My rate stated includes tax and the $2/night dog fee. The main reason we decided to camp here is a friend's recommendation. The staff greeted us in a very friendly manner and they were very helpful and available. The sites are very spacious. The problem here is deferred maintenance. Everything that has been painted needs repainting. The signs within the park are all old and faded or broken. The sites themselves were a weed patch. I still have foxtails and plant matter stuck to my UGG boots. The bathroom gets an extra point for the hand painted tarantula on the stall door. The bathroom loses a point for a hole in the wall covered up with a sheet of paper asking to keep the door closed. I assume that rule is to keep the wild animals out. The pool bathroom had a broken hinge on the stall door. There was no soap in the bathroom either. The solar heated jacuzzi was nice, but cloudy water made me feel I was in a natural pool. The rec room with a pool table was locked up the whole time we visited over the weekend. Too bad some of that solar heated water did not help the freezing pool. I would not return until they made some improvements. I would rather camp in a primitive camp or nearby county park than go back there. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We had just purchased our first travel trailer and this was our maiden voyage in our new toy. The staff was kind, the one male staffer we saw everyday we were here, checked on us everyday. The park was pretty empty. When we arrived there were about 13 sites taken, we decided to take one that was away from everyone so that we could get some quiet. The had 2 cabins that were behind us quite aways, and they had tents and trailers all hooked up next to the cabin. They were very loud even though quiet hours were after 8pm. They didn't enforce the rules, the pet policy that is. All dogs were supposed to leashed and none except my dogs were leashed. They boast 3 pools: there was only 1 functioning at the time we were here. The spa was not functioning either. We pulled up to several sites to find that the hook ups were not working. We moved 3 different times to find a working site. All sites were on dirt which most were level. Picnic tables were on at least 1/3 of all sites, as well as fire rings. Convenience store was really pricy: I guess that's what you pay for convenience. We will probably not stay here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The rate reflects a monthly rate. The daily rate is $37 a night. We had visited this park a year ago and were looking forward to spending a full month this year. What a disappointment. The place has really deteriorated. The infrastructure is falling apart and we were told that the owner would not pay for parts. There were electric hookups that did not work and water lines broken and just flowing. There was a huge dump right behind the camping area and the permanent mobile homes were generally filthy. The workers did not know how to manage a site. The WiFi was only available in the Visitor Lounge but the lounge was only open from 9 am to 6 pm. If you went somewhere during the day and got back at dinner time, you could not get to the WiFi. Since there was no cell phone coverage, this made it very isolated. More important, the workers did not seem to care whether you were happy or not. They were workers and did not work very hard: just what they had to do. We would never stay here again. In fact, we left before the month was over and went elsewhere. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This park seems to provide everything advertised and more. It's an older park that fell into disrepair but is being cleaned up and put into order. The staff are friendly and helpful. Our stay here has been quiet, restful, and pleasant. Desert trails, photo ops, historic landmarks, and native American campsites are within easy walking distance. This park is one of the few that also accommodates horses, having safe pipe corrals and campsites together. There is a small store, visitor lounge, three pools, two spas, and group activities. I feel this park is a good value for the money charged. We will stay here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Nice campground, friendly staff. Great location if your mission is to get away from it all. No TV reception, no cable, no cell coverage, and wireless only by the front office. It's a 25 mile ride to Julian and even further to anywhere else. But if you want peace and quiet, you'll find it here. The only sounds we heard were thunderstorms, coyotes, their horses, and once in a blue moon, a passing car. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Very nice campground in a peaceful, serene, setting. All spaces are level on dirt with DG roads. There are a few trees and lots of desert. The park has three pools and a spa. They are old but extremely clean and well kept. The managers are some of the nicest people ever and will help make your stay outstanding. This is a place to get away from it all! No Verizon cell service, no cable or antenna TV. Many spaces had picnic tables and fire pits. We were there when the park was fairly empty so it seemed like we had the place to ourselves. There are hiking trails all around, and the stars that come out at night are breathtaking. Great place for family and group camping in a rustic setting. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Butterfield Ranch Resort is tucked away in the shadow of Mt. Laguna, and is right across the street from Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. The weather at Butterfield is fantastic all throughout the winter months. It is warm and sunny, but not hot. Nice breeze. Lots of hiking and biking trails around. There are 3 swimming pools (one of which is solar heated) and 3 hot tubs (which are wonderful on a cool, starry night). The resort is very peaceful. It is a great place to relax, to spend a weekend exploring, or to winter over. We stayed for 4 months and love it. The staff is extremely friendly, too, and very knowledgeable about the vicinity, the hikes and bird-watching opportunities around the area. We camped here in a Motorhome.
