Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park

County Park

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33401 Ortega Hwy.
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
949-923-2210
949-923-2207
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GPS: 33.5337, -117.5499

Last Price Paid: $20
Number of Sites: 42
Reservations: Yes
Elevation: 390 ft
Tent Camping: Yes

2 people have reviewed this location.

Ratings Summary

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CVKSmith
Chino Hills, CA
Tiger CX on a Chevy 2500HD 4x4 chassis
5 reviews
Nightly rate: $20
Days stayed: 4

CVKSmith would stay here again

“My new favorite close-to-home escape!”

Reviewed Jan 25, 2016

Overall Rating

If I time the traffic right, this campground is an hour's drive from my home. It's a quick escape to a quieter, more natural space. I've stayed here twice, Monday-Thursday, in Live Oak family campground. Each time, only a couple of other sites were occupied. Weekend use is probably heavier.

Live Oak has 42 sites. Gravel roads, gravel sites. Most sites are at least partially shaded by mature oak and sycamore trees. Sites are far enough apart for elbow-room, but there is little visual privacy. Each site has a table, grill, fire pit. Most sites are level or nearly so. No hookups. About every third site, there is a water faucet, a drinking fountain, and a trash can. Live Oak has one main restroom building, which has flush toilets; showers are turned off because of drought. Portable toilets are available at several locations throughout the campground.

Park staff and their work are very visible here. Staff members were pleasant. Everything was clean. Trash cans were emptied. A patrol truck drove through the entire park several times a day. The entrance kiosk is staffed.

Ortega Flats, the other family camp area, is very near noisy Highway 74 and has electric hookups. The park also has several day use areas, several group camp areas, and an equestrian camp area. There is a dump station.

This park has rules which may keep at lot of visitors away: no alcohol and no domestic animals except horses are allowed for either day use or camping. No exceptions. I appreciated the resulting quieter and cleaner camp, but some may wish to go elsewhere.

The park has trails for hiking, equestrian use, and mountain biking. As everywhere in this area, warning signs indicate the possible presence of cougars, rattlesnakes, poison oak, etc. What can I say? If you require a "safer" atmosphere, Disneyland is not far away.

Access and location: Well marked, with a left-turn pocket, on very busy Ortega Highway a few miles east of I-5. Roads inside the park, both paved and gravel, are in good condition.

Site quality (Live Oak Campground): Most are level. Most are at least partially shaded by mature oak and sycamore trees. Gravel surface. Some sites have space for tents. Only a few have room for very large rigs. Clean. Good spacing, but little visual privacy. Some sites have plant hazards: cactus and poison oak.

Noise: Live Oak camp is a couple of miles into the park. No noise from other campers, because when I was there there were almost zero other campers. Some noise from park maintenance equipment and day use traffic. Artillery thumping at nearby USMC Camp Pendleton was audible enough to be annoying on both Thursdays during my two visits. Ortega Flats camp is right next to the highway and probably quite noisy.

Cell coverage: My Tracfone had 4 bars.

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This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


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Knuckledragger
CA
18 Phoenix B Class Camper Dodge 3500 Van
5 reviews
Nightly rate: $35
Days stayed: 1
“Pretty neat place....”

Reviewed May 13, 2015

Overall Rating

Pros: I was surprised at how nice this place was. Very clean and great overall experience.

Cons: All I could think about was the reputation this place has with mountain lion incidents. (Google it.)

Not far from San Juan Capistrano if all the beach sites are full when you pass through the area.

Note: Your paid receipt is good for entrance to any state beach the following day if you manage not to be dinner for a cougar, ha!

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This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


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Hookups:
  • 50 Amp
  • 30 Amp
  • 20 Amp
  • dry camping
  • Partial Hookups
Recreation:
  • picnic area
  • playground
  • recreation trail
Site Amenities:
  • big rig
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
Facilities:
  • dump station
  • restrooms: flush
  • showers
  • trash
  • water available
Pets:
  • pet restrictions: Domestic pets are not allowed in Caspers Wilderness Park.

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