details and updates) 

    • Shopping in nearby Julian             
    • Torote Canyon loop hike:    6.5  /  1,500'
    • Cold Canyon hike:    3.0  /  650'  
    • Ghost Mountain hike:    2.0  /  500' /  Historic site
    • Mud Caves, Sin Nombre Canyon and badlands - off road, 4x4 adventures
    • Domeland and wind caves hike:   5.0  /  1,000'
    • Indian Hill and old RR camp:   6.5  /  600'
    • Erosion Road tour:   21.0  
    • Blair Valley pictograph trail           
    • Mineral hot pools:  $3 fee / Agua Caliente park -18 miles.
    • BINGO - check whiteboard for times

    What to Bring:  Ten Essentials, camp chair, your name tag, camping/cooking gear, food, daypack for hiking, warm/cool weather clothing, shorts for thermal pool, potluck item to share for Monday and an appetizer for Sunday's meet and greet.  Something to grill on Tuesday and a side dish. Two bundles of firewood, (bring or purchase nearby).  Tenters bring an extension cord to hookup any items for your tenting comfort. 

    Enjoy cowboy camp food prepared by  our master chef George, of Padilla's Chuckwagon. Consider going green! - Please bring your own plates, cups, mugs, eating utensils, napkins, etc. and you will be first in line for food.



    Pets are welcome; a fenced dog park is available.

    Amenities:  WiFi, cell service ( AT&T), hot showers, flush toilets,  pavilion, large group campfire area, full hookups, pool, adjacent hiking trails, nearby 4WD trails, nearby hot springs, and general store.  Facility map click here

    Climate   Shelter Valley - Avg 62° / 45°; Elevation: 2,320′; Current Weather click here.

    Getting There:  Map click here;  33.059668 -116.424627; located 4.1 mi south of Hwy 78 on Route S2 in Shelter Valley.

    Fill your gas tank before heading to camp because the nearest gas is Borrego Springs (24 miles), Julian (16 miles), and Ocotillo Wells 46 miles.

    Contact Trip Leaders: Scott Connelly, Email click here or George Padilla, Email click here

    Payments: This event is limited to GO members; you can join as a member online (click here) and then return here to register.   When you register, you'll need to have your credit card (MC, VISA, Discover or Amex) ready and pay your registration fee within 15 mins. 

    Refunds:  Cancellation for a refund (less $10 service fee) by February 4, 2023. After that date, a refund may be issued, if we fill your spot.

    Special COVID Requirements:  All attendees to be  vaccinated for COVID.

    Health Problems/allergies  Discuss any medical concerns with the event leader that may affect your ability to participate in this event. 



    • Fri, February 17, 2023
    • 2:00 PM
    • Mon, February 20, 2023
    • 11:00 AM
    • Agua Caliente County Park Campground, 39555 Great Southern Overland Stage Route of 1849, Julian, CA 92036
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    Great Outdoors - San Diego

    Agua Caliente County Park

    February 17-20, 2023 - 3 Nights!

    Overview

    You're invited to join Great Outdoors San Diego (GOSD) for what's become our annual visit to Agua Caliente County Park to check out the wildflowers, which typically bloom there in early to mid-spring. Between the wildflowers, the amazing Agua Caliente campground (with showers and hot spring-fed pools), our not-to-be-missed nighttime search for scorpions by black light, the always-amazing Saturday night potluck, and a great group of campers, you won't want to miss this trip! If you are new to Great Outdoors, new to camping or maybe haven’t camped in a while, this is an excellent “starter” camping trip, given the excellent campground facilities and relative close proximity to urban San Diego.

    Our Campground

    Agua Caliente County Park is a 910 acre park with geothermally heated springs. The park is located just west of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in eastern San Diego County.

    Amenities at Agua Caliente include the soothing geothermal pools, coin-operated pay showers (50 cents in quarters per 4 minutes), flush toilets, potable water, shuffleboard and horseshoes, and a sun deck outside the pools for lounging. There is a small souvenir store nearby with very limited groceries, ice and firewood. The pools include an outdoor swimming pool, an outdoor wading pool for children, and an indoor 102 °F therapeutic spa.

    We’ve reserved ten tent sites and two RV sites. Trip pricing is based upon the type of site you choose and whether you’ll be sharing a tent or RV. RV sites have water, electricity, picnic table and a fire ring. A dump station is located within the park. Some sites may not be completely level - we suggest bringing leveling blocks. Depending upon the RV site, tow vehicles may have to park in a nearby site.

    The campground is near many excellent hiking trails and other locations to view desert wildflowers.

    Registration and Payment

    Registration for this event is restricted to Great Outdoors Members Only. Prices are based upon you being a member of one of our 5 chapters. Each person attending must complete a separate registration. If you are not currently a member of one of our 5 Chapters, you’ll need to become a paid member with the Chapter of your choice first and then register for this campout.

    Registration is via this website only. Registration cannot be accomplished on Facebook. You will need to log into your GO account and click on one of the registration category buttons for this trip. The website will then prompt you for information and payment online by credit card (preferred) or other available methods. Payment must be received within 2 weeks of your registration, even if paying by check or your reservation will be subject to cancellation.

    Cancellation and Refunds

    You may cancel your reservation and receive a full refund up to 2 weeks before the trip start date. For this trip, the final cancellation date is February 3, 2023. Refunds will not be available after that date or on any registrations made within those 2 weeks of a trip start date, unless we can fill your spot with another camper.

    Directions

    Please carpool if you can and fill your gas tank well before arriving at camp since the nearest gas stations are in Borrego Springs (30 miles), Julian (33 miles), or Ocotillo (27 miles).

    Address: 39555 Great Southern Overland Stage Route of 1849, Julian, CA 92036

    From Ramona through Julian: East on State Highway 78 to Scissors Crossing then south 22 miles on Highway S2 to the park entrance.

    From Interstate 8: East on Interstate 8 and exit at Ocotillo, then 26 miles north on Highway S2 to the park entrance.

    Extra Vehicles and Fees

    Depending on what time you arrive, you may be asked to pay the extra vehicle fee if the allotted campsite parking spaces have already been filled. The fee is $4 per night for a total of $12 for the weekend. Please pay the fee and ask for a receipt and GOSD will reimburse you for the parking fee. Park regulations impose a limit of two (2) cars per campsite. Any additional vehicles must park in the designated overflow parking areas.

    Schedule

    Friday 2/17/23

    2 PM - Check in after 2 PM

    5 PM - “Happy hour” - Bring a snack to share and your favorite beverage. Some snacks and water will be provided. In order to cut down on waste, please also bring your own reusable plate, utensils and cup/mug - these will not be provided.

