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Upcoming & Past PS Chapter Camping Trips

    • Fri, June 23, 2023
    • 2:00 PM
    • Sun, June 25, 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • 4945 Heise Park Road, Julian, CA 92036

    Situated at 4,200 feet above sea level in a forest of pines and oaks along the northern extremity of the Laguna Mountain Range, this 929-acre park is one of the few San Diego county parks to get snowfall each year.  There are nearly 11 miles of scenic hiking and equestrian trails. Mule deer and wild turkey are frequently seen throughout the park, and rare residents include bobcats and mountain lions.

     Park brochure

    The campground has coin-operated showers. The city of Julian is just 15 minutes away by car.  In Julian, you can explore the many stores on main street, but don't forget to get some delicious apple pie for which Julien is known.  

    We have reserved 15 sites with electric and water, but no sewer.  A dump station is available at the park.  

    Maximum RV length is 40 feet. One site can accommodate one RV and one tent or two tents.  Depending on popularity, we will try to accommodate tent campers on separate sites.  

    The sites are on blacktop and are narrow, but behind each site is a picnic/camping area able to accommodate 1-2 tents and shared picnic/camping site amenities.  Very doable with some imagination, patience, and kindness.  Tent campers should bring blow-up mattresses or cots to sleep on as the ground is hard dirt.  Tent campers should also bring long extension cords for electricity as the pedestal is located a 10-20 ft.  from the camping area.  For a video of the campground, click here

    Leashed dogs are welcome at $1/night/dog. Campers will pay for their own dogs upon check-in at the campground.  The cost for extra-vehicles is included in the unit price.  

    We will have access on a first come/first serve basis to one of the two outdoor picnic areas across from the sites in the middle of the circle. There is a massive firepit between the two picnic areas which most likely we will be able to use for evening fires as we have reserved 15 of the 20 sites available in the loop.  Please bring 1-2 bundles of fire wood for the group fire on Friday and Saturday nights.  There is also a large outdoor fireplace for cooking available in the group area for the potluck Saturday.  Home made cobbler with ice cream is planned for all at the Saturday night potluck.  

    Typical weather in this area in June is a high of 80, and a low of 53.

    For those driving larger RVs, be sure to follow the brown County Park signs in rather than the GPS.  It's a little longer, but a better road in.  For those driving RVs, if you want to avoid some of the winding roads through the mountains, go to Borrego Springs by way of the Salton Sea, then right at Borrego Springs Road before you get to the traffic circle in Borrego Springs, and take the 79 to Julian.  It gets a little curvy just before your get to the town of Julian, but, doable.  Go through the town of Julian and follow the signs to Wm Heise park.  

    Cancellation policy: cancel for full refund minus applicable  fees on or before June 12, 2023. Contact trip leader if you need to cancel.

    William Heise County Park

    4945 Heise Park Road

    Julian, CA   92050

    (760) 765-0650

    Schedule of Events

    Disclaimer: the following schedule is tentative and could change without notice. Check-in and Check-out are set in stone, no changing those.

    Friday, June 23 

    • 2:00 pm - Check-in (please don't arrive early)
    • 5:00 pm – Meet and Greet, at the picnic area across from site #3; bring finger food to share 
    • 7:00 pm – Dinner on your own, but you’ll probably be satiated from grazing the finger food, so join the group fire early!
    • 8:00 pm - group fire, please bring firewood (recommended amount 1-2 bundles per person) 

    Saturday, June 24

    • 10:00 am – local hike somewhere close by—see white board for details
    • 1:00 pm – activity on your own or impromptu group activity
    • 6:00 pm – PotLuck dinner at the picnic area across from site #3; please bring a dish to share.  GO will be providing a delectable cobbler and homemade ice cream for all to share.  
    • 8:00 pm - group fire, please bring firewood

    Sunday, June 25 

    • 9:00 am - pack up and clean up, say our tearful goodbyes
    • 12:00 pm - Check out

    Contact Trip Leader:  Beth Schneider -  email click here / Doug Wylie - email click here

    Prices:  Prices listed are per person.  Each person going must complete a separate registration. We do this so each registrant acknowledges our liability waiver condition.

    Payments:  This event is limited to GO members.  When you register, you'll need to have your credit card (MC, VISA, Discover or Amex.) ready and pay your registration fee within 15 mins. If you are not a member yet, you can first join as a member online (click here) and then return here to register.

