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Getting an RV rental in Julian, California, is a great idea for anyone who wants to experience a hilly, pine-oak woodland as well as the sand and stones of the desert. The town of Julian has plenty of history mixed with a small-town charm that brings its visitors both relaxation and excitement. The beach city of San Diego is pretty close to your luxury RV rental in Julian, and the desert resort cities of Palm Springs and Palm Desert are both also reasonably nearby. For something more local to your camper rental in Julian, you could drive to Scissors Crossing, a point on the Pacific Crest Trail that’s only a short car drive away. And only a quick dash in the other direction, you’ll find Santa Ysabel, a former Spanish mission.

The nature available to you and your motorhome rental in Julian is both vast and varied; not too far away, and you’ll reach the seemingly endless Pacific Ocean, with almost as many recreation opportunities. For an equally wet experience, Salton Sea is also local to your travel trailer rental in Julian. When you and your clothes are dry, there are several parks and forests around, such as the Cleveland National Forest. If you’re prepared for a longer drive, San Bernardino National Forest can be a good choice, and Joshua Tree National Park is a little farther still. Getting around with your RV trailer rental in Julian isn’t hard either, seeing as you can easily reach State Route 76, 78 and 79.

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The Great Outdoors of Julian

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park is a great destination to visit if you decide to rent an RV in Julian. The park is practically on your doorstep and here you can both hike and bike along trails with majestic views of meadows, mountains, and forests. The flora in the park is rich and depending on when you visit you might see milkmaids, wallflowers, and cudweed, or if you prefer animals - there are plenty of those too, you might even spot a mountain lion. For a bit of history, there’s an exhibit at a former gold mine in this scenic park.

It is possible to reach wooded areas on foot if you park your RV rental in Julian, CA, but if you’d prefer to follow a trail, the Swartz Canyon County Park is just a short commute away. Here you’ll find both picturesque creeks and stunning mountain views along various trails with different difficulty levels. There’s even the opportunity to hike with a docent (essentially a local hiking buddy) should you want to know more about the beautiful area.

While there are fishing and boating opportunities as well as beaches, the Salton Sea is not your average lake. It has very high salt levels, which has affected its wildlife but has also turned it into an entirely unique place. Here you can find a beach made up entirely of dead fish, and there are bubbling mud pools to have a look at, and also a very rich and diverse bird population, for the bird watcher.

After a whole day of fun, stop by the International Banana Museum and enjoy a shake while shopping for banana-related gifts for the whole family.

RV Parks in Julian

There are lots of places to park your RV rental near Julian, but for those who prefer to stay in town, Stagecoach Trails Horse Camp and RV is an option. Here you can not only enjoy the nature and the gorgeous views, but there’s also a pool, horseshoe pits as well as a store where you can get everything from food and snacks to large amounts of water for your adventures.

Should you want to drive a bit away from town, there’s camping at Lake Cuyamaca. Here you can choose between hookups or no hookups, and there’s fishing and hiking and nature to be explored. A little bit farther away, about 20 miles from Julian, Butterfield Ranch Community is located. Here you can enjoy full hookups, a grocery store, and bathrooms. There are not a lot of gas stations in the area, so make sure to fill your tank up whenever you get the chance.

Exploring Julian

If you haven’t started your search for an RV in Julian yet, maybe this will convince you: Julian is known for its gold mines and its delicious apples. For a historical experience, a visit to the Tour Eagles and High Peaks mines, two of the original gold ones, is recommended.

Here you can wander through the tunnels in the hard rock mines and hear tales of Julian’s golden years. If you haven’t had enough of local history, the Pioneer Museum features photographs, mining equipment, and a renown lace collection.

For when you’re feeling a bit hungry, there are restaurants but also several cafés to visit in Julian. The amount of cafés is not surprising, seeing as many people visit the town to try its tasty apple pies. Apples have a big part in the town culture and there are many apple-related attractions. You can pick your own apples, visit orchards and cideries, and of course, try all the delicious foods. Don’t forget to leave some space in your RV for all the apple cider and pies you’ll want to bring home for friends and family.

Another must-see when in Julian is the California Wolf Center, which is home to Rocky Mountain and Mexican gray wolves, the latter being one of the rarest mammals in the country. Here you can see several packs of wolves, and while you can’t pet them, you have a rare chance to see their social interactions and pack behavior. All of this, along with mountains, deserts and a rich small-town culture is waiting for you in Julian, CA, so what are you waiting for, it's time to rent an RV!

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