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Tijuana Riber Valley Campground

One of the ten yurts available for rental at the Tijuana River Valley Regional Park Campground.

San Diego County and other officials held opening events Wednesday (April 28) for two eagerly awaited projects: the new Tijuana River Valley Regional Park Campground and the Otay Valley Regional Park’s Bike Park, named for the district’s former County Supervisor Greg Cox, according to County News Center.

The events were attended by Vice-Chair Nora Vargas, who represents the first supervisorial district where the projects are located, Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas and Cox, who was the district’s County supervisor for 25 years and Chula Vista’s mayor for nine years.

“We are excited for the new recreation opportunities these two new parks are bringing not only to the South County but to all San Diego County,” said Vargas. “We must work together to continue to open new public spaces, along with more inclusive play spaces like the Bike Park, and to balance that growth with the necessary protection of our land and local resources.”

The projects are about seven miles, or 15 minutes’ drive, apart from one another in South County and will provide all county residents with two new recreational destinations.

The $14.3 million, 79-acre Tijuana River Valley Regional Park Campground offers scenic views of the valley, access to more than 20 miles of trails and 51 primitive campsites, including 16 for tents, five for equestrian campers, 30 multi-use sites that can accommodate trailers, and 10 yurts.

The campground is across from 1942 Monument Road and features County Parks’ only yurts — modern versions of ancient, round, tent-like, covered camping spaces, with doors, windows, bed frames and space for four to 10 people. Each ADA-accessible yurt site has a picnic table, fire ring and a parking spot, with the option to add a second car. Primitive campsites do not offer hookups, power or water at each site.

The campground also has an amphitheater, a nature education center and nature play equipment made of natural objects for children, and restrooms and showers.

The campsite is taking reservations for the regular sites and yurts will be available starting this weekend. Camping can be booked for $24 for tent, equestrian and multi-use sites, plus a $5 reservation fee. Reservation fees for the yurts are $60 for the smaller ones and $90 for the larger ones.