We look forward to hosting you for an epic glamping experience. We strive to create the most safe and comfortable outdoor experience possible. Upon booking with Alter Experiences LLC, you're entering into an agreement for an outdoor hospitality experience at one of our nature retreats.
Our glamping retreats are being offered at various affiliate destinations in some of the most pristine and remote destinations on this planet. Some of these destinations include; San Diego Backcountry, Baja California - Mexico, Catalina Island and the Red Sea.
We currently manage several sites in Cleveland National Forest (Laguna Mountain), Julian & near Lake Cuyamaca & the Cuyamaca Ranch State Park. The San Diego Backcountry is our headquarters. Our primary sites are within the Cleveland National Forest, within the general vicinity of Cuyamaca - Julian - Laguna Mountain area. 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. We also offer we plush canvas tents and all of our sites come with amenities you can expect at a hotel.
Each one of our sites has been handpicked with various factors taken into consideration, the first obviously being the proper tree configuration for our tree tents. It can get tricky with bigger groups when we need a greater density of trees available to set up site. Some sites are only available seasonally & we also try to rotate as much as possible to minimize the stress on our trees. This also gives an opportunity for return guest to always experience a new site. Facilities & amenities are standard across our multiple sites, but the locations will vary depending on the season & availability. Many factors come into play for us to deliver this one of a kind outdoor experience.
Our tree tents and stout canvas tents are currently available at the Laguna Campground & Burnt Rancheria Campground in the Cleveland National Forest. You'll have your own private site with fire pit and bench table, as well as 2 assigned parking spots. Each site can hold a maximum of 8 people. We can usually accommodate a group of up to 16 people in two adjoining sites.
The campground is a shared recreational facility and other campers will be present at the other available sites. Our sites are permanently consigned to us year-round. Restrooms are communal areas. Please be aware that we're an independent entity from the Cleveland National Forest and operate under permission of the U.S Forestry Service - Department of Agriculture. USDA is an equal opportunity employer.
As an outfitter, we help provide planning, logistical support & equipment rental throughout your stay with us.
It's your responsibility to know & abide by State & Federal Park rules during your stay with us. We'll give you a briefing upon arrival & you'll be required to sign a liability release at that time.
You must abide with all fire restrictions in place at the campground. NEVER leave a fire unattended. Fires must be put out completely with water only. Quiet time after 10pm. NO LITTERING. No music. Never feed and keep a safe distance from all wildlife. 10 MPH speed limit when in the campground. Pets must be on a leash at all times. Pets not allowed in accommodations.
These items are included as part of your stay with Alter Experiences LLC:
- We prepare the site prior to your arrival and make it a comfortable setting for your group.
- Parking for up to 2 vehicles. Additional vehicles are $10 per vehicle per night.
- Tree Tent comes with a sleeping bag, liner and pillow per person.
- Bell tent features therapeutic mattress, plush interior and propane heater
- Drinking water dispenser & First Aid kit is provided.
- Fire pit or alternatively propane fire pit, lounge area & camping chairs chairs are provided
- Soap / shampoo and towel per person provided
- You'll be provided with an outdoor kitchen including; table, propane cooker, pots/pans, kettle, kitchen utensils. All you need to bring is your food and cooler with ice.
What you need to bring:
- Bring a cooler with plenty of ice for your food
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Charcoal if you plan on barbecuing (designated pit only)
- Cash for wood ($6 per bundle) and quarters for shower ($2 for 5 minutes)
- Extra layer of clothes and blanket help for the cold winter nights
- Refillable water bottle
What else you should know
1. We have no control over the weather and if conditions are not suitable for your trip, we'll let you know with at least 24 hours of anticipation. Rain and snow storms do occur throughout the year especially in the winter months. Santa Ana winds may also create dangerous situations. Southern California generally has beautiful weather year round, but things are different in the mountains. You'll probably want to bring some heavy blankets in the winter months from November to February to use on top of your sleeping bag. Temperatures can drop down to the 30's and the weather is on average 10-15 degrees colder than the city due to the altitude. Beanie, gloves, and scarf are a good idea to bring. Bring your thermals and heavy socks. You'll be going through a lot more firewood in the winter - up to 5 bundles per night. You can buy bundled wood at the site for $6 per bundle. They only accept cash so have enough on you. Fire restrictions may be in effect. Check the weather forecast before coming.
2. Make sure to have a full tank of gas. The only gas station in the area is in Julian about 30 minutes away from either campground.
3. As an outdoor experience, we are sharing space with nature. As such, an insect may get inside your tent. Our tents are kept very clean, but this is part of the great outdoors.
4. Is is your responsibility to follow all state/federal laws while visiting the state park and/or national forest.
5. Food is not allowed in your tent. Food is only allowed in designated areas and must be stored safely overnight. This is very important to keep animals out of your tent. Animals can smell food long after it has been cleaned up and we do not want you to have any unwanted visitors.
