If you want to get away from the city but not drive your van too far, Potrero County Park is perfect for you. The park is located 45 miles east of San Diego in a broad valley dotted by coastal live oaks. Its grassy meadow and rocky hillsides provide quiet solitude for hikers and campers year-round. Picnickers also enjoy the shade of hundred-year-old oak trees. Potrero also has a charming community located 3 miles from the park to explore with a great general store. This makes a great little getaway from the city for any van lifer looking to relax.
Potrero County Park offers a lot of adventure for any van lifer looking to get away for the day or a couple of days. You can enjoy the ball field, an enclosed pavilion, playgrounds, and fitness and hiking trails. The nearby town of Potrero offers a general store, cafe, post office, and library. The railroad museum and century-old historic stone store in Campo make for an interesting side trip, and the colorful Mexican community of Tecate is only minutes away.
The Park includes a campground that has two wilderness cabins, RV, tent, and group camping with 37 campsites. Groups, including corporate campouts, can use developed and primitive sites, and are welcome to reserve a picnic area. Hot showers are available for campers staying in the cabins and tent sites.
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