Discover the Spanish-style Riverside Mission Inn and thrill at its annual Festival of Lights, a colorful display of over 2 million lights in all shapes and sizes, along with an assortment of animated characters and sculptures which decorate the entire façade. On Wednesday, join us for a guided tour of the historic Mission Inn ($20/person), where presidents and celebrities have flocked since 1876. After the tour, enjoy the annual display of lights on Main Street filled with musicians, strolling carolers, and vendors. You will have ample time to grab a bite at one of the local venders downtown or enjoy dinner at an eatery of your choice.
Rancho Jurupa Park (click here) is situated along the Santa Ana River and located behind Mt. Rubidoux just west of charming historic downtown Riverside.
There will be 10 paved sites with grassy areas for RV and tent campers. As tents are NOT permitted on the grass, tent campers will share the paved portion of a site with 2 tents on each site. Two sites have been allocated to accommodate tent campers. Depending on the number and type of registrants, we may be able to accommodate additional tent campers on a shared RV site. Must be a Great Outdoor member to attend.
Mission Inn Tour
The Mission Inn began as a quaint adobe boarding house in 1876, becoming a full-service hotel in the early 1900's. Opened by Frank Miller, it expanded in 1903 with over 200 guestrooms and the addition of the Mission Wing, built in Mission-Revival style while incorporating architectural features from more than 20 different California missions. Three more wings were added as demand grew, including the Cloister, Spanish Wing and the Rotunda Wing, completed in 1931. Miller filled the hotel with valuable items from across the globe, including artwork, furniture and religious relics. The Mission Inn still houses the oldest bell in Christendom, dating back to 1247. https://www.missioninn.com/about
Come take a tour of the Mission Inn lead by a trained docent of the Mission Inn Foundation and explore its art, artifacts, architecture, and history. There will be 2 tours on Wednesday, each is a walking tour that will be approximately 75 minutes exploring the interior of this National Historic Landmark. Come see parts of the hotel which are normally inaccessible to the general public. Experience over 120 years of history within the grand rooms of the Inn. The tour is on Wednesday, December 6, at 2:45 pm to 4 pm and the second tour from 3:45 to 5 pm. Ticket are $20/person. If registering to camp, please pay as a separate option while registering. https://missioninnmuseum.org/visit/take-tour/. If registering for the tour only, please register as a "Day tripper."
Schedule Of Events
Tue, Dec 5
Wed, Dec 6
Thurs, Dec 7
*Check campground white board for updates and hike/outing details.
GOING GREEN! Please bring your own plates, cups, mugs, eating utensils, napkins, paper towels, camp soap, etc. There are water spigots located in the camp or in the nearby restroom for washing dishes.
Amenities: Full hookup sites with water and electric. Restrooms have electricity, flush toilets, running water and coin operated showers, picnic tables, fire rings, water and paved parking stalls. Quiet hours are from 10 pm to 6 am.
Kiosk: There is a small store located near the front gate. Kiosk hours are from 7 am to sunset.
Directions: 4600 Crestmore Road, Jurupa Valley, CA 92509 Map Click HereCA
Climate: Average temperature in December is: 67 / 42 degrees with an average of 3 rain days. Sunrise: 6:39 am / Sunset: 4:40 pm.
Refunds: Cancellation for a full refund minus service fee of $10 must be received by Nov. 17. No refund on tour unless waitlist. Contact trip leader to cancel.
Payments: You may now use any of these credit cards: MC, VISA, Discover or Amex.
Contact: Beth Schneider Click here
Pets: Maximum 3 at $2 each per day. Pay at the gate when you come in.
Park Rules: click here
What to Bring:
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 the outing leader if you wish.
This event is being planned by Palm Springs Chapter.d For more information about this trip:
If you’re looking for a camping trip that will challenge your limits and reward your senses, look no further than Anza Borrego Desert State Park. This park is a vast and diverse desert landscape that offers endless opportunities for adventure and exploration. Join us for a variety of desert adventures that include hiking, 4x4 off road trips, stargazing, and amazing sunsets/sunrises. Gather around a campfire and gaze at more stars than you ever knew existed.
The Borrego Palm Canyon Campground is located within the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and is located near Borrego Springs, CA at 700 feet elevation. RVs and tents will be on separate sites located on a loop adjacent to each other.
This is 4 days/3nights over the Presidents Holiday Weekend.
Friday - February 16
Saturday - February 17
Sunday - February 18
Monday - February 19
*Attractions and Activities (check whiteboard for times):
Amenities for all: Fire rings, picnic tables, drinkable water, restrooms, flush toilets, token-operated hot showers. Tokens are available at the campground entrance.
Amenities for RVs: This is a dry camping event. There are no hookups. Fresh water is available at the dump site to fill your RV tank before arriving at your site. There is a dump site located near the park entrance. Maximum RV length is 35 feet. Quiet hours are from 10 pm to 6 am and generators may only be operated between 10 am and 8 pm. Tents will be on separate sites with 2 tents per site.