[ 6 / 10 ]
Wi-Fi at the office but not in the campground. Only cell service was AT&T. Very quiet park, we were there mid week. It is about 30 miles from the town of Julian. Apparently this is an old park that has just re-opened. We would stay there again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The Saturday night steak is a must. Enjoyed wolf sanctuary next door. Chilly weather but the pool hot tub and fire place warm. Plenty of coffee and tea. Lots of activities. My cats ran up a few trees and a big dog park. This is a nice place. The internet is slow We camped here in a Motorhome.
They will hound you for weeks after they have your name: usually obtained at Camping World. The sites with shade are few and far between. The previous reviews must have been done by one of their salespeople. Julian is nice: KQ Ranch is average at best. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
A park-like setting, and kids paradise including a huge play area with swings, clubhouse, organized games, etc. Sites are large and gravel. Some of those in the hills may be hard to back into. Clubhouse is large and comfortable with fireplaces, and attractive gas outdoor fire pit. Swimming pool and spa are large and pleasant. Remember to bring your food as the charming town is four miles away and has no large supermarkets. General store at resort is well stocked and handy. But beware, park gets a 10, but State Highway Roads get a 6 as they are curvy mountain snake trails for miles. Price reflects CRA membership. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a great membership resort RV campground. We got an invitation in the mail for a free stay and took them up on it during the Labor Day holiday. We arrived midday and had a medium sized RV site that was gravel covered, with full hookups. There is no Wi-Fi or cable at the campsite as it is in the remote area of Julian, CA. It is available Wi-Fi in the clubhouse. It took us about 1.5 hours from I-5 in San Diego. The site had plugs for 50 and 30 amps and after about 1 hour of trying I called the desk and it turns out they only have 30 amp service at some sites even with a 50 amp plug. Our spot 152 was not shaded but very central to all the activities. The park was not crowded even though it was Labor Day. The staff was up to the task of handling all the people. Lots of room in the park and space between sites. It was hilly though. All the sites are gravel including the handicapped sites. They have a great dog park, as mentioned in other reviews. large and full of lots of fun things for the doggies. Its like a 1/2 acre big. This alone makes it great. For the kids this is a delightful place. Rated as the best by my kids. Miniature golf, tennis, shuffleboard, horseshoes, a heated pool, and a house dedicated as kids club with an arcade. Kids dream place. They have a location to check out all the equipment you need included tennis balls and racquets. The kids club has TV's books, videos, crafts, a bounce house and lots of great activities for kids. And did I mention tether ball and a great kids playground? They have a well stocked fishing pond. A good camping trip is only successful with a fish caught. and we got three (catch and release for us). There were lots of people fishing on Labor Day and most got a nice fish. They also have prepared meals for most of the meals. Great food and reasonable priced at the clubhouse which is another great meet and greet place. They had a champagne brunch on Sunday for $8 and burgers and dogs one afternoon for $4. The clubhouse is by the pool area which has been recently renovated. The pool is heated in the winter with a plastic dome on top which will be great. The resort is nearby to Julian, CA which is a historic town with lots of quaint shops. There were no fire rings during California bone dry fire season (for obvious reasons) but they have them in the winter when the danger goes away. They also have cabins for rent but we did not go in these but they looked quaint and had propane tanks for kitchen or heat? The staff was excellent. All our interactions with staff were very superior. The park is a bit worn in places but an aggressive upgrade program is in place with the pool, horseshoe pit renovated and mini golf being upgraded this fall. They have separate parking spot for trailers for toweds. They allow golf carts but do not rent them here. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Membership campground. Affiliated with Colorado River Adventures. Facilities were being upgraded at that time. We were here in March and nearly froze our tails off (it was unusually cold and wet for So Cal, even for that altitude). Sun finally came out just as we were packing up to head home. