5.3 Average
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Butterfield Ranch

Julian, California


14925 Great Southern Overland Stage Route
Julian, California 92036
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Sites: 150
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 32.97699
Longitude: -116.43654

Elevation: 2057' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms ?
  • Showers Showers ?
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault ?
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails ?
  • Rec Room Rec Room ?
  • Casino Casino ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Beach Beach ?
  • Biking Biking ?
  • Boating Boating ?
  • Golf Golf ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes ?
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf ?
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts ?
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access ?

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10 Reviews

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Review Count: 24
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: February, 2018 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

As the previous comments mentioned, this park is in a remote location and is in dire need of maintenance. It's a huge park, but less than half has usable utilities. Check-in was easy, you pick your own site. Check out the pedestals before lowering your jacks, not all sites have working utilities. Plenty of dry camping on the back 40. The utility pedestals are in rough shape. The power drops between 115V-108V if you use major appliances. Recommend that you run the water a bit before hooking up due to residue/rust in the pipes. Sewer connections are at ground level but adjacent sites did not have caps covering the openings. The good? Friendly staff and a nice place to relax during the week. On weekends, the weekend warriors have the run of the park with virtually no rules. It is a dog-friendly park - dogs get to roam free and can poop on your site at will. So, if you like a park with no rules, this is it. Lots of dead trees - "widowmakers". While we were there, one 30 foot tall widowmaker fell on a 5th wheel about 100ft. away causing significant damage. The park is in a good location if you have a Jeep or off-road vehicle. Lots of trails. nearby. Everything here is just old and run-down. I don't think that we will stay here again - I like a park with at least some rules. We camped at Butterfield Ranch in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
46
Site Surface
Dirt, Sand
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Bring all the supplies that you need. The onsite store has some basic food supplies but very expensive. Plenty of off-roading, hiking, stargazing. Go during the week, weekend parties can get out of control.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

This place was very peaceful and quiet, but very empty this time of year. The host was very nice and offered help, although we could see that a lot of the facilities were rundown and needed work. Seems a little expensive for the state of repair. It has three pools and two hot tubs, but only a couple of them were running when we were here.

The park is a long way from any kind of store or anything else, so make sure you bring everything you need.

The stars at night were beautiful, very bright, and we could hear coyotes howling one night.

We might come back again sometime, but would probably bring along some friends to keep us company. The cleanliness of some of the facilities were not up to par though. We camped at Butterfield Ranch in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Bring along everything that you will need, or else you can drive about 30 minutes to Julian or to Borrego Springs.

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Review Count: 27
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $39.00
Overall Rating:

My rate stated includes tax and the $2/night dog fee. The main reason we decided to camp here is a friend's recommendation. The staff greeted us in a very friendly manner and they were very helpful and available. The sites are very spacious. The problem here is deferred maintenance. Everything that has been painted needs repainting. The signs within the park are all old and faded or broken. The sites themselves were a weed patch. I still have foxtails and plant matter stuck to my UGG boots. The bathroom gets an extra point for the hand painted tarantula on the stall door. The bathroom loses a point for a hole in the wall covered up with a sheet of paper asking to keep the door closed. I assume that rule is to keep the wild animals out. The pool bathroom had a broken hinge on the stall door. There was no soap in the bathroom either. The solar heated jacuzzi was nice, but cloudy water made me feel I was in a natural pool. The rec room with a pool table was locked up the whole time we visited over the weekend. Too bad some of that solar heated water did not help the freezing pool. I would not return until they made some improvements. I would rather camp in a primitive camp or nearby county park than go back there. We camped at Butterfield Ranch in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2012 - $38.00
Overall Rating:

