The Vision

Alter Experiences is San Diego's first glamping & experiential retreat. We're based in the high mountains of San Diego's backcountry & manage several sites in Cleveland National Forest (Laguna Mountain) & near Lake Cuyamaca & the Cuyamaca Ranch State Park. Our glamping retreats are designed to offer the most comfortable outdoor experience possible.

You'll be accommodated in a Tenstile - 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 space. We can also accommodate you in a luxurious canvas tent if you'd like to try something different.

We take all that's fun about camping & combine it with modern comfort & state of the art equipment. The result is an outdoor & nature immersive experience unlike any other. Our elevated tree tents bring a whole new dimension to the traditional camping experience.

Alter Experience 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.

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NEW Luxury Canvas Tent

Alter Experiences is delighted to introduce our NEW luxury canvas tents at the Laguna Mountain and Burnt Rancheria Campgrounds located in the Cleveland National Forest. We are San Diego's first glamping retreat and look forward to hosting you soon. BOOK NOW

 Newest Accommodation


The Connect by Tentsile fits 2 people comfortably & comes with a lower lounge area. Your rental includes; V-tech sleeping pads, single or double sleeping bag, ambient lighting, water-pack & hanging compartments for belongings. BOOK NOW

Ideal for couples & children.

Sting Ray

Our 3-person Stingray by Tentsile also includes lower lounge area, V-tech sleeping pads, single sleeping bags, ambient lighting, water-pack & hanging compartments for belongings. It also comes with a ladder so you can set up higher. BOOK NOW

 Bring your friends


The Flite by Tentsile fits 2 small individuals. It's ideal for children. Stay in the connect & they fit comfortably in the Flite. Flite is free of charge for up to 2 children under 10. Comes complete with lower lounge area, V-tech sleeping pads, single or double sleeping bag, ambient lighting, water-pack & hanging compartments. BOOK NOW

 Cozy little nest for the kids

  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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The Alter Blog

A resource for local news, sustainable living guide & environmental & social trends told through blogs, pictures and video.

Our Journey to Alter

...there is nothing to fear at all. Where monsters are said to be lurking, be among the fortunate who find therein, light..


Farmstay Act & Agri-business

Most people are still unaware of developing agri-business & agri-tourism models, which have come about as a result of the Farmstay Act.



Sustainable Lifestyles

Sustainable living is a lifestyle that attempts to reduce an individual's or society's use of the Earth's natural resources...


Sustainable Tourism Development

...Rancho Cuyamaca & the surrounding Central Mountain regions offer immense potential for a tourism model based around bio-diversity, conservation, history, heritage and community development.




Natural Living

Natural living is a broad term encompassing many subjects such as; nutrition & health, alternative medicines, farming, eco-consciousness and many other subjects.



Volunteer Opportunities

Join us for a hiking trail clean-up or other volunteer opportunities. We need your help to protect the bio-diversity & pristine environment of the Central Mountain regions.




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