7.4 Good

Pinezanita Tent & RV Camping

Julian, California

4446 CA-79
Julian, California 92036
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 230
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 33.03799
Longitude: -116.56311

Elevation: 4623' (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 yes
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) ?
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
  • Restrooms Restrooms ?
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • Propane Available Propane Available yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault ?
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground no
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room ?
  • Casino Casino ?
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking ?
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes ?
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf ?
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts ?
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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11 Reviews

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

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $37.00
Overall Rating:

Staff was nice nice and informative. The park itself was very clean and quiet. Everyone was respectful and friendly. We stayed towards the back of the park so it really felt like camping with nature. We had a family of 4 deer that kept us entertained. We camped at Pinezanita Tent & RV Camping in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

This is a great park in a quiet mountain setting. It does have permanent residents living here, however, the park is very clean and everyone is very friendly. The oversize sites are hard packed gravel, shaded, level and easy to maneuver into with clean water, good pressure, electrical pedestals in good condition and plenty of room between you and your neighbor. Most of the preferred sites at the back of the park do not have sewer connections, but there are two convenient dump stations available. If you cannot live without a sewer pipe, there are many sites that have them available. There is wi-fi near the office, but not throughout the park and no cable either, but there is good cellular coverage and a good selection of movies to rent for $3.00 from the office if you want. Pet friendly, with lots of room to walk and a large grassy park near the top that our dogs love. The "lake" is more of a novelty as it is fairly low due to the drought California has been in. Staff is always kind and accommodating. Overall, this is not a "big-rig" luxury resort, treeless, paved in concrete, no privacy type of place with a clubhouse, pool, etc. It is a very nice park in a peaceful forested setting where you can enjoy a quiet evening around a fire of your own making. We camped at Pinezanita Tent & RV Camping in a Travel Trailer.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Site Number
Site Surface
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Be sure to stop in Santa Ysabel at the junction of 78 and 79. There is a good bakery there with great sandwiches and more shopping for the DW. Just a few clicks further is Wynola. If you like micro brews, stop at "The Cooler" and sample the mead.

Just a short drive from Julian where there is plenty to see and do. Visit Rongbranch restaurant for an amazing chicken pot pie, then stop in Moms Pie House for an incredible apple dumpling. stroll the town, visit the shops and if you're interested, there is a mine tour a short distance north. Pan for gold and get an interesting tour of the mine for $10.00.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $56.00
Overall Rating:

It started to go wrong, trying to make the reservation. The lady said the campground was full and directed us elsewhere. No place there either, so we tried to pass by. Full, she said, but after a while persisting, we were allowed to enter. About 10 empty sizes at the ground that night, all fine for our size. Those with shade were free, we were in the sun, next to a PortaPotty. They just do not want people for 1 night, but do not advertise it. People queing up for potty "toilets." Fishing pond ($5 US) without fish in the right size. Everywhere signs: Not Allowed To... WiFi only within a 50 ft distance from the office. New owners could turn the place in a nice Campground. To be avoided now. We camped at Pinezanita Tent & RV Camping in a Motorhome.

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

Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $43.00
Overall Rating:

There are good sites and there are great sites here, no bad sites and lots of shade. Some of the better sites do not have sewer hookups but it's easy to find the Dump Station. The signs are as big as a house and clearly say DUMP STATION. I'm not sure why they don't use stripes on the roads to guide you there: but that's their way. So you might get a site next to a huge DUMP STATION sign. Would have given this place and 8 or 9 if they actually had Wi-Fi. What they have is a "Hot Spot" at the office that has no range and therefore with no cable TV and no Wi-Fi at the sites you really are in the "dark" so to speak. In this day and age this seems inexcusable. The demographics of the place are mostly senior citizens: many escaping the heat in the Desert or in Arizona. (A pretty conservative group I might add). The owners allow people to leave their campers on site for a $270 a month fee. They limit use to 14 days per month. Not a bad deal if you like to save $$ on gas hauling your rig around. Not much for kids to do here with no TV or Internet except I saw a few Dads letting their youngsters drive golf carts and even sit on their lap driving around the park in the car. Put in real Wi-Fi and convert the mudhole they call a fishing pond into a swimming pool and this place could easily get a 10. The staff was friendly and helpful. We camped at Pinezanita Tent & RV Camping in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2012 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