We had just purchased our first travel trailer and this was our maiden voyage in our new toy. The staff was kind, the one male staffer we saw everyday we were here, checked on us everyday. The park was pretty empty. When we arrived there were about 13 sites taken, we decided to take one that was away from everyone so that we could get some quiet. The had 2 cabins that were behind us quite aways, and they had tents and trailers all hooked up next to the cabin. They were very loud even though quiet hours were after 8pm. They didn't enforce the rules, the pet policy that is. All dogs were supposed to leashed and none except my dogs were leashed. They boast 3 pools: there was only 1 functioning at the time we were here. The spa was not functioning either. We pulled up to several sites to find that the hook ups were not working. We moved 3 different times to find a working site. All sites were on dirt which most were level. Picnic tables were on at least 1/3 of all sites, as well as fire rings. Convenience store was really pricy: I guess that's what you pay for convenience. We will probably not stay here again. We camped at Butterfield Ranch in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2011 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

This park seems to provide everything advertised and more. It's an older park that fell into disrepair but is being cleaned up and put into order. The staff are friendly and helpful. Our stay here has been quiet, restful, and pleasant. Desert trails, photo ops, historic landmarks, and native American campsites are within easy walking distance. This park is one of the few that also accommodates horses, having safe pipe corrals and campsites together. There is a small store, visitor lounge, three pools, two spas, and group activities. I feel this park is a good value for the money charged. We will stay here again. We camped at Butterfield Ranch in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2011 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

The rate reflects a monthly rate. The daily rate is $37 a night. We had visited this park a year ago and were looking forward to spending a full month this year. What a disappointment. The place has really deteriorated. The infrastructure is falling apart and we were told that the owner would not pay for parts. There were electric hookups that did not work and water lines broken and just flowing. There was a huge dump right behind the camping area and the permanent mobile homes were generally filthy. The workers did not know how to manage a site. The WiFi was only available in the Visitor Lounge but the lounge was only open from 9 am to 6 pm. If you went somewhere during the day and got back at dinner time, you could not get to the WiFi. Since there was no cell phone coverage, this made it very isolated. More important, the workers did not seem to care whether you were happy or not. They were workers and did not work very hard: just what they had to do. We would never stay here again. In fact, we left before the month was over and went elsewhere. We camped at Butterfield Ranch in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: October, 2010 - $42.00
Overall Rating:

Nice campground, friendly staff. Great location if your mission is to get away from it all. No TV reception, no cable, no cell coverage, and wireless only by the front office. It's a 25 mile ride to Julian and even further to anywhere else. But if you want peace and quiet, you'll find it here. The only sounds we heard were thunderstorms, coyotes, their horses, and once in a blue moon, a passing car. We camped at Butterfield Ranch in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: November, 2009 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

Very nice campground in a peaceful, serene, setting. All spaces are level on dirt with DG roads. There are a few trees and lots of desert. The park has three pools and a spa. They are old but extremely clean and well kept. The managers are some of the nicest people ever and will help make your stay outstanding. This is a place to get away from it all! No Verizon cell service, no cable or antenna TV. Many spaces had picnic tables and fire pits. We were there when the park was fairly empty so it seemed like we had the place to ourselves. There are hiking trails all around, and the stars that come out at night are breathtaking. Great place for family and group camping in a rustic setting. We camped at Butterfield Ranch in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: December, 2008 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

Butterfield Ranch Resort is tucked away in the shadow of Mt. Laguna, and is right across the street from Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. The weather at Butterfield is fantastic all throughout the winter months. It is warm and sunny, but not hot. Nice breeze. Lots of hiking and biking trails around. There are 3 swimming pools (one of which is solar heated) and 3 hot tubs (which are wonderful on a cool, starry night). The resort is very peaceful. It is a great place to relax, to spend a weekend exploring, or to winter over. We stayed for 4 months and love it. The staff is extremely friendly, too, and very knowledgeable about the vicinity, the hikes and bird-watching opportunities around the area. We camped at Butterfield Ranch in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 40
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: February, 2008 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

Wi-Fi at the office but not in the campground. Only cell service was AT&T. Very quiet park, we were there mid week. It is about 30 miles from the town of Julian. Apparently this is an old park that has just re-opened. We would stay there again. We camped at Butterfield Ranch in a Fifth Wheel.

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