    Dinner - on your own

    7 PM - Group campfire (Sunset is just after 7 PM)

    Saturday 2/18/23

    Breakfast - on your own

    9 AM - Depart for hike(s). (Bring a packed lunch.) The hike specifics will be determined as the trip gets closer and we have a better sense for where the best viewing will be. Other hike(s) or outings may also be offered depending on interest levels and degree of difficulty of hikes, i.e., easy, moderate, strenuous. Some possibilities include Mud Caves, Domelands and Wind Caves, Ghost Mountain, Cold Canyon or other regional gems.

    3 PM - Time in the pools at camp

    6 PM - Potluck Dinner - Bring a main dish, side, salad or dessert. In an effort to be more environmentally friendly, please bring your own reusable plate and utensils as one use disposable items will not be provided.

    7 PM - Campfire

    8 PM - Scorpion search by black light

    Sunday 2/19/23

    Breakfast - on your own

    9 AM - Depart for hike(s). (Bring a packed lunch.) The hike specifics will be determined as the trip gets closer and we have a better sense for where the best viewing will be. Other hike(s) or outings may also be offered depending on interest levels and degree of difficulty of hikes, i.e., easy, moderate, strenuous. Some possibilities include Mud Caves, Domelands and Wind Caves, Ghost Mountain, Cold Canyon or other regional gems.

    3 PM - Time in the pools at camp

    6 PM - Potluck Dinner - Bring a main dish, side, salad or dessert. In an effort to be more environmentally friendly, please bring your own reusable plate and utensils as one use disposable items will not be provided.

    7 PM - Campfire

    Monday 2/20/23

    Breakfast - on your own

    9 AM - Time for another dip in the pools or a short hike - and packing and cleaning up the camp sites.

    12 PM - Check Out.

    Campground Rules and Regulations

    A complete listing of campground rules and regulations may be found here:

    http://www.sdparks.org/content/dam/sdparks/en/pdf/BrochuresMiscellaneous/2017_Agua_Caliente_Campground_Handout_FINAL.pdf

    Here are some of the more common rules:

    Pets - Are permitted if they are quiet, properly restrained and under the control of the owner. Dogs must be licensed, restrained on a leash not longer than six feet, and attended at all times. Dogs are not allowed in cabins or on trails. There is a $1 per night fee for each pet, which is not included in your GOSD registration payment. It is payable upon check-in at the campground.

    Quiet Hours- 10 PM - 8 AM

    Campfires – Completely Extinguished by 11 PM

    Smoking- Is not allowed in Agua Caliente County Park.

    Alcohol - Alcoholic beverages are permitted provided the alcohol content does not exceed 20%.

    What to Bring

    Food

    Ten Essentials

    Quarters for showers

    Camping/cooking gear

    Phone/camera charger

    Warm/cool weather clothing

    Potluck item for Saturday night

    Pool gear (towel, swimsuit and water shoes)

    Any prescription or other needed medications

    Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunblock, lip block)

    Soap and sponge for cleaning your reusable plate, utensils and cup/mug

    Your own reusable plate, utensils and mug/cup (No plates, utensils or cups will be provided)

    Camping chair

    One bundle of firewood (please no particle board, old furniture, plywood or construction materials, as these can release toxic gases when burned). The County Parks motto is buy it where you burn it and local firewood is generally available at the small general store near the campground’s entrance.

    Cell Phone Service

    Is not available in the park, but can be found by driving a short distance from the campground.

    Health Problems/Allergies

    It is the responsibility of participants to carry on their person a record of significant allergies, medications and medical history in the event of a medical emergency. Discuss any medical concerns with a trip leader if you wish.

    For full Agua Caliente County Park information - View the Agua Caliente County Park brochure or map at the following links:

    http://www.sdparks.org/content/dam/sdparks/en/pdf/BrochuresMiscellaneous/AguaCalienteBrochure.pdf

    http://www.sdparks.org/content/dam/sdparks/en/pdf/BrochuresMiscellaneous/2016%20Agua_Caliente_Campground_Handout_FINAL_9_13_16.pdf

    Contact - If you have any questions not addressed by the information above or on our registration page, please feel free to contact the trip leaders:

    Matthew Schreiner (matthew.schreiner@mac.com)

    • Thu, March 16, 2023
    • 1:00 PM
    • Sun, March 19, 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • Mecca Beach, Salton Sea, CA
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    The Salton Sea is one of the most enigmatic places in the Southwest. It is a unique place with many hidden treasures and secrets that are not well known. It has been forgotten as a busy tourist attraction of bygone years. Today, we have an amazing place to visit and explore. The sunsets and sunrises are stunning and peaceful. You should take the opportunity to experience it before it receding water levels cause it to change and vanish.

    One of the world's largest inland seas and lowest spots on earth at -227 below sea level, Salton Sea was re-created in 1905 when high spring flooding on the Colorado River crashed the canal gates leading into the developing Imperial Valley. For the next 18 months the entire volume of the Colorado River rushed downward into the Salton Trough. By the time engineers were finally able to stop the breaching water in 1907, the Salton Sea had been born at 45 miles long and 20 miles wide – equaling about 130 miles of shoreline. Salton Sea State Recreation Area covers 14 miles of the northeastern shore. Campers, birdwatchers, photographers and hikers can enjoy the site's many recreation opportunities. View the Salton Sea Recreation Area Brochure here.

    We will be camping at the Mecca Beach campground at the Salton Sea Recreation Area. The meet and greet, potluck and other activities will take place there. March is an ideal time to visit with mild temperatures.

    Activities include hiking a slot canyon in the Mecca Hills, a 4x4 excursion, an easy hike to the Visitor Center to view exhibits and a video on the Salton Sea, and a road trip to Niland area sites, including Salvation Mountain and East Jesus in Slab City, Obsidian Butte, the mud pot volcanoes, and the Salton Sea Reclamation Project. Check the whiteboard for updated activities info.

    NOTE:  This event is limited to GO members.  When you register, you'll need to have your credit card ready and pay your registration fee within 15 mins. If you are not a member yet, you can first join as a member online (click here) and then return here to register.

