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Places to Camp near Julian, CA

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Best Camping Sites Near Julian, CA (261)

    Camper-submitted photo from William Heise County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from William Heise County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from William Heise County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from William Heise County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from William Heise County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from William Heise County Park

    1.

    William Heise County Park

    43 Reviews
    84 Photos
    497 Saves
    Julian, California

    Situated 4,200 feet above sea level in a forest of pines and oaks along the northern extremity of the Laguna Mountain Range, this 929-acre park is one of the few San Diego county parks to get snowfall each year.

    Forests of oak, pine, and cedar surround peaceful mountain meadows and provide an undisturbed setting for nearly 11 miles of scenic hiking and equestrian trails. Mule deer and wild turkey are frequently seen throughout the park, and rare residents include bobcats and mountain lions.

    Though its forest may seem timeless, each season brings dramatic changes: from winter snowfall to spring wildflowers, there is always something new to experience at Heise.

    In addition to trails, you can take advantage of cabins, trailer sites, individual tent sites, and a group-tent camping area, along with several playgrounds, restrooms with coin-operated showers and ample picnic spaces. Rangers-lead activities every weekend, and the park office with a small museum is open during the day or by appointment. This park makes a gorgeous setting for weddings and special events!

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $24 - $34 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Blair Valley Primitive Campground — Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Blair Valley Primitive Campground — Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Blair Valley Primitive Campground — Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Blair Valley Primitive Campground — Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Blair Valley Primitive Campground — Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Blair Valley Primitive Campground — Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Paso Picacho Campground — Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Paso Picacho Campground — Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Paso Picacho Campground — Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Paso Picacho Campground — Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Paso Picacho Campground — Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Paso Picacho Campground — Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

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    Paso Picacho Campground — Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

    25 Reviews
    46 Photos
    383 Saves
    Descanso, California

    The beautiful park offers camping and hiking in an oak woodland forest, with a sprinkling of pines and lovely meadows with creeks. There are over 100 miles of trails which accommodate hikers, bikers, and equestrians. The two family camps, Paso Picacho and Green Valley, are open and on the reservation system spring through fall. Green Valley sits at an elevation of 4,000 feet and has a creek which runs through the middle of the campground. The day use area offers sets of cascades and shallow pools, great for water play on hot days. Green Valley has 81 campsites.

    Paso Picacho, 5 miles north, sits at an elevation of 5,000 feet. The most popular hikes start from this camp, including the 2 mile hike up Stonewall Peak (elevation 5,700 feet), and the 3.5 mile hike up Cuyamaca Peak (elevation 6,512 feet), both which offer breathtaking views of the deserts to the east, the coast to the west, and Lake Cuyamaca at the bottom. Lake Cuyamaca, operated by the Helix Water District, is two miles north of Paso Picacho and offers boating and fishing. Paso Picacho campground has 85 campsites.

    Each campsite has a picnic table and a fire ring. Restrooms with flush toilets and pay showers are in the campground. Water faucets a located every few campsites. There are no hookups. Each campground has a dump station. Firewood and ice may be purchased at the camps. Interpretive programs are offered during the summer season. Campsites are $30 per night. Reservations are necessary for weekends April through October. The camping fee includes one motorized vehicle. Extra vehicles are $10 per night. There is a limit of 8 persons per campsite. Dogs are allowed but are restricted to the campgrounds, picnic areas, and paved roads and Cuyamaca Peak Fire Road. They may not be left unattended.

    Environmental backpack in or horseback ride in camps are also available. Granite Springs and Arroyo Seco Environmental camps are open on first come, first serve. Both have chemical toilets, non-potable water, corrals and tent sites.

    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $250 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Borrego Palm Canyon Campground — Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Borrego Palm Canyon Campground — Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Borrego Palm Canyon Campground — Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Borrego Palm Canyon Campground — Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Borrego Palm Canyon Campground — Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Borrego Palm Canyon Campground — Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

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    Borrego Palm Canyon Campground — Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

    30 Reviews
    143 Photos
    307 Saves
    Borrego Springs, California

    Anza- Borrego Desert State Park’s rugged landscape formed largely by the forces of erosion attacking the uplifted mountains. The higher the mountains rise, the more vigorously they are attacked by rain, snow, ice, and wind, as they yield to the constant pull of gravity.

