Julian, California

KQ Ranch Camping Resort

Julian, California



Julian, California
Phone: (760) 765-2244

Sites: 224
Recent Rate: $1 10/2012

Latitude: 33.0353447826357
Longitude: -116.555210351944

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) ?
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers ?
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service ?
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access yes
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) ?
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp ?
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

Ratings overview

26 Reviews

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Val Goldenbrook

Review Count: 5
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2012 - $1.00
Overall Rating:      

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 We camped at KQ Ranch Camping Resort in a Motorhome.

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Hics

Review Count: 57
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $1.00
Overall Rating:      

A park-like setting, and kids paradise including a huge play area with swings, clubhouse, organized games, etc. Sites are large and gravel. Some of those in the hills may be hard to back into. Clubhouse is large and comfortable with fireplaces, and attractive gas outdoor fire pit. Swimming pool and spa are large and pleasant. Remember to bring your food as the charming town is four miles away and has no large supermarkets. General store at resort is well stocked and handy. But beware, park gets a 10, but State Highway Roads get a 6 as they are curvy mountain snake trails for miles. Price reflects CRA membership. We camped at KQ Ranch Camping Resort in a Motorhome.

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Wolfwaker

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

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $5.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at KQ Ranch Camping Resort in a Travel Trailer.

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Pumpman2

Review Count: 17
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2011 - $1.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a great membership resort RV campground. We got an invitation in the mail for a free stay and took them up on it during the Labor Day holiday. We arrived midday and had a medium sized RV site that was gravel covered, with full hookups. There is no Wi-Fi or cable at the campsite as it is in the remote area of Julian, CA. It is available Wi-Fi in the clubhouse. It took us about 1.5 hours from I-5 in San Diego. The site had plugs for 50 and 30 amps and after about 1 hour of trying I called the desk and it turns out they only have 30 amp service at some sites even with a 50 amp plug. Our spot 152 was not shaded but very central to all the activities. The park was not crowded even though it was Labor Day. The staff was up to the task of handling all the people. Lots of room in the park and space between sites. It was hilly though. All the sites are gravel including the handicapped sites. They have a great dog park, as mentioned in other reviews. large and full of lots of fun things for the doggies. Its like a 1/2 acre big. This alone makes it great. For the kids this is a delightful place. Rated as the best by my kids. Miniature golf, tennis, shuffleboard, horseshoes, a heated pool, and a house dedicated as kids club with an arcade. Kids dream place. They have a location to check out all the equipment you need included tennis balls and racquets. The kids club has TV's books, videos, crafts, a bounce house and lots of great activities for kids. And did I mention tether ball and a great kids playground? They have a well stocked fishing pond. A good camping trip is only successful with a fish caught. and we got three (catch and release for us). There were lots of people fishing on Labor Day and most got a nice fish. They also have prepared meals for most of the meals. Great food and reasonable priced at the clubhouse which is another great meet and greet place. They had a champagne brunch on Sunday for $8 and burgers and dogs one afternoon for $4. The clubhouse is by the pool area which has been recently renovated. The pool is heated in the winter with a plastic dome on top which will be great. The resort is nearby to Julian, CA which is a historic town with lots of quaint shops. There were no fire rings during California bone dry fire season (for obvious reasons) but they have them in the winter when the danger goes away. They also have cabins for rent but we did not go in these but they looked quaint and had propane tanks for kitchen or heat? The staff was excellent. All our interactions with staff were very superior. The park is a bit worn in places but an aggressive upgrade program is in place with the pool, horseshoe pit renovated and mini golf being upgraded this fall. They have separate parking spot for trailers for toweds. They allow golf carts but do not rent them here. We camped at KQ Ranch Camping Resort in a Motorhome.

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RichT

Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2011 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

Membership campground. Affiliated with Colorado River Adventures. Facilities were being upgraded at that time. We were here in March and nearly froze our tails off (it was unusually cold and wet for So Cal, even for that altitude). Sun finally came out just as we were packing up to head home. We camped at KQ Ranch Camping Resort in a Travel Trailer.

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Queen Victoria

Review Count: 5
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2011 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

This park is one of our 'favs'. Cabins are cute! Great kids place. Golf course needs some work but playable. Lots to do. We camped at KQ Ranch Camping Resort in a Motorhome.

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User1103

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2010 - $1.00
Overall Rating:      

Came here to activate a free membership. Sales pitch was not bad at all. Sports courts were nice. Mini golf was not in great shape and equipment you check out was filthy and old. Staff was friendly but tried to cram us into 2 spaces way too small before we found a space ourselves and demanded to be assigned to it. Roads are 2-way and people drive fast through the campground, so it is not conducive to bike riding for young children, although it is probably fine for teens. The playground is nice. The roads are steep, windy and full of potholes. If you like wild desert brush, you may like the environment, but we prefer either more lush or more groomed. By the way, your free year of camping is only good November to April weekdays and excludes holidays so if you aren't full timers, you may find that to be rather restrictive, as do we. We probably will not be back. We camped at KQ Ranch Camping Resort in a Travel Trailer.