    What to Bring:  Camp chair, camping/cooking gear, food, warm/cool/wet weather clothing, potluck item, one bundle of firewood per person and the Ten Essentials

    Health Problems/allergies  Discuss any medical concerns with the event leader that may affect your ability to participate in this event.

    Special COVID Requirements

     This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated for COVID.

    • Thu, July 13, 2023
    • 2:00 PM
    • Mon, July 17, 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • Sweetwater Summit Regional Park, Bonita CA

    Join us in celebrating the San Diego Pride Parade at Sweetwater Summit Regional Park. The main event, the San Diego Pride Parade, will take place on Saturday. To kick off the festivities, there will be a joint "Happy Hour" hosted by the San Diego and Palm Springs Great Outdoors Chapters at the North Park Beer Company in Bankers Hill. The Happy Hour will begin at 5:30 pm, and the venue also offers a dinner menu if you'd like to stay for a meal. Alternatively, you can explore nearby dining options.

    On Sunday, the day after the parade, you'll have the opportunity to visit the historic Balboa Park in San Diego. The park boasts 17 museums, the San Diego Zoo, and 11 hiking trails. In addition to the local hikes around the Reservoir and Cabrillo National Monument, which includes the Point Loma Lighthouse and Tidepools (an America the Beautiful Entrance pass is required), you can also take a tour of the USS Midway Museum (tickets are priced at $31.00 per person). If you prefer a more leisurely experience, you can enjoy some local shopping or simply relax and spend time with friends.

    For more information and to register for the parade event, please visit the website of our San Diego Chapter: San Diego Pride Parade Great Outdoors.  

    San Diego Chapter is coordinating the parade event.  You MUST RSVP to the parade event to secure your t-shirt (supplies limited, act fast). Please go to GOSD web site to register.

    Amenities: Restrooms have electricity, flush toilets, running water and hot showers that take quarters, picnic tables, fire rings, water and paved parking stalls. Full hookups for RV's. Each site can accommodate 1 RV & 1 tent or 2 tents. Two tents will share a site.  We may add additional tent space to share on RV site, if needed. Only beer and wine allowed in the park. 

    The park is located at 3218 Summit Meadow Road, Bonita, CA 91902. Map Directions & GPS 32°40'53.0"N 116°59'52.6"W (about 20 minutes to San Diego Hillcrest area)

    RefundsCancellation for a refund minus service fee of $10.00 must be received by July 01, 2023.

    Site assignments and additional details will be in the event reminder email a few days prior to the event.

    For additional information contact:

    Tentative Schedule

    *Check whiteboard for updated details


    • 2:00 pm Check-in
    • 6:30 pm Meet & Greet at campground trip leader site #125.
    • 8:00 pm campfire


    • 7:00 am coffee and muffins
    • Beach
    • Balboa Park
    • 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm ~ North Park Beer Company Map click here


    • 7:00 am ~ Coffee and muffins
    • 9 am Pride Parade March/hike with GOSD in the parade.~ register using this link : Register Here  
    • 8:30 pm campfire


    • 7:00 am ~ Coffee and muffins
    • Local Hikes
    • Beach trip
    • Balboa Park
    • Cabrillo National Monument, Point Loma Lighthouse and Tidepools (time dependent on low tides)
    • Local shopping
    • 8:30 pm campfire


    • Check Out

    Thanks for spending time with us.  Have a safe trip home.

    • Fri, August 18, 2023
    • 2:00 PM
    • Sun, August 20, 2023
    • 11:00 AM
    • Heart Bar Campground US Forest Service off Hwy 38

    Join GOPS in the cool, high elevation of the San Bernardino Mountains for a two nights, three days, getaway near Big Bear Lake located in forested area with sub-alpine meadows.  Bring your tent or RV to the Skyline Group Camp and adjacent Heart Bar campground. Just 25 minutes from Big Bear Lake, the camp is at 6,900 feet elevation in the secluded Heart Bar area off of Highway 38 at Forest Road 1N02 nestled in alpine and fir forest. The campground is located near Big Meadow, Aspen Grove, and Sugarloaf Mountain areas.