    Contact: Trip Leaders Dennis Curran here and Dale Solomon here

    Schedule of Events*

    Thursday, March 16

    • 1:00 pm - Check-in (Please don’t arrive before noon)

    • 3:30 pm - Sunset hike nearby location*

    • 5:30 pm - Meet and Greet - wear your name tag -BYOB

    • 6:00 pm - Dinner on your own 

    • 7:00 pm - Group campfire

    Friday, March 17

    •  7:00 am - Coffee and continental breakfast items

    •  9:00 am - Hike 

    •  noon      - Niland area tour - 5 hours bring snacks/sandwich

    •  6:00 pm - Potluck bring a main dish, appetizer, salad, or side dish to share

    •  7:30 pm - Group campfire activities

    Saturday, March 18

    •  7:00 am - Coffee and continental breakfast items

    •  9:00 am - Hike* 

    •  1:00 pm - 4x4 trip

    •  2:00 pm - Other events posted on camp whiteboard* 

    •  6:00 pm - Dinner on your own

    •  7:30 pm - Group campfire activities, bingo* 

    Sunday March 19

    • 11:00 am - Check-out 

    * Check campground whiteboard for activities updates 

    RefundsCancellation for a refund, minus a $10 service charge, must be received by February 28, 2023.

    Campsite Amenities:  The Mecca Beach campground has restrooms that have electricity, flush toilets, running water and free solar hot showers  (Mecca Beach) or showers that take quarters (New Camp, 5 miles to the north), picnic tables, fire rings, shared drinking water and paved parking stalls. There is a small store on Highway 111 and another in Mecca.

    Amenities for Tent Campers: This is a good campground for tent campers. The campsites are level, sandy, with trees provide some shade.  Sites are shared with another tent or an RV at the Mecca Beach campground. Parking is also shared between the two campers. If you want to share the space with another tent or a specific camper, send the Trip Leader an email and we will try and arrange it. 

    If you share a powered site you may be able share power with the RV.  Powered sites have 20, 30 & 50 amp service. Bring a long outdoor extension cord, an outdoor splitter and a 30 amp RV male to 15/20 amp female adapter plug to give you flexibility in sharing power with an RV. If you have questions about the electrical service sharing, send the Trip Leader an email to discuss it.

    March can have windy or rainy conditions or cold overnight temperatures that approach freezing. Check the weather forecasts before the campout, and be prepared for the weather conditions.  If you have questions about your gear, contact the Trip Leader via email to discuss it. 

    Amenities For RVs:  

    • RV Electric Sites – The RV powered sites have 20, 30 & 50 amp service, and water service. The RV sites will be shared with a tent or another RV. Bring a water hose splitter and a 50 to 30 amp adapter. The RV electric sites have a sewer connection. At the end of the campout, RV's should be able to dump at the dump station located at New Camp and which is included in your registration fee. Fresh water is available at the dump site to fill your RV tank before arriving at your site if you registered for a non-electric RV site at the Mecca Beach campground.
    • RV Non-Electric Sites are dry camping sites – no hookups. QUIET HOURS are from 10 pm to 6 am and generators may only be operated between 10 am and 8 pm. See New Camp below for dump site information.
    • Maximum motor home length at Mecca Beach is 35 feet,
    • There are only a couple of electric sites at Mecca Beach. If you require electric power and water there are electric sites at New Camp and Visitor Center sites located one mile north of Mecca Beach; check to see if they are available for registration.

    Directions:   The campground is located 30 miles south of Indio on Highway 111. Located on the north shore of the Salton Sea, it is about a three hour drive from the Los Angeles or San Diego areas. From Los Angeles, take Interstate 10 east to Indio, take 86S exit then turn left at Avenue 66, then right onto Highway 111. Go south about 12 miles to the Salton Sea SRA Headquarters entrance. From San Diego take Highway 78 east, then left (north) on Highway 86 . Turn right at Avenue 66 and then right onto Highway 111. Go south about 12 miles to the Salton Sea SRA Headquarters entrance. For a Google Map of our location - click here. 

    ClimateAverage for March: 83° / 49°    U.S.Climate Data

    RV/Trailer Profile Information: We need information on your RV or pulled trailer in order to assign you a site you will fit into. Please enter or update your RV or Trailer information when you register.

    Photos: To see some photos from prior trip - click here

    PetsDogs are allowed. Must be kept on 6' leash.  Please pick up after your pet and dispose of waste properly. Please be aware there are snakes and scorpions at this location.  

    Special COVID Requirements:  All attendees to be  vaccinated for COVID.

    Health Problems/allergies  Discuss any medical concerns with the event leader that may affect your ability to participate in this event. 

      • Sun, March 26, 2023
      • 2:00 PM
      • Thu, March 30, 2023
      • 10:00 AM
      • Yosemite National Park
      • 9
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      Orange County/Long Beach Chapter of Great Outdoors presents:

      Yosemite Valley in March

      You need to get your own housing!

      Trip Leader: Doug Cable

      Phone: 949-922-1452

      Email: Secretary-OCLB@GreatOutdoors.org


      Doug (GO OCLB Secretary) will arrive in Yosemite Valley Sunday March 26th and depart Thursday March 30th.

      This is an open invitation to those who may want to attend and participate.

      You need to get your own housing!

      Activities will depend on the weather and snow-pack but will include day hikes and bike rides in the valley. Snowshoeing may be possible. Note that the seasonal bike rental stands will probably be closed. Hopefully we can try the cross-country ski track at Badger Pass. Bring appropriate gear for each of these activities. 

      There is no G.O. fee for this activity as this is an ad hoc event.

      For more information and details about this trip, please contact:

      Trip Leader: Doug Cable

      Phone: 949-922-1452

      Email: Secretary-OCLB@GreatOutdoors.org


      • Mon, March 27, 2023
      • 12:00 PM
      • Fri, March 31, 2023
      • 12:00 PM
      • Death Valley Stovepipe Wells
      Register

      Join us as we explore some of the backcountry 4x4 roads of Death Valley National Park. We’ll visit such places as Barker Ranch site (last hideout of the infamous Charles Manson), Warm Springs Mine, and Echo Canyon. We have scheduled short and long days 4x4 jeep outings. This will allow flexibility for those wishing to spend time in the park driving to the local sites such as the Devil’s Golf Course, Dante’s’ view, Titus Canyon, etc.

      RV Camping is at Stove Pipe Wells. Each RV site has full hookups.  Stove Pipe Wells Village has a general store, restaurant, and gas station. The village/RV site is about 28 miles from Furnace Creek. 

      Cancellation for a refund, minus a $10 service fee, must be received by March 20, 2023.

