37349 Great Southern Overland Stage Route of 1849, Julian, CA
Park: (760) 765-1188
Reservations: (858) 565-3600, (877) 565-3600
Camping Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days per week
Camping check-in time is 2 p.m., check-out time is 12 p.m.
Day-use Hours:, 9:30 a.m.- 5 p.m., extended to sunset on the weekends
Open Labor Day weekend through the last week in May. Closed during summer months.
Parking is $3. View the park brochure.
At Vallecito, the perfect oasis of "little valley," as its Spanish name is translated, has been preserved as a 71-acre county park built around a reconstruction of the historic Butterfield Stage Station.
Vallecito has been a campsite for literally hundreds of years,
beginning first with the native Kumeyaay Indians. Vallecito is a quiet
alternative to some of the busier desert campgrounds. One of its
attractions is the weather, which averages about 10 degrees cooler
than nearby Agua Caliente. In the spring, wildflowers are
There are 44 primitive campsites at Vallecito with tables, fire
rings, and barbecue stoves, as well as eight equestrian campsites with
corrals. Water is available at scattered locations throughout the
A youth area offers additional camping possibilities. Picnickers will want to make use of a large covered picnic area. Pets are allowed, so feel free to bring your four-legged family members.
Campers enjoy desert solitude for miles. Vallecito is a convenient
hub from which to enjoy other desert activities, such as hiking and
picnicking in Agua Caliente Regional Park, four miles south on S-2,
and in the nearby Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.
While there are no supplies at the campground, there is a store at Agua Caliente County Park that is open on weekends. There is also a store at a private campground, Butterfield Ranch, along the way on Highway S-2, and supplies are available at Warner Springs and Ocotillo.