Hipcamp host Doreen V.
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*Please arrive before 7pm on the day of your arrival. Late check-ins are not accepted*

Pitch a tent or bring your camper! Located on 12 acres near the idyllic and historic town of Julian, famous for pies and old



*Please arrive before 7pm on the day of your arrival. Late check-ins are not accepted*

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 including Archery, Tomahawk Throwing, Ghost Town Slingshot Range, Petting Zoo, 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 IMPORTANT to read all of the information below BEFORE submitting a booking request!********All extra fees must be paid prior to booking being approved.****

-Activity packages for each camper over 3 years old must be purchased prior to booking being approved.  Fort Cross hosts several seasonal festival events, as well as regular activities the rest of the year. You 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. Regular weekend activities include archery, tomahawk throwing, slingshots, petting zoo and reptiles.Normal pricing for packages range from $20-32 per person. Courtesy 10% discount for hipcampers!

-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.  See website for more information closer to the date.

-Only camper/trailer under 30 feet permitted. Extra $20 per camper/trailer for the first night; Camper/trailer fee reduced to $15 per night if booking for multiple nights.

-1 vehicle per campsite; $10 for each additional vehicle 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. So to avoid setting up in total darkness, we ask that you arrive at least an hour before sundown. Arrivals later than 7:00 pm must be approved and arranged at the time of booking. 

-Because of our apple orchard, we maintain a closed gate at night to prevent the deer from coming in and eating our crop. If you are planning to stay, please know that we do not allow cars to go in and out beginning at sundown as we do not want to chance the gate being left open or closed incorrectly.

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

-There are a lot of cats here! Most are friendly, none of them are aggressive. We are a working farm and our cats help keep the gophers and other pests out of our garden. Please be sure to have your dogs on leashes while they are here, and use caution when preparing and eating your food as most of these cats are not shy! 

-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 at your own campsite. Please do not wander the property with an open container. If you absolutely have to break that rule and risk getting kicked out of here, please do so with a travel thermos instead of a red solo cup. You're not fooling anybody! lol ;)

-Smoking of any kind is prohibited on the property.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans, trailers, RVs
15 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Park at listing
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Max length 30ft
No hookups
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Doreen a message!
  • Check in: After 12PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Super Strict
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 20% off
  • Response time: Within 12 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.


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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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