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.
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.
- 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%
The vibe at Julian Backcountry Retreat
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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.
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.
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!