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“The Big Box” is nestled in a quiet valley about 15 miles east of San Diego. It’s a very diverse area. About a third of the residents are Asian and African immigrants from Turkey, Somalia, and other nations. The number of things to do in El Cajon reflects that diversity. The best way to experience this diversity is not by staying in a hotel room. Some of the best RV rentals in the area are in El Cajon, and smart travelers know that a well-apportioned RV is every bit as nice as a standard hotel room. For those who would rather “rough it,” there are lots of nice travel trailer rentals in El Cajon.

To get the most out of your stay in the area, regardless of how long it will be, it’s important to learn about some of the places to stay and things to do in El Cajon.

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The Great Outdoors

Mt. Helix Park is a good place to start. It’s one of the highest points around El Cajon. Much of the park was a Depression-era work project, so it has a distinctive old-school feel. Take some time to learn about local wildlife at one of the visitor stations. If your timing is good, you can also catch a concert, play, or lecture at the huge rock amphitheater.

There’s a very good reason why Big Rock Trail in Santee is much quieter than some of the other hiking trails in the area. There’s a 1,500-foot elevation change in just five miles. Bring lots of water, wear shoes with excellent ankle support, and be ready for a challenge. After your hike, there are lots of places at the bottom of the trail to help you cool off.

The Mesa Road Trailhead is a little less challenging and a little more kid-friendly. There are other hikers to be sure, but the trail is not crazy-crowded. The best time to go is between April and September when the wildflowers are in bloom. The trail is very well-marked and features some very diverse landscape, such as a creek and meadow crossing.

RV Parks

When you book an RV in El Cajon, you have plenty of choices as to parking locations. All these venues have lots of great amenities that are designed for both travelers who are just passing through and folks who want to stay for a month or even longer.

Highlights of the Vacationer RV Resort include its spacious and newly-remodeled clubhouse and its resort-quality swimming pool. There are also large bathroom, shower, and laundry facilities. There’s even a large kitchen area and a concierge service that includes free coffee. Shopping and dining are within walking distance. Be sure you try the smoked brisket at local favorite Izzy’s Cafe.

The Rancho Los Coches RV Park is just a little further down the Mission Valley Highway in Lakeside, CA. It’s extremely quiet, except for the gentle rushing waters of a nearby creek and the chirping of songbirds. When you camp here with the El Cajon RV rental, some of the amenities you can enjoy include free WiFi and digital cable, an off-leash dog run, lots of outdoor and indoor games, a large recreation hall, and a charming historic windmill.

Rancho Valley is a little closer to town but still free of city noise. It caters to travelers of all ages. It’s also a rather large park with plenty of room. It has all the extras you expect in a quality RV park, like a swimming pool, spacious clubhouse, and onsite management.

Exploring the City

Don’t miss the San Diego Air & Space Museum Gillespie Field Annex. This offshoot of the main museum houses airplanes and other artifacts that, for one reason or another, are not on display in San Diego. So, visitors have a much more intimate experience at this museum. It’s also ideal for children, with extras like airplane tricycles to ride.

The Western-themed Olaf Wieghorst Museum is definitely worth a visit as well. Many people consider Mr. Wieghorst, who came to El Cajon in 1945 and spent a lifetime creating Western art, to be a painter on par with Frederic Remington. In addition to many stunning oil-on-canvas works, the OWM also features concerts and other special events. Try to visit with the El Cajon rental RV in the spring when the cacti are in bloom.

Finally, there’s the Heritage of the Americas Museum. It’s actually four museums in one: natural history, anthropology, archaeology, and fine art. All four parts of the museum revolve around a central theme, which is the culture and beliefs of the people who have lived in El Cajon over the centuries. Special events include the Spring Garden and Butterfly Festival.

When you rent a motorhome in El Cajon, you really get to experience the Big Box the way it was meant to be experienced. With so many things to see and do on your El Cajon RV rental excursion, it’s best to start planning now.

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Popular nearby hiking trails and campgrounds


  • Hiking TrailLocation
  • Mount Helix, CALa Mesa, CA
  • Cowles Mountain from Barker Way, CASan Diego, CA
  • Mesa Road , SCSantee State Park, SC
  • Valley View Truck Trail, CAEl Cajon, CA
  • Cowles Mountain to Pyles Peak Trail Via Big Rock Trail , CAMission Trails Regional Park, CA
  • Cowles Mountain from Big Rock Trail, CAMission Trails Regional Park, CA
  • Big Rock Trail, CAMission Trails Regional Park, CA
  • Lakeside Linkage Preserve Trail, CALakeside, CA
  • Santee Lakes Trail, CASantee, CA
  • Otay Sweetwater Refuge Trail, CALa Mesa, CA

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