Location: 4 miles south of Julian, Ca.
Sites: Over 50 partial hookups with water and electricity. Over 30 tent sites. 3 furnished cottages (NO pets).
Nightly Fee: RV’s-$34, Tents-$29, please call for cottages and extended parking. Also $3 per dog and $2 for sewer hookups if you desire one.
Amenities: RV sites include picnic tables, fire rings, water and electrical hookups, propane for sale, restroom and showers, RV storage available, over 130 long term RV sites, several portable toilets through out the camping areas, trash dumpsters, free wi-fi, 2 dump stations and laundry facility.
Topography: Mountains with dense Oak, Manzanita and Pines.
Miles One-Way: 103
Directions: From So Cal area I-15 South to Hwy 79 (Temecula) south east towards Warner Springs continuing until you reach Santa Ysabel. Turn left (east) onto Hwy 79 and continue for aproximately 8 miles to Julian. At the stop sign in Julian, turn right (east) onto Hwy’s 78/79 and continue through town for several blocks, turn right (south) and continue approximately 4 miles to Pinezanita RV Park & Campgrounds on your right.
Website: Pinezanita RV Park & Campgrounds
Many years ago when we first started to get heavily into camping with our brand new Freedom 2280 pop up tent trailer, our first several trips were to this Pinezanita Campground Julian, Ca. Our new puppy Kaylee learned all about camping and wildlife here and we spent many a long weekend and vacation nestled under the beautiful oaks and pines.
Down the road just 5 or 6 miles south is Lake Cuyamaca where one can fish for some monster trout, bass, catfish, sturgeon and much more. Then another 8 or 9 miles down Hwy 79 will take you to I-8 where you’ll have easy access going west to El Cajon or east to El Centro.
One of the greatest draws for us though is the wonderfully quaint little town of Julian. Known for it’s great pastries and apple pies this town gets pretty crowded on the weekends. Some great antique shopping can be found along the main street along with some great little eateries.
Three extremely notable restaurants are the Rongbranch Restaurant, Romano’s Restaurant and the Julian Grille. Julian is known to be a dog friendly town and Romano’s and Julian Grille are always happy to accommodate you if you’re bringing the pups to dinner.
We haven’t had dinner at Romano’s for a year or two but we were always able to request anchovies in the dressing on their Caesar’s Salad. Literally everything on Romano’s menu is a knockout and especially if you like Sicilian. Bring the pups, sit outside on the deck and enjoy a wonderful dining experience.
Our pups have had many a white linen dinner at our favorite of favorites, the Julian Grille. I can’t even begin to describe how incredible the menu and the food is at this amazing restaurant. We very rarely miss this fabulous experience!
At the north-west end of town you’ll notice the Julian Pioneer Cemetery established in the 1870’s during the rush for gold around a newly developed town of Julian. One can spend all afternoon browsing among the tombstones and just taking in the view from high above this little gold town.
Just a few moments walk from the cemetery is a great place for sandwiches, pies and pastries. The Julian Pie Company is appropriately located across the street from the Julian Grille. These are two establishments that warrant a visit each and every time we’re in the area.
But, if it’s a tasty strudel that is required, you must pay an early visit to the Apple Alley Bakery next to the Old Julian Garage. I had previously failed to mention it, but this is the third eatery that we never miss when visiting Julian. I simply cannot visit Julian without one or two fabulous strudels. By the way, sandwiches from Apple Alley Bakery simply rock!
There is tons more to talk about in the Julian area but the key thing is having a great place to park the rig, right? One of the most important things for us about Pinezanita RV Park & Campground is that it remains family owned and operated and this accounts for it’s cleanliness and organization.
Whether it’s Tom going by on a tractor or Barbara and Sandy greeting you in the office, you’ll notice the warmth and family atmosphere and will not be able to resist visiting this wonderful campground and RV park time after time.
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By R.C. Stude