The Vision

Alter Experiences LLC is an outdoor hospitality movement based in the high mountains of San Diego's backcountry. We're dedicated to creating meaningful experiences in nature & encouraging sustainable tourism development globally.

We currently manage several sites in Cleveland National Forest (Laguna Mountain), Julian & near Lake Cuyamaca & the Cuyamaca Ranch State Park.

We also have various affiliate destinations in some of the most pristine and remote destinations on this planet where we offer our glamping retreats. Some of these destinations include; Baja California - Mexico, Catalina Island, Big Sur, and the Red Sea.

Each one of our sites is handpicked to offer you a truly nature immersive experience. We strive to create the most comfortable outdoor experience possible, even at our most remote locations. We take all that's fun about traditional camping & combine it with modern comfort & state of the art equipment. The result is an outdoor & nature immersive experience unlike any other.

We offer various accommodation styles depending on location. Our Tentsile tree tents are definitely the most popular - a lightweight treehouse that uses 3 anchor points to create a "living space" suspended between trees. Your glamping site comes complete with sleeping bag, standard amenities, lounge area, & outdoor kitchen. Our elevated tree tents bring a whole new dimension to the traditional camping experience. 

For our coastal retreats we offer plush canvas tents with all the amenities you can expect at a hotel. There’s no place our glamping caravan can’t go. Join us on our next adventure.

Alter Experience LLC currently operates under permit on the Cleveland National Forest. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. 

Relax, explore & enjoy. We'll take care of the rest.

Join us in a nature immersive retreat to one of Southern California's most pristine & biologically diverse habitats.


Sleep in the trees under the stars & rediscover the joys of nature & wildlife. If camping's not your thing, try one of our plush & cozy bell tents with therapeutic mattress & standard hotel amenities. We cater to all levels of outdoor enthusiasts & even non-campers. We're redefining the outdoor hospitality experience.

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Tentsile Tree Tents

$90 per night*

Our versatile & groundbreaking Tentsile Tree Tent is the evolution of the hammock tent. This unique & comfortable outdoor shelter keeps you elevated above inhospitable terrain, insects, snakes & other creepy crawlies. The Stingray Tree Tent is our flagship three-person model made with a spacious, triple hammock interior that keeps campers separated & comfortable, & a rip-resistant durable micro-mesh that shields you overhead. The tent is accessed via a floor hatch with rope ladder in the centre & a large front door. The elegant structure comprises an adjustable frame of 2.5 tonne webbing straps & is enclosed in a PU-coated waterproof polyester fabric fly. The webbing frame is held in tension at each of the three anchor points with industrial ratchets. The mesh material stays surprisingly taut & firm under weight. It can hold up to 880lbs. The rainfly enclosure guards against the elements—which also forms a shaded porch and wind breaking thermal buffer once pegged to the ground. We also have tree tents for couples and singles. Your tree tent comes with sleeping pads, single or double sleeping bag, pillow, & lighs.

* Rate for 2 people. $25 per night per additional person. $50 cleaning fee.

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Stout Bell Tent

$150 per night*

We really set out to create a new standard for outdoor hospitality with our bell tent. Our plush & cozy bell tent was designed with the ultimate comfort in mind! It comes with a therapeutic queen mattress, pillows, linens, comforter, bedside tables, plush carpets & floor pillows, ambient lighting, chairs & can fit up to 4 people. The tent is ideal for families. It also comes with a safe & portable propane heater that keeps the tent nice and warm even during the coldest nights. The tents are completely snow and rain proof and also have ventilation windows for summer months with bug guard. The canonical shape deflects winds and leaves no place for rain or snow to gather. Stout Tents are the highest quality tent on the market. 

* Rate for a family of 4-5 people. $50 cleaning fee.

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Outdoor Hospitality

We create beautiful & comfortable spaces in nature to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Each one of our sites is handpicked and we can set up a combination of tents to suit your group needs. We currently offer two accommodation types depending on location; Tentsile Tree Tents are starting at $90 per night and the Stout Bell Tents are starting at $150 per night. Two night minimum and $50 cleaning fee. BOOK NOW


Our Favorite Reviews

  Glamping at Fort Cross


Alter Experiences and Fort Cross have teamed up to bring you the ultimate family glamping retreat! Enjoy a 2-night stay in a comfortable and furnished canvas bell tent with lots of fun entertainment for the entire family within walking distance. The Julian Station located just across the highway features 4 tasting rooms, Mexican food at Manita’s & game area/arcades for kids. You're also next to Wynola Pizza & Bistro & Jeremy's on the Hill. Choose from a wide range of delicious libations & food during your stay - craft beer, mead, wine & cider. Activities at Fort Cross include: archery, tomahawks, slingshot range, petting zoo, music, hayrides & more! 1 day of family activities are included with your booking. 25% off introductory offer. Be the first to try this out. BOOK NOW...



  San Diego's Last Frontier


San Diego county is currently ranked as the most bio-diverse habitat in the continental United States. In the very heart of this bustling city is the Backcountry - a rare oasis with its majestic snow capped mountains, grasslands and deserts abloom with flowers. The most biologically rich county is, however, also the most threatened. As the population of southern California grows exponentially; we're potentially faced with new challenges that threaten this unique habitat. We all have our part to play in the preservation of this region. Visit our web-site to learn more about responsible tourism and our on-going environmental conservation efforts

We need immediate intervention if we hope to reverse these trends. Read More...

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Inspired Stories

A resource for nature lovers, environmental stewards, world explorers, sustainable lifestyle advocates & community activists.


White Christmas in San Diego

We had about 2-3 inches of snowfall in the Julian mountains on Christmas day. More snow is expected on New Years. SEE VIDEO

Historic Julian

The Julian historic district features various attractions, shops, restaurants and activities. You can take a stroll down Main Street and try our delicious apple pie. Try some locally brewed beer at Julian Beer Co. and a delicious burger at Buffalo Bills...READ MORE



Dedicated to Excellence

Our company is dedicated to the highest hospitality standards, as well as responsible & sustainable business practices. READ MORE...


Culinary & Libation Tours

Hand crafted food, libations and other delicacies. Discover some of San Diego's lesser known culinary flavors. We have various restaurants, wineries, cideries and breweries, READ MORE...




Best Hiking in the Backcountry

Get outside and enjoy one of the simplest, most reinvigorating hobbies there is: hiking. If you’re new to hiking, read on to learn what you need to know before you hit the trails. READ MORE...



Lake Cuyamaca

Lake Cuyamaca is a small shallow reservoir located about an hour east of downtown San Diego in the Cuyamaca Mountains. The 110 acre lake is San Diego’s most scenic reservoir, and offers unique fishing opportunities not available at any of the other local reservoirs.




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Latest Story

New Year's Snowfall in Julian 2018!!!!!

Gorgeous views today over Lake Cuyamaca and we've got a bit of snow on the ground. PLEASE READ IF YOU'RE PLANNING ON VISITING THE BACKCOUNTRY TODAY!!!!!

Wind gusts are currently 25-60 mph across the mountains making it extra cold (feels like low 20's). CHAINS ARE REQUIRED. Please use caution when driving on slippery or icy roadways.

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