Hipcamp host Doreen C.
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PLEASE CLICK "CONTINUE READING" BELOW AND READ ALL OF THE RULES AND INFORMATION FIRST!  Everyone needs to fill out the Camper Questionnaire at fortcross com prior to booking being approved. I know it sucks, but it's important. We are very strict about this being a family friendly place. Thank you for your understanding!

Covid-19 Expectations for Campers:



PLEASE CLICK "CONTINUE READING" BELOW AND READ ALL OF THE RULES AND INFORMATION FIRST!  Everyone needs to fill out the Camper Questionnaire at fortcross com prior to booking being approved. I know it sucks, but it's important. We are very strict about this being a family friendly place. Thank you for your understanding!

Covid-19 Expectations for Campers:

- Be courteous and respectful of the desire that others may have for health, safety, and social distancing.

- Although portable toilet areas will be cleaned 3 times a day, it is always recommended to bring your own sanitary supplies when using public areas for your own safety.

- 2 communal fire pits will have sign up sheets for each group to reserve their own time by the fire in order to accommodate the desire for social distancing at this time.

Pitch a tent or bring your camper! Located on 12 acres  near the idyllic and historic town of Julian, famous for pies and old time nostalgia. Fort Cross is a working farm and offers many great activities such as Archery, Tomahawk Throwing, Ghost Town Slingshot Gallery, and so much more! Many high rated trails and hikes are located in the surrounding area. 

Our location is great for star gazing, as Julian is apart of the Dark Sky Network. It's not uncommon to see shooting stars and it's a popular destination during meteor showers. 

****It's Really Super Duper Primo Important to read all of the information below *Before* submitting a booking request!********

-Fort Cross hosts several seasonal festival events, as well as regular activities the rest of the year. Each camper over 3 years old will need to purchase tickets/passes for whatever activities are planned for the time of your stay in order for your booking to be approved. Current weekend activities include archery, tomahawk throwing, and slingshots. Regular weekend pricing for packages are $20 per person. Courtesy 10% discount for hipcampers! If staying on a weeknight, the same activity package will be available to you during your stay.

-If camping on a night that we are hosting a special evening event, campers must purchase passes for the event. For example, Saturday nights in October we host the Haunted Harvest event.  Check the website at fortcross com for more information closer to the date.

-Extra $20 per camping vehicle (trailer/rv/camper shell) for the first night; camping vehicle fee reduced to $15 per night if booking for multiple nights. No hook-ups available.

-1 vehicle per campsite; $10 for each additional vehicle per night, per campsite.  Not all campsites accommodate vehicle parking next to tent; just loading and unloading in those areas. ***If camping during special events (ie: festival weekends including Lilac Festival, Autumn Jubilee, Holiday Hayride), all vehicles (other than camping trailers and RVs) MUST be moved to the parking lot before opening at 10 am each day****

-Please arrive before sunset. We are a rustic location and our area supports the Dark Sky Network to keep stargazing awesome. That means that we do not have any lighted areas. So to avoid setting up in total darkness, we ask that you arrive at least an hour before sundown. *Check-ins after 7:30 pm are not accepted during Summer months)

-Communal campfire provided, weather permitting. Fire is put out at 10:00 pm.  You are welcome to bring a propane/charcoal briquette camp stove.

-Out of respect for other campers, we ask that there be a "quiet" time between 10:00 pm and 7:00 am. 

- We are located on farming land! There are a lot of farm friends on the property and on neighboring properties. You may hear animals such as a cow, donkey, goats, and others during your stay here. 

-The Cooler is a craft beer bar that is located across the street. They occasionally have live music on their porch throughout the week, and regularly on Friday & Saturday nights scheduled until 9:30 pm. Find more info on their Facebook page under @julianbeercooler

-This one is a bit of a bummer, but due to the fact that we are a family friendly establishment, and have had issues with it in the past, we do not typically allow alcohol on the premises. However, we understand the desire to unwind and have some fun. So if you plan to drink any alcohol, we will allow it only if you do so with discretion WITHIN YOUR OWN CAMPSITE. Please do not wander the property with an open container. Doreen can smell it from 10 feet away and will ask you to walk all the way back to your site to put it back. Haha... not kidding. lol. Totally serious.

-Smoking of any kind is prohibited on the property. This includes vape pens.

-Fort Cross is located right off of Hwy 78 and there are a few really fun businesses located nearby. There are occasionally nights when live music is played at one of the nearby establishments. Please feel free to reach out to inquire when those dates might be. We will try to keep up with the schedule for that on the calendar page of the FortCross com website as it is made known to us.

-Sorry for all of the rules. We really do look forward to having you with us and hope we can provide a wonderful stay for you!

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, trailers, RVs, vans and truck campers
10 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
No wifi
Pack it out
Camping vehicle details
Generators allowed
No electrical hookup
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Pull-through site
Max length 45ft
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: grass or field
Surface levelness: requires leveling
Have a question? Send Doreen a message!
  • Check in: After 1PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Super Strict
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


Many high rated trails and hikes located nearby

Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Fort Cross Camping w Activities! in California.


We are a working farm located between two other farms.

The vibe at Fort Cross Camping w Activities!