      TRIP LEADERS CLIFF CLUE email AND JOEY DUHON email

      Itinerary ~ (subject to weather and road conditions)

      Monday

      • 12:00 pm Check in at Stove Pipe Wells Campground. Meet & greet at 6:00 pm

      Tuesday

      • 7: 00 am ~ Coffee and continental breakfast
      • 8:45 am ~ Meet for 4X4 trip ~ Pleasant Valley to Roger’s Pass
      • 9:00 am ~ Depart for trip (long day 7-8 hours)

      Wednesday

      • 7: 00 am ~ Coffee and continental breakfast
      • 9:45 am~ Meet for 4X4 trip ~ Echo Canyon Trail
      • 10:00 am ~ Depart for trip (Short day 4 hours)

      Thursday

      • 7: 00 am ~ Coffee and continental breakfast
      • 8:45 am ~ Meet for 4X4 trip ~ Mengel Pass Trail to Barker Ranch House (Charles Manson’s last hideout)
      • 9:00 am ~ Depart for 4X4 trip (long day 7-8 hours)

      Friday 

      • 12:00 pm check out. Have a safe drive home.

      For each of the day trips, make certain you have gassed up the night before. Bring lunch and water for each day trip.

      Travel Options

      Break up the travel time by spending a night either on the way  and /or on the return trip home at Tecopa Hot Springs and Campground.  Refer to the website below to make your OWN reservations. 

      https://www.tecopahotspringscampground.com/d-section-campsites/

      Additional items to bring

      • 2-way radio: baofeng uv-5r, available on Amazon.com
      • Reliable 4 WD Vehicle with 2 Speed Transfer Case, tires rated for off road travel
      • Fire extinguisher

       Lodging Options

      Tent sites at Stove Pipe Wells Campground, Operated by the National Park Service. First Come First Serve. $12.00 per night

      https://www.nps.gov/deva/planyourvisit/stovepipe-wells-campground.htm

      Best sites in the back near the sand dunes

      Lodging ~ Stove Pipe Wells Lodge

      Stovepipe Wells NPS campground click here for photos and information

      Tent Area

      Special COVID Related Requirements: This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated.

      Health Problems/allergies  Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader that may affect your ability to complete this event. 



      • Wed, April 05, 2023
      • 2:00 PM
      • Mon, April 10, 2023
      • 12:00 PM
      • Morro Bay State Park Campground
      • 5
      Register


      April 5 - 10, 2023

      Join us as we explore the beautiful Morro Bay area, perhaps California's most scenic coastline, on a 6-day/5-night camping getaway - with showers!

      Our theme will be "Explore Nature's Beauty and Experience our Magnificent California Central Coast."

      Walk along empty sea cliffs with waves crashing on the rocks. Observe elephant seals, sea lions, and sea otters up close, and maybe gray whales at a distance. See spring wildflowers bloom on the green landscape of San Luis Obispo County. Hike up to a waterfall and see redwood trees along the Big Sur Coast. Discover the unique biology and geology from our trip leaders, and enjoy cooking, socializing and camp camaraderie.


      Details:

      We have reserved Group Site Osos at Morro Bay State Park Campground, which is within walking distance of trails in the Morro Bay wetland, the Natural History Museum, and viewpoints overlooking Morro Bay. The group site allows tents only. (There may be RV spaces available through the Morro Bay State Park reservation system which can be booked entirely separate from this event registration.)

      Campground amenities include flush toilets, fire rings, picnic tables, and potable water. Showers are located about 1000 feet away in the lower part of the campground. Morro Bay village is about two miles away, with grocery stores, restaurants, gas stations, and other amenities.



      Day Activities:

      Activities will be located north and south of Morro Bay. Some planned hikes and walks are:

      • Morro Rock: observe sea otters in the bay
      • Heron Rookery National Preserve
      • Montaña de Oro State Park: Ranger guided tour of tide pools, walk Bluff Trail to sea cliffs to small coves
      • Montaña de Oro State park: picnic at Spooners Cove
      • San Simeon Beach: Observe the only elephant seal colony on the US mainland
      • Overlook and small hikes at Ragged Point and Salmon Falls along the Big Sur Coast
      • Visit the southernmost redwood grove in California
      • Kayaking on Bay
      • UPDATE:  Professor Joe Holliday plans on joining the trip to tell is about the fascinating geology and oceanography of this feature-rich natural setting.




      Campground Evening Activities:

      Wednesday: Check-in after 2:00 pm. 5:00 pm: Welcome and Meet-n-Greet. 6:00 pm dinner (bring your own). 7:30 - 10 pm First night campfire.

      Thursday: 6:30 pm: Sunset Dinner. Bring-your-own-picnic to dine and watch the sunset over the bay, a short walk from our campsite to the bay. Sunset 7:29 pm.

      Friday: "Weenie Roast" Dinner (with vegetarian option) will be provided by Great Outdoors LA.

      Saturday: 6:00 pm: Traditional Great Outdoors Potluck. Hello Top Chefs and foodies! Everyone makes or brings a main or side dish to feed 5-6 people. Healthy, organic, plant-based dishes encouraged. Some desserts will be provided by Great Outdoors LA.

      Sunday: 5:00 pm: Farewell Happy Hour. Bring an appetizer and optional beverage (alcohol/non-alcohol) to share.

      6 PM Dinner at a local restaurant in town.

      Monday: Check-out by 12 noon.

      Every night: Campfire (Bring your camp chair, highlights of the day, jokes, games, camp songs, etc.)

      Think eco-friendly. Everyone brings their own reusable plates, utensils, cups, napkins, etc. For the potluck, remember to bring your own serving dishes, bowls or platters with serving utensils. Be sure to pick up your dishes when you leave. Let's aim to minimize trash/ single-use disposables.  Thank you for pitching in to keep our camp clean.

      Alcohol is allowed, please enjoy responsibly!


      Registration, parking limits, carpooling:

      This campout is limited by the number of vehicles allowed at the group sites. Our group site (25 persons max) comes with only 10 parking spaces. After the 10 spaces are full, during the day parking is available on the street outside of the campground, and at night extra cars will have to park in the town of Morro Bay about 3/4 of a mile away.  Therefore, we encourage carpooling.  Besides, it also saves gas, reduces traffic congestion and pollution, and may earn you the respect and admiration of your peers.

      During registration, please note if/who you will be carpooling with. We will assign the first 10 parking spots in the order people register. The remaining vehicles will need to park outside as noted. It may be helpful to ask each other to help shuttle folks back/forth.

      If the trip is sold out, please add yourself to the wait list. Based on the number of vehicles from other registrants, you may still be added to the trip in the order added to the waitlist if we can fit you in.

      Getting there:

      Directions from Route 1: Exit at South Bay Rd (Baywood Park) off ramp, turn left, go about 1 mile, turn right into park, go about 1 mile (do not go up the uphill road on the right), turn right into campground, check in at entry booth.

