Hipcamp host David K.
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The Grounds:

20 acres of nature to explore, set up camp and or kick your feet up and listen to an array of birds greet you in the morning. After dark, stargaze while listening to the soothing music of rustling leaves. 

This city escape is where Cahuilla and Kumeyaay Native American tribes once roamed. The rocks in the outdoor space have grinding holes (mortars) once

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The Grounds:

20 acres of nature to explore, set up camp and or kick your feet up and listen to an array of birds greet you in the morning. After dark, stargaze while listening to the soothing music of rustling leaves. 

This city escape is where Cahuilla and Kumeyaay Native American tribes once roamed. The rocks in the outdoor space have grinding holes (mortars) once used for food preparation by the tribes.

Wildlife:

The location is also home to wildlife animals such as, deer, wild turkey, blue jay, falcon, hawk, woodpecker, roadrunner, humming birds, horse, and many more.

PLEASE NOTE: The property has a home and on the grounds. The railroad is located right next to the home. If one chooses to camp near the home other guests may be present. If one chooses to camp near or in the valley there will likely be no guests near by. 

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
Other
No wheelchair access
Essentials
Toilet available
No campfires
No pets
Amenities
Potable water available
No kitchen
No showers
No picnic table
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send David a message!
  • Check in: After 4PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Super Flexible
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 1 month out
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Hiking
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Julian Backcountry Retreat in California.

Forest
Mountainous

The vibe at Julian Backcountry Retreat

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Hipcamper Katie
Katie C.
recommends this listing.
August 22nd, 2018

I had a really beautiful trip here. I arrived in time to join David and a friend in meditation. The property is really serene - super cool old train tracks that go thru the property.

There is a deck area at the back of the property where I set up my tent - there was a seating area and great view of the stars at night. Wild deer ran through the property often, just so many of them!

It's primitive and you'll have to go to the bathroom in nature, but it is private. There's a little bit of a walk to the camp site, not super far - just a heads up so you can try to bring everything in one or two trips down.

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Hipcamper Imogen
Imogen A.
recommends this listing.
August 6th, 2018

Great location close to Julian and all it has to offer. Lovely views from the property and beautiful night skies. Not much flat space for camping but David directed us to a great spot. The basic wild camping set up was perfect for us and we'd definitely stay here again.

Hipcamper Liz
Liz T.
recommends this listing.
March 30th, 2019

The perfect sunrise spot! We stayed on the platform you see in the photos and it was really beautiful. Note that yurts are being built around the property (the platform is part of one of the under-construction yurts) so you'll see a few on your way to the site. I'll be sad to see that spot go when the yurt is finished :(

Hipcamper William
William V.
recommends this listing.
September 4th, 2018

The location was amazing for nature lovers. We got to see wild turkeys, deer, and other amazing animals up close.

Hipcamper Samantha
Samantha C.
recommends this listing.
October 7th, 2018

The camping here was really a neat experience. Since we left after work on Friday we didn’t get to the property until after dark, but we were still able to find the deck pictured in photos from other guests. We chose to park at the bottom of the drive and opted for the valley view. The view we woke up to did not disappoint! It’s a little bit of a walk from the parking spot to the platform that was big enough for our tent, but not too bad. It looks like they’re in the process of expanding and building a series of small glamping cottages on the property, so we were a little confused as to where to set up our tent when we arrived. We assumed that since we found the wooden deck, chairs and hammock pictured by other guests that the deck was an appropriate place to set up, even though there was a new tent cottage being built adjacent. At any rate, it’s a great place with lots of privacy and a lovely morning view!

Hipcamper Heather
Heather P.
recommends this listing.
October 8th, 2018

Awesome spot for viewing wildlife. Wouldn’t hesitate to return!

Hipcamper Annelise

Beautiful getaway

Annelise G.
recommends this listing.
March 10th, 2019

This site is absolutely stunning.
I stayed here for a weekend getaway and absolutely loved this location. I set up camp on the deck pictured in the sites description and it did not disappoint. Wild turkeys and deer roam the grassy field which the deck overlooks it was a breathtaking sight to wake up to. I will definitely be back!

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Hipcamper Rikki

Just what we needed!

Rikki L.
recommends this listing.
March 28th, 2019

I stayed here for one night with a friend after visiting Anza-Borrego Park. We had a super great time and the property is beautiful! I wanted to clear up a few hazy details others mention in reviews and share a few photos. Hope this is helpful!
-Getting to the site is SIMPLE. Just drive all the way to the bottom of the dirt drive way and when it dead ends you're there!
-The platform has a vacant yurt attached to it. You pitch your tent right next to it. The ground is a steep incline so it is best to set up on the platform.
-The portable restroom is all the way at the beginning of the drive way. From this site it would take about 5 minutes walking up hill to get there or a car ride. We picked a spot by the site and went in nature since we were only there one night.
-We brought a Buddy propane heater to keep warm after the sun went down since campfires are not allowed.

Our final set up. I recommend bringing your own table to handle beverages and food etc.Our final set up. I recommend bringing your own table to handle beverages and food etc.Yurt attached to the platform and shows the incline I spoke about.This is what the end of the driveway looks like. We parked by that tree in front of the platform.
Hipcamper Nathan

Perfect.

Nathan M.
recommends this listing.
April 23rd, 2019

Wonderful and beautiful! Thank you! And so close to Julian!

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Property
Julian Backcountry Retreat
State
California
$28/night
1 Site