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Came here to activate a free membership. Sales pitch was not bad at all. Sports courts were nice. Mini golf was not in great shape and equipment you check out was filthy and old. Staff was friendly but tried to cram us into 2 spaces way too small before we found a space ourselves and demanded to be assigned to it. Roads are 2-way and people drive fast through the campground, so it is not conducive to bike riding for young children, although it is probably fine for teens. The playground is nice. The roads are steep, windy and full of potholes. If you like wild desert brush, you may like the environment, but we prefer either more lush or more groomed. By the way, your free year of camping is only good November to April weekdays and excludes holidays so if you aren't full timers, you may find that to be rather restrictive, as do we. We probably will not be back. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
My kids love this campground (boy 8, girl 10). We have been lucky enough to camp along a long dirt rode that is perfect for them to play on, ride their bikes (adjacent to some horses as well). The pool is great, lots of activities for the kids, and they kept very busy. They had a lot of games, crafts, movie night, etc. We are going again this weekend which prompted me to write!! We have RPI so we pay only $10 a night. We were kind of bummed there were no fires allowed the first time we went (in May) but they were OK with it as long as we had it covered in the fall. Big fire hazard area so you have to protect our natural areas! We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a great campground. Very family oriented with lots of activities, but secluded sites if you just want some peace and quiet. Not many pull through sites, but plenty of long, wide, easy, back ins. There is Wi-Fi in the club house. It is a membership park but accepts both RPI and C2C members. The large heated pool is covered in the winter, very nice. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
As many have stated, we stayed here to activate our 1-year free camping. The resort was average compared to a lot of places we've camped. That being said, the Saturday steak dinner for $5/person was really nice, the club house was nice and the pool area (enclosed and heated for the winter) was also nice. There are a lot of things for kids to do here all weekend long, and that can be a huge plus for families. Now for the bad news about this park. There is no Wi-Fi or Internet available throughout this park. The only place you can get Wi-Fi is the clubhouse and in my situation I had some last minute work that had to be done, but there was just way too much activity happening in the club house for me to get it done. Next, the sites are loose gravel, and I had to back my 38' motorhome up a steep hill into my site. Next, there was no campfires allowed in any site, they had grills for our use, but the campground across the road had all sorts of campfires going. My biggest complaints and lower ratings are due to the extremely high-pitched sales that we endured. We were told that we would need to go through a 90-minute presentation. Our presentation ended up being two hours and 30 minutes! When we kept telling our sales person that we were not ready for this commitment ($6,000 to $12,000 plus annual maintenance fees). He went to get his supervisor, who then offered us limited packages that would only last 5-years. When we said no to that, we were told we would be banned from buying any membership for 3-years! We said we would want to go home to discuss the purchase to which he replied he's heard that before. Now Julian is a wonderful little town that gets to be very busy with long lines to get a piece of apple pie. We did have fun in town, fun at the campground (except the sales pitch) and even a fun time on the drive there. But I rated it a 3 because of the horrible high pressure sales. I honestly would have given the place a 6 rating overall if you exclude the sales, but unfortunately that is what I remember the most about my trip to KQ Ranch. That sales force just left an utterly terrible memory to an otherwise fun filled weekend. We camped here in a Motorhome.
KQ Ranch is one of my absolute favorite places to go, and we try to take about 3 trips here annually. It's in the local San Diego mountains which offers a great "bounce back" from the normal day-to-day grind. The staff is very friendly and helpful and goes the extra mile to make the guests feel welcomed. Plenty of recreation activities to do whether you have kids or not. But I must admit, I wish I knew about this when my kids were young (they are all adults now). So, I cant wait to have grandchildren old to enough to take along! We camped here in a Motorhome.
