21 Parks near Borrego Springs, California
Mar 2016 - $33.00
We love this San Diego County Park. This was our 2nd time here and again we were not disappointed. The 3 pools are lovely with varying temperatures. My only complaint is that they close at 5 pm weekdays. The moonlight trail is about 2 1/2 miles long (go early) while the marsh trail leads back about 3/4 mile to a spring and palm trees. Sites vary from dry for tents or small RVs, partial (mostly for small to mid sized RVs) and large full hookup sites. Initially we booked 72 thinking our 35' motor home would view out over the valley, but 70 - 73 are best for 5th wheels while 74 & 75, as well as the lower level are excellent for motor homes. All sites are sandy but firm and the full hookup sites have 50 amp. Water for RVs passes quality but isn't very tasty. We will be back. - BandD
Mar 2015 - $33.00
Note that although this campground is listed under Borrego Springs, the address is Julian. The rate is for a full hook-up site with 50 amp service. This campground is reached by a fairly good, paved county road, S2. Entering from the south and Interstate 8, there is one significant pass with steep upgrade and downgrade but not bad as it is only a couple of miles long. Entering from the north from Highway 78, there are two significant downhill grades, but they are not more than a couple of miles each. The major features of this campground are the pools. There are three pools, one cold, one warm (about 85 degrees), and one heated to 100 degrees. The first two are outside and the hot pool is enclosed. They seem to be clean and very well maintained. During the week, they are only open from 9:30 until 5:00; they are open later on the weekend. This is a desert campground, so there is no shade. There is a small amount of brush for some visual separation; the sites are fairly well separated. The interior roads are paved; the parking spaces are sand/gravel. Almost none of the sites are really level and many are very sloped. Unfortunately, it is not possible to tell from their web sites how sloped the sites really are. In our motorhome, we had a hard time finding an available site where we could get level, and, even then, we had to use several leveling blocks. There are sites for tents, sites with electric hook-ups and water, and sites with full hook-ups. We chose a full hook-up site because it is in a much quieter section of the campground. The voltage was fairly low but not enough to trip our EMS as dangerously low. It was very quiet at night. There is some noise during the day from the nearby aircraft, primarily from the helicopters, but it wasn't overly objectionable. We arrived during the week without a reservation and there were several sites available. However, on the weekend almost all sites were reserved. If you do not have a reservation, you can only register for one night at a time. During our stay there was never anyone in the office to ask about availability for additional nights. Some of the sites are taken up by long-term campers, this includes park staff and volunteers and a few people that have a note from a doctor saying that the waters are essential to their health. We did not have a usable Verizon signal. If you need cell coverage, it is available about five miles north in front of Vallecito Regional Park. Satellite was not a problem since there are no trees. We enjoyed our stay and would stay here again if in the area. - TheJim
Dec 2012 - $37.00
Agua Caliente is a very peaceful, desert location (except for the helicopter training) if you want to be a remote location. We had a great hike on the Moonlight Canyon Trail. But the park is easily an hour from the Anza Borrego Visitor Center and from Julian. We had absolutely no cell reception (Verizon). In order to do an on-line reservation we could not select a 50 amp site although new power pedestals were going in with 50 amp service. We found the sites quite unlevel (our front tires were off the ground) We also would recommend approaching the park from I-8 if there is a choice. especially with a bigger rig. - User2565
Apr 2016 - $43.00
We stayed 5 days and found this location to be a wonderful. The grounds were very well maintained. The showers were clean but very dated, and the sites were somewhat level (we did need a pad under the passenger-side wheels). The site we were assigned (118) was just a little tight when the awning was fully extended. During our stay, the wind was a little strong and since this is the desert, our patio mat was covered with sand. Sand is the base for sites and the roads are paved and very good condition. A restriction was placed on outdoor lights so to not create 'light pollution" to hinder star gazing, that was very acceptable. We didn't notice excessive party animals, was quite quiet. WiFi was acceptable but cable TV was pathetic, so we used our satellite dish. Because of the trees used as windbreaks, it was a little difficult to align our portable satellite dish.
The office staff was very courteous and helpful. There is a saloon and restaurant on site. Their menu is very small and the meals we received were good. Be advised, these are closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. An on-site laundromat is available and also used by the locals.