Pinezanita is a great park, quiet, peaceful and a nice escape from it all. The sites are of great size, electrical and water in each and sewer hook-ups in some, plus big shade trees, picnic tables and fire rings. It is a short drive to Main St., Julian and the wonderful little shops and eateries. The staff was very nice and helpful and stayed open late for registration for the holiday weekend. The office has firewood, toiletries, etc. for sale and movies for rent. Some of the spots are occupied by permanent residents, but their sites, as well as the rest of the park is well maintained and clean. We would stay here again! We camped at Pinezanita Tent & RV Camping in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: January, 2011 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

We are new to RV camping and Pinezanita was our second trip. On there web site it says they have full hook ups, but didn't know this was only for full timers (another issue that we are learning about). We got a electric ans water hook up. A lot of this park is full timers, so you it looks like you drive through a mobile home park before you get to the RV park. The site we had was nice, next to an large open wooded area, great for the kids. Once I detached my truck and strategically parked it to block the view of the old fifth wheel that looks like it was parked there since the dawn on man, it wasn't to bad. The Julian area is beautiful and the park was very peaceful. The pond was not the prettiest, but kids still had fun "trying" to catch fish. The roads up to Julian are a little tricky, but good practice for us newer people pulling trailers. We camped at Pinezanita Tent & RV Camping in a Travel Trailer.

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

Date of Stay: April, 2010 - $65.00
Overall Rating:

We like this campground more than any we have stayed in to date and will definitely go back. Julian is a picturesque area and an enjoyable place to visit but there is no night life, they roll up the streets in the evening. Entry is a bit touchy as it is a sharp turn in a sharp turn with a steep grade but once in the park the site was very nice. Our pets were welcome and we have no issues with full timers as we have at some locations. We camped at Pinezanita Tent & RV Camping in a Travel Trailer.

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

Date of Stay: November, 2009 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

My wife and I camped here for four days with some friends and really enjoyed this RV park. There were plenty of trees around but was still able to get satellite reception in my spot. During our stay we saw some deer, wild turkeys and beautiful wild birds. The staff was great and helpful. The park is clean and well kept. They do have some outhouses around but to my surprise they were like new and kept clean with no odor. We had 30 Amp service with water and no sewer. When we got home my wife said were are going back again. It was a very relaxing time. We camped at Pinezanita Tent & RV Camping in a Motorhome.

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States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2009 - $34.00
Overall Rating:

Park was very clean. Roads were paved with pebble rock covering the camp sites. Camp spaces were level. We had only partial hookups, all the full hook up are taken by weekend campers that have their RV there full time. Bathrooms were clean as well as the dump stations. Overall the park is very well maintained. People were very nice and we all had a great time. We will be back. We camped at Pinezanita Tent & RV Camping in a Truck Camper.

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

Date of Stay: January, 2008 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

Signed in and paid for two nights, and were given a choice of sites. We checked them out, and a few were very good size. Upon further inspection I realized that they were only water and electric, no sewer. Went back to office and inquired, and found out only permanent residents had sewer, and maybe not all of them. It gets pretty cold up there. The manager said that none of the campgrounds in the area have sewer hook ups. They had 3 dump stations but I didn't feel like dumping to start with and then dumping again before we left. He refunded our money and we went on our way. We camped at Pinezanita Tent & RV Camping in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 33
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: September, 2007 - $32.00
Overall Rating:

Great location just 4 miles from Julian. Unfortunately Hwy 79 is right next to about 1/4 of the sites. Traffic noise was only noticeable when outside and was occasional not constant. Limited sewer hookup sites. We had problems with our air conditioning all weekend, might be inconsistent AC power. Most sites seemed reasonably level, but ours was way off. Our awning area was on a slope covered with gravel. However, the site was very long so we had a lot of space behind the RV. The sites follow the contour of the ground and the trees, which I like better than the new perfectly laid out sites. The best thing about this park is the mature trees and plenty of shade. Just make sure you reserve in advance and pick a nice site. We reserved late on a holiday weekend. There was a nice mix of tent campers, pop up trailers, 5th wheels, Class C and just a few Class A RV's. They allow fires, which is nice. There isn't much to do (no pool, no playground, etc). The streets are paved which led to a lot of kids riding bikes and skateboarding down the steep inclines. They have a large fishing pond but it was closed for renovation. The pond is not visible except from a few sites that seem to be taken by long term residents. There is only one restroom/shower building which requires a long walk uphill. There are only 3 men's showers and 3 women's showers for 230 sites? On the other hand, the showers were empty and clean when I was there. They do have 5 additional portable toilets located throughout the park. The camp store is very nice and offers WiFi internet, movie rentals, laundry, books, and a nice stock of supplies. We camped at Pinezanita Tent & RV Camping in a Motorhome.

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