This place is great for families. It's got tennis courts, an awesome covered pool, golf, a general store and events like 2 PM root beer floats for $1. It's only a few minutes from downtown Julian where they have cute little stores and places to buy the best apple pie on the planet. We went to KQ to take advantage of the free weekend, did attend the sales meeting but did not buy. We do not have children, which I think is the best way to get your moneys worth at a resort like this. Our specific site was level enough and had water/electric/sewer hookups. The sites did feel a bit cramped though - the site to our left practically looked down on ours. I rated this high because it offers a lot of things but we will not go back. It's anywhere from $6K to $10K to purchase. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a timeshare. I went to activate my free year from my dealer and the sales guy said it was useless. He made us feel like crap cause we didn't want to buy right on the spot. Other than that it was a great place to camp, not near a resort style at all. Nice pool, activities for kids was nice and steak BBQ on Saturday was great. It's still worth the free weekend and free year. I would never pay for this place. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We camped up on the ridge, and the view was awesome. It can get windy up there, but that was okay. The rest of the campground is at lower elevation and didn't get the winds. We stayed at the top for more privacy. Lots of activities for the kids which is another reason we stayed out of the way. We liked it a lot ,and we go back on a regular basis as we live within three hours. Gravel sites. No water pressure as it is gravity fed. We used on board water to take showers. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This RV park is outstanding. Only 4 miles from downtown Julian. There are always great activities scheduled during the weekends.. Definitely family orientated, but my wife and I had an incredible time even though our kids are grown. The facilities are well maintained, and the staff is always helpful. We purchased LP gas at this location, and saved about 50 cents per gallon compared to price near our house. Had excellent Verizon air card coverage. Will definitely return!! We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed for a free weekend in exchange for enduring a time share presentation. The staff gets an A+ for being friendly and helpful. This park has a lot of things for the kids like miniature golf, a game room, a nice pool and a large ball field. There are lots of golf carts around so you have to keep your eyes open when you walk. Also, bands on the weekends play to 11:00pm so if you go to bed early, you'll have a hard time sleeping. Sites vary greatly. Some handle the largest rigs while others are right on top of each other. You'll want to arrive as early as possible to pick a nice spot. Overall it was a nice park but we felt the membership price was unreasonable. If this were a regular "pay as you go" park we would definitely go back. (866)-217-8111 We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Sad little park. The staff was almost too eager to help us to our site, free weekend if we listened to a membership presentation. Perched on a cliff with our back-end lower than front: precarious at best. We don't recommend this park for big-rigs! New management trying to overcome devastating southern California fires which left this place 80% charred. We wish them the best,but will not re-visit. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Stayed here to "activate" a free year of camping here from our RV dealership. Had to sit through a 90 minute sales presentation. Did not buy. Campsite assigned sloped to the back and left making it almost impossible to level. 5 different families all arrived around same time and were all assigned the same area so everyone was trying to back in without hitting each other. Escort never met us at the gate so we had to find our own campsite. Apparently they were shorthanded that day. When we asked for another more level campsite he told us to find one and let him know. It was dark and we'd never been there so how could we? He should have called-in and re-assigned us himself. Then he wanted to put us in a site that was way too small and short for our trailer. We stayed where we were and leveled the best we could. Was told that there would be a Superbowl Party with snacks provided. Never saw a single employee the whole time the game was on - no snacks. Other planned activities never happened. Campground is nice and we'll use our free year but after that we'll find somewhere else to camp near Julian. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We went on a free 3 day and listened to the presentation. The campground was very nice. It was probably a lot nicer before the fires through there. There are a lot of activities for families. There are full meals available, playground, heated pool, and activities. The kids had a great time. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Like many other campers, we stayed here to activate a "free" camping membership. We were greeted by peacocks and a pleasant person at the gate. We were escorted to our site by an employee who assisted in helping us back in. Road was gravel, which was difficult to walk on, but otherwise OK. Site we had was not really big, but OK as well. Probably wouldn't stay here again. Sat through the 90 minute presentation, but didn't "buy". We camped here in a Motorhome.