    Schedule Of Events*

    Friday, Aug 18

    • 2:00 pm - Check-in.
    • 4:00 pm - Hike in Big Meadow area near campground
    • 6:00 pm - Meet and greet BYOB, bring appetizer to share. Dinner on your own
    • 7:00 pm - Group campfire activities

    Saturday, Aug 19

    • 7:00 am - Continental breakfast and coffee at camp
    • 9:00 am - Big Bear Ski Lift: Ride - Dine - Hike down (1.6 mi), or
    • 10:00 am - Hike on Pacific Crest Train from Coon Creek Jumpoff 
    • 6:30 pm - Potluck (bring a dish to share).  
    • 7:00 pm - Group Campfire

    Sunday, Aug 20

    • 7:00 am - Continental breakfast and coffee at camp
    • 9:00 am - Hike Jenks Lake 3.2 miles, 1100' elevation gain
    • 12:00 pm - Clean up campground areas. Check out. safe travels home.

    *Check campground white board for updates and hike/outing details.  Local attractions include:

    • Old town Big Bear shops
    • Boat tour Big Bear Lake on Miss Liberty
    • 4x4 Trail ride
    • Santa Ana River overlook trail
    • The Rio Monte hiking trail uphill to Jenks Lake and Santa Ana River.

    Facilities: This group campground offers one large group campsite, available for tent and RV camping. There are no utility hookups at the site and roads, as well as the parking area, are gravel and dirt. The site is equipped with multiple tables, and campfire circle . Flush toilets (4) and drinking water are provided at the campground. Pay showers and  dump station at nearby at Barton Flats campground. Tent pads are shaded but group areas are primarily in the open. We will have a propane fire-pit for the group. No nearby bike trails.  San Bernardino National Forest information: Click here .

    Bears frequent the area; carefully follow garbage disposal and food storage regulations

    You must be a paid GO member to register in this category. If you are not a GO member, visit our Join page and sign up as a member and then return here to register for this event.

    What to BringTen Essentials, camp chair, camping/cooking gear, nametag, food, warm/cool weather clothing, potluck item.

    Driving Directions:  72 miles from Palm Springs via I-10 and SR-38. Continue on State Highway 38. From the Mill Creek Ranger Station go approximately 22 miles to Oso Group Campground.  Map Click Here . Closest Town:  Angeles Oaks.  GPS Coordinates: 34° 10' 32.5380" N 116° 51' 44.8380" W 

    Climate & Elevation – 6,900 feet. August averages: Hi 88°F Lo 70°F  Current Weather click here

    RefundsCancellation for a refund, minus any service charge, must be received by August 01. 

    Contact Trip Leaders:  Doug Wylie email:

    Quiet Hours - 10 PM – 6 AM

    Cell Service – Available depending on your carrier.

    Pets: Pets are welcomed, remember the usual - leashed and pick up and dispose of waste.

    Camp Etiquette

    Noise Be sure your enjoyment does not impact others. Quiet hours are 10 p.m. - 6 a.m. While some people like to stay up late, others like to get up early. Be courteous to your neighbors and observe the quiet times.

    Lights Enjoy the stars and the night sky above. Consider how your lights affect others who may be trying to sleep or enjoy the darkness a campground can provide.  Keep lights shielded and pointing down. You may want to turn all lights off completely so you can enjoy the beautiful night sky.

    Personal space It's considered rude to enter or pass through another occupied campsite without the occupant's permission. Likewise, you should not set up parts of your campsite that encroach on your neighbor's site.

    Health Problems/allergies  Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader that may affect your ability to complete the hike. 

    Local Emergency Contact Information:  Dial 9-1-1 To report all other activities Call  Local Ranger Station  (909) 855-8550 during business hours or (909) 382-2600.  After hours call (909) 383-5654.

    • Thu, September 21, 2023
    • 2:00 PM
    • Sun, September 24, 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • Hearst San Simeon State Park 500 San Simeon-Monterey Creek Rd, Cambria, CA 93428

    San Simeon State Park/Hearst Castle/Paso Robles Wine Country/Cambria

    The Ultimate Central Coast California Road Trip

    September 21-24, 2023

    Hearst Castle, where dreams and celebrities mixed, is just one of our destinations on this fantastic experience-filled weekend. 

    The pandemic closure of Hearst Castle, designed more than a century ago by architect Julia Morgan for William Randolph Hearst, and a major road repair allowed time for a much needed rejuvenation. Now, at the spectacular indoor Roman Pool, the freshly scrubbed tiles have never looked bluer, and outside at the Neptune Pool, the newly polished Roman and Greek statues look like they just arrived to greet us.