      Bring your 10 essentials, your camping & cooking gear, food, and a bundle or two of firewood. Dress in layers since the mornings can start cold, and sea breezes are strong on the central California coast.

      Cancellation:

      Full refunds will be issued if cancelled by March 22. No refunds will be issued after this date. If you need to cancel, email both trip leaders directly, as soon as possible so we can notify the next person on the waitlist.

      Health issues/allergies: It is the responsibility of participants to carry on their person a record of significant allergies, medications and medical history in the event of a medical emergency. Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader if you wish.

      Pet Policy: No dogs allowed on the beach.

      Image credits:

      https://thedyrt.com/camping/california/montana-de-oro-state-park/gallery

      San Luis Obispo Tribune

      https://www.flickr.com/photos/goingslo/2225715896

      https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mdoblufftrail.jpg#file

      https://www.hikespeak.com/trails/salmon-creek-falls-big-sur/

      https://visitcambriaca.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/ch1dr_air1-highway-1-scenic-aerial_29843871126_o-1024x575.jpg

      Contact:

      If you have any questions, please reach out to us at:

      John Blasco: johnlongbeach@gmail.com, 562-981-4133 or John Buckley: j_l_buckley@yahoo.com, 818-613-7602

      Additional information will be mailed to registrants with more details as the trip nears.

      • Thu, April 13, 2023
      • Sun, April 16, 2023
      • Joshua Tree National Park

      This event is being planned by the Palm Springs Chapter. For more information about this trip:

      • Please check back here for updates;

      • Please contact one of our Trip Leaders below:
      • VPO-PS@greatoutdoors.org






      • Thu, May 11, 2023
      • 12:00 PM
      • Sun, May 14, 2023
      • 12:00 PM
      • Idyllwild, CA

      SAVE THE DATE

      Lots of activities being planned: Hikes, 4x4 adventure,  cowboy breakfast, group dinner, and more.

      This event is being planned by the Palm Springs Chapter. For more information about this trip:

      • Please check back here for updates;

      • Please contact one of our Trip Leaders below:
      • VPO-PS@greatoutdoors.org






      • Fri, May 19, 2023
      • 4:00 PM
      • Mon, May 22, 2023
      • 10:00 AM
      • Yosemite Valley, Camp Curry
      • 2
      Register



      Heaven On Earth!

      OCLB Annual Yosemite Trip!


      Orange County/Long Beach

      goes to 

      Yosemite National Park


      Curry Village Canvas Tents

      May 19-22, 2023

      Need we say more?

       Yes we will! We will be heading to Yosemite at the BEST time to visit this illustrious National Park!  The weather will be amazing with the waterfalls at their most dynamic! Our lodging for the 3-night outing will be in Camp Curry, in unheated canvas tents.


      Yosemite is one of the most popular National Parks in the country and we in southern California are very fortunate to have it so close. If you have never seen it then this Great Outdoors trip is a good opportunity for you to be introduced to this special place.

      If you have been there one or more times, then you’ll understand why many have made a Yosemite visit an annual event.  The grandeur and majesty of the park are so enriching that Yosemite can be experienced and enjoyed again and again.  The natural beauty of the park has inspired many for the last 150 years, but perhaps none more effusive than John Muir, who said of Yosemite, “It is by far the grandest of all the special temples of Nature I was ever permitted to enter.” Please join us in this temple of the great outdoors.

      The location of this trip will be Yosemite Valley.  Our accommodations are canvas tents in Camp Curry, a rustic but charming village near the east end of the valley.

      Arrival should be about 4:00 pm on Friday afternoon.

      For both Saturday and Sunday, there will be optional hikes to choose from - one will be strenuous, the other will be easy to moderate.

      On Monday morning we must check out of the cabins by 10:00 am. 

      More details will be announced as we finalize registration.

      Canvas Tents:

      We have secured two canvas tents for our group.  

      Each tent has 3 single beds and a double.  We can max out at 5 people per tent.  We are hoping to get a couple or friends (with benefits or without benefits) to share the double bed.  This way we can max out each tent with 5 people so that we can get as many as possible to experience Yosemite for this excursion.



      Driving & Directions:

      We will discuss carpooling options once registration is finalized both to save the environment and due to high fuel costs.

      Photos: 2022 OCLB Yosemite






      What else?

      Cooking facilities/campfire rings are not available in Curry Village. However, there are several dining options near our cabins.

      Such as Pizza & Beer, Cafeteria (with Vegan options!) and of course burgers & fries too. A general store is also open for purchasing food items and other material goods. You may bring snack food and drinks, but all food and scented items must be stored in the bear-proof storage locker in front of the cabin. This includes all food, food related items, toiletries, sundries and ice chests. Bears have a strong sense of smell and are attracted to anything they think will lead them to human food. Remember not to store these items in your vehicle or  canvas tent . It is recommended to use sealed plastic containers for storing your food inside the bear boxes. This makes it easier to keep your food organized, and away from campground critters.

      Showers, sinks and flush toilets are all available to participants.

      Be sure to remember a flashlight or headlamp to find your way around Camp Curry at night. In addition, a sleeping bag or an extra blanket may help keep you warm at night.  Other things to bring:

      Warm outer gear appropriate for snow and/or rain or Shorts and T-shirts for warm days

      Layered under gear (long underwear, etc.)

      Hat, gloves, scarf, etc.

      Sunglasses, sun block (for your face), lip balm 

      Sturdy hiking shoes 

      State Covid Protocols will be enforced.

      Weather: Average temperatures in May in the Yosemite Valley range from the high 40s/low 50s (night time) to the low-mid 70s during the day. Conditions may vary between sun, clouds, rain, or snow. Be prepared for anything. Expect the unexpected!  

      The trip leader will inform you of the weather conditions a couple days before our arrival but you may also want to keep abreast of them by using the Yosemite National Park website. (Click here.)

      Price: $180 for Great Outdoors members.

      Guests:  $205 for non-members (purchase of membership required for participation for $25 and $180 for the trip). 

      Cancellations will be authorized up to 14 days prior to start day of event; a $10 cancellation fee will be charged.

      Trip Leader: Lance Whitmier



      Lance states:  Yosemite mesmerized me the very first time I visited the Park in the 90's.  I always brag about the majestic beauty of Yosemite along with it's grandeur and power.  I claim that Yosemite is indeed "my Heaven on Earth" and I can't wait to share the experience with you!"  For those visiting Yosemite for the first time - be prepared to experience a bit of heaven and the surreal!