Overall, we would most definitely stay here again. Over the 5 days, we saw all there is to see in Borrego Springs. We've been there, done that and got the T-Shirt! - SD75mac
Feb 2016 - $53.00
If you want full hook-ups this is the place. Sites are narrow but we were next to the bath house so we had extra room. Good pull thru site with all hook-ups, worked well. Wi-Fi was good and cable TV was good. We spend several days because of friends in the desert camping. Site was level but the little stones got tracked into motorhome. We would stay again if in the area. - belanga
Feb 2016 - $53.00
We hadn't planned to stay here, but due to a minor emergency while in Borrego Springs we needed to find an RV park with full hookups for a couple of nights and this what was available. The staff was helpful in finding us a site without a reservation, though we found the price to be surprisingly high for the very basic (sand/dirt), narrow site ($53 after Good Sam, before tax, during President's Day weekend). Our site was a pull-through and was plenty long, but quite narrow. We couldn't safely pull through to exit due to a diagonal tree blocking the front of the site. The back-in sites are only 30 amp and are even closer together, but not that much less expensive. The RV park is relatively small, but since it's adjacent to the hotel it has amenities like a pool, hot tub, and restaurant, as well as some shared fire pits in one area. Behind the park is a wide expanse of desert with some simple trails that were good for walking our dog... just watch out for the many sharp cactuses! The park is in a good location with most of Borrego Springs a short bicycle ride away. They offer free Tengo WiFi, which worked reasonably well for a while, then would go down for an hour or so, then work well for a while, etc. We had decent Verizon LTE and AT&T 4G signal, but both were pretty slow when we used them for data. - LifeRebooted
Jun 2016 - $10.00
Kind of tough to get there, i.e. two lane roads that roller coaster up to the 4,000ft elevation, once you're there you get treated like family. Lots of trees, plenty of shady spots, decent sites. We had a problem with our truck's transmission and needed to leave the coach there while we got the truck repaired. Not a problem, no extra charges, very,very helpful. Remember you're in Julian. Unless you want apple pie served 50 thousand different ways you have to get towed to Ramona for any kind of service. All that not with standing, we had a good time and will probably return. - squaredancer
Oct 2012 - $1.00
The Saturday night steak is a must. Enjoyed wolf sanctuary next door. Chilly weather but the pool hot tub and fire place warm. Plenty of coffee and tea. Lots of activities. My cats ran up a few trees and a big dog park. This is a nice place. The internet is slow - Val Goldenbrook
Jun 2012 - $5.00
They will hound you for weeks after they have your name: usually obtained at Camping World. The sites with shade are few and far between. The previous reviews must have been done by one of their salespeople. Julian is nice: KQ Ranch is average at best. - Wolfwaker
Aug 2015 - $30.00
One of the nicest things about all San Diego County parks is on their website you can look at all campsite photos and select your choice of what is available. Which helps looking for shade, privacy or size needed. We chose the electric site to use AC for a hot weekend expected for about $5 more a night as others noted no generators are allowed. Camp fires were surprisingly allowed in fire pits. Well paved interior roads clean restrooms and free showers. Some electric sites are a bit tight in a circle but ours had nobody on one side because of a trail head. Tent camping had some very nice secluded sites. There are cabins to rent horseshoe pits, play equipment for kids. Lots of nice nearby hiking trails with views of desert on one trail. Town of Julian very popular with tourist is only 5 miles away. Sadly they are losing abundance of Oak trees to Oak borer beetle and the 2003 Cedar fire lost about 70% of the area but is slowly recovering from that. It is still a very pretty and woodsy park. - DennisO
Mar 2013 - $25.00
We stayed for a cub scout campout; it was a lot of fun. We stayed in site 45 which was big and very isolated. There is a leaning tree and we came in after dark so it took us 1/2 hour to maneuver on the spot. We have a 35 foot 13 foot high rig. Has shade and sun. The park is real nice with trails, and lots of real nature. This area of park is non-hookups and there is no generator use in the park. Nice county park; there are horseshoes. Restrooms were clean. There are nice cabins to rent. They are new as the old ones burned down a few years ago in the fire. - Pumpman2
Oct 2008 - $15.00
Our stay at William Heise was our first time dry camping in our new TT. While there is one loop of full hook-up sites, I would recommend trying one of the other non-hookup loops if you are self-contained. The non-hook-up sites tend to be much larger and are further apart from each other. Our site had a large pad area and then a tent and fire pit area down below, giving us a lot of room and privacy. The facilities were very clean. Just walking through the expansive campground loops in the morning/eveving was very nice. There are also several hiking trails with trailheads in the park. The town of Julian is close by and makes a nice day trip. - muddog
Borrego Springs, California (map) | (760) 767-5311
Sites: 140 | Latest Rate: $35.00 | 33 Reviews
Jan 2016 - $35.00
Delightful State campground. Desert environment. Quiet, well-spaced sites. We love the campground and the park and have spent a few days here every year for the past few years. Reservations recommended - through Reserve America. - storms
Dec 2015 - $35.00
The Palm Canyon Campground is inside Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and only about a mile from the town of Borrego Springs, CA. The RV section has paved driveways and paved sites, widely spaced with 30amp power, water and sewer connections. The sites are fairly un-level but each site includes a fire ring and picnic table. There are restrooms and showers available and hiking trails leading directly from the campground. - Coopsecondact
Nov 2015 - $35.00
We tried to make online reservations for Borrego Palm Canyon Campground, but all of the hook-up sites at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park have a 35 foot maximum length limit.
