Sweetwater Summit Regional Park is run by the County of San Diego, and offers what is probably the best kept secret among RVers in San Diego.
Located next to Sweetwater Reservoir in the community of Bonita, it’s one of the most well-managed, and most scenic campgrounds operated by a local government. On top of that, it’s one of the most inexpensive RV parks, costing only $33.00 a night whereas privately run RV parks throughout the county cost up to $80.00 a night.
(Purchase an annual membership for $30.00 and get $3.00 off each night if you plan to stay over 10 days).
There’s 50 amp service, sewer and water hookups, and plenty of shower facilities throughout. The park also has Wi-Fi, but we found it nearly impossible to get any decent download speed. But with 112 campsites spread over a 500 acre park, there’s a lot of scenery to enjoy and plenty of hiking.
The park doesn’t offer monthly rates, so there’s no concern about ratty looking long-termers, though it appears that a few campsites were in fact set aside for residents. Otherwise the maximum stay is 21 days, and then there’s no returning for 7 days.
Sash and I reserved a spot online and it turned out to be a handicapped site (site #112), and to our surprise it was probably one of the best sites in the park, getting a view of the reservoir from inside our trailer. It also offered a great deal of privacy due to the higher growth of trees and shrubs. Most spots offer some degree of privacy, but #112 in particular seemed to offer the most.
We found the park very quiet at night and in the day. The 50 amp pedestal worked perfectly, and offers 30 amp and 20 amp plugins. Water pressure seemed lacking in our site, however.
We stayed for 11 days.
The pads are very level, in fact I didn’t have to do any leveling at all.
Park security is achieved mostly through a check point at the entrance. There’s plenty of night time lighting throughout the park.
There’s a Vons grocery store and a Rite Aid drug store in a small shopping center about a few miles away along Bonita Rd.
- Low price for a very high quality RV park
- Good amount of room between RV spaces
- Shower and restroom facilities located throughout
- Fire pits and picnic tables in each space
- Large kids playground
- Hiking trails
- Strong Verizon 4G signal
- Feels secure
- Very clean
- Water pressure could be better
- Lots of earwigs crawling into your things
- Poor Wi-Fi service