William Heise County Park Campground

San Diego County

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Attractions and Activities

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.

  • Visitor Center - books, brochures, maps, exhibits
  • Borrego Palm Canyon - nature trail to grove of native California fan palms
  • Coyote Canyon - year-round stream and lush plant life, hiking trails
  • Font's Point - view the Borrego Valley and Badlands
  • Split Mountain - geologic wonder
  • Mountain Palm Springs -grove of fan palms in the Tierra Blanca Mountains
  • Borrego Valley
  • Interpretive activities and events, walks and talks

Key William Heise Campground Regulations

  1. Fires in fire rings only 7 AM to 11 PM.
  2. Generators may not be operated inside the park.
  3. Dogs must be on leash.

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.

The 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.

Campground Basics
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 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 Campground Map
Nearby facilities: Picnic area, clubhouse, pools, store
Nearby attractions: Desert View Trail, Nature Trail, Kelly Ditch Trail to Lake Cuyamaca, playground, horseshoes, Junior Rangers activities, 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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