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We hope to be back on the Mountain soon




June 26, 2020


We are still waiting for approval to reopen the Visitor Information Center
and to be able to resume volunteer activities on the Mountain.
Please check our Facebook page for “LMVA membersonly” for the latest updates.


June 23, 2020

Major updates to note:


                       o   Public bathrooms are now open at the VIC, Desert View, Noble Canyon & Four Corners.                                             o   Portable toilets at Meadows Kiosk and Bear Valley Staging Area continue to be open and serviced.

2.      Cibbet’s Flat & Boulder Oaks Campgrounds are OPEN. All sites are first-come, first-serve! Bathrooms are being cleaning approximately 5 times per week.

3.      Dispersed Camping is allowed on the District, but NO Visitor Permit is required! NO dispersed camping allowed in Recreation Area!

4.      OHV Areas & trails are open for day use only, Campgrounds remain closed!


Closures in effect until July 1st:

Campgrounds closed:

          ·         Blue Jay Campground

          ·         El Cariso Campground

          ·         Falcon Group Campground

          ·         Fry Creek Campground

          ·         Observatory Campground

          ·         Indian Flats Campground

          ·         Horse Heaven Campground

          ·         El Prado Group Campground

          ·         Wooded Hill Group Campground

          ·         Bobcat Campground

          ·         Corral Canyon Campground

          ·         Laguna Campground

We are closely monitoring the San Diego County Health Ordinances & California State Reopening Roadmap and are aligning with their recommendations.


BRING -A- BAG Campaign 

LMVA annual income partially depends on funds earned from the cans and bottles picked up on Mount Laguna by the Recycle Committee during the year. Due to the two main public campgrounds being temporarily shut down the first few months of 2020 LMVA recycling efforts will be curtailed. Therefore, the Board of Directors have asked members to bring a bag of empty aluminum cans and plastic bottles to the monthly meetings held at the Red Tail Roost where the committee can pick them up. Please ask your family and friends and neighbors to donate their cans and bottles as well.

Call Linda Sullivan if you have recyclables that

You have to donate and she will work with you

To have them picked up or delivered to her.




Thank you for your interest LMVA!  LMVA is a non-profit, tax exempt organization dedicated to assisting the Descanso Ranger District of the Cleveland National Forest.



The village of Mt. Laguna was once the home of more than 3,000 people. Most of them worked for the Air Force at the base atop Stephenson Peak. The children were educated at the elementary school on Sunrise Highway. When the base closed, there were only about 300 citizens remaining. The school had only a few students. After a few years, the local school district determined that it was less costly to bus the students down the hill to Pine Valley than to maintain the school. The school closed and remained vacant for several years.
The Forest Service wanted to purchase the building for use as a volunteer headquarters but lacked the funding. The Trust for Public Lands stepped up, purchased the building, and dedicated it to the Forest Service. In 1995 the Forest Service approached LMVA about renovating the site, promising that LMVA would have primary occupancy through a Memorandum of Understanding. They even held a contest to name the facility. It was dubbed the Red-Tailed Roost, after the Red-Tailed Hawk.
LMVA responded with enthusiasm. Are first headquarters was a small building across the road from the Red Tail Roost,  We loved it, and had years of fun there.  We provided $100,000 in funding to pay for the removal of asbestos and to re-roof the building. Volunteers pitched in and helped remodel the interior, right down to the kitchen and main room floors. The Forest Service allowed us to remove the stained and warped wood from the lanes in the bowling alley on the Air Force Base, which was going to be demolished anyway. We enlisted the help of an inmate crew from Barratt Honor Camp to install and re-finish the floors, who charged us the whopping sum of 9 pizzas and all the soda they could drink. 
Our Volunteer Activity Center consists of a large meeting room, separate berthing facilities with about 20 beds, a fully equipped kitchen, and male and female bathrooms. With full showers.  There are three RV hook-ups in the parking lot outside (a nominal fee is charged for electricity on the honor system). LMVA members volunteering that day or the following day are welcome to use the center free of charge. It is requested that you leave it cleaner than you found it, and replace any consumables.



The Laguna Mountain Recreation Area is located about 60 miles east of San Diego, California.  It is atop Laguna Mountain at about 6,000 feet in elevation.  The Sunrise Highway snakes through the Rec Area, in places offering
stunning views of the desert floor far below.
The area is classified botanically as Pine/Oak Woodland.  It is part of the Peninsular Mountain Range, which extends south into Baja California.
A note on Adventure Passes:  The Adventure Pass program applies in High Impact Recreation Areas (HIRAs) such as parts of the Laguna Mountains.  A Day Pass ($5) or Annual Pass ($30) must be displayed on the dash of parked vehicles in certain areas.


Please contact for information

LMVA President

(619) 948-1130

Forest Service

(619) 445-6235


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