William Heise County Park Campground

San Diego County


Anza-Borrego Desert State Park



Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Attractions and Activities

Campers at William Heise County Park Campground are close to both Cuyamaca Rancho State Park and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. With over 600,000 acres, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is the largest state park in the contiguous United States. Visitors to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park enjoy a wide range of scenic places to visit.

  • Tour the wonderful Visitor Center and find books, brochures, maps, and exhibits.
  • Head over to Borrego Palm Canyon and walk the nature trail to a grove of native California fan palms.
  • Explore fascinating Coyote Canyon with a year-round stream and lush plant life. Nice hiking trails lead through the area.
  • Stop at Font's Point with its magnificent view of the Borrego Valley and Badlands.
  • Investigate Split Mountain for its geologic wonders.
  • At Mountain Palm Springs find a grove of fan palms in the Tierra Blanca Mountains.
  • Visit the Borrego Valley.
  • The park offers interpretive activities and events along with walks and talks.

Key William Heise County Park Campground Regulations

  1. Fires may only be lit in fire rings between the hours of 7 AM to 11 PM.
  2. Generators may not be operated inside the park.
  3. Dogs are not allowed on trails. Dogs must be kept on leash and in a tent or vehicle at night.

William Heise County Park Campground

William Heise County Park Campground is located south of Julian in the northern extremity of the Laguna Mountain Range. This 929-acre park is set in a forest of oak, pine, and cedar. Cedar Creek runs through the campground. In the winter the campground can have snow.

William Heise County Park Campground has trailer and RV sites (20 with electrical hook-ups), a separate tent camping area with 42 sites, and a group tent-camping area. They also have cabins.

Notice from San Diego County Parks: Campground construction is slated to take place May 31 to Sept. 15, 2017. Campsites will be impacted. Sites 1 - 20 will be closed May 31 - July 24, and sites 22 - 40 will be closed July 25 - Sept. 15.

William Heise County Park Campground Basics
William Heise County Park Campground Location: 4945 Heise Park Rd., off Frisius Dr., south of Julian
Elevation: 4,200 feet
Mileage/Driving Time: 65 miles from San Diego - 1:20
Number of Campsites: 103
Open - Closed: Labor Day weekend to Memorial Day
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 1, plus one towed, extra vehicles $4
Pets: On leash, always attended, $1 per night
Park Information: (760) 765-0650

Reservations for William Heise County Park Campground
Reservations available: Up to 1 year in advance
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 40 feet
Accessible Sites: None designated
Reservations: San Diego County Parks Reservations
Fees: Partial hook-ups $29
Non-hook-up or tent only $24
Plus $5 reservation fee
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, Noon

William Heise Park Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring
Campground: restrooms with flush toilets, tap water, picnic area
Showers: Yes
Dump station: yes
Campground map: William Heise County Park Campground Map
Nearby facilities: Picnic area, clubhouse, pools, store
Attractions near William Heise County Park Campground: Hike along the Desert View Trail, the Nature Trail, and the Kelly Ditch Trail to Lake Cuyamaca. Kids love the playground. Play horseshoes. Children can join Junior Rangers activities. Spend time in historic Julian.
Campground Programs: County Parks and Recreation Activity and Program Guide

William Heise Group Camping

Group organizers may reserve a minimum of 10 campsites up to one year in advance of their stay. Call the Reservation Center at (877) 565-3600 to make group reservations. Pavilion and/or kitchen facilities for one full day during the reservation period are included in the reservation at no additional charge.
Fee: $100

General Camping Information for
Anza-Borrego State Park and Vicinity

Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the reservation site when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite.

Temperatures can reach 80-100 degrees in the spring. Visitors are advised to carry water and wear sun protective hats. Be aware of possible flash floods during storms. Check with the park for road conditions. Always notify someone of your plans, including when you plan to return.

Accessible Sites

Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate.

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