Are you looking for an RV park near San Diego, CA that is perfect for exploring the area? We have a recommendation! Sweetwater Summit Regional Park worked perfect for us during our 10-day stay in southern California. It is located in Bonita, CA and is about 20-minutes from most places we wanted to visit.
It was even close enough for us to make a quick visit to Universal Studios Hollywood, although that drive was a bit longer.
A Regional Park
Ryan and I love state parks for their space and beauty (the ones we have experienced anyway!) Sweetwater Summit Regional Park is a regional park but very similar to a state park stay. The spaces were large and it was a beautiful area. We had a pretty view overlooking trails and a neighboring area. Plus the trails provided entertainment for the boys.
When researching our trip to San Diego, I assumed that the RV parks would be extremely expensive. It is California and it is San Diego. However, Sweetwater Summit Regional Park did not break the bank. For our 10-day stay, we paid $335 plus $10 for our two dogs. This was the least expensive RV park I could find in the area and it was worth the cost.
There are about 15-miles of trails throughout Sweetwater Summit Regional Park. These trails are fantastic for walking, riding bikes and horseback riding (and yes, they have RV spots specifically for those with horses).
During our stay, it rained several days. As the trails are dirt, they became very muddy. Once the weather was nice for a couple days in a row, the trails dried up and we were able to ride bikes along the paths. Not that the boys didn’t try riding in the mud during the rainy days. However, it did take them a couple hours to pull their mud-covered and tires-no-longer-rotating bikes back to our RV site. I couldn’t help but laugh but they did not think it was as funny.
There are over 100 sites available with either full or partial hook-ups. We were in site 132 which was pull-through and had full hookups. There was a level concrete pad for the RV. We had a large half circle area with a picnic table and firepit plus plenty of room to set up the dog pen. The site was surrounded by shrubs and plants (but short enough that we could see all surrounding sites and area).
Upon arrival, we were asked for our RV and truck registration and insurance information. This may be more common than we are aware but this was the first time we have ever been asked for this paperwork. The lady at the main gate said she could not allow us in without it. There was almost always an attendant at the main gate checking for our parking pass for entrance into the RV park.
Amenities at Sweetwater
As we were busy exploring San Diego, we did not take advantage of many other features of the park. However, in the park’s brochure (link below), it does provide options to rent the pavilion or other spaces for group activities. We did drive by but did not visit the playground. There is also a splash pad for the summer which was not open during our December visit.
Fishing is an option but only on certain days. Even the bike trails are closed on days that fishing is not available. As Sweetwater Reservoir is a water source for the city, only shore fishing is available.
Sweetwater Regional Park Problems
We have discussed several pros of staying at Sweetwater Summit Regional Park. but what are the cons? There are restroom and shower facilities throughout the park. However, we did not visit them. With full hookups, I prefer to use our restroom and shower in the RV.
Also, if you want to be on the beach, this is not the perfect RV resort. We did have to drive to the beach. Most places we visited were 20 minutes away. We didn’t mind the drive and enjoyed our view. However, it was not a view of the ocean so if that is your preference, this is not the place for you.
We loved exploring San Diego so Sweetwater Summit Regional Park worked well for our stay. It has a city feel, city views and is close to city activities. You will not feel secluded. There are airplanes that frequently fly over the RV park. While there are RV parks that we greatly preferred over Sweetwater due to the feeling of being emersed in nature, this provided a cost-effective and close location for San Diego exploring.
For our video showing the park, check out the link below. Safe travels and we hope to see you on the road!