Please abide by the following
- When using the accommodation, it is assumed that all the guests are familiar with the rules and that they agree with the terms and conditions.
- Guests who intentionally or accidentally damage the property or equipment, will have to reimburse the the full amount of the occurred damage. A credit card will be asked for on the day of arrival (for large groups).
- The guests are obliged to take care of their personal valuables left in the accommodation. Neither Alter Experience LLCs, the State or Federal Parks will be responsible in the case of any disappearance of personal items.
- No smoking is permitted within the vicinity of the tents. Please be very mindful of the surroundings and of others if you are a smoker. Proper disposal of cigarette ends is essential. A fire risk should be considered at all times when using any items that produce heat or naked flame.
- Noise awareness – Please be mindful of those that may be staying in the other tents. Noise levels especially late at night must be kept to a minimum. Anyone causing a disturbance to other guest will be asked to leave without a refund.
- Composting toilets are in place in certain sites; they must be used as it states. They are checked morning, night and throughout the day, but we ask that if you need help to please ask.
- Only environmentally friendly products should be used including soaps, shampoos, shower gels…
- Alter Expereiences LLC reserves the right to cancel a booking on short notice in the event of extreme weather or in the unlikely event that we cannot provide safe accommodation in one of the tents.
- Parents are responsible for the supervision of children during your trip The site is natural with uneven ground when wondering from the paths. We have made every attempt to make all areas as safe as possible and child friendly.
- Any use of canoes, bicycles or other facilities/equipment is at the users own risk and we accept no liability. Please take necessary safety measures at all times.
- It is not allowed to bring any weapon, inflammable or explosive substance on to the accommodation or the State/Federal Parks.
Booking and Deposit
- You can book directly with us on-line or through our affiliates such as Airbnb, Hipcamp or Glampinghub. Bookings must be secured by a non-refundable deposit. You can book & pay on-line or you can pay over the phone. Numbers for large parties must be confirmed within 7 days of making a provisional booking. Once a deposit is paid, If numbers decrease the original number booked for and quoted for will remain the balance due.
- Payment remainder must be paid in full 1 day prior to arrival. (For larger groups of 9+ remainder must be made 1 weeks prior to arrival)
- Arrival to your tent is after 3pm
- Departure and check out must be by 11am
For a full refund of accommodation fees, cancellation must be made within 48 hours of booking and at least 14 full days prior to listing’s local check-in time (or 3:00 PM if not specified) on the day of check-in.
For a 50% refund of accommodation fees, cancellation must be made 7 full days prior to listing’s local check in time (or 3:00 PM if not specified) on the day of check in, otherwise no refund. For example, if check-in is on Friday, cancel by Friday of the previous week before check in time.
If the guest cancels less than 7 days in advance or decides to leave early after check-in, the nights not spent are not refunded.
Pets are allowed in certain sites but must be leashed at all times. Please tell us if you decide to bring a pet. Guests are responsible for any damage caused by their pets and have to clean the excrements left. PETS are NOT ALLOWED in any accommodation units. You must provide an enclosure for your pet.
Activities available at Alter Experiences LLC destinations include hiking, swimming, climbing and many other activities that provide opportunities for fun, improved physical fitness, rigorous healthful exercise, wholesome recreation, and other benefits ("Activities"), but many of the Activities are INHERENTLY DANGEROUS. The Activities and the required exertion levels can range from moderate to very vigorous depending upon your desires. The Activities are suitable for those with experience and skill, as well as for those without no experience who use sufficient caution. Alter Experiences LLC regards your safety and the safety of others as a top priority and we take care to reduce the traditional risks associated with the Activities and the use of our facilities, including but not limited to cabins, camp sites, trails, stairs, bridges, lodges, event locations, bathrooms, and showers. However, regardless of the care taken to avoid injuries, some risks are inherent in the Activities and cannot be totally eliminated. These inherent risks include but are not limited to trips, falls, collisions with other participants and inanimate objects, and even slipping in the bathrooms or showers. Inherent risks also include unexpected equipment failures, unknown facility hazards, careless behavior by you or other participants, errors in judgment by Alter Experiences LLC employees, and injuries caused by negligence on the part of Alter Experiences LLC or its employees, you or other participants.
Alter Experiences LLC WANTS YOU TO UNDERSTAND THAT INJURIES MAY OCCUR. Possible injuries include everything from minor muscle soreness, bruises, sprains, abrasions, and lacerations, to more serious injuries such as sprained ankles, broken bones, knee injuries, shoulder injuries, back sprains, neck sprains, and chipped or broken teeth, as well as catastrophic injuries such as permanent disabilities, spinal injuries, paralysis, and even death.