    Our campground is in nearby San Simeon State Park, one of the oldest and most popular campgrounds of the California State Park System. We have reserved an amazing 20 sites, most with oak tree shade, grouped together to host both tent campers, trailers, and RVs, so all are welcome. The campsite has showers, and each site has a picnic table. You will have an opportunity to add days at the campground on your own before or after the outing.

    Hearst Castle Tour

    Our special 90-minute group tour will be the Grand Rooms. Our highlights include the Assembly Room, Refectory, Billiard Room, Theater, Gardens, Neptune Pool and Roman Pool.  Reserve and pay for your tour ($30) when registering  here for this event. 

    Mr. Hearst's guests gathered in the splendid social rooms on the ground floor of Casa Grande (Big House). Follow in their footsteps as you travel back in time and experience what it was like to be a guest at Hearst Castle. Other tours available on your own. Optional lunch at Hearst Castle Visitor Center Cafe.

    Coastal Discovery Center  (Across Route 1 from Hearst Castle Visitor Center) 

    Welcome to the Coastal Discovery Center, a joint venture between Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and California State Parks. Located on beautiful San Simeon Bay, the Coastal Discovery Center celebrates the connection between land and sea.

    The Center offers interactive exhibits and education programs which highlight the cultural and natural history of San Simeon, California State Parks and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The interface of land and sea is unique here, drawing people for its rich bounty and inspiration. No charge.

    Fiscalini Ranch Preserve  Fiscalini Ranch Preserve is open and free for everyone to enjoy 365 days a year from sunrise to sunset.

    The Fiscalini Ranch Preserve with multiple trails, is an inviting, historic oceanfront sanctuary offering visitors a rare expanse of nature and solitude within walking distance of the California Central Coast village of Cambria. 

    The most outstanding natural feature of the preserve is the dramatic ocean bluff that runs more than a mile along the shoreline. The rocky coast rises to a 200-foot ridge with breathtaking views of migrating whales, birds, and playful otters before sloping southeastward to the willow-edged creek.

    While there enjoy the nearby town of Cambria and famous Moonstone Beach.

    Wine Country Route 46  (State Route 1 to Paso Robles). Dozens of wineries line both sides of the 20-mile route from Cambria to Paso Robles along State Route 46. Plot your own leisurely day down this remarkable road with many well-known labels and farm stands.

    Piedras Blancas Light Station  Now managed as a historic park and wildlife sanctuary, the light station is part of the federally designated Piedras Blancas Light Station and the California Coastal National Monument. Saturday, September 23, is Public Lands Day and the Light Station, as well as its surroundings, are available at no charge with a host of on-site activities to be announced closer to that date.


    Thursday Sept 21

    • 2:00 pm Check-in and set up
    • 5:00 pm Meet and greet tea - bring appetizer and your favorite beverage
    • 6:00 pm Dinner on your own

    Friday Sept 22

    • 7:00 am Peet's coffee available
    • 9:00 am Depart for Hearst Castle Grand Rooms Tour
    • 10:00 am Hearst Castle group tour begins
    • 12:00 pm Optional lunch at the Visitor Center Cafe
    • 1:30 pm Costal Discovery Center
    • 6:00 pm Potluck Dinner at camp. Bring a dish to share
    • 7:30 pm Campfire

    Saturday September 23

    • 7:00 am Peet's coffee available
    • 9:30 am Depart for Fiscalini Ranch Preserve
    • 12:00 pm Optional lunch on nearby Moonstone Beach or in Cambria
    • 2:30 pm Piedras Blancas Light Station - Open Public Lands Day
    • 7:00 pm Special Group Dinner, pricing and venue to be announced.
    • 9:00 pm Campfire

    Sunday September 24

    • 7:00am Peet's coffee available
    • 12:00pm Check-out

    What to bring: Camp chair, camping/cooking gear, food, warm/cool weather clothing, one bundle of firewood per person, and recommended Ten Essentials.

    Amenities: RV sanitation station, water-fill station, and token-operated showers. Firewood is also for sale from the campground host. Tents and RV's will be on separate sites.

    Climate: Average: High 76°F low 60°F

    Overflow parking - No charge, located just outside campground. 

    Directions:  San Simeon is about 250 miles north of LA.; 2 miles north of Cambria Map 

    From the Palm Springs area take the I-10 to I-15 north to 215 west to the 134 west to 101 west (north) to San Luis Obispo.