    Borrego Palm Canyon Campground visitors will be able to reserve campsites six months in advance from the current date. Bookings may extend from the arrival date to the desired departure date – based on availability and the park’s maximum stay rules. Reservation are available October 1st through April 30th.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs

    $35 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Dos Picos County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Dos Picos County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Dos Picos County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Dos Picos County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Dos Picos County Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Dos Picos County Park

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    Dos Picos County Park

    30 Reviews
    90 Photos
    241 Saves
    Poway, California
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $24 - $100 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Jennings
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Jennings
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Jennings
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Jennings
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Jennings
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Jennings

    6.

    Lake Jennings

    31 Reviews
    52 Photos
    750 Saves
    Lakeside, California

    Lake Jennings is known for being one of the most scenic parks in all of San Diego County. It is a welcoming recreation destination located in Lakeside, California offering fishing, camping, hiking, and picnicking activities. The lake is a drinking water reservoir owned and operated by Helix Water District. The scenic views of the lake and the wooded surroundings make it feel as if you are in the middle of the wilderness, right outside of town.

    Lake Jennings hosts a 97-space campground that is open seven days a week year-round. It’s located on the north side of Lake Jennings, with a variety of spaces available for RVs, Trailers, Campers and Tents. Come on out, take a paddleboat, rowboat or motorboat for the day, and enjoy the beautiful weather! Cozy coves make great picnic spots, so don’t forget your picnic basket.

    Lake Jennings offers a great escape for novice or avid fishermen, and is open for shore fishing from the shoreline below the campground. Boat rentals, private boat launching, and fishing from our floating fishing dock is available Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. For your convenience, we have an on-site Bait and Tackle Shop open Friday through Sunday, offering a wide selection of bait, tackle, camping supplies, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages.

    Lake Jennings is a great destination for the serious and casual wildlife viewer and photographer. The rolling hills, the endless lake, the coastal sage, and the riparian areas provide a diverse habitat in a small area. Common sightings include deer, fox, and osprey. Bird watchers are equally drawn to Lake Jennings for its rich variety of bird species.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $35 - $140 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from El Prado Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from El Prado Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from El Prado Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from El Prado Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from El Prado Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from El Prado Campground

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    El Prado Campground

    22 Reviews
    92 Photos
    231 Saves
    Mount Laguna, California

    Overview

    Laguna Campground is a great mountain getaway just one hour east of San Diego, California in the Laguna Mountain Recreation Area. Campers can enjoy cooler temperatures, unique natural areas and an extensive trail system at this mountain facility from summer through early fall.

    Recreation

    The Laguna Mountain Recreation Area is known for great horseback riding, mountain biking and hiking trails. Visitors can get their boots dusty on the Laguna Meadow Trail system or access a segment of the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail, which runs from California to the State of Washington. Wildflowers are usually abundant in April and May on the Big Laguna Trail, which takes visitors past Big Laguna Lake. In wet years there is water in Big Laguna Lake by December or January and ducks and other birds can be found. The trail presents a number of options to the user. A return to the trailhead parking can be made by cutting through the Laguna Campground or by taking the Pacific Crest Trail north. Families can learn about the area's flora and fauna by attending educational programs at the facility's amphitheater. Or for history buffs, the El Prado Cabin located at nearby El Prado Campground, is the first ranger cabin built in the Cleveland National Forest in 1911. The San Diego State University Observatory also sponsors "Star Parties" for campers most Saturday evenings during the summer (schedule can be obtained at the nearby visitor center or by calling 619-473-8547).