We got a free weekend when we purchased our TT. They wanted us to buy their membership, but passed. It was Okay, probably will not return, don't like all the dust. But great for families. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is an RPI park near Julian. Very nice park. Easy to get around in, they only have a few pull through sites. A park employee escorted me to site and helped guide me into back-in space. Beautiful views from the "Eastern Ridge" of park. Routes 78 & 79 are good 2 lane roads that weave through the mountains in that area. I had no problems negotiating the curves/hills with my 5th wheel. Julian, CA is a great town to explore. Will stay here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is a private and Coast to Coast park. We went by paying $19.95 for 3 nights that
requires a 90 minute tour. The campground has a heated pool, lighted tennis courts, basketball court, a sort of baseball field, a couple play lots with swings and slides, fishing lake, club house, very small store and minature golf course. They have rental trailers and cabins. The current owner just bought it about a year and a half ago and is starting to do upgrades. It is a very family oriented park. There were lots of kids on the weekend. We stayed a few days into the week it was really quiet. You can see the ocean and the Salton Sea from a few campsites on top of a hill on a clean day. Julian is an apple growing area so you can go into town and get fresh apple pie. On Saturday evening they have a steak dinner in the club house for $5 and breakfast Saturaday and Sunday morning for $2.50. I have to admit we bought a membership but we live less than an hour away and have two grandchildren. We hope to come back with them in a couple weeks. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
[ 9 / 10 ]
Very nice family campground. Lots of activities for both adults and children. They had olympics for kids, karaoke, pancake breakfast for $2, golf course, basketball, tennis courts, and a miniature golf course. A 90-minute tour was required for our free stay. They try to sell you a membership but it was not bad. It did not even last 90 minutes, it was more like 45 minutes. They were not pushy at all and were very nice. We stayed two nights free, plus we got a free dvd player. The sites are not that big they are kind of close to each other, but it was fine. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
[ 9 / 10 ]
Wonderful scenic park that is member of Coast to Coast and RPI. Very clean and beautiful views from many sites. Year round pool heated at 83 degrees. We camped here in a camper.
We camped at KQ Ranch on a free weekend and discovered this campground at Lake Cuyamaca. We got the second spot from the lake and it was absolutely beautiful. The facilities were clean, everyone was very friendly, and there are plenty of things to do in the area. 50 miles or so from San Diego and very close to historic Julian and Indian reservations. We can't wait to go back. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
It started to go wrong, trying to make the reservation. The lady said the campground was full and directed us elsewhere. No place there either, so we tried to pass by. Full, she said, but after a while persisting, we were allowed to enter. About 10 empty sizes at the ground that night, all fine for our size. Those with shade were free, we were in the sun, next to a PortaPotty. They just do not want people for 1 night, but do not advertise it. People queing up for potty "toilets." Fishing pond ($5 US) without fish in the right size. Everywhere signs: Not Allowed To... WiFi only within a 50 ft distance from the office. New owners could turn the place in a nice Campground. To be avoided now. We camped here in a Motorhome.
There are good sites and there are great sites here, no bad sites and lots of shade. Some of the better sites do not have sewer hookups but it's easy to find the Dump Station. The signs are as big as a house and clearly say DUMP STATION. I'm not sure why they don't use stripes on the roads to guide you there: but that's their way. So you might get a site next to a huge DUMP STATION sign. Would have given this place and 8 or 9 if they actually had Wi-Fi. What they have is a "Hot Spot" at the office that has no range and therefore with no cable TV and no Wi-Fi at the sites you really are in the "dark" so to speak. In this day and age this seems inexcusable. The demographics of the place are mostly senior citizens: many escaping the heat in the Desert or in Arizona. (A pretty conservative group I might add). The owners allow people to leave their campers on site for a $270 a month fee. They limit use to 14 days per month. Not a bad deal if you like to save $$ on gas hauling your rig around. Not much for kids to do here with no TV or Internet except I saw a few Dads letting their youngsters drive golf carts and even sit on their lap driving around the park in the car. Put in real Wi-Fi and convert the mudhole they call a fishing pond into a swimming pool and this place could easily get a 10. The staff was friendly and helpful. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Pinezanita is a great park, quiet, peaceful and a nice escape from it all. The sites are of great size, electrical and water in each and sewer hook-ups in some, plus big shade trees, picnic tables and fire rings. It is a short drive to Main St., Julian and the wonderful little shops and eateries. The staff was very nice and helpful and stayed open late for registration for the holiday weekend. The office has firewood, toiletries, etc. for sale and movies for rent. Some of the spots are occupied by permanent residents, but their sites, as well as the rest of the park is well maintained and clean. We would stay here again! We camped here in a Motorhome.
