Apples, Campgrounds & Julian, CA

Our RV is still in the shop so we decided to head out to Julian, California in the jeep. Why? Julian is a popular historic mountain getaway. It’s known for its pioneer & gold rush history fresh apples, apple pies, wine tasting, hiking and boutique shopping. In order to explore the area at our leisure we looked for a home base campground. I just couldn’t pass up a town that’s perfect for nature lovers, foodies, wine tasting and people in need of retail therapy.


Stagecoach RV Park  This is a Passport America campground. Its a western themed campground but with no cell phone service for At&t users. Kevin and I like the western theme in a campground (Kevin’s grandfather was a real cowboy) but no cell phone service makes it low on our list of RV parks.

Camping site at Stagecoach Trails RV Resort

Camping site at Stagecoach Trails RV Resort

Lake Cuyamaca This is a small campground it has 19 camping sites with electric & water. The sites looked tight but we could fit into a few. The lake looked low but I saw a large crowd of fishermen in boats on the lake. We had good cell phone reception here.

Lake Cuaymaca camping site

Lake Cuayamaca camping site


Lake Cuyamaca

Lake Cuyamaca- Great Blue Heron by the shore

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park RV- RV limit is 30ft so we skipped this park but hope to do some hiking and birdwatching here next time we’re in the area.

If your a Thousand Trails member then  Oakzanita Springs Thousand Trails in Descanso is near Julian. The cell phone service for At&t is almost non existent. The sites are tight but the staff is friendly.

We stopped in Julian, CA and walked around town. Julian is about one hour east of San Diego, CA.

The used books store is cute. Its a house but with book shelves filling every room.

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Place to relax and reading in front of the book store.

Place to relax and read in front of the used book store.

The birdwatching store has everything bird related for birdwatching & bird feeding. If you like birds then you’ll like this store.

Birdwatcher Store

Birdwatcher Store

The Cider Mill has nuts, chocolates, cider, apple butter and all kinds of yummy foods.


Birdwatching on our day trip to Julian:

  • Great Blue Heron
  • Great Egret
  • Crows
  • Stellar Jay


Happy Travels!


6 thoughts on “Apples, Campgrounds & Julian, CA

  1. Is that the highway or campground road behind the Lake Cuyamaca site? We love to check our campgrounds when we take the Jeep out for the day. Most that we come across are for 30′ or less (given where we like to drive the Jeep), but some have really surprised us! Love the bookstore. They are almost as dangerous as the foodie stores!!

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  2. We were up in Julian last year (camping in Escondido). Loved the bird store as well. One of my favorite stops….that and for pie! I love your campground reviews and insights. Nice to know about things like cell, wifi and satellite service.

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