      Lance can be contacted at LanceLyleWayne@gmail.com

      • Fri, June 23, 2023
      • Mon, June 26, 2023

      This event is being planned by the Palm Springs Chapter. For more information about this trip:

      • Please check back here for updates;

      • Please contact one of our Trip Leaders below:
      • VPO-PS@greatoutdoors.org






      • Wed, July 12, 2023
      • 8:00 AM
      • Wed, July 19, 2023
      • 10:00 AM
      • Redwood National and State Parks
      • 7
      Register

      Phone

      Orange County/Long Beach Chapter of Great Outdoors presents:

      DAY HIKES IN THE CALIFORNIA STATE AND NATIONAL REDWOOD PARKS

      Trip Leader: Doug Cable, Phone: 949-922-1452, Email: Secretary-OCLB@GreatOutdoors.org


      We will do a series of day hikes in the California State and National Redwood Forests. We will be based out of Orick, CA in beautiful Humbolt County. Make your housing reservations now.


      The series of day hikes will begin at the easy level and progress to the moderate level. No day hike will exceed 12 miles. The itinerary will be by group consensus. Some hikes require reservations; the trip leader will take care of reservations. We can even split into 2 different groups, easy and moderate, if participants wish.


      You will need your usual 10 essentials for day hikes. Altitude will not be a problem. Be prepared for possible mosquitoes and rain.


      We will arrive July 12 and depart July 19th. The trip is limited to 12 attendees including the trip leader. $20 covers logistics.


      As the initial meeting and some dinner meetings may be indoors, participants will need to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccinations. This means 2 primary shots and a bivalent booster.


      • Thu, July 13, 2023
      • 2:00 PM
      • Mon, July 17, 2023
      • 12:00 PM
      • Sweetwater Summit Regional Park, Bonita CA
      • 100

      SAVE THE DATE  

      Contact Cliff Clue email click here

      or Joey Duhon  email click here



      THIS IS A SAMPLE DESCRIPTION. DUPLICATE THIS EVENT AND THEN EDIT ONLY THE COPY AND DON'T FORGET TO REPLACE THE ABOVE PHOTO AND TEXT BELOW. JUST DELETE ALL THIS TEXT IN RED. 

      Note:  Registration for this event will initially be limited to paid members of Great Outdoors. Paid members get "first crack" at our events. If you'd like to become a member to register for this campout - click here - and then return to this page.

      The Salton Sea is one of the most enigmatic places in the Southwest. It is a unique place with many hidden treasures and secrets that are not well known. It has been forgotten as a busy tourist attraction of bygone years. .....

      Prices: (Example 1) We have different pricing levels based upon you staying in a tent or RV in one of our sites, staying in a site you booked yourself (or in a nearby hotel/motel/friend's house).  Each person going must complete a separate registration.  We do this so each registrant acknowledges our liability waiver condition.

      Select your registration that conforms to the following definitions:

      • RV is a vehicle designed as temporary living quarters for recreational, camping, travel or season use. RVs may be motorized (motorhomes) or towable (travel trailers, folding camping trailers and truck campers).
      • Tent: a collapsible shelter of fabric stretched and sustained by poles and used for camping.

      Prices:  (example 2) There is no charge for this event.  Each person going must complete a separate registration.  We do this so each registrant acknowledges our liability waiver condition.

      Prices are based upon each person going being a GO Chapter paid member. You can join - click here - and then register for this campout. Other GO Chapter members should contact our GOPS Webmaster (click here to email) in order to be added as a member of our Chapter for free. Each person going must complete a separate registration. We do this so each registrant acknowledges our liability waiver condition.

      Prices: Prices are based upon you being a GO paid member. If not currently a GO member, you will have the option of joining at an additional $25 per person for a one (1) year club membership prior to registration. Each person going must complete a separate registration. You can click here to join.  

      RV's and tents may share sites - maximum of one RV and one tent on each site. When reserving an RV site, please select the smallest RV site which will accommodate your RV's length. RV sites come with water, electricity, picnic table and a fire ring. A dump station is located within the park. Some sites may not be completely level - we suggest bringing leveling blocks. Depending upon the RV site, tow vehicles may have to park in a nearby site. These are sites with mature vegetation surrounding the sites.

      We will have a propane fire-pit for the group as open fires may be restricted in the camp to a designated area only.

      Schedule Of Events

      Friday, Mar 17

      • Noon - Check-in at Mecca Beach Campground
      • 4:00 pm - Sunset hike nearby location*
      • 6:00 pm - Tea Time meet and greet BYOB. Dinner on your own
      • 7:00 pm - Group campfire activities & may include PowerPoint or movie about Salton Sea area

      Saturday, Mar 18

      • 9:30 am - Kayaking along the shore**
      • 2:00 pm - Hike slot canyon Mecca Hills Wilderness or other hike posted on camp board*
      • 6:00 pm - Potluck (bring a dish to share).  GO will provide desserts.
      • 7:00 pm - Group Campfire

      Sunday, Mar 19

      • 9:30 am - Hike*
      • 11:00 am - Clean up campground areas. Check Out. Safe travels home.

      *Check campground white board for updates and hike/outing details.

      **Optional $15 fee for kayaking rental (a donation to: The Sea and Desert Interpretive Association).  This fee will be collected when you register for this event.

      Possible Activities  Miles  Elevation  Misc Notes
      Shopping in nearby Julian  33   Think Everything Apples!
      Moonlight Canyon hike  1.8  350  
      Mountain Palm Oasis hike  3  600  
      Torote Canyon loop hike 6.5  1,500'  
      Cold Canyon hike  3.0  650'  

      Amenities:  Restrooms have electricity, flush toilets, running water and hot showers that take quarters, picnic tables, fire rings, water and paved parking stalls. There is a dump station and water near the campground. There is a small store on 111 with limited supplies. Limited electric hookup may be available.

      Amenities For RVs:  This is a dry camping event. There are no hookups at each camp site. Fresh water is available at the dump site to fill your RV tank before arriving at your site. There is a dump site located near the park entrance.  QUIET HOURS are from 10 pm to 6 am and generators may only be operated between 10 am and 8 pm.

      What to BringTen Essentialscamping/cooking gear, food, warm/cool weather clothing, shorts for kayaking, potluck item for Saturday night, two bundles of firewood - no particle board, old furniture, plywood or construction materials. These cause the release of toxic gases when burned. Firewood is for sale at the campground. 

      Don't forget your towel, swim suit and water shoes.

      We recommend you read our suggested 10 essential items to bring - click here. 

      GO GREEN!  Please bring your own plates, cups, mugs, eating utensils, napkins, paper towels, camp soap, etc.  There are water spigots located in the camp or in the nearby restroom for washing dishes.