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Hipcamper Brie
Brie W.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
November 27th, 2017

Jess and Doreen have an amazing space for camping! Its a peaceful and beautiful property with picnic tables and fire pits and if you camp out on the weekend while they have one of their festivals going on you have plenty of activities to do! From the petting zoo to candle making to tomahawk throwing and sling shooting paintballs....tons of activities! Great place to take the family to camp. I highly recommend Fort Cross Camping!

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Hipcamper Peter
Peter N.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
April 3rd, 2018

The camp hosts Doreen and Jesse are really nice people. When we arrived they showed us where the camping area was and gave us some basic info and pretty much left us to ourselves. We found the camping area to be fine for our group, we had a couple of trailers and a couple of tents. The space was big enough for us to have a large common area where we could line up our tables to enjoy large meals together and sit around a camp fire. The children in our group enjoyed exploring and playing in our camping area and some of the other surrounding areas of the property. The hosts do offer activities (archery, petting zoo, candle making + more) which is available to the public so you will see foot traffic but it didn't bother us at all (plus we were informed ahead of time). The camping area has a nearby porta-potty and outside sink for use. People with RV's or trailers who need to connect to electrical should contact the hosts ahead of time to ask about status. For our group the electrical wasn't able to handle the load from the trailers, not a big deal, one of us used a generator. Our group enjoyed our camping trip and spending time together.

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Hipcamper Marissa
Marissa M.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 29th, 2018

Loved this place! Great for kids and parents alike! Relaxing! And Doreen and her husband were wonderful! We will be back!

Hipcamper Kara
Kara E.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 12th, 2018

Me and my 2 children came for 1 day and 1 night. I felt incredibly safe and my kids could not stop talking about how much fun they were having. We participated in all of the activities and saw all of the animals. It is truly a unique experience that we have to do again! The hosts were incredibly kind and gracious. All 3 of us recommend!

Hipcamper Doreen
Response from Doreen, the Host, on August 15th, 2018

Thanks Kara! You guys were a blast and Jesse had a great time getting to know your kids. Tell Huntington that I had a great time as his dance partner at the showdown! Looking forward to having you guys out in the fall for the Autumn Jubilee!

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Hipcamper Cåndice
Cåndice D.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 12th, 2018

Sites and activities are ran by owner Jessie and wife who are very nice and informative. Very few camp site, but yon are able to still visit and participate in activities without camping over night. There is one porter potty and we never had an issue waiting. Showers coming soon! Would definitely recommend this place, especially if you have little explorers

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Hipcamper Doreen
Response from Doreen, the Host, on August 15th, 2018

Thanks so much for all of your feedback! So glad you enjoyed your stay and we'll get to work on the improvements. Hope to have you back in the fall for our Autumn Jubilee!

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Hipcamper Devon
Devon T.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 13th, 2018

Doreen and Jesse were great hosts. Our group enjoyed all of the activities. There were several camping spots to pick from with shade and picnic tables. Jesse checked in on us a couple times to show us a few activities and check to see if we needed anything, but we able to take our time and participate when most convenient. We felt very safe and didn't worry about the small kids running around because the campsites were well kept. We were near the community fire pit which was perfect for our group. I would recommend Fort Cross to anyone looking for a fun camping experience.

Hipcamper Doreen
Response from Doreen, the Host, on August 15th, 2018

Thank you Devon! I'm so glad you guys enjoyed your time here! Hope to see you back in the fall for our Autumn Jubilee!

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Hipcamper Hope
Hope M.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 3rd, 2018

We brought our kids here to camp and for a day of activities. They had a blast on the tire swings and finding things to build using the various cool things that they have around. They really loved the cats that roam the camp! Farmer Ben was amazing. He was very patient with our kids letting them hold/pet the animals in the petting zoo (bunnies, ducks, pig, goats, rat, chicken). The we learned archery and how to throw a hatchet. Then it was on to slingshots with paintballs at a very cool storefront facade that had become a Jackson Pollock artwork after many rounds of multicolored paintballs. After that we visited the reptile house and held all kinds of snakes and fun critters. We enjoyed the Julian Station restaurants and activities across the street during our stay. We didn't have to pack nearly as much food as we usually need because we could just walk across the street. For hiking and more wooded beauty we headed to William Heise Campground. The kids couldn't wait to get back to play at Fort Cross after the hike. At night, the communal fire is a nice way to meet people and we loved hearing Farmer Ben and Jessie play music and sing.

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Hipcamper erica
Erica D.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 4th, 2018

It's an interesting place to go camping. Pros: Great showers, lots of space to explore, great with dogs, amazing activities, fantastic location right across from Julian Station & Mom's and awesome hosts. A few things to note: very dusty, not a lot of shade, communal campfire only, and you do have tourists going through the campsites for their daily activities. overall a fun experience for the kids.

Hipcamper Amber
Amber T.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 5th, 2018

Absolutely loved Fort Cross! The memories that me and my son created their are going to stay with us a long time. Jesse, Doreen, and Farmer Ben are really wonderful people and their place is such a wonderful treat for kids and grown ups alike! We wish we could have stayed longer. It feels like the long summer days of my childhood there. I recommend it for families looking to bond with their children, and get back to their own inner child in a safe environment that allows kids to really feel that freedom of play and wonder.

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