Thank you for your questions, and I'm glad you'll be joining us at YOUtopia!
I'm in the process of putting together all kinds of information to add to the website, survival guide style, and should hopefully have more information up there soon. But for the moment....
There's no "playa" per se. The La Jolla Indian Reservation campground is comprised of a combination of forested land with dry scrub like brush on the higher elevation areas. During the year, the campground is open to weekend campers, so the conditions aren't what you'd call harsh except perhaps in some areas where it might be more difficult based on the combination of terrains. Some areas are super shady, others are completely exposed to the sun during the daytime, some areas are flat, others are hilly. It's a mountain environment, and during that period of October, just as is typical of southern California that time of year, it can be fairly hot during the daytime, and cools down quite a bit at night. Maps from previous years would probably not be all that helpful in terms of describing the terrain visually, as the maps we've created have been more stylized for placement. However, Google gives a pretty good satellite view if you're interested in checking that out: http://goo.gl/maps/rCz6n
. In addition, the campground website itself has some pretty good photos of some of the areas YOUtopia will be taking place. For example, this is area 4, one of the areas we'll be occupying: http://www.lajollaindians.com/index.php ... camp-sites
. Here's area 6, another area we will have available during the event: http://www.lajollaindians.com/index.php ... camp-sites
If you're not camping with a theme camp, there will be a large amount of open camping available. Parking will generally be separate from the area where you're camping. You can haul your stuff to your camp area, unload, and then drive back to park your car. There will be volunteers onsite to assist you with finding a good spot and to help you park your car.
If you'd like your art to be placed by our art placement team, you're welcome to fill out our art placement form, where you'll be asked to describe your art, among other things. In fact, I'd encourage you to fill out the form, as the information you fill out there will, if it's submitted in time (by September 30th), we will also include it in our online and printed event guide.
I really appreciate you taking the time to ask such thoughtful questions, and hope to get something more informative up on the website in the next week. Feel free to let me know if you have any other questions.