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
|Number of Campsites:||12 Campsites|
|Cost:||Free, but $5/day Adventure pass required to park your car|
|Toilets:||Yes – Vault Toilet|
|Cell Phone Service:||None|
|Operating Season:||Campground open year round.|
|Geo Coordinates:||34.813876, -119.124068|
|Nearest City/Town:||Frazier Park, California|
|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.|
|Web:||Los Padres National Forest||Twitter:|
When To Go
Late Spring to Summer – The summers are going to be warm and the winters bring snow.