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Vallecito County Park

37349 Great Southern Overland Stage Route (Co. Hwy S2), Julian, California 92036 USA

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  • Pet Friendly
  • Not Wheelchair
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  • Public
    Restrooms
  • No Wifi
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“A haunted campground in the Southern California desert”

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 abundant.

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Reviews of Vallecito County Park

6 people have reviewed this location

Ratings Summary

5.0 Access
4.2 Location
5.0 Cleanliness
4.8 Site Quality
4.7 Noise

Cell Coverage

Verizon 4G

Confirmed by 3 users | Last reported on January 19, 2022

AT&T 4G

Confirmed by 2 users | Last reported on April 19, 2022
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Campendium

February 19, 2020
Rated

If you want the stars at night, amazing views of the Lagunas, this is the place to go.
Unlike the other reviewer, I actually stay at the park and give an accurate review.
The campground is rarely crowded. There are hiking trails from the park, and close to other canyons, trails, and mud caves.
Agua Caliente County Park is 4 miles down the road.
Pay the day use fee there and have use of the pools and hot spring fed spa, then come back to the serenity of Vallecito.
Excellent cell coverage if you have Verizon or ATT.
Best time to visit is Thanksgiving-Easter.
Annoying black flys in the Fall, nothing seems to discourage them.
Winds can be strong, but only when a front is moving through the county.
Bring drinking water. Water there is from a well, no filter and no chlorination. OK to wash things, and is safe to drink, as it’s tested regularly, but is very high in minerals.
Bring your telescope and camera.

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Nightly Rate: $24.00

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5 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
5 Noise

Cell Coverage Rating

Verizon 4G

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  • 9 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
March 14, 2021
Rated

It’s a clean well kept campground with easy access for all styles of camping or RVs. The host is very accommodating and let us choose our site before paying. Plenty of water spigots, each site has a picnic table and fire ring, the bathrooms are clean with showers. It does not seem to be as popular as some other camping spots in the area. There are not many hiking trails nearby, so this campground would be good as a base camp to explore the area with your car or as a spot to relax and take in the desert. Some sites are fairly close to the road.

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roadtripper5769062 would stay here again

Nightly Rate: $24.00

Days Stayed: 1

Site Number: 12

5 Access
4 Location
5 Cleanliness
4 Site Quality
4 Noise

Cell Coverage Rating

Verizon 4G

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Reviewed by
Campendium

November 15, 2021
Rated

Stayed here 11/15-17. Initially we wanted to stay at Agua Caliente but it was full. Vallecito is only 4-5 mi away. We drove over there and payed for day use to soak in the hot pools. When we saw how crowded the campsites were there, we were glad we were staying at Vallecito! Here we had peace and quiet, the campground host was very friendly, we had cell service too. The only downside were the flies. There is a swamp in the area. I recommend bringing a screen tent.

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Nightly Rate: $24.00

Days Stayed: 2

Site Number: 23

5 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
5 Noise
  • 62 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
December 02, 2021
Rated

This is in Anza Borrego State Park and not far from Little Blair Valley. We boondocked a bit south of here but rode our bikes to check it out. It's a nice campground and if we couldn't find a boondocking site we like (shh on S-2 check out between mile marker 37 and 38) we'd see if we could stay here. Little Blair Valley has a lot of dust in the air and isn't that great since we don't have four wheel drive.

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roadtripper333179 would stay here again

Nightly Rate: $24.00

Days Stayed: 0

Site Number: -

5 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
4 Noise
  • 17 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
January 19, 2022
Rated

If you like quiet, this one is for you! I love that they do not allow generators!!!! I know....how to survive???? :)))) Water available, clean restrooms. The hostess is awesome and very helpful!

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roadtripper4198232 would stay here again

Nightly Rate: $24.00

Days Stayed: 6

Site Number: 44

5 Access
1 Location
5 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
5 Noise

Cell Coverage Rating

Verizon 4G

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Campendium

April 19, 2022
Rated

Love this beautiful lil campground. Very clean with water and flushing clean toilets. Very well kept with spacious campites. The park host was so wonderful and sweet. This campground its very quiet and we loved that. There’s no party campers here. Lots of trail, lots of cacti 🌵 Can’t wait to come back for longer stay.

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Nightly Rate: $24.00

Days Stayed: 3

Site Number: 27

5 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
5 Noise

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AT&T 4G

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Vallecito County Park

37349 Great Southern Overland Stage Route (Co. Hwy S2)
Julian, California
92036 USA
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Good for hiking and stargazing.

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Max Length
40 ft
Season End
June
Affiliation
Other public land (TVA, DOD, county parks with campgrounds)
Sites Count
44
Season Start
Sept
Last Nightly Rate
24.0
Lowest Nightly Rate
24.0
Longest Vehicle Length Reported
21.0
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