Why is this campground marked as "Big Rig Friendly?" - Navy RV Traveler
Apr 2016 - $50.00
Great place in the middle of nowhere! Facilities and staff were great and the area is very quiet. This area is considered a dark sky area which is an added bonus. The grounds were impeccably kept and the spots were large and comfortable. We would stay here again. - Steve & Terri
Jan 2016 - $91.00
Great park that is well maintained, from the bathrooms to the golf course it is first class. Borrego Springs maybe the most isolated area except Death Valley in California and Death Valley has better roads into it than Borrego. But once there the city is a return to the 70's not much has changed since then and it has charm of years past. The State Park is huge and takes days to see it all. Even if you do not play golf you will enjoy The Springs. This is not an overnight stop but a resort to be enjoyed, just to far off the beaten path for an overnighter. - sjones
Dec 2015 - $67.00
I have stayed here for 7 years in a row usually the last two weeks of the year and sometimes in February when the desert is in bloom. My favorite park but you have to like the desert and a small town where the closest movie theater is 70 miles. - Dennis T.
May 2016 - $33.00
Drove through this park last winter and decided to stay over Memorial Day weekend. What a gem this place is. The facilities are in overall great shape and kept clean with multiple restroom facilities throughout. The are big-rig friendly and sites vary from pull throughs with about 8 ft. between adjacent sites to back-ins around the perimeter of the park. Utilities are ok , water pressure is between 35-38lbs, utility pads are well maintained. The park is quiet with no road noise from County Road S-2. There is a small pool, several pavilions, basketball court and a community center. It is equestrian friendly with outdoor corals on the east side. Pet-friendly, lots of places to walk the dog. Wildlife abounds here with coyotes, roadrunners, jackrabbits, many species of birds and even some native ringtail cats. If you have a 4WD then there is plenty to do. Jeep trails abound in this area with plenty of fun drives and cool history. Within 30 min of Borrego Springs and Ocotillo Wells, this makes for a great base camp. The park employees are really friendly and make great sandwiches at the general store and deli. We plan on returning in the late fall. - jl2000
Mar 2016 - $27.00
The park is real nice overall with beautiful facilities for rallies and horse groups who use the parks. Had great places to walk our dog too. The actual RV parking spots were a bit lacking with just the natural surface as the parking surface. the bushes were out of control and others were dead and needed to be removed. The full hookups were adequate. The park wifi was totally nonexistent in the spot we were in and the cell service was not available; all of which could be a good thing if you totally want to get away totally. We did enjoy our time here and would return. - Kent and Margaret
Apr 2014 - $27.00
This campground is under new ownership and they're completely re-modeled the entire place. There's even a new lodge that is beautiful! We've camped here a few times and it's always quiet and serene. We went on a few hikes that start right at the campground and head up into the canyons. There is always so much to see, and the view from the top of the hills is amazing! The night sky has so many stars too! It's a fun place to camp or stay in your RV with their western cowboy themed decorations. There are usually hikers from the Pacific Crest Trail staying here too. They have laundry, a nice clean pool, and even little cabins to rent if tents aren't your thing. There are shade trees on almost all the spots, so nice in the summer. It gets a little windy sometimes, so don't forget your tent stakes. We hope we can come back soon! - landing
Jul 2012 - $56.00
It started to go wrong, trying to make the reservation. The lady said the campground was full and directed us elsewhere. No place there either, so we tried to pass by. Full, she said, but after a while persisting, we were allowed to enter. About 10 empty sizes at the ground that night, all fine for our size. Those with shade were free, we were in the sun, next to a PortaPotty. They just do not want people for 1 night, but do not advertise it. People queing up for potty "toilets." Fishing pond ($5 US) without fish in the right size. Everywhere signs: Not Allowed To... WiFi only within a 50 ft distance from the office. New owners could turn the place in a nice Campground. To be avoided now. - Dutch Robert
Jul 2012 - $43.00
There are good sites and there are great sites here, no bad sites and lots of shade. Some of the better sites do not have sewer hookups but it's easy to find the Dump Station. The signs are as big as a house and clearly say DUMP STATION. I'm not sure why they don't use stripes on the roads to guide you there: but that's their way. So you might get a site next to a huge DUMP STATION sign. Would have given this place and 8 or 9 if they actually had Wi-Fi. What they have is a "Hot Spot" at the office that has no range and therefore with no cable TV and no Wi-Fi at the sites you really are in the "dark" so to speak. In this day and age this seems inexcusable. The demographics of the place are mostly senior citizens: many escaping the heat in the Desert or in Arizona. (A pretty conservative group I might add). The owners allow people to leave their campers on site for a $270 a month fee. They limit use to 14 days per month. Not a bad deal if you like to save $$ on gas hauling your rig around. Not much for kids to do here with no TV or Internet except I saw a few Dads letting their youngsters drive golf carts and even sit on their lap driving around the park in the car. Put in real Wi-Fi and convert the mudhole they call a fishing pond into a swimming pool and this place could easily get a 10. The staff was friendly and helpful. - Wolfwaker