Night Lighting: Borrego Springs is a certified Dark Sky Community. Be a good neighbor and keep you camp lights off or at a minimum and enjoy the night sky.
What to Bring: Camping/cooking gear,10 essential items, food, warm/cool weather clothing, potluck item for Friday night and firewood for group fire. Firewood is for sale at the campground (buy it where you burn it policy). Consider going green! - Please bring your own plates, cups, mugs, eating utensils.
Directions: Borrego Springs, CA 92004. Google Map directions to park entrance - click here. From Palms Springs: I-10 East to 86S to Salton Seaway to Borrego Springs - go through town and follow signs to the park entrance.
Climate: Average temperatures for this time of year are 74 high and 48 low. Elevation of 700' Sunrise: 6:30 AM Sunset: 5:30 PM
Refunds: Cancel by Feb. 2, 2024 for a refund (minus $10 service fee).
Payments: Pay online here with a credit card.
Pets: Pets are welcome, leashed and pick up after.
Campground Map Click Here
Contact: Trip Leader: Scott Connelly EMAIL
You must be a paid member of one of the Great Outdoor (GO) Chapters in order to register for this event. You can join with a $25 annual membership by clicking here .
Additional Information: Anza Borrego Natural History Association .
Health Problems/allergies: Discuss any medical concerns with the event/hike leader that may affect your ability to complete this event.
The Salton Sea is one of the most enigmatic places in the Southwest. It is a unique place with many hidden treasures and secrets that are not well known. It has been forgotten as a busy tourist attraction of bygone years. Today, we have an amazing place to visit and explore. The sunsets and sunrises are stunning and peaceful. You should take the opportunity to experience it before it receding water levels cause it to change and vanish.
We will be camping at the Mecca Beach campground at the Salton Sea Recreation Area. The meet and greet, potluck and other activities will take place there. March is an ideal time to visit with mild temperatures.
This event is being planned by Great Outdoors Palm Springs
For more information about this trip:
Great Outdoors San Diego Campout
Laguna Mountains: Horse Heaven Campground
Contrary to its name, Horse Heaven Group Campground has no equestrian sites. Instead, this tent-only facility can accommodate group gatherings. It provides a great mountain getaway for city dwellers to relax and enjoy cool summer temperatures, hiking and other outdoor recreation, just one hour east of San Diego.
Note: Registration for this event will open on March 1st, 2024 for members, and March 15th for non-members.
This site offers three areas for group gatherings: Lupine Loop can accommodate 40 people and 10 vehicles; The facility is equipped with vault toilets and drinking water. A general store is located 2.3 miles away at Mt. Laguna and Pine Valley.
The campground sits at an elevation of 6,000 ft. in the Laguna Mountains. It is forested with pines and oaks that provide plenty of shade, in addition to a meadow. The area is home to many species of birds, as well as the endangered Laguna Skipper butterfly. Little Laguna lake is located just a short distance from the campground and is an excellent hiking destination for photographers and visitors looking to explore the area.
The Laguna Mountain Recreation Area is known for great horseback riding, mountain biking and hiking trails. Visitors can get their boots dusty on the Laguna Meadow Trail system or access a segment of the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail, which runs from California to the State of Washington. Wildflowers are usually abundant in April and May on the Big Laguna Trail, which takes visitors past Big Laguna Lake. In wet years there is water in Big Laguna Lake by December or January and ducks and other birds can be found. The trail presents a number of options to the user. A return to the trailhead parking can be made by cutting through the Laguna Campground or by taking the Pacific Crest Trail north. Families can learn about the area's flora and fauna by attending educational programs at the facility's amphitheater. Or for history buffs, the El Prado Cabin located at nearby El Prado Campground, is the first ranger cabin built in the Cleveland National Forest in 1911. The San Diego State University Observatory also sponsors "Star Parties" for campers most Saturday evenings during the summer (schedule can be obtained at the nearby visitor center or by calling 619-473-8547).
Contact Leader: Tyler Roosden, 651.497.1611
Thursday, June 20
2:00 PM Arrival (tent placement subject to change)
6:00 PM Meet & Greet
7:00 PM Group Dinner and Bonfire
Friday, June 21
9:00 AM Breakfast/Hike
12:00 PM Lunch (on own)
2:00 PM Hike
6:00 PM Potluck
8:00 PM Storytelling/Bonfire
6:00 PM Group Dinner (bring own)
Sunday, June 23
9:00 AM Breakfast
11:00 AM Must Leave Camp
Health Problems/Allergies: Discuss any medical concerns with the trip leader that may affect your ability to complete the event.
This event is being planned by the Los Angeles Chapter. For more information about this trip: