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Dos Picos County Park
Location: Ramona, CA
Sites: 57 + 11 tent only sites and 2 cabins
Nightly Fee: $29-partial hookups, $24-tents, $67-cabins and pets are $1 per night… discounts available for San Diego County residents-see website below.
Amenities: Primarily partial hookups, 20/30/50 amp service, club building for special events, horseshoes pits, campfire pits, picnic tables, sites parking are paved, hiking trail, fishing pond, dump site, restrooms and showers.
Topography: Rolling hills of Ramona set in mild to heavy Oak trees.
Miles One-Way: 96
Directions: I-15 to Mercy Rd/Scripps Poway Pkwy. Take Scripps Poway Pkwy east and CA-67 north to Mussey Grade Rd to Dos Picos Park Rd to park entrance.
Dos Picos County Park is only a mile or two down the road from Ramona, Ca., but once you’re there you would never know that town is just a few minutes away. You are definitely going to want to make your Dos Picos camping reservations because here nestled among beautiful oak trees, the majority of these campsites provide paved parking, campfire rings, water, electricity and fairly spacious camping.
One of the main features that we have enjoyed over several years of camping here is the great areas to walk in. Not only are the camping area roads rich for walking but there is also a trail that goes up and through the rocks and hills bordering the campground. Also there’s a trail that goes to the pond, around the pond’s spillway, through the day-use park area and back over to the campground area, providing plenty of trails for some great walking every time you visit this Dos Picos Ramona campground.
Fishing is allowed at the pond where you might pull out a sun fish, a crappie or maybe even a bass. A few years ago while camping up in the Eastern Sierras I talked to a young man and his boys that lived in Ramona and he told me about a mystical bass that lives in this pond. Locals have for ages tried to catch this bass but wind up just getting a tug or two, a broken line and maybe a slight glimpse at this legend.
Another joy along the way are two dear friends that live just up the road a spell, Shirley and Gil. We first met them while camping up on Robinson Creek just out of Bridgeport California. Gil is a pretty established fisherman and always competes with my sweetheart, Patty. When we first met them, we realized that we had seen them walking the roads and paths in and around Dos Picos Campground many times and it has been a real joy camping and fishing with these good friends.
One of the cool things that we have enjoyed camping at Dos Picos is the ability to run into town and grab a great hamburger at the infamous Boll Weevil or an early morning bagel and latte. You’re also less than an hour from Julian where you can spend the day walking the streets of an awesome throw-back of an old gold town.
Dos Picos is definitely one of Southern California’s premiere camping experiences and is an absolute must whether you want to use the restroom and shower in your RV or use the convenient restrooms and showers in the campground. The dump station provided at this campground is clean and well maintained as is the whole campground. And even if you prefer your camping experience to be in a cabin, you can experience one of the two Dos Picos cabins. Here you just bring your bedding and some grub and experience the beauty of this oak tree laden hide away.
We started going to Dos Picos Campground many years ago to use the hookups to test the electrical and city water functions of our different equipment but went back time after time due to the exceptional camping that we always find here.
For more information on Dos Picos County Park please visit http://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/parks/Camping/dos_picos.html
By R.C. Stude