May 2012 - $35.00
Pinezanita is a great park, quiet, peaceful and a nice escape from it all. The sites are of great size, electrical and water in each and sewer hook-ups in some, plus big shade trees, picnic tables and fire rings. It is a short drive to Main St., Julian and the wonderful little shops and eateries. The staff was very nice and helpful and stayed open late for registration for the holiday weekend. The office has firewood, toiletries, etc. for sale and movies for rent. Some of the spots are occupied by permanent residents, but their sites, as well as the rest of the park is well maintained and clean. We would stay here again! - Jen13
Apr 2016 - $32.00
We loved our stay here and have reserved for Mar 2017. This park's new owners have renovated completely: great restrooms, clubhouse, pool, and great wifi as did not have to use our wifi extender. Only about two miles from town of Borrego Springs, 90 minutes to Temecula, 60 minutes to Palm Springs. - Robertg7
Dec 2014 - $36.00
Cute little park with many full timers. We had some troubles with the fees. We were charged $5.00 per day for electricity and there was no hot water in the shower, which is why we stopped instead of boondocking. Made us pretty mad; they were having a temporary problem; would have appreciated knowing that beforehand. No TV. The manager is the nicest person to deal with thru email, etc., and was kind enough to send us a $6.00 refund for the electricity charge and the lack of hot water in the showers. She is a doll. - saturn7
Feb 2012 - $23.00
The Managers are what made this experience a good one for us. Their attitude and willingness to let us stay without a reservation during the busiest season even though we had to move sites twice during the month was outstanding. The Park is clean and new laundry and clubhouse are almost finished. Location is great for riding your bike all around town. We made a reservation for the month of March next year. - User2417
Mar 2016 - $30.00
This is an older park, but still pretty nice - if in need of some maintenance & modernization. Garland, one of the park managers, bent over backward to take care of me after I experienced electrical & water issues at the site I was originally given. The sites are pea gravel and very level. Water pressure & electrical service at the second site were good, but sewer odor from the septic vents scattered throughout the park was occasionally unpleasant. Also, sites only have one water connection each. That said though, overall this is a nice park with an amazing staff, nice amenities, great access to local wilderness activities, and easy rig access that just needs a little TLC to rate a top score. - pantherjeep
Jan 2016 - $11.00
This is hands down the park with the friendliest and best staff and the most welcoming fellow camper community we have ever seen. In our experience it even tops the well known hospitality of the Escapee parks.
We arrived to stay a few nights and ended up staying two months! Monthly rate for a full hookup pull thru site on fine gravel is 325$ plus electric which was a total of 125$ in our case. If you want it any cheaper you have to boondock in the desert. But there won't be any WiFi which was included and mostly worked reasonably well.
We first went from a two night stay to a week and then to a month and in both cases the office staff honored our previous payment which is not very common.
The park has changed ownership a few times in the last years and no owner was willing to spend money for maintenance let alone invest in some renovation or improvements. Therefore the park has a pretty rundown appearance and we heard some stories about electrical issues. However, the management works hard to keep everything clean and resolve any issues immediately.
Our site was hassle free, very level and with good and stable hookups. The management kept an eye on leaving every other site empty to help with privacy. During our stay in December and January the park was only about 20% occupied.
We joined most of the dinners in the clubhouse for the excellent food and the friendly people. We got quite a few invitations to join some of the ongoing excursions or other events. Despite being about twenty years junior of the average other camper around we made a lot of new friends and felt very welcome and well integrated in all kinds of activities.
Lots of the campers we met return to this park for many years and we will join them in doing so.
One thing can be awful though: the smell from the Salton Sea being a mixture of dead fish and sewer can ruin your camping experience. That depends on the wind which mostly keeps the stench away but not always. - TheSchweitzers
Mar 2013 - $32.00
This park was designed as a Mobile Home Park, but there are many RVs staying these days. What makes this park is the friendly management and long stay residents. We booked for a week and stayed a month, went away and then came back for another month. We were made welcome upon arrival and invited to all activities. Very quiet at night. - Jaxsmom