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Queen Victoria

Review Count: 5
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: February, 2010 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

My kids love this campground (boy 8, girl 10). We have been lucky enough to camp along a long dirt rode that is perfect for them to play on, ride their bikes (adjacent to some horses as well). The pool is great, lots of activities for the kids, and they kept very busy. They had a lot of games, crafts, movie night, etc. We are going again this weekend which prompted me to write!! We have RPI so we pay only $10 a night. We were kind of bummed there were no fires allowed the first time we went (in May) but they were OK with it as long as we had it covered in the fall. Big fire hazard area so you have to protect our natural areas! We camped at KQ Ranch Camping Resort in a Motorhome.

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User1114

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

Date of Stay: January, 2010 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

Awful experience with a high-pressure sales pitch on joining Colorado River Adventures. We camped at KQ Ranch Camping Resort in a Travel Trailer.

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TedandJan

Review Count: 93
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: December, 2009 - $1.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a great campground. Very family oriented with lots of activities, but secluded sites if you just want some peace and quiet. Not many pull through sites, but plenty of long, wide, easy, back ins. There is Wi-Fi in the club house. It is a membership park but accepts both RPI and C2C members. The large heated pool is covered in the winter, very nice. We camped at KQ Ranch Camping Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

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CampExperience

Review Count: 23
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: November, 2009 - $1.00
Overall Rating:      

As many have stated, we stayed here to activate our 1-year free camping. The resort was average compared to a lot of places we've camped. That being said, the Saturday steak dinner for $5/person was really nice, the club house was nice and the pool area (enclosed and heated for the winter) was also nice. There are a lot of things for kids to do here all weekend long, and that can be a huge plus for families. Now for the bad news about this park. There is no Wi-Fi or Internet available throughout this park. The only place you can get Wi-Fi is the clubhouse and in my situation I had some last minute work that had to be done, but there was just way too much activity happening in the club house for me to get it done. Next, the sites are loose gravel, and I had to back my 38' motorhome up a steep hill into my site. Next, there was no campfires allowed in any site, they had grills for our use, but the campground across the road had all sorts of campfires going. My biggest complaints and lower ratings are due to the extremely high-pitched sales that we endured. We were told that we would need to go through a 90-minute presentation. Our presentation ended up being two hours and 30 minutes! When we kept telling our sales person that we were not ready for this commitment ($6,000 to $12,000 plus annual maintenance fees). He went to get his supervisor, who then offered us limited packages that would only last 5-years. When we said no to that, we were told we would be banned from buying any membership for 3-years! We said we would want to go home to discuss the purchase to which he replied he's heard that before. Now Julian is a wonderful little town that gets to be very busy with long lines to get a piece of apple pie. We did have fun in town, fun at the campground (except the sales pitch) and even a fun time on the drive there. But I rated it a 3 because of the horrible high pressure sales. I honestly would have given the place a 6 rating overall if you exclude the sales, but unfortunately that is what I remember the most about my trip to KQ Ranch. That sales force just left an utterly terrible memory to an otherwise fun filled weekend. We camped at KQ Ranch Camping Resort in a Motorhome.

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Allen

Review Count: 4
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2009 - $1.00
Overall Rating:      

KQ Ranch is one of my absolute favorite places to go, and we try to take about 3 trips here annually. It's in the local San Diego mountains which offers a great "bounce back" from the normal day-to-day grind. The staff is very friendly and helpful and goes the extra mile to make the guests feel welcomed. Plenty of recreation activities to do whether you have kids or not. But I must admit, I wish I knew about this when my kids were young (they are all adults now). So, I cant wait to have grandchildren old to enough to take along! We camped at KQ Ranch Camping Resort in a Motorhome.

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Charlalee

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2009 - $1.00
Overall Rating:      

This place is great for families. It's got tennis courts, an awesome covered pool, golf, a general store and events like 2 PM root beer floats for $1. It's only a few minutes from downtown Julian where they have cute little stores and places to buy the best apple pie on the planet. We went to KQ to take advantage of the free weekend, did attend the sales meeting but did not buy. We do not have children, which I think is the best way to get your moneys worth at a resort like this. Our specific site was level enough and had water/electric/sewer hookups. The sites did feel a bit cramped though - the site to our left practically looked down on ours. I rated this high because it offers a lot of things but we will not go back. It's anywhere from $6K to $10K to purchase. We camped at KQ Ranch Camping Resort in a Travel Trailer.

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Spantz

Review Count: 43
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2008 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a timeshare. I went to activate my free year from my dealer and the sales guy said it was useless. He made us feel like crap cause we didn't want to buy right on the spot. Other than that it was a great place to camp, not near a resort style at all. Nice pool, activities for kids was nice and steak BBQ on Saturday was great. It's still worth the free weekend and free year. I would never pay for this place. We camped at KQ Ranch Camping Resort in a Travel Trailer.

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The traveler

Review Count: 52
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2008 - $1.00
Overall Rating:      

We camped up on the ridge, and the view was awesome. It can get windy up there, but that was okay. The rest of the campground is at lower elevation and didn't get the winds. We stayed at the top for more privacy. Lots of activities for the kids which is another reason we stayed out of the way. We liked it a lot ,and we go back on a regular basis as we live within three hours. Gravel sites. No water pressure as it is gravity fed. We used on board water to take showers. We camped at KQ Ranch Camping Resort in a Motorhome.

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