If you are looking for a convenient, friendly place to camp with your horse, Butterfield Ranch Resort is the place for you. The facilities are very nice, with everything from dry tent camping, to full hookup rv sites, nicely appointed cabins and even mobile homes for rent. The staff is very friendly, and the place is very well maintained, from the general store, to the clubhouse and 3 swimming pools. The horse corrals are directly across the street from the entrance to the park. We went there over the Thanksgiving weekend this year, and had a wonderful time. The weather on Friday thru Sunday was mid-to-high 70's every day. There are trails for riding or hiking on both sides of the road (County hiway S-2). The climate makes this an excellent place to stay and ride during the winter months. The park is a short way south on S-2 from the intersection of S-2, Hwy 78 and hwy 79, known as scissors crossing. The riding is exceptional, with well-defined trails that seem to go on forever. On the weekend we were there, there was a bar-b-que chuckwagon that came in to cook meals for those of us who were not inclined to cook ourselves, and their food was excellent. On Saturday night there was even live music. That was about the last thing we expected to find in the middle of the desert. Everyone at the park was very friendly and truly treated us like family. We couldn't have been more pleased with our stay, and are planning to go back at least one or two more weekends this winter, and into the spring. It's probably a little hot for a summer trip, although being at the northern end of S-2 it should be a little cooler when compared with Agua Caliente springs or Borrego. My wife and I recommend this as a very horse and camper-friendly place that is easily accessible from San Diego, Orange or Riverside counties.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Take a break from life, come to Butterfield Ranch Resort where the stars are brighter and the sky is so blue. The perfect get away! We're a short drive away from the town of Julian and Borrego Springs. Discover desert oasis or abandoned Indian villages. We offer sparkling pools, horseshoe pits, hiking trails, fully contained cabins, RV & tent camping and so much more..... Check us out! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Butterfield Ranch Hotel Julian