    Facilities

    The Laguna Mountain Recreation Area is known for great horseback riding, mountain biking and hiking trails. Visitors can get their boots dusty on the Laguna Meadow Trail system or access a segment of the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail, which runs from California to the State of Washington. Wildflowers are usually abundant in April and May on the Big Laguna Trail, which takes visitors past Big Laguna Lake. In wet years there is water in Big Laguna Lake by December or January and ducks and other birds can be found. The trail presents a number of options to the user. A return to the trailhead parking can be made by cutting through the Laguna Campground or by taking the Pacific Crest Trail north. Families can learn about the area's flora and fauna by attending educational programs at the facility's amphitheater. Or for history buffs, the El Prado Cabin located at nearby El Prado Campground, is the first ranger cabin built in the Cleveland National Forest in 1911. The San Diego State University Observatory also sponsors "Star Parties" for campers most Saturday evenings during the summer (schedule can be obtained at the nearby visitor center or by calling 619-473-8547).

    Natural Features

    The campground sits at an elevation of 6,000 ft. in the Laguna Mountains. It is forested with pines and oaks that provide plenty of shade, in addition to a meadow. The area is home to many species of birds, as well as the endangered Laguna Skipper butterfly. Little Laguna lake is located just a short distance from the campground and is an excellent hiking destination for photographers and visitors looking to explore the area.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $35 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Burnt Rancheria Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Burnt Rancheria Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Burnt Rancheria Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Burnt Rancheria Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Burnt Rancheria Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Burnt Rancheria Campground

    8.

    Burnt Rancheria Campground

    22 Reviews
    66 Photos
    276 Saves
    Mount Laguna, California

    Overview

    Burnt Rancheria Campground is located 50 miles east of San Diego at the Laguna Mountain Recreation Area in Southern California, right off the Sunrise Scenic Byway. Campers can enjoy hiking, viewing unique birds and wildlife and enjoying cooler temperatures at this mountain facility in Cleveland National Forest, open from mid-April through October.

    Recreation

    Day hiking and picnicking are most popular at Burnt Rancheria. The facility provides easy access to a segment of the Pacific Crest Trail, a 2,650-mile national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada. Hiking and horseback riding are allowed on the trail. Biking is not allowed on any portion of the Pacific Crest Trail. A short hike to the nearby Desert View Picnic Site provides visitors with a bird's-eye view of the desert 6,000 feet below. On most days, the Salton Sea is clearly visible to the southeast. Restrooms and potable water are available. Families with children will enjoy activities, campfire programs and guided hikes available during summer. In addition to the guided hikes, a visitor might take the self-guided interpretive trail hike; brochures are available from the camp host. Campers can also get a glimpse of the amazing night sky at "star parties" organized by the San Diego State University Observatory. These gatherings are conducted on most Saturday evenings during the summer months (schedule can be obtained at the Visitor Information Center on Laguna Mountain or by calling 619-473-8547).

    Facilities

    Burnt Rancheria is a large campground with several loops of campsites. Each site has a table and campfire ring. There are no hookups or dump station for RVs; the nearest is located at the Buckman Springs Rest Area, 4 miles east of Pine Valley on I-8. The campground is equipped with restrooms and coin-operated showers (showers open only during reservation season). Firewood is available for purchase from the campground host.

    Natural Features

    Pines and oaks abound throughout the campground, which sits at an elevation of 6,000 ft. The site is heavily wooded and surrounded by an open oak grove with spectacular desert views.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $32 - $35 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Agua Caliente County Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Agua Caliente County Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Agua Caliente County Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Agua Caliente County Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Agua Caliente County Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Agua Caliente County Park Campground

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    Agua Caliente County Park Campground

    21 Reviews
    61 Photos
    115 Saves
    Mount Laguna, California

    Agua Caliente is located in the desert of central Southern California. Pitch your tent or park your RV on the white sand between cacti and Mt. San Jacinto. Close to Palm Springs, and the Mexican border. Amenities include 3 pools, hot springs, restrooms, and games.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $29 - $75 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Culp Valley Primitive Campground — Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Culp Valley Primitive Campground — Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Culp Valley Primitive Campground — Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Culp Valley Primitive Campground — Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Culp Valley Primitive Campground — Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Culp Valley Primitive Campground — Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

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    Culp Valley Primitive Campground — Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

    17 Reviews
    66 Photos
    383 Saves
    Ranchita, California

    Located in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, this free primitive campground is in the San Ysidro Mountains west of Borrego Springs. It's 3,375 feet above sea level.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    • Tents
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