Blair Valley is at the base of Julian… no not Ramona the other direction. I needed to take a break from reality over Fourth of July weekend and was afraid of the busy paid camping spots up the mountain in Laguna.
I decided to roll the dice and head somewhere different since it was only myself. Coastal north county to Blair valley it was not a bad drive. Once I arrived in Blair valley it was around 9am. It was hot and from the look of the dried up creek bed it was going to be difficult to find some shade. I took some time driving around the grounds trying to find the right spot. Finally I came up to a 8-9 ft tree with plenty of branches and leaves to cover me most of the day. Will go again!
All and all, hope for clouds during summer or take the time and drive around to find a perfect spot. Not many people out there.
The pictographs were awesome to see and the hikes up the mountain to watch sunrise/sunset were perfect for those desert views.
Drink plenty of water!
We pulled over on our way from Joshua Tree to San Diego just looking for a cheap place to stay but we were pleasantly surprised by the peace and quiet of Blair Valley. Great views, plenty of space and some nice hiking and biking trails. Parts of the trails do get sandy the farther down you go so use caution if you don’t have 4 wheel drive or have a very large rig. If you stay toward the front you’ll be fine. Easy in and out as well. Would definitely come here again.
my home base for Anza Borrego fun. Little Blair valley has beautiful rocky hills that provide a great backdrop to your desert camping. Lots of climbing to be had, as well as several trails. Including pictographs! Simply choose your spot and set up camp!
Ive witnessed some of the most gorgeous sunrises and sunsets here. desert camping, so no trees, but plenty of ocotillo and creosote. I tend to getaway here in fall and winter months it’s just too hot otherwise
Restrooms when you pull in off the highway. Dirt road. But very passable in a car.
one of my favorite primitave sites. there is one bathroom at the beginning but we typically go much further to find isolation. it's never busy and you can and will find the perfect spot. the further you go towards the pictograph trails, the more cholla so if you have kids, stay towards the first mile. any vehicle can make it on the dirt roads with no issue.