Memorial Day usually kicks off the feeling of summer - it's when we start anticipating the warm days ahead. This year, it's hard to know what we should expect in the months ahead. The good news is that some campsites and parks are opening in time for the coming weekend.
Each county has it's own rules regarding the speed and 'degree' of opening that's allowed. Here's what you can anticipate from today:
City of San Diego Campsites:
These are open at 50% capacity and require that only family units camp on each site. Social distancing rules apply. The following are open for camping:
Agua Caliente county Park
Dos Picos County Park
Guajome Regional Park
Lake Morena County Park
Oakoasis County Park
Potrero County Park
Sweetwater Summit County Park
Vallecito County Park
William Heise County Park
Other campsites that are open in SoCal for Memorial Weekend:
Crab Flats, Lake Arrowhead
Dogwood, Lake Arrowhead
Green Valley, Arrowbear Lake
Hanna Flat, Big Bear Lake
Heart Bar, Angelus Oaks
North Shore, Lake Arrowhead
San Gorgonio, San Bernardino
Serrano, Big Bear Lake
Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree is the only national park in California that has opened up its campgrounds, but only the individual campgrounds - the group ones are not yet open. Back-country camping is allowed.
Mt. Baldy Ski Resort, Angeles National Forest
Hikers will be able to take the ski lifts to the Top of the Notch restaurant (take out only). Tickets cost $30 round trip.
Snow Valley Mountain Resort (near Big Bear)
Chair lifts are open to hikers and mountain bikers Saturday through Monday, but bike rentals or food services will be closed. Tickets are $15 and must be purchased in advance.
Seasonal campgrounds run by the Forest Service in the Idyllwild and San Jacinto area remain closed, though the local trails are open.
Prepared Trip Plans with open sites, remote routes and unspoiled locations:
At Funki Adventures, we have been mapping out the best locations and routes that are open and will be making these available as an option for any customers renting a camping equipped Jeep. Feel free to reach out and ask for more info.
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