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 Pio Pico Thousand Trails

14615 Otay Lakes Rd.
Jamul, CA 91935

Ranger Station: (619) 421-0104


Verizon card was good for small email only, could buy park internet for $11 week. ATT phone worked in few areas of the park. Really can’t work from here if you need stable voice and data. It’s is a shame, this is one of our favorite parks.

Walmart Supercenter, 1360 Eastlake Pkwy, Chula Vista, CA 91915 Map: Walmart Chula Vista

Postal General Delivery – General Delivery, Jamul, CA 91935 (Easy to find.)

Legal Notes

Check legal RV limits for this highway – Lower San Diego Legal RV Map

RV Restrictions for all California – know your length limits before you tread in California. In California your RV weight limit is  20,500 pounds on any one axle. National weight code for Motorhomes on the Interstates: U.S. Code, Title 23, Section 127 allows buses and motorhomes a maximum single-axle weight of 24,000.

California Weigh Station or scales are for commercial vehicles and rental trucks, RV’s only have to stop if flagged down somehow.

California Rest areas allow parking for eight hours, some have dump stations.

Does California require I have a special license to drive an RV? Your state drivers license if it allows you to drive you RV is good in California for same type of RV use as permitted to you in your state. California drivers need an endorsement and meet medical requirements.

Winter time driving and chain requirement in California. – Please refer to this document in the section labled RV’s they say they may require both out and inner duals to be chained together under some circumstances. Use the document in the link above to get all the details. Too complicated for my brain, as my CPU is out of date, and I am shy on memory.

California Tolls suck but they are the law, and this is how you deal with them if you are wealthy enough to California. Gees with all these fees, it’s no wonder every one is said to be on government assistance.

Everyone needs fuel – List of California Truck Stops – Note: San Diego area has the closest known truck stop to this park.

Points of Interest

Near by

Balboa Park

If your cash is important to you, don’t despair. Come to Balboa park, it is pretty, has cactus and rose gardens which are free.

Mission Bay

San Diego



 Park Description

We really like the Thousand Trails Pio Pico preserve. The main park where one enters by the store has sewer hookups, very few sites where the cell phone works. These sites are against the hills to the left. We have parked in the back of this section behind the adult pool and got some service with a weBoost wilson booster. The activity lodge is large and houses a cafe. We did not get to try it out. They had Rib Eye for $8.00, seems like a bargain. The other side of the highway has the Adult lodge just after the entrance to the left, I was looking for it while on foot and completely missed it, after walking the whole opposite side of the park, giving up and heading back to the main park I then found it. The lodge is not marked, no signs, I just thought it was an admin building against the highway, but back in the trees. Just like Verde Valley Thousand Trails, the laundry machines work on card that has to be bought at the store for $2.00, plus however much you think you will need.  We just do the laundry when we are in town. We use National City coin Laundry in National City.   The key to this park, is stay in the main section, stay in the loop under the youth center which is your immediate left, but toward the back. This will keep you away from the highway,  where good cell reception may be possible if the stars line up correctly.  Please be careful on the highway between the park and Jamul, the highway is better than that between Descanso and Okanzita, but is very dangerous due to high speeds narrow roads and impatient drivers, we a family bite it head on, there appeared to be no survivors. The park is a great park, well worth your vacation time. Just keep your eyes open and don’t rush to get around on these roads.

Park Pictures:

Main Entrance

Pio Pico Thousand Trails Gate House
Interior Roads
Pio Pico Interior Roads
Horse shoe pits
Horse shoes by the adult spa and pool
Shuffle board
Shuffle board by the adult pool
A cool activity is to watch for snakes!
Enclosed picnic tables
Adult pool picnic area
card lock driers
Must by a special card in the store to use the laundry machines. No quarters are acepted
Maytag washers at Pio Pico again card lock, and do a good job. Often very busy
Adult pool
Adult pool no one under 18
Kid in adult pool
Sometimes kids get to use the adult only pool. Sometimes one of the pools die, so they share with the adults.
green hot tub
Nice hot tub, but it is feeling green today.
Park road
Camping area


Person site
Personal sites are quite nice, you rent them on an annual basis.
Nice kids play area with playground equipment
Dump Station
One of three dump stations at Pio Pico. This is where your poo and other liquid waste goes when you don’t have a sewer hookup
RV storage Pio Pico
RV storage in the campground between loop “A” and loop “B”
Getaway Cabin Pio Pico
Getaway Cabin Pio Pico Resort. These are nice, We could live here.
Bottle bush
Bottle bush in bloom at Pio Pico Resort
Sewer Site
Sewer site at Pio Pico
Water and Electric sites, no sewer
Non Sewer Power and water sites opposite of the main park. These sites are really nice if you are visiting the park for a few days. We stay over here though we are often in the park for three weeks at a time. We compensate for the lack of sewer by paying a service called honey wagon to take our poo away on a weekly basis.
picnic corral
Rustic Picnic area Pio Pico Resort
Using Camo to hide from border patrol. He does not know it, but he is legal in both countries. That would change though if one country or the other can figure out how to tax him.
Activity center entrance
Exterior entry to the lodge at Pio Pico
Rec area at activity center pio pico resort
Huge indoor outdoor rec area, has a full service cafe. room for the superbowl. mega halloween bash’es, wedding receptions. If you can think it, it happens here.
Lyons peak signage
Sign describes and points to lyons peak from the activity center at Pio Pico
"E" - loop
Beautiful view of Lyons Peak from the activity center.


Hope this park description does you be, and you will book mark us and come back for more.

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