Campsite Review: Guajome Park Campground a San Diego County Regional Park in Oceanside California, on Mexico Land Grant named Rancho Guajome. This grant predates the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and the creation of the state of California. Prior to the land grant, the park was part of the Mission San Luis Rey de Francia founded in 1798 The old adobe Ranch House is located south of the park on North Santa Fe Avenue.
All campsites are in a small area south of Guajome Lake and spread out on a south-facing hillside near the entrance station. There are 33 sites in a wooded area in a layout that is similar to a forest service campground.
Guajome Park is in Oceanside California, to the east of the beach area, south of Camp Pendelton. In the city, there are multiple stores of every type in every direction.
Guajome Park is a very nice campground.
Website: Guajome Park
Address: 3000 Guajome Lake Road, Oceanside, CA 92057
Link to Google Map for the area: Guajome Park
Phone Number/Reservations: 877-565-3600 Reservations
Reservations are highly recommended well in advance for weekends. The park wasn’t totally full on the in the middle of the week, in the middle of October, but it was close. Reservations on a summer weekend or holiday weekends are nearly mandatory.
Dates stayed: October 18 – 30, 2020
Comfort: Temperatures were nice. Cool marine layer in the morning, in the late afternoon nice in the shade.
Price Paid: $33/ night not including reservation fee
Our Site: #32
Hook-ups: Electric / Water– 50 amp
Dump station: Yes
Potable Water: Yes
Water to fill your RV storage tank: Yes
Cell service: Verizon – Strong Signal / AT&T – Strong Signal
Campsite Review: Guajome Park Campground insider info:
Our number one fear was road noise… we had none – well almost none, even though you could hear the loudest vehicles, they were not a problem. The sites further north have some noise; it is also not a problem. The park is shielded from the noise by a mound of dirt that effectively blocks the noise.
Also there are no trains anywhere nearby.
Our site was long enough and level enough even though it sloped to the rear of the RV. Other sites are not created equal.
We showed up just after noon on our check-in day. Check-in time is 2 pm. Even though our campsite was empty, we were turned away. The check-in time is posted everywhere in the campground, but not found online anywhere.
The purpose of turning us away was to “clean” our campsite. Inspection of our campsite after arrival proved that this was not accomplished with any attention to detail.
Even though our campsite was empty, we were turned away. This would not have been too big a problem, except that the exit gate (called the night gate) was closed. After turning around just before the exit gate we had to maneuver past the dump station filled with RVs attempting to dump their tanks and back the way we came. To make the U-turn we had to detach our car find a parking spot and come back in two hours.
The campground has a very nice nature trail that loops around the lake for about one mile. The two lakes are bird-watcher favorites. Another path goes south for another mile.
Fishing in the lake is allowed but kayaking is not.
The closest store is Home Depot.
San Diego County website is out of date using an old Flash Player, so to pick a campsite you have to call for reservations. You can’t determine the campsite size without this flash player and some are very small. Be careful when picking a campsite.
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Website: Guajome Park