    From OC, LA and SD take the 405 north to the 101north to San Luis Obispo.

    From SB/VC take the 101 north to San Luis Obispo From San Luis Obispo take US highway 1 north about 45 miles. The park is about 2 miles north of Cambria. 


    Trip Leaders: Contact Brian Miller SB/VC or Lloyd Queen PS

    This event hosted by Santa Barbara/Ventura County and Palm Springs.

    Cancellation/Refund Policy:  Cancellations must be received by September 1 to receive a refund minus a $10 service fee. No refunds for Hearst Castle tour tickets after July 20.

    Health Problems/allergies  Discuss any medical concerns with the trip leader that may affect your ability to complete this event. 

    • Fri, October 20, 2023
    • 2:00 PM
    • Sun, October 22, 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • Lake Perris State Recreation Area
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           Lake Perris State Recreation Area   This years theme: "Outdoor Experiences"

    Bring and wear your best Chapter T-shirts and apparel - including ones from years past that represent outdoor experiences.

    Our 45th Anniversary! Join us for a weekend of entertainment and a variety of activities including, hiking, biking, boating, swimming, museum visit, raffle prizes, and campfire activities.  "A sparkling jewel and a land of mystery..." Hidden among rock-studded hills, Lake Perris State Recreation Area’s 8,800 acres of broad valley are bounded on three sides by low ridges. The surrounding hills obscure the view of nearby cities. The San Bernardino, San Jacinto and Santa Rosa Mountains stand tall in the distance. 


    • Hiking, Biking Trails:
    • Bike trail circles the lake, 10 miles.
    • Terri Peak - 5.5-mile loop, 958' or out and back 4 miles. 
    • Additional Hikes:  Click here.
    • Enjoy a hot breakfast  prepared by Chef Robert and sous-chefs.
    • Boat ride:  Check whiteboard
    • Bicycling:  Bring your bike. We will ride the paved 10 mi. trail around the lake.
    • Kayaking/rentals
    • Ya'i Heki' Regional Indian Museum: Native American history of the area and  displays of the  flora and fauna of the southern California bio-region, and early Spanish explorers.

    Registration options include: Tents and RV’s. Tents will be in tent only sites. RV sites are located adjacent to the tent only sites, separated by a grassy area. We will have group campfire located in central spot. A few tents may be placed on RV site in and area away from the RV if needed. Sites will be preassigned with site assignments 1 week prior to event. Registration is available to Great Outdoors members only. If not a member, you may join and purchase a membership - Click Here For Membership 

    Amenities for Tent and RV Campers: Every site has a picnic table and a fire ring with a grill. There are shade trees in the tent site areas. Water and restrooms with free hot showers. Up to 3 vehicles may be parked at any one campsite.

    Amenities for RVsThe RV sites  have fresh water, electrical hook-ups and gray water drain.  A dump station is located at the campground entrance. Every site has a picnic table and a fire ring with a grill. RVs must be parked in provided space and may not protrude into roadway. Maximum length 31 feet ; however RVs up to 40' may be backed in with tail overhanging campsite. 

    Non-Campers: Lodging can be found in nearby Moreno Valley 

    Pets are welcomed - leashed, controlled, picked up after, allowed on trails.

    What to Bring: 

    • Ten Essentials, camping/cooking gear, food, name tag.
    • Camp chair, warm/cool weather clothing, bicycle. 
    • Potluck item and an appetizer for ‘tea’ along with your favorite beverage.
    • Swim suit, towel, water shoes for swimming, boating or kayaking.
    • Cash for the raffle.
    • A bundle or two of non-oak firewood. Notice: Due to the threat of the goldspotted oak borer, no oak firewood will be allowed. Firewood my be purchased on site.
    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.

    Schedule of Events:

    All members are welcome to attend any business meeting.

