One of the best kept secrets in the Santa Lucia Mountains, the family and dog-friendly Escondido Campground offers epic swimming holes and scenic vistas. The endless outdoor activities and well-maintained facilities make for an excellent camping trip near what is considered a Los Padres National Forest gem.
The campground offers stunning views of California’s rolling hills. The camp itself lies in a grassy meadow in groves with oak trees. There are numerous hikes close by leading to the Ventana Wilderness. It’s the perfect place to break in those boots! In addition to hiking and biking, outdoor activities include swimming, picnicking, horseback riding, wildlife viewing, and birding. The trailheads are close to the campground and are just a short drive from numerous other trails. These allow you to access the range of activities mentioned above.
There are 9 campsites in the campground, each with a picnic table and fire ring. A couple of vault toilets are also present near the campsites. There is no drinking water onsite, so you should arrive totally self-sufficient. Also, account for Fido’s water needs, and of course poop bags to pick up after them. The camping fee allows you to bring either an RV, trailer, or a tent. Hookups are not provided.
The diverse and thriving environment of the campground includes oak madrone, sycamore trees, and ponderosa pine, among others. The Arroyo Seco River runs across this canyon terrain, not far from the campground. You will like the rich backpacking and wildlife viewing opportunities the area offers. The sandstone landscapes, wildflowers and even wildlife make up the stimulating experience in this pristine part of the forest. A nearby attraction that stands out is the San Antonio Mission. Among the oldest California Missions, it’s just 15 minutes from Escondido Campground. You and Fido will not be bored at this campground.