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Upgrade your next San Diego camping trip

If tent camping just isn’t your bag, or you have a litany of excuses why you don’t like it (bad back, bugs and wild animals, no electricity), then glamping might just be for you.

A linguistic portmanteau combining glamour and camping, glamping describes a style that veers away from the traditional, and includes amenities, such as four walls, private bathrooms, thoughtful decor, or sometimes built-in services. If you require a little more maintenance for your camping trips, check out these locales that offer a step above pitching a tent in the dirt.

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

A luxurious glamping option indeed is the Roar & Snore, a 44-tent camp adventure which lies beside a savanna of giraffes, rhinos, gazelles and antelope. Guests can go big with the Premium tent for $220 per person, which includes a queen sized bed, nightstands, electricity, wood floors and area rug. Other options include the Vista tent with cots for $180 per person and the Classic with sleeping pads for $140 per person. All packages include dinner, an evening snack, breakfast, campfire program, after hours viewing of animals, and a souvenir. Park admission not included.

15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd., Escondido, 619.718.3000,


Roar & Snore

Roar & Snore is an overnight tent-camping experience that overlooks the plains of East Africa the San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s largest field exhibit inhabited by giraffes, rhinos, antelope and more.

(Ken Bohn)

San Diego KOA

While offering traditional tent and RV sites, it’s the Glamping Tent or Deluxe Cabin you’ll want to be reserving. The Glamping Tent ($205 per night) offers a queen size bed, ceiling fan, linens and a partial kitchen with mini-fridge, microwave and sink. The Deluxe Cabin ($225 per night) is the ultimate in camping luxury with a queen bed, futon sofabed, bunk beds, full bathroom and shower, linens, partial kitchen and cable TV. Standard camping cabins are also available.

111 N. Second Ave., Chula Vista, 619.427.3601,

Santee Lakes

After a day of hiking through Mission Trails Regional Park, choose between a Lakefront Cabin or Floating Cabin for an evening of relaxation by the lake. Both options come with queen-sized beds, coffee makers, toasters, microwaves, two electric stove-top burners, full refrigerators, and a range of tools and amenities. Along with a bathroom and shower, these cabins also provide a living room complete with sofa and TV. Lakefront cabins range from $99-$170 and Floating Cabins range from $99-$190 from low to peak season.


 9310 Fanita Pkwy., Santee, 619.596.3141,

santee lakes

Santee Lakes.

(John Gibbins / San Diego Union-Tribune)

San Diego Parks Cabins

A range of parks throughout the county offer cabins at varying levels of luxury. Dos Picos County Park offers two heated cabins with electricity, one double bed and three bunk beds (mattresses/bedding not included), table and chairs, a bathroom and front porch. William Heise County Park has 14 cabins with WiFi access, climate control, interior lighting, table and chairs, and deck. Guajome Regional Park has one cabin with a double bed, two fold-out sleeping cots, a full kitchen, bathroom, table and chairs, and porch.


William Heise County Park offers 14 year-round cabins. Each cabin can sleep up to six people and offers a fireplace, an outdoor picnic table and fire ring. 

(John Gastaldo / Union-Tribune)

Shelter Co.

Thinking about proposing, having an outdoor wedding weekend, or planning your own romantic camping/glamping experience for your bae? Spruce up any standard cabin or create your own glamorous environment with their range of tents, furniture and accessories, including chairs, tables, poufs, pillows, rugs, fireside blankets, and elevated coolers.



Where to camp around San Diego


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