    Check white board at camp for updates and details

    Sunrise 6:58 AM Sunset 6:09 PM

    Friday Oct 20

    • 2:00 pm  Check-in at the gate. Announce you are with Great Outdoors.
    • 3:30 pm  Bike ride around the lake
    • 5:00 pm  Meet and Greet. Bring appetizer to share. Bring your favorite beverage. Get your raffle tickets.
    • Dinner on your own.
    • 7:00 pm Multimedia media presentation highlighting the best of Great Outdoor Experiences through the years
    • 8:00 pm Campfire

    Saturday Oct 21

    • 6:30 am  Coffee 
    • 8:00 am  Hot breakfasts  prepared by Chef Robert and sous-chefs
    • 9:00 am  Hike and/or exploration* (Check whiteboard for updates)
    • 9:00 - 11 am  General Business meeting, Corp Board and elections**
                      Incoming Board Meeting***

    • 11:00 am Outdoor Experience Committee meeting****

    • 1:00 pm  All  VPO's trip planning - calendar meeting***
    • 1:30 pm Outdoor Experience Introduction - Meet trip and hike leaders for Q&A and learn about your leadership opportunities.
    • 6:00 pm   POTLUCK Dinner - bring a dish to share. 
    • 7:00 pm   Award Presentations; announcements
    • 7:30 pm  Super Raffle drawing

    Sunday, Oct 22

    • 6:30 am    Coffee and continental breakfast
    • 12:00 pm  Check out

    * Attended by current Corp Board and Committee Chairs.
    ** Attended by outgoing Corp Board, Chapter Delegates, Committee Chairs. We elect a Corp. Chair, Secretary and Financial Officer. The Chair then appoints Committee Chairs.
    *** Attended by the newly elected Corp Board and Committee Chairs.
    **** Attended by VPO's of each Chapter and other interested parties.

    Directions:   The recreation area is located 11 miles south of Riverside via Highway 60 or I-215. Google map: 

    Climate and Elevation:  Average high/low: 82° / 52° ; Elevation 1595'

    Cancellation/Refund Policy:  Cancellations must be received by Oct 5 to receive a refund minus a $10 service fee. 

    Payments:  Online payments only using credit cards. 

    Contact Trip Leaders Scott Connelly: Email Click Here or Richard Dachman Email Click Here


    What's the difference between a regular GO camp out and a conference camp out?

    Conference is held once every year in October (as required in the by-laws) where delegates from each of the five chapters and the Corp board come together to:

    • Nominate and elect a new Corp board for the up coming year.
    • Vote and amend any by-law changes that may occur.
    • Schedule and coordinate the next years camping trips.
    • Special awards and recognition will be presented.

    Who puts on the Conference?

    • Hosting conference is by one of the five chapters on a rotational basis.
    • This year is hosted by the Palm Springs Chapter
    • Next year will be hosted by the Los Angeles Chapter and so on.

    Do I need to attend any of these business meetings?

    • Only if you are a chapter delegate, a Corp committee chair or corp. board member.

    Can I come to any of these meetings if I'm not on the corp. board or delegate?

    • Yes! We encourage anyone who is interested in how our organizational leadership works to come and observe our meetings!

    What if I'm not part of the Corp board or delegate, can I still attend the conference?

    • Yes! There will be other planned activities and events you can take part in.
    • This is a great opportunity to hang out and get acquainted with other GO members that you would not normally meet outside your chapter designated area!

    Can I attend the day activities without camping?

    • Yes, Register for day use only.

    Any other questions? - contact Trip Leader or Board Members 

    If you would like to know more about the history and founding of GO go to

    Health Problems/allergies  Discuss any medical concerns with the trip leader that may affect your ability to complete this event. 


    • Tue, December 05, 2023
    • 1:00 PM
    • Thu, December 07, 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • 4600 Crestmore Road, Jurupa Valley, CA 92509


    Rancho Jurupa Park is situated along the Santa Ana River and located behind Mt. Rubidoux just west of charming historic downtown Riverside. Two nights camping and a guided tour of the Mission Inn and Holiday Lights.

    Festival of Lights Holiday Display Mission Inn Riverside

    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.  Start with a guided tour of the historic mission, where presidents and celebrities have flocked since 1876.  Main Street is filled with musicians and strolling carolers, as well as restaurants and cafes.  You will have free time to enjoy dinner at an eatery of your choice

    RV's and tent may share site or we will have 2 tents per site depending  on number of registrants.

    Schedule Of Events

    Tue, Dec 5

    • Noon - Check-in 
    • 5:00 pm - Tea Time meet and greet BYOB. Dinner on your own
    • 7:00 pm - Group campfire activities 

    Wed, Dec 6

    • 9:30 am - Hike or nearby activity*
    • 2:00 pm - Gather to go to Riverside for tour and dinner
    • 7:00 pm - Group Campfire

    Thurs, Dec 7

    • Noon -  Check Out. Safe travels home.

    *Check campground white board for updates and hike/outing details.

