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Ditch the cell phone and the laptop, and leave the grind behind. Conveniently located, Chuchupate Campground is just minutes from L.A. Nestled near the Tejon Pass, your escape from the city to this remote and beautiful high desert hideaway awaits. This perfectly primitive-style campground is a favorite "retreat from the heat." Following a winding ascent to Chuchupate, you will take in views of the Lockwood Valley, and through the pines, you can glimpse Frazier Mountain and the Tehachapi Mountains.
Chuchupate Campground is located in Ventura County, approximately six miles from Frazier Park, CA, and approximately nine miles west of Interstate 5. The campground sits at around 6,300 feet elevation and is four miles from the summit of Frazier Mountain. The surrounding vegetation consists of an old-growth Jeffrey Pine and pinyon pine forest with smaller brush and shrub species. In addition, there is a grassy wetlands area adjacent to the campground.
Recreation use at Chuchupate C.G. is primarily weekend camping. Activities include hiking, mountain biking, OHV travel on nearby trails and roads, sightseeing, stargazing, picnicking, hunting, and observing nature. Most users come from the Los Angeles Basin or the southern San Joaquin Valley.
The campground consists of 29 family units, each with a picnic table and fire ring. The interior campground road is paved, and the parking spurs are dirt. There are two double-riser and one four-riser vault toilet at the site.
Water is not available at the campground, but remnants of the old water system remain. There is no garbage service or trash bins. The typical operating season is May thru October but may vary from year to year depending on the weather and snowpack.
- $10.00 extra person (up to 8) per night and $10.00 extra vehicle charge (up to 2) per night
- $10.00 day use fee per vehicle
- Golden Age/Golden Access Pass for single family campsites only
- Parks Management Day Use Annual Pass
This seasonal Campground is open daily, May – November. There are 29 single and spaciously situated campsites ideal for tenting, and RV's under 24’. Campfires are allowed only in designated fire rings. Pets are allowed. You should plan to be completely self-sustainable for the duration of your trip. There is no potable water or electricity onsite. There is no dump station. This is a "dry"
campground with six vault toilets. The road through the campground is narrow in places and long trailers are not advised due to obstructions and difficult angles into the campsites.
Hikers who want a bit of a challenge can make a day trip from Chuchupate Campground up the Frazier Mountain Trail with some panoramic views of Lockwood Valley and the high desert. The lower portion of the hike is almost entirely exposed and can be hot during the summer, but the upper half is pleasantly shaded. The Dark Sky element at Chuchupate makes it a favorite for star gazing. This campground also offers access to miles of OHV recreation.
- Camping fee includes 1 vehicle and 1 tent, trailer or RV per site
- $10 fee for each extra vehicle
- No drinking water is available
- No public showers in the region
- Please bring garbage bags. This facility is “Pack it in. Pack it out.”
- Quiet hours are 10pm-8am
- Fireworks are prohibited at all times
- At 6,300' elevation, the nights can be cold, even in summer
- The paved road up to the campground is narrow (One Lane Only) in places and it is not recommended for long trailers or vehicles over 24’ feet in length
- Be bear aware; keep all food out of sight in approved containers or locked inside your vehicle and remove all food from area after eating
- Be cautious of snakes in the area. Use a "walking stick" when hiking in this area
- No cell service in or near this campground
- Don’t hike alone. Tell someone where you plan to go and then stick to your plans
- Don’t take unnecessary chances—help for emergencies is miles away
- Make sure you have a first aid kit and other safety needs with you
- Bring your gnat/mosquito repellent in Spring/Summer/Fall
- 2 night minimum stay on weekends
- 3 night minimum stay on holidays
- Click here for more information on Los Padres National Forest
- Don't Move Firewood: Protect California's forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. For more information visit firewood.ca.gov
Trails, Beautiful views, Biking, Hiking, off-road vehicle riding all within minutes. There is a small market, deli and pizza parlor at the intersection of Lockwood Valley Rd and Cuddy Valley Rd. and
Frazier Park located nearby offers several other dining options.
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