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Sweetwater Summit Regional Park Campground

3218 Summit Meadow Rd., Bonita, California 91902 USA

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“overlooks the Sweetwater Reservoir in Bonita”

Visitors to this 500-acre regional park have quite a palette of activities to choose from. The Summit Site offers modern campsites – including some with corrals for equestrians who want to bring their horses and explore the miles of trails in the area.  Below the summit are hundreds of acres of stream side vegetation, grassland, and open areas that provide a variety of habitats for hikers, horseback riders, and mountain bikers.  There are 46 sites with partial hookups (20 amps) for tents or RVs up to 45 feet, including 15 equestrian sites with corrals. Picnic tables and fire grills are provided. Restrooms with flush toilets and showers, drinking water, covered pavilion, and dump station are available. Leashed pets are permitted.

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  • 19 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
May 18, 2019
Rated 5.0

Great public campground close to Bonita with a nice Vons for groceries. The park has 2 loops - the North Loop is much newer and offered full hookups and 2 different bathhouses. The bathhouses each had 6 Unisex rooms that offered a very nice size shower, toilet, sink and mirror. The restrooms were maintained but did seem to be a place where the earwigs liked to gather if people left the doors propped open. The showers are paid and for 50 cents you can get 4 minutes, get another 2 minutes for each 25 cents. The showers were quick to get hot water and we seemed to get a decent water pressure out of them. We stayed in the North loop with full hookups for 18 days. The Campground is next to Sweetwater Reservoir and you can see some nice water views from trails to the West. There are several long walking trails. The trails are shared with horses and bicycles. It was fun to see the horseback riders coming through using the trails. We took the dogs several times. There are signs that warn of Rattlesnakes. In the time we were at the campgrounds, we saw 1 snake but it was not on the hiking trail and luckily it was not a rattlesnake. There are a significant amount of rabbits and ground squirrels that roam the park - mostly early and late in the day but you will see them during the day as well. The North loop sites are very nice—level, asphalt and concrete. Most are a pretty good size and have a fire ring and picnic table. It would seem some of the sites would have a lot of noise from the freeway. We did not hear the freeway inside our Airstream but we did hear the occasional plane flying overhead. We took long walks around the 2 “loops” of the campground several times and it appeared the sites in the South loop appeal to a very different group of camper. The sites there have trees and grass and some sites seem very nice. Most of the RVs/trailersin this loop were dated and also seemed to be the area that attracted the tent campers. The checkin process felt slow and with only 1 entry to the park slows down everyone entering if someone is checking in. The park has multiple playgrounds - one with a small rock climbing wall, a small water sprinkler park that is free for campers, several picnic areas, an amphitheater they rent out to groups and an exercise loop with workout stations. There is no camp store but they do sell firewood at the checkin station. We enjoyed our stay as it was convenient commute into San Diego, Coronado Island and the sights we were interested in visiting.

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March 24, 2021

This was one of our favorite campgrounds on our trip across the US and back again. We stayed for 6 days in the North loop in site 126. The sites have room between them and are spaced so that everyone has some views. We had a pull through with cement but it was a steep short slope down to our site and we did hit both the truck and the camper - luckily with no damage. Go slow! The showers and toilets were clean and big. We found 2 $.25 tokens more than enough for a good shower. The fire rings were great - we enjoyed a campfire one night with the wood purchased from the entry site. There was quite a bit of dry tinder wood around to start it but bringing some paper with you would be helpful. It was only 20 minutes to downtown Chula Vista where we enjoyed the Galley Restaurant at the Marina. We walked around the park several times. The south loop has the older sites with shade trees which would be nice in the hot weather. It was early March and cooler when we were there. Great place!!!

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Sweetwater Summit Regional Park Campground

3218 Summit Meadow Rd.
Bonita, California
91902 USA

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  • Wheelchair Accessible
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