    : 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. 

    Directions:4600 Crestmore Road, Jurupa Valley, CA 92509 Map Click HereCA 92509

    Climate & Elevation - 

    RefundsCancellation for a full refund minus service fee of $10.00 must be received by Nov. 20. 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. 



    Health Problems/allergiesIt 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 hike leader if you wish.

    • Mon, March 18, 2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • Sat, March 23, 2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • Death Valley Stovepipe Wells


    RV Camping is at Stove Pipe Wells. Each RV site has full hookups.  Stove Pipe Wells Village has a general store, restaurant, and gas station. The village/RV site is about 28 miles from Furnace Creek. 


    Itinerary ~ (subject to weather and road conditions)


    • 12:00 pm Check in at Stove Pipe Wells Campground. Meet & greet at 6:00 pm


    • 7: 00 am ~ Coffee and continental breakfast


    • 7: 00 am ~ Coffee and continental breakfast


    • 7: 00 am ~ Coffee and continental breakfast
    • 8:45 am ~ Meet for 4X4 trip ~ 


    • 12:00 pm

    For each of the day trips, make certain you have gassed up the night before. Bring lunch and water for each day trip.

    Travel Options

    Break up the travel time by spending a night either on the way  and /or on the return trip home at Tecopa Hot Springs and Campground.  Refer to the website below to make your OWN reservations.

    Additional items to bring

    • 2-way radio: baofeng uv-5r, available on
    • Reliable 4 WD Vehicle with 2 Speed Transfer Case, tires rated for off road travel
    • Fire extinguisher

     Lodging Options

    Tent sites at Stove Pipe Wells Campground, Operated by the National Park Service. First Come First Serve. $12.00 per night

    Best sites in the back near the sand dunes

    Lodging ~ Stove Pipe Wells Lodge

    Stovepipe Wells NPS campground click here for photos and information

    Tent Area

    Special COVID Related Requirements: This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated.

    Health Problems/allergies  Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader that may affect your ability to complete this event. 

