Chula Vista Campground is located near the summit of Mount Pinos, in Los Padres National Forest. Chula Vista Campground is composed of 12 walk-in first-come, first served campsites that are sheltered from the sun by Ponderosa pine trees. There are virtually no amenities at Chula Vista Campground, but each site does have a picnic table, and fire pits with grills. However, Chula Vista is known as a great spot for stargazing, in fact you will see many people setup telescopes in the parking lot of the campground each weekend evening.

Reservations are not accepted for any of the sites in Chula Vista Campground and are on a first-come/first-serve basis. Plan for snowy conditions if going to the campground during the winter months however this area is known to get snow, and there is a popular snow sledding hill near the campground parking lot. Each campsite includes a fire pit, picnic table, and access to bathrooms.

Chula Vista Campground Bottom Line

Chula Vista Campground is actually a pretty nice campground that does not tend to get many visitors due to its out of the way location and lack of being on a main thoroughfare. The campsites are all walk-in and pretty private, however during the summer the area is really popular with stargazers due to the fact that it is relatively close to the Los Angeles area, but far enough away that it does not suffer from light pollution. Often the Chula Vista parking lot becomes really crowded with people who have setup their telescopes. If stargazing is what you are into then this is the campground for you.

Campsites 10, 11, & 12 offer a great view of the meadow below, the rest of the campsites largely have forest views.

Chula Vista Campground Features

Campground Type: Primitive
Number of Campsites: 12 Campsites
Cost: Free, but $5/day Adventure pass required to park your car
Use Level: Medium
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Fire Rings: Yes
Drinking Water: No
Toilets: Yes – Vault Toilet
Showers: No
Trash/Dumpsters: No
Hiking Access: Yes
Beach/Lake Access: No
RV/Trailer Length: N/A
RV/Trailer Amenities: None
Cell Phone Service: None
Wifi: None
Operating Season: Campground open year round.

Getting There

Geo Coordinates: 34.813876, -119.124068
Nearest City/Town: Frazier Park, California
Elevation: 8300 Feet
Location: Kern County, California
Paved Road Access: Yes
Proximity to Stores: 20 miles to Frazier Park
Directions: From Frazier Park, CA, take Frazier Mountain Park Rd. west 1.8 miles to an intersection. Continue straight onto Cuddy Valley Rd. for 5.1 miles to a “Y” intersection. Bear left, continuing on Cuddy Valley Rd., and go 8.6 miles to parking lot. Park vehicle and walk about 0.2 miles to Chula Vista campground.


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Reservations: Not Available

When To Go

Late Spring to Summer –  The summers are going to be warm and the winters bring snow.

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