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Chula Vista Campground South Los Padres National Forest

  • Camp Type: Car Campground - No Reservations, first-come, first-serve walk-in campground
  • Topo Map Link: Cuddy Valley
  • Elevation: 8200 feet
  • Wilderness Area: Non Wilderness Area
  • County: Ventura County
  • Ranger District: Mt. Pinos Ranger District
  • Longitude: -119.1236354
  • Latitude: 34.81408182
  • Water Sources: No Water Available
  • Length of Stay: 14 Days
  • Reservations: Car Campground - No Reservations, Walk In

Recent Water Reports:

Date Surveyor Water Report
02-18-2018Craig R. CareyDry
10-13-2017Craig R. CareyDry


Located at the end of the Mt. Pinos Highway. This campground is not exactly a car camp, you can park close but you have to walk your gear over to the camping area. The campground has many sites and tables, this area can have snow on the ground until May, depending on the year. Be aware, many people use the parking lot for star gazing. Avoid driving in and out of the parking lot, disturbing star gazing activities. Camping is limited in the parking lot to self contained vehicles. No campfires in parking lot.

Numerous rare and some endangered species are confined to a small area at the top of Mt. Pinos. The area was set aside to protect these unusual plants. Pinis Flexilis Limber Pine grows in a small area at the top of the mountain. Among the pines Kennedy's buckwheat, a low growing gray mat forming species is found. It was at one time heavily collected to use in producing Ming trees. All plants in this reserve are to be protected and enjoyed in their natural setting here at this high elevation.

During the winter months, after big storms come down the coast, a good covering of snow is deposited on the upper part of the mountains. This snow often is not very deep and melts in a few days. While the snow lasts many people drive up from the Los Angeles area for snow fun. Often there is not enough off-road parking and the road becomes a parking lot, Years ago the Taft Recreation Department built a Iodge and ski run at the top of Mount Cero Noroeste (Mount Abel). Now the lodge is in ruins and the trees have grown up to cover the ski slope.

Survey Photos:

  • Craig R. Carey - 10-13-2017

  • Craig R. Carey - 10-13-2017

  • Craig R. Carey - 02-18-2018

  • Craig R. Carey - 02-18-2018

  • Craig R. Carey - 02-18-2018

  • Craig R. Carey - 02-18-2018

  • Craig R. Carey - 02-18-2018

Submitted Camp Reports

Chula Vista Campground Survey - 02-18-2018 - by Craig R. Carey
Link: Chula Vista Campground
Date: 02-18-2018
Surveyor Name:Craig R. Carey
Camp Description:T111 (Ventura) spent 3 days at Chula Vista for the troop's second winter camp of the season. Camp was full on Saturday (including Scout units from Orcutt and Santa Clarita) but once Sunday night's storm blew in, we had the entire campground to ourselves.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:Cold -- low of -1F!

Chula Vista Campground Survey - 10-13-2017 - by Craig R. Carey
Link: Chula Vista Campground
Date: 10-13-2017
Surveyor Name:Craig R. Carey
Camp Description:A fine evening at Chula Vista. The restrooms are open again, and the camp was clean ... enjoy it before the snow weekenders overrun it! ;-)
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:There is no water at this camp.
Weather Conditions:Cool and clear.

Chula Vista Campground Survey - 08-05-2014 - by Camper
Link: Chula Vista Campground
Date: 08-05-2014
Surveyor Name:Camper
Camp Description:Campground is a three-minute walk down the trail from the east end of the Mt. Pinos Nordic Base parking lot.

Vault toilets. Bring your own tp. Nice sites, with campfire rings and large bench logs. Plenty of wood to gather or chop nearby.

Surrounded by Ponderosa and other pines, not much in the way of vistas, but plenty of hiking, biking, and stargazing available.
Water Source:Dry
Water Source Details:
Weather Conditions:8,300' altitude

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Last Updated: Tuesday, January 5, 2016

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