We are new to RV camping and Pinezanita was our second trip. On there web site it says they have full hook ups, but didn't know this was only for full timers (another issue that we are learning about). We got a electric ans water hook up. A lot of this park is full timers, so you it looks like you drive through a mobile home park before you get to the RV park. The site we had was nice, next to an large open wooded area, great for the kids. Once I detached my truck and strategically parked it to block the view of the old fifth wheel that looks like it was parked there since the dawn on man, it wasn't to bad. The Julian area is beautiful and the park was very peaceful. The pond was not the prettiest, but kids still had fun "trying" to catch fish. The roads up to Julian are a little tricky, but good practice for us newer people pulling trailers. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We like this campground more than any we have stayed in to date and will definitely go back. Julian is a picturesque area and an enjoyable place to visit but there is no night life, they roll up the streets in the evening. Entry is a bit touchy as it is a sharp turn in a sharp turn with a steep grade but once in the park the site was very nice. Our pets were welcome and we have no issues with full timers as we have at some locations. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
My wife and I camped here for four days with some friends and really enjoyed this RV park. There were plenty of trees around but was still able to get satellite reception in my spot. During our stay we saw some deer, wild turkeys and beautiful wild birds. The staff was great and helpful. The park is clean and well kept. They do have some outhouses around but to my surprise they were like new and kept clean with no odor. We had 30 Amp service with water and no sewer. When we got home my wife said were are going back again. It was a very relaxing time. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a nice family park near Julian in San Diego County CA. Our site was quiet with lots of trees and shade. The park is like, well, a park, and that was very good. However, the facilities are not up to what you normally expect. Such as sewer hook ups. There were none. Unless you are a permanent resident. When I say permanent don't think of low level. What you have in this park is a bunch of weekenders or folks escaping the desert heat who have a trailer or RV here. Many have built patios and so on. There is also a large tent area. Also, there is a small fishing lake. If you like to look up at the stars you will like it here. We brought our telescope. It is about four miles from here to Julian. If you want to be in a park like setting this is a great place. Might be a bit cramped to get really huge class A's in. Spaces slope down and that blocks the noise from the road. However, there is some motorcycle noise on weekends. Julian attracts TONS of motorcycle riders on weekends. You can certainly hear when 40 Harleys go by. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Park was very clean. Roads were paved with pebble rock covering the camp sites. Camp spaces were level. We had only partial hookups, all the full hook up are taken by weekend campers that have their RV there full time. Bathrooms were clean as well as the dump stations. Overall the park is very well maintained. People were very nice and we all had a great time. We will be back. We camped here in a Truck Camper.
