GOSD Agua Caliente Campout
March 22-24, 2019
(3 Days/2 Nights)
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You're invited to join Great Outdoors San Diego (GOSD) for what's become our annual visit to Agua Caliente County Park to check out the wildflowers, which typically bloom there in early to mid spring. Between the wildflowers, the amazing Agua Caliente campground (with showers and hot spring-fed pools), our not-to-be-missed nighttime search for scorpions by blacklight, the always-amazing Saturday night potluck, and a great group of guys, you won't want to miss this trip!
Agua Caliente County Park is a 910 acre park with geothermally heated springs. The park is located just west of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in eastern San Diego County.
Amenities at Agua Caliente include the soothing geothermal pools, coin-operated showers, flush toilets, potable water, shuffleboard and horseshoes, and a sun deck outside the pools for lounging. There is a small souvenir store nearby with very limited groceries and ice. The pools include an outdoor swimming pool, an outdoor wading pool for children, and an indoor 102 °F therapeutic spa.
We’ve reserved tent sites and a couple RV sites. Trip pricing is based upon the type of site you choose and whether you’ll be sharing a tent or RV. Both RV sites include space for one RV and one tent. RV sites have water, electricity, picnic table and a fire ring. A dump station is located within the park. Some sites may not be completely level - we suggest bringing leveling blocks. Depending upon the RV site, tow vehicles may have to park in a nearby site.
- 2 PM - Check in after 2 PM
- 5 PM - “Happy hour” - Bring a snack to share and your favorite beverage. Some snacks and water (flat and flavored sparkling) will be provided. Please also bring your own reusable plate, utensils and cup/mug - these will not be provided.
- Dinner - on your own
- 7 PM - Group campfire (Sunset is just before 7 PM)
- 9 AM - Depart for hike. (Bring a packed lunch.) The hike specifics will be determined as the trip gets closer and we have a better sense for where the best wildflower viewing will be. (Rest assured our wildflower hike will not be strenuous.)
- 3 PM - Time in the pools at camp.*
- 6 PM - Potluck Dinner - Bring a main dish, side, salad or dessert. Please also bring your own reusable plate and utensils - these will not be provided.
- 7 PM - Campfire
- After 8 PM - Scorpion search by blacklight
- 7:30 AM - Morning coffee and coffee cake will be provided. Please also bring your own coffee mug/cup - these will not be provided.
- 8:30 AM - Time for another dip in the pools or a short hike - and packing and cleaning up the camp sites.
- 12:00 PM - Check Out. Optional afternoon activity.*
*In addition to our Saturday wildflower hike, some of us may decide we also want to do one of the below as a group. And we’ll also decide as a group if and where we want to go on a hike or to Julian after packing up camp on Sunday. Options include:
- Shopping and eating pie in Julian - 33 miles away
- Moonlight Canyon hike 1.8 miles (350’ elev)
- Mountain Palm Oasis hike 3 miles (600’ elev)
- Torote Canyon loop hike 6.5 miles (1,500’ elev)
- Cold Canyon hike 3.0 miles (650’ elev)
- Ghost Mountain hike 2.0 miles (500' elev) - Historic site
- Mud Caves, Sin Nombre canyon and badlands - Off road 4x4 adventure
- Domeland and Wind caves hike 5.0 miles (1,000' elev)
- Indian Hill and old RR camp 6.5 miles (600' elev)
- Carrizo Trestle / Goat Canyon 11.0 miles (1,000' elev) - Historic curved train trestle
- Redman mine 3.8 miles (1,000’ elev)
- Erosion Road tour 21.0 miles
Registration for this event is restricted to Great Outdoors Members Only. Prices are based upon you being a paid member of one of our 5 chapters. To become a member of GOSD, please visit the membership page of our site. Members from other GO Chapters should contact the GOSD Webmaster to be added to our Chapter's website to enable registration for this event. Each person going must complete a separate registration. If you are not currently a member of one of our 5 Chapters, you’ll need to register with the Chapter of your choice first and then register on the GOSD website.
Payments-Although a PayPal screen will appear requesting payment via PayPal, you can scroll down on that screen and pay with a credit card - without a PayPal account.
Pets- Pets are permitted if they are quiet, properly restrained and under the control of the owner. Dogs must be licensed, restrained on a leash not longer than six feet, and attended at all times. Dogs are not allowed in cabins or on trails.
Quiet Hours- 10 PM - 7 AM
Smoking- Is not allowed in San Diego County Parks.
Alcohol - Alcoholic beverages are permitted provided the alcohol content does not exceed 20%.
What to Bring
- Ten Essentials
- Quarters for showers
- Camping/cooking gear
- Phone/camera charger
- Warm/cool weather clothing
- Potluck item for Saturday night
- Pool gear (towel, swimsuit and water shoes)
- Any prescription or other needed medications
- Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunblock, lip block)
- Soap and sponge for cleaning your reusable plate, utensils and cup/mug
- Your own reusable plate, utensils and mug/cup (No plates, utensils or cups will be provided)
- One bundle of firewood (please no particle board, old furniture, plywood or construction materials, as these can release toxic gases when burned).
Cell Service- Is not available in the park, but can be found by driving a short distance from the campground.
Health Problems/allergies - It is the responsibility of participants to carry on their person a record of significant allergies, medications and medical history in the event of a medical emergency. Discuss any medical concerns with a trip leader if you wish.
Getting There - Please carpool if you can and fill your gas tank well before arriving at camp since the nearest gas stations are in Borrego Springs (30 miles), Julian (33 miles), or Ocotillo (27 miles).Address/Google maps link:
Cancellation and refunds - Please refer to our Overnight Trip Payment Policy, which is available on our website. In short, payment must be received within 2 weeks of your registration, even if paying by check. Refunds will not be available on registrations made within 2 weeks of a trip start date.
Park information - View the Agua Caliente County Park brochure or map.
Contact - If you have any questions not addressed by the information above or on our registration page, please feel free to contact the trip leader:Brent Sammons SDLocavore@gmail.com