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By Miriam Raftery

Photos by Miriam Raftery and Scott Lagace

March 11, 2023 (Cuyamaca) -- Campspot, a campsite booking website, has named Lake Cuyamaca Recreation and Park District the fourth best place for tent campers in America. The contest is Campspot’s second annual competition, which includes various categories from glamping to RV parks. View award winners.

“Lake Cuyamaca is the jewel of the San Diego mountains, the ideal mixture of adventure and relaxation,” Campspot states. “Whether you visit for a day, a weekend, or a two week vacation, it’s a place so beautiful you won’t want to leave!”

Lake Cuyamaca offers canoeing, kayaking, a boat launch and fishing. The only year-round trout fishery in San Diego County, it’s known as an angler’s paradise. There’s also the Cuyamaca Pub, a recently revamped restaurant with lakefront views.

Tent sites can be rented started at $20 a night and there are also cabins available for $125 that can sleep up to three  people.

The site is located at 15027 State Route 79, near Julian. The Cuyamaca area is beautiful year-round, with fall foliage in autumn, warm summer days, spring wildflowers, and occasional snow in winter. 

A trail around the lake is a wildlife viewer’s delight, where visitors frequently spot deer, coyotes, water fowl, wild turkeys, and even a pair of bald eagles known to frequent the lake.

Lake Cuyamaca is also a great home base to stay at while enjoying day trips to Julian, a historic gold rush town, the Anza-Borrego Desert and Green Valley Falls.

Campspot researched over 70,000 data points for its awards, including bookings, reviews and other factors, to come up with its nominees. Winners were chosen by the public voting on their favorite campgrounds in America.


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