[ 6 / 10 ]
Signed in and paid for two nights, and were given a choice of sites. We checked them out, and a few were very good size. Upon further inspection I realized that they were only water and electric, no sewer. Went back to office and inquired, and found out only permanent residents had sewer, and maybe not all of them. It gets pretty cold up there. The manager said that none of the campgrounds in the area have sewer hook ups. They had 3 dump stations but I didn't feel like dumping to start with and then dumping again before we left. He refunded our money and we went on our way. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Great location just 4 miles from Julian. Unfortunately Hwy 79 is right next to about 1/4 of the sites. Traffic noise was only noticeable when outside and was occasional not constant. Limited sewer hookup sites. We had problems with our air conditioning all weekend, might be inconsistent AC power. Most sites seemed reasonably level, but ours was way off. Our awning area was on a slope covered with gravel. However, the site was very long so we had a lot of space behind the RV. The sites follow the contour of the ground and the trees, which I like better than the new perfectly laid out sites. The best thing about this park is the mature trees and plenty of shade. Just make sure you reserve in advance and pick a nice site. We reserved late on a holiday weekend. There was a nice mix of tent campers, pop up trailers, 5th wheels, Class C and just a few Class A RV's. They allow fires, which is nice. There isn't much to do (no pool, no playground, etc). The streets are paved which led to a lot of kids riding bikes and skateboarding down the steep inclines. They have a large fishing pond but it was closed for renovation. The pond is not visible except from a few sites that seem to be taken by long term residents. There is only one restroom/shower building which requires a long walk uphill. There are only 3 men's showers and 3 women's showers for 230 sites? On the other hand, the showers were empty and clean when I was there. They do have 5 additional portable toilets located throughout the park. The camp store is very nice and offers WiFi internet, movie rentals, laundry, books, and a nice stock of supplies. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed for a cub scout campout; it was a lot of fun. We stayed in site 45 which was big and very isolated. There is a leaning tree and we came in after dark so it took us 1/2 hour to maneuver on the spot. We have a 35 foot 13 foot high rig. Has shade and sun. The park is real nice with trails, and lots of real nature. This area of park is non-hookups and there is no generator use in the park. Nice county park; there are horseshoes. Restrooms were clean. There are nice cabins to rent. They are new as the old ones burned down a few years ago in the fire. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The park is very nice. It is surrounded by trees. There is large meadow for kids to play ball or run around. The hiking trails are well-marked and easy enough for family. The RV loop is a bit tight. Some of them are like parking spaces. Others are a little bit farther apart. The no-hookup sites are definitely more spacious. The bathroom and shower is well-maintained. There is hot and cold water, except the water is yellow-ish, probably not good for drinking. The dump site is right next to the bathrooms. Overall we enjoyed the park. Julian is only 10 minutes away for yummy apple pies. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
[ 10 / 10 ]
Our stay at William Heise was our first time dry camping in our new TT. While there is one loop of full hook-up sites, I would recommend trying one of the other non-hookup loops if you are self-contained. The non-hook-up sites tend to be much larger and are further apart from each other. Our site had a large pad area and then a tent and fire pit area down below, giving us a lot of room and privacy. The facilities were very clean. Just walking through the expansive campground loops in the morning/eveving was very nice. There are also several hiking trails with trailheads in the park. The town of Julian is close by and makes a nice day trip. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Great area to camp. The sites are close together but the area is beautiful. No generators are allowed at any time. We made sure we had electric hookup. We will be going back again. I would have given it a 10 if the sites were further apart and if you could use generators. Generators would give you access to more of the park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Good park, trails, meadows etc. RV loop spots are very close together. (not even rooms for awnings at some rows) Lots of deer/turkey/wildlife. Would definitely recommend it. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a great park. They have electric only hookups. They have potable water, but it is recommended to bring water in the winter, because when we were there the pipes froze. We got a couple of channels with our antenna. The restrooms were not clean, only because there was no water - the showers are free and clean. This is a beautiful park with trails & wildlife - would stay again! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a lovely park in a lovely location. All their hookup sites are grouped around a paved ring, but there's open space around and between them. We were plagued with no-see-ums this trip, but not on other trips. No hummingbirds! Staff was a little less accommodating than at other San Diego County parks. Heise is very popular so make reservations, and make them early! We camped here in a Truck Camper.
This is a county campground near Julian. There are no hookups but water and dump station
are free. Located at about 5,ooo feet in the oak and pine covered hills by Julian, this campground is quiet and clean. Showers and bathrooms are heated in winter. Every time we stay we see dear and wild turkey, woodpeckers, etc. Nice hiking trails. Group camping available. We camped here in a Motorhome.