ASSUMPTION OF INHERENT RISKS. In booking with Alter Experiences LLC, you acknowledge the inherent risks of the Activities at Alter Experiences LLC and that many of those activities involve dangers regardless of the care taken by Alter Experiences LLC. You acknowledge that the Activities require some degree of skill, coordination, and physical fitness. You have read the previous paragraph and understand the nature of the Activities, understand the demands of the Activities relative to my physical condition and skill level, and appreciate the types of injuries that can occur as a result of such activities.
You hereby assert that, and if applicable, your child's or ward's participation in the Activities is voluntary and that you knowingly assume all inherent risks of the Activities on behalf of yourself and, if applicable, your child or ward.
LIABILITY WAIVER. In consideration of permission to use the Alter Experiences LLC facilities today and on all future dates, on behalf of yourself, child or ward, spouse, heirs, personal representatives, estate, parents and assigns ("Releasing Parties") do hereby waive, release, discharge, and covenant not to sue Alter Experiences LLC and their respective owners, directors, officers, employees, volunteers, equipment suppliers, independent contractors, agents, affiliates, successors, and assigns ("Protected Parties") and hold them harmless from liability for any and all claims arising from participation in the Activities and use of the Alter Experiences LLC facilities by Releasing Parties, including any injury resulting from the ordinary negligence of Protected Parties.
INDEMNIFICATION. Releasing Parties further agree to hold harmless defend and indemnify Protected Parties (that is, defend Protected Parties and pay any judgment and costs, including investigation costs, attorneys' fees, expert fees, and related expenses) from any and all claims of the Releasing Parties and/or third parties, including other Alter Experiences LLC participants, rescuers, and persons on neighboring properties, arising from Releasing Parties' conduct, participation in the Activities, and their use of the Alter Experiences LLC facilities, including any injury or loss due to the ordinary negligence of Protected Parties.
GENERAL. Releasing Parties confirm that these rules, liability waiver, and indemnification provisions supersede any and all previous oral or written promises or agreements regarding the subject matter hereof and understand that this is the entire agreement between Releasing Parties and Protected Parties as to the subject matter hereof and cannot be modified or changed in any way except in a writing signed by Alter Experiences LLC. Releasing Parties expressly agree that the foregoing rules, liability waiver, and indemnification provisions are intended to be as broad and inclusive as is permitted by the laws of the State of California and that if a portion thereof is held invalid, it is agreed that the balance shall, notwithstanding, continue in full legal force and effect. If legal action is brought, the appropriate trial court in San Diego County shall have the sole and exclusive jurisdiction, and only the substantive laws of the State of California shall apply.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS AND AGREEMENTS. I, on behalf of myself and, if applicable, my child or ward (each a "Participant"), acknowledge and/or agree as follows:
1. Participant possesses sufficient physical fitness and coordination to enable safe participation in the Activities.
2. Participant assumes the risk of all medical conditions of Participant (e.g. asthma, diabetes, anaphylaxis, epilepsy, heart disease, or high blood pressure).
3. Alter Experiences LLC encourages each Participant to get medical clearance prior to participation.
4. Participant will cease activity if there is discomfort such as faintness, shortness of breath, high anxiety, or chest pains.
5. Participant authorizes Alter Experiences LLC to administer emergency first aid, CPR, use an AED, and secure emergency medical care or transportation (i.e. EMS) if deemed necessary by Alter Experiences
6. Participant assumes all costs of emergency medical care and transportation.
7. Participant agrees to abide by all safety-related rules while participating in Activities and to attempt only Activities Participant feels capable of performing safely.
8. Participant agrees to inform Alter Experiences LLC immediately if Participant sees conduct or a condition that endangers others.
9. Participant understands the importance of safety rules and equipment and agrees to comply with Alter Experiences LLC rules and use appropriate safety equipment when engaging in Activities.
10. Participant acknowledges that Alter Experiences LLC has the authority to terminate participation if it is deemed a danger to Participant or others.
You acknowledge that you've read this Liability Waiver and Indemnification and fully understand is terms. If applicable, you assert that you understand the risks of the Activities, and the conditions of their participation, to your child.You acknowledge that you're giving up substantial rights, including your rights, the rights of your child or ward, if applicable, and the rights of other Releasing Parties to sue for damages in the event of death, injury, or loss. You further acknowledge, on behalf of yourself and, if applicable, your child or ward, are signing this Liability Waiver and Indemnification freely and voluntarily and intend my signature to be a complete and unconditional release of all liability, including that due to the inherent risks of the Activities or ordinary negligence by the Protected Parties, to the greatest extent allowed by the law of the State of California.
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By using this website, you agree that the exclusions and limitations of liability set out in this website disclaimer are reasonable.
If you do not think they are reasonable, you must not use this website.
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