      Directions: (sample 1)  I-10 east to Indio, take 86-S exit then turn left at Avenue 66, then right onto Highway 111.  Go south about 13 miles to the Mecca Beach campground. For a Google Map of our location - click here.  <<< fix link

      Getting There: (sample 2)

      • Address:  39555 Great Southern Overland Stage Route of 1849, Julian, CA 92036
      • GPS Coordinates: 32°57'02.1"N 116°18'16.4"W or 32.950581, -116.304558
      • Google - Map Link: click here   <<< fix link 
      • Be sure to carpool if you can and fill your gas tank before heading to camp because the nearest gas is in Borrego Springs (30 miles) or Julian (33 miles).

      Climate & Elevation - The current forecast avg. is 67 high 42 low.  Check the weather forecast - click here.  The park is located at 1300’.  <<< fix link

      RefundsCancellation for a full refund minus service fee of $5.00 must be received by March 14, 2017.

      Payments: We are no longer using PayPal to accept trip registrations.  You may now use any of these credit cards:  MC, VISA, Discover or Amex. 

      Contact: 

      Photos: To see some photos from prior trips to XYZ location  - click here.  <<< fix link

      Children: There may be children present.

      Quiet Hours - 10 PM - 7 AM

      Smoking - is not allowed in San Diego County Parks.

      Cell Service - not in the park but may available nearby.  Details for specific carriers?

      PetsPets are permitted if they are properly restrained and under the control of the owner. Dogs must be licensed, restrained on a leash not longer than six feet, and attended at all times. Dogs are not allowed in cabins or on trails. Please bring doggie bags and clean up any of their waste.  Please be aware there are snakes and scorpions at this location.  

      Health Problems/allergiesIt is the responsibility of participants to carry on their person a record of significant allergies, medications and medical history in the event of a medical emergency.  Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader if you wish.

      • Thu, August 17, 2023
      • Sun, August 20, 2023

      This event is being planned by Palm Springs Chapter.d For more information about this trip:




      • Thu, September 21, 2023
      • 12:00 PM
      • Sun, September 24, 2023
      • San Simeon State Park

      SAVE THE DATES

      This event is being planned by PS and SBVC Chapters. For more information about this trip:




      • Fri, October 20, 2023
      • Sun, October 22, 2023
      • Lake Perris

      This event is being planned by Palm Springs Chapter. For more information about this trip:




      • Fri, October 27, 2023
      • Sun, October 29, 2023
      • Lake Perris

      This event is being planned by Palm Springs Chapter.d For more information about this trip:




      • Tue, December 05, 2023
      • 1:00 PM
      • Thu, December 07, 2023
      • 12:00 PM
      • 4600 Crestmore Road, Jurupa Valley, CA 92509

      SAVE THE DATE

      Rancho Jurupa Park is situated along the Santa Ana River and located behind Mt. Rubidoux just west of charming historic downtown Riverside. Two nights camping and a guided tour of the Mission Inn and Holiday Lights.

      Festival of Lights Holiday Display Mission Inn Riverside


      Discover the Spanish-style Riverside Mission Inn and thrill at its annual Festival of Lights, a colorful display of over 2 million lights in all shapes and sizes, along with an assortment of animated characters and sculptures which decorate the entire façade.  Start with a guided tour of the historic mission, where presidents and celebrities have flocked since 1876.  Main Street is filled with musicians and strolling carolers, as well as restaurants and cafes.  You will have free time to enjoy dinner at an eatery of your choice

      RV's and tent may share site or we will have 2 tents per site depending  on number of registrants.

      Schedule Of Events

      Tue, Dec 5

      • Noon - Check-in 
      • 5:00 pm - Tea Time meet and greet BYOB. Dinner on your own
      • 7:00 pm - Group campfire activities 

      Wed, Dec 5

      • 9:30 am - Hike or nearby activity*
      • 2:00 pm - Gather to go to Riverside for tour and dinner
      • 7:00 pm - Group Campfire

      Thurs, Dec 7

      • Noon -  Check Out. Safe travels home.

      *Check campground white board for updates and hike/outing details.


      Amenities
      : Full hookup sites with water and electric. Restrooms have electricity, flush toilets, running water and coin operated showers , picnic tables, fire rings, water and paved parking stalls. 

      Directions:4600 Crestmore Road, Jurupa Valley, CA 92509 Map Click HereCA 92509

      Climate & Elevation - 

      RefundsCancellation for a full refund minus service fee of $10.00 must be received by Nov. 20. Contact trip leader to cancel.

      Payments:  You may now use any of these credit cards:  MC, VISA, Discover or Amex. 

      Contact: Scott C. email: VPO-PS@GreatOutdoors.org

      Pets:

      Health Problems/allergiesIt is the responsibility of participants to carry on their person a record of significant allergies, medications and medical history in the event of a medical emergency.  Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader if you wish.

