Lions Den | Mt. Laguna Glamping, San Diego


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  1. 8 guests
  2. 5 bedrooms
  3. 7 beds
  4. 2 shared baths
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Glamping & nature retreats with Alter Experiences. Sleep in the trees under the stars & rediscover the joys of pristine nature & the great outdoors. Lion's Den is our most popular & secluded site in the Cleveland National Forest, Burnt Rancheria camp. This site comes with a bell tent featuring a queen mattress & sofa bed, as well as a bell tent lounge with 2 additional sofa beds. Site also features a double tree tent & 2 story triple tree tent. 2 Trillium hammocks also included.

The space
Laguna Mountain is one of the highest peaks in San Diego at an elevation of over 6,000ft. It's part of the Cleveland National Forest network and one of the most bio-diverse habitats in all of Southern California. It features some of the tallest pine, conifer and oak trees in the region, as well as beautiful open space preserves as far as the eye can see.

The area is extremely remote and secluded. Our glamping sites are located in the communal campgrounds of Laguna./El Prado & Burnt Rancheria campgrounds, right off Sunrise Highway. The closest town is Julian about 30 minutes away. It's about a 15 minute drive to Lake Cuyamaca. The drive along S1 Sunrise HWY is an experience in itself, with contrasting landscapes between our mountain forests and the Anza-Borrego desert.

Your site comes with a combination of both tree tents, bell tents and hammocks.

Bell tents are fully outfitted and spacious with therapeutic mattress and / or sofa bed (s). They are staged with the ultimate comfort and luxury in mind, featuring rugs, plush floor pillows, solar powered lights and propane heater.

Our Tenstile tree tents are a lightweight treehouse that uses 3 anchor points to create a "living space" suspended between trees. Our Tentsiles are fun, safe & bring a whole new dimension to the camping experience.

Our elevated tree tents offer a very unique nature immersive and outdoor experience.

Your glamping site also comes with standard hotel amenities, private lounge area, outdoor kitchen space & outdoor fire-pit. Enjoy camping without the hassle!

Facilities & Amenities:

- Hot shower/bathroom available with either flush or composting toilet.

- Your tree tent comes complete with sleeping pad, sleeping bag & pillow. A floor lounge area is provided underneath your tree tent. Our tree tents can accommodate 2 or 3 people per unit. Our double bubble can accommodate a family of between 5-6 (limited availability).

- Drinking water provided

- Towels, soap and shampoo are provided

- Hanging compartments & bins to keep things organized

- Firepit is provided for your lounge & seats around the campfire (wood fires only permitted in designated fire pits)

- First Aid Kit

- Camp kitchen with cooking & serving utensils - 17' Blackstone Griddle, portable cooker, pots/pans, kettle, mugs, essential spices & oils, coffee, hot chocolate & sugar. All you really need to bring is your cooler & food to last for your trip. You also have the option to eat at nearby restaurants.

Facilities & amenities are standard across our multiple sites, but the locations will vary depending on the season & availability. Many factors come into play for us to deliver this one of a kind outdoor experience. Our primary sites are under permit with the Cleveland National Forest & all of our sites are within the general vicinity of Mount Laguna - Lake Cuyamaca - Julian.

Please be aware that you'll be staying in a communal campground in the Cleveland National Forest. Our sites are very private with your own area, kitchen, fire-pit and parking. Only bathroom facilities are communal.

Alter Experiences operates multiple affiliate locations in the San Diego backcountry, in partnership with the Descanso Ranger District office of the Cleveland National Forest.

Our glamping retreats are designed to offer the most comfortable outdoor experience possible, while providing all the camping equipment and amenities you will need.

We take all that's fun about camping & combine it with modern comfort & state of the art equipment. It's an outdoor & nature immersive experience unlike any other.

Look us up and join our glamping tribe for exclusive offers, give-aways and much more.

Alter Experiences LLC operates under permit of USFS. This institution is an equal opportunity employer.

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Where you’ll be

Mount Laguna, California, United States

In the heart of San Diego county are the sky islands of the central mountains - a place where nature & wildlife thrives. This very unique & bio-diverse environment covers hundreds of acres of state park, national forest, as well as historic, eco-logical & archeological preserves.

The region is characterized by its natural beauty, heritage & small town charm, which represent this destination's true tourism appeal. It’s one of the last places left in Southern California where you'll find unspoiled nature, rare wildlife & the solitude of mountain forests.

We’re a proud historic community dedicated to small town values, responsible tourism, & environmental conservation. As the stewards of these pristine regions, our community is very passionate about ensuring its preservation for generations to come.

San Diego's backcountry is home to numerous museums, touristic centers, venues & many other recreational attractions. Rancho Cuyamaca State Park & Cleveland National Forest feature a labyrinth of over 70 designated trails totaling over 150 miles. Streams & waterfalls abound in one of the densest concentrations of Pine, Conifer & Oak Tree forests in Southern California. Wildlife such as deer, turkey & hawks frequent the area regularly.

The Lake Cuyamca restaurant offers a variety of delicious plates & libations. You can camp on site at the lake or you can choose from many traditional camping/RV sites in the area. There are also numerous hotels, lodges, and B&B accommodations to suit your needs.

Just past Lake Cuyamaca is Sunrise Highway that leads to Mount Laguna. This area offers spectacular views to the east all the way out the Anza-Borrego desert & the Salton Sea. At an elevation of almost 6,000ft, Mount Laguna can experience significant snow fall in the winter.

The historic town of Julian offers a multitude of tours, attractions, restaurants & shopping. Enjoy a carriage ride down Main Street & don’t forget to try our world-famous Julian pie. Our local brewery Nickel Beer has some of the best craft beer in San Diego. Menghini Winery & Volcan Mountain Winery are one of our most popular attractions, along with our local orchards & u-pick farms. While you’re in the area stop by the Volcan Mountain Preserve & learn about their amazing efforts towards conservation of the region.

The Julian Station & Wynola are an attraction in themselves. Jeremey’s on the Hill offers farm-to-table cuisine, or you can visit Wynola Pizza & Bistro for some delicious pizza & craft soda. Head on over to the Julian Station afterwards for libations ranging from wine, craft beer, cider, mead & komboucha. Julian Hard Cider & Julian Ciderworks are a must try! Manita’s Mexican food is another local favorite.

Further on down is Santa Ysabel, Warner Springs, Lake Henshaw & the La Jolla Indian Reservation all waiting to be explored. There is no shortage of unique attractions & activities to choose from while visiting the San Diego Backcountry. Enjoy all the beauty & wonders this region has to offer. Please act safely and responsibly while visiting the backcountry.

Hosted by Shantel

  1. Joined in October 2017
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My love for nature, environmental conservation and travel has led me to some of the world's most remote & exotic travel destinations. Our tourism model for Alter Experiences came about as a result of over 10 years travel to many eco-tourism destinations around the world. From a treehouse in India’s rainforests to a tent in the sub-saharan deserts of the Red Sea; these & many other examples of sustainable tourism models have inspired our hospitality concept.
My love for nature, environmental conservation and travel has led me to some of the world's most remote & exotic travel destinations. Our tourism model for Alter Experiences came a…


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One of our team members will greet you upon arrival and we are available if needed. Our team headquarters is centrally located on North Peak and we're always a phone call away. We want to ensure you have an incredible experience and feel safe during your trip with us.
One of our team members will greet you upon arrival and we are available if needed. Our team headquarters is centrally located on North Peak and we're always a phone call away. We…

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Check-in: 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Checkout: 10:00 AM
Not suitable for infants (under 2 years)
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

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