Past events

Thu, May 11, 2023 PS - Hurkey Creek Campground
Tue, May 02, 2023 PS - Hike / Bike Planning Meeting May 02
Thu, April 13, 2023 PS -Camping - Joshua Tree - Blackrock
Mon, March 27, 2023 PS - Death Valley 4x4
Thu, March 16, 2023 PS - Salton Sea - Mecca Beach Campground
Sun, February 12, 2023 PS - Stagecoach Trails - Anza Borrego
Thu, January 19, 2023 PS - Quartzite Sports, Vacation & RV Rally
Thu, December 01, 2022 PS - Hike / Bike Planning Meeting Dec 01
Sun, November 20, 2022 PS - Dos Picos County Park
Fri, October 14, 2022 OCLB/CORP - 44th Annual All Chapter Conference Registration
Wed, October 05, 2022 PS - Hike / Bike Planning
Sun, October 02, 2022 PS - Trip Planning Meeting Oct 2
Fri, September 23, 2022 PS - OAK GLEN CAMPING
Wed, August 31, 2022 PS - Trip Planning Aug 31
Sun, August 14, 2022 PS - Barton Flats Oso Group Camp
Sun, July 10, 2022 PS - Camping - Idyllwild Regional Park
Sun, June 12, 2022 PS - Guajome Campout
Thu, May 12, 2022 PS - Sequoia Park Three Rivers CA
Sun, April 10, 2022 PS - Cottonwood Campground Joshua Tree NP
Wed, March 16, 2022 PS - Hike / Bike Planning Meeting Wed March 16 at 6pm
Thu, March 10, 2022 PS - Campout - Agua Caliente County Park
Thu, February 17, 2022 PS - Salton Sea - Mecca Beach Campground
Tue, December 21, 2021 PS - Hike / Bike Planning
Mon, November 15, 2021 PS - Joshua Tree Park Ryan Camp
Tue, October 12, 2021 PS - Hike / Bike Planning
Thu, October 07, 2021 PS - Camp: Lone Pine/Western Film Festival
Mon, October 04, 2021 PS - Trip Planning For 2022
Mon, September 13, 2021 PS - Trip Planning For 2022
Thu, September 09, 2021 PS - Silent Valley Camp Resort Campout
Tue, September 07, 2021 PS - Trip Planning For 2022
Tue, July 20, 2021 PS - Camping - Idyllwild Regional Park
Sun, June 06, 2021 PS - Camping - Barton Flats
Thu, April 15, 2021 OCLB - Caspers Wilderness Car Camp
Thu, September 17, 2020 PS/SBVC - CANCELLED - Hearst San Simeon SP
Fri, August 07, 2020 PS - Cancelled - Big Bear Barton Flats
Thu, July 23, 2020 PS - Death Valley Pt 2 - Virtual Tour
Sun, July 12, 2020 PS - Mono Hot Springs Resort
Sun, July 12, 2020 PS - Cancelled - Rock Creek Tent Camping
Thu, July 09, 2020 PS - Death Valley Pt 1 - Virtual Tour
Fri, June 12, 2020 PS - Name That Campout-Jeopardy
Sun, June 07, 2020 PS - CANCELLED - Guajone Regional Park, Oceanside
Thu, May 28, 2020 PS - Staycamp -Saline Valley - Virtual Tour
Fri, May 15, 2020 PS - Staycamp - Lake Perris Virtual
Fri, May 15, 2020 CANCELLED - CORP - Lake Perris Jamboree
Fri, May 01, 2020 PS - Yosemite High Sierra Camps - Virtual Tour
Wed, April 29, 2020 PS - Deep Creek Hot Springs - Virtual Tour
Wed, April 22, 2020 PS - Earth Day 50 Years - Wild and Scenic Short Films
Thu, April 16, 2020 PS - Virtual- Joshua Tree NP (Cottonwood Campground)
Thu, April 16, 2020 PS - Cottonwood Campground Joshua Tree NP
Mon, March 30, 2020 PS - Cancelled - Emma Wood State Beach Campout
Thu, March 12, 2020 PS - Organ Pipe Cactus
Tue, February 11, 2020 PS - Ski Outing Big Bear
Thu, February 06, 2020 PS - Salton Sea - Mecca Beach Campground
Sat, December 28, 2019 PS - Tecopa Hot Springs 28 December 2019
Thu, November 14, 2019 PS - Kartchner Caverns
Thu, October 24, 2019 PS - Joshua Tree NP (Black Rock Campground)
Fri, October 11, 2019 SBVC/CORP - 41st Annual GO Conference, Jamboree & Campout
Thu, September 26, 2019 PS - Silent Valley Camp Resort
Wed, September 18, 2019 PS - Trip Planning For 2020
Fri, July 12, 2019 PS - Silverwood Lake - Cancelled
Sat, June 22, 2019 PS - Mt Baldy Hike and Camp
Sun, June 09, 2019 PS - Big Bear (Serrano Campground)
Sat, June 01, 2019 PS - Mt Baldy Hike and Camp
Wed, May 15, 2019 PS - Snow Canyon-St. George Utah
Sun, May 12, 2019 PS - Hurkey Creek Campout (Idyllwild)
Thu, April 11, 2019 PS - Joshua Tree NP (Cottonwood Campground)
Thu, March 14, 2019 PS - Dos Pico County Park, Ramona
Thu, March 14, 2019 PS- Camping - Dos Picos Park, Ramona, 14 March 2019
Sat, March 09, 2019 PS - CHUCKWALLA BENCH CAMPING 9 March 2019
Fri, December 28, 2018 New Year's Eve Campout (4 Nights/5 Days) 2018
Fri, December 21, 2018 PS - TECOPA HOT SPRINGS 21 December 2018
Thu, November 08, 2018 PS - So. Arizona - Catalina State Park 8 Nov 2018
Fri, October 12, 2018 ANNUAL CONFERENCE - 40TH ANNIVERSARY 2018
Fri, September 21, 2018 PS - OAK GLEN RETREAT - CAMP 21 September 2018
Tue, August 14, 2018 PS - Idyllwild Park Camping
Tue, August 14, 2018 PS - IDYLLWILD CAMPING 14 August 2018
Thu, July 26, 2018 PS - WHITNEY PORTAL ALABAMA HILLS 26 July 2018
Fri, July 13, 2018 PS - Sweetwater Regional Park Camping
Sun, June 17, 2018 PS - Big Bear Serrano 17 June 2018
Thu, May 17, 2018 PS- Zion National Park, Watchman Campground 17 May 2018
Thu, December 28, 2017 PS - TECOPA HOT SPRINGS 28 December 2017
Thu, November 16, 2017 PS Death Valley 2017 Nove16

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