    Past Campouts

    Thu, January 19, 2023 PS - Quartzite Sports, Vacation & RV Rally
    Fri, January 13, 2023 SBVC - Majestic Yosemite National Park
    Thu, December 01, 2022 PS - Hike / Bike Planning Meeting Dec 01
    Sun, November 20, 2022 PS - Dos Picos County Park
    Fri, October 14, 2022 OCLB/CORP - 44th Annual All Chapter Conference Registration
    Thu, October 06, 2022 LA - Pirate Camp Catalina at Two Harbors!
    Wed, October 05, 2022 PS - Hike / Bike Planning
    Sun, October 02, 2022 PS - Trip Planning Meeting Oct 2
    Fri, September 23, 2022 PS - OAK GLEN CAMPING
    Thu, September 08, 2022 SBVC - Morro Bay/Margarita Festival
    Wed, August 31, 2022 PS - Trip Planning Aug 31
    Sun, August 14, 2022 PS - Barton Flats Oso Group Camp
    Thu, July 28, 2022 LA - Agnew Meadows (Mammoth)
    Wed, July 13, 2022 OCLB - Grand Teton National Park Trip with Day Hikes
    Sun, July 10, 2022 PS - Camping - Idyllwild Regional Park
    Sun, June 12, 2022 PS - Guajome Campout
    Thu, May 26, 2022 SBVC - Aliso Park Campout
    Thu, May 12, 2022 PS - Sequoia Park Three Rivers CA
    Fri, May 06, 2022 OCLB - Yosemite National Park
    Fri, April 29, 2022 SD - Catalina State Park Campout
    Thu, April 21, 2022 SBVC - Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
    Sun, April 10, 2022 PS - Cottonwood Campground Joshua Tree NP
    Thu, March 24, 2022 LA - Central Coast and Morro Bay Camping
    Wed, March 16, 2022 PS - Hike / Bike Planning Meeting Wed March 16 at 6pm
    Thu, March 10, 2022 PS - Campout - Agua Caliente County Park
    Fri, March 04, 2022 OCLB - Pinnacles National Park Campout
    Sat, February 26, 2022 CORP and OCLB - Outdoors Experience - Hike and Trip Leader Training
    Thu, February 17, 2022 PS - Salton Sea - Mecca Beach Campground
    Fri, February 11, 2022 SD - Campout - Agua Caliente Regional Park
    Thu, February 03, 2022 LA - Death Valley, Furnace Creek Camping
    Fri, January 14, 2022 SBVC - Majestic Yosemite National Park
    Fri, January 07, 2022 OCLB - Cottonwood Campout
    Tue, December 21, 2021 PS - Hike / Bike Planning
    Thu, November 25, 2021 SD - Campout - Death Valley National Park
    Sat, November 20, 2021 SD - DAY ACTIVITY - MISSION BAY BIKE RIDE
    Mon, November 15, 2021 PS - Joshua Tree Park Ryan Camp
    Tue, October 12, 2021 PS - Hike / Bike Planning
    Thu, October 07, 2021 PS - Camp: Lone Pine/Western Film Festival
    Mon, October 04, 2021 PS - Trip Planning For 2022
    Mon, September 13, 2021 PS - Trip Planning For 2022
    Thu, September 09, 2021 PS - Silent Valley Camp Resort Campout
    Tue, September 07, 2021 PS - Trip Planning For 2022
    Thu, August 19, 2021 LA - Camping Trip Quaking Aspen, Sequoia National Forest Campout
    Fri, August 13, 2021 SBVC - Gem Lake Backpack (Intermediate)
    Tue, July 20, 2021 PS - Camping - Idyllwild Regional Park
    Thu, June 17, 2021 LA - Dogwood Campground (Lake Arrowhead)
    Fri, June 11, 2021 SD - Mount Laguna Campout
    Sun, June 06, 2021 PS - Camping - Barton Flats
    Thu, April 15, 2021 OCLB - Caspers Wilderness Car Camp
    Fri, November 06, 2020 SBVC - Lucidity Festival - CANCELLED
    Thu, September 17, 2020 PS/SBVC - CANCELLED - Hearst San Simeon SP
    Tue, August 25, 2020 SBVC - cancelled - Jalama Beach
    Fri, August 07, 2020 PS - Cancelled - Big Bear Barton Flats
    Thu, July 23, 2020 PS - Death Valley Pt 2 - Virtual Tour
    Sun, July 12, 2020 PS - Cancelled - Rock Creek Tent Camping
    Thu, July 09, 2020 PS - Death Valley Pt 1 - Virtual Tour
    Fri, June 12, 2020 PS - Name That Campout-Jeopardy
    Sun, June 07, 2020 PS - CANCELLED - Guajone Regional Park, Oceanside
    Thu, June 04, 2020 SBVC - El Capitan State Beach
    Thu, May 28, 2020 PS - Staycamp -Saline Valley - Virtual Tour
    Fri, May 22, 2020 Cancelled - SD - Campout - Lake Edison
    Thu, May 21, 2020 SBVC - CANCELED: Aliso Park Campground-Arroyo Grande Strawberry Festival and Cuyama Valley Exploration
    Fri, May 15, 2020 PS - Staycamp - Lake Perris Virtual
    Fri, May 15, 2020 CANCELLED - CORP - Lake Perris Jamboree
    Fri, May 01, 2020 PS - Yosemite High Sierra Camps - Virtual Tour
    Thu, April 30, 2020 SBVC - CANCELED: Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
    Wed, April 29, 2020 PS - Deep Creek Hot Springs - Virtual Tour
    Wed, April 22, 2020 PS - Earth Day 50 Years - Wild and Scenic Short Films
    Thu, April 16, 2020 PS - Virtual- Joshua Tree NP (Cottonwood Campground)
    Thu, April 16, 2020 PS - Cottonwood Campground Joshua Tree NP
    Mon, March 30, 2020 PS - Cancelled - Emma Wood State Beach Campout
    Fri, March 27, 2020 SD - Campout - Agua Caliente Regional Park
    Thu, March 12, 2020 SBVC - Morro Bay Campout/Cayucos Sea Glass Festival
    Thu, March 12, 2020 PS - Organ Pipe Cactus
    Thu, February 27, 2020 LA - Joshua Tree N.P. - Jumbo Rocks Campground
    Tue, February 11, 2020 PS - Ski Outing Big Bear
    Thu, February 06, 2020 PS - Salton Sea - Mecca Beach Campground
    Fri, January 17, 2020 SD - Mojave National Preserve & Mitchell Caverns Campout
    Fri, January 17, 2020 SBVC - Yosemite National Park
    Sat, December 28, 2019 PS - Tecopa Hot Springs
    Thu, November 28, 2019 LA - Ensenada, Mexico (Condo Or Hotel)
    Thu, November 14, 2019 PS - Kartchner Caverns
    Thu, October 24, 2019 PS - Joshua Tree NP (Black Rock Campground)
    Fri, October 11, 2019 SBVC/CORP - 41st Annual GO Conference, Jamboree & Campout
    Thu, September 26, 2019 PS - Silent Valley Camp Resort
    Wed, September 18, 2019 SBVC - Overnight Trip Planning Meeting
    Wed, September 18, 2019 PS - Trip Planning For 2020
    Thu, September 05, 2019 SBVC - Morro Bay State Park
    Thu, August 15, 2019 LA - Rock Creek Canyon (near Mammoth)
    Fri, July 12, 2019 PS - Silverwood Lake - Cancelled
    Thu, July 04, 2019 SD - Kings Canyon National Park
    Sat, June 22, 2019 PS - Mt Baldy Hike and Camp
    Thu, June 13, 2019 LA - Kern River Camping and Rafting
    Sun, June 09, 2019 PS - Big Bear (Serrano Campground)
    Thu, June 06, 2019 SBVC - El Capitan State Beach Campout
    Sat, June 01, 2019 PS - Mt Baldy Hike and Camp
    Thu, May 23, 2019 SBVC - Bates Canyon-Los Padres National Forest-Arroyo Grande Strawberry Fest!
    Wed, May 15, 2019 PS - Snow Canyon-St. George Utah
    Fri, April 26, 2019 SD - Santa Cruz Island Camp Out
    Thu, April 18, 2019 SBVC - Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
    Thu, April 11, 2019 PS - Joshua Tree NP (Cottonwood Campground)


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