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“Great Membership Resort”
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KQ Ranch RV Resort
Ranked #6 of 13 Specialty Lodging in Julian
Reviewed September 6, 2011

This is a great membership resort RV campground. We got an invitation in the mail for a free stay and took them up on it during the labor day holiday. We arrived midday and had a medium sized RV lot that was gravel covered with full hookups. There is no WIFI or cable at the resort as it is in the remote area of Julian, CA It took us about 1.5 hours from I5 in San Diego. The site had plugs for 50 and 30 amps and after about 1 hour of trying I called the desk and it turns out they only have 30 amp service at some sites even with a 50 amp plug. Our spot 152 was not shaded but very central to all the activities. The park was not crowded even though it was labor day. The staff was up to the task of handling all the people. Lots of room in the park and space between sites. It was hilly though. All the sites are gravel including the handicapped sites

They have a great dog park as mentioned in other reviews. large and full of lots of fun things for the doggies. This alone makes it great.

For the kids this is a delightful place. Rated as the best by my kids. Miniature golf, Tennis, Shuffleboard, Horseshoes, a Heated Pool, A House dedicated as kids club with an arcade. Kids dream place. They have a location called the Toy Barn to check out all the equipment you need included tennis balls and racquets. The kids club has TV's books, videos, crafts, a bounce house and lots of great activities for kids. And did I mention tether ball and a great kids playground?

They have a well stocked fishing pond. A good camping trip is only successful with a fish caught. and we got three (Catch and release for us) There were lots of people fishing on labor day (15 we counted) and most got a nice fish.

They also have prepared meals for most of the meals. Great food and reasonable priced at the clubhouse which is another great meet and greet place. They had a champagne brunch on Sunday for $8 and burgers and dogs one afternoon for $4. The clubhouse is by the pool area which has been recently renovated. The pool is heated in the winter with a plastic dome on top which will be great.

The resort is nearby to Julian, CA which is a historic town with lots of quaint shops. We went to the Julian mining company nearby for panning for gold a highlight of the trip according to my son. The kids also excavated for fossils there. Lots of fun activities. We went there a few years ago in the fall and they press apple cider during picking season.

There were no fire rings during California bone dry fire season (for obvious reasons) but they have them in the winter when the danger goes away.

They also have cabins for rent but we did not go in these but they looked quaint and had propane tanks for kitchen or heat?

We had our 90 minute presentation for membership which has 3 levels

Platinium with a one week cabin rental that can be exchanged world wide $10,300
Gold as above but only with a 10 year cabin rental 9,300
Silver just basic camping. 8,300

The thing that we did not realize is that the resort membership extends to 7 other parks that are associated with Colorado River Adventures with a bunch being on the water on the Colorado river. One is even in Mexico with beachfront RV camping. So when you sign up you can go to any of these resorts for a maximum 2 week stay. (They don't want permanent residents!) Addtionally they belong to RPI which is a national group of RV resorts so you can go all over for another $99 for the first year.. (Did I mention that dues were about $500 per year for the membership).

The membership can be sold or transferred but there is a 15% transfer fee plus dues jump 10% when you do that. A number of the resorts are leased from the bureau of land management and the leases renew in 2040. The dues can increases by the CPI-U amount or 10% per year.

I discussed the membership with some of the regulars and they just love it. Lots to do nice location, great people overall. Downside is the costs and then the key question is how much you will use it. It saves money if you do a lot of camping.....

The staff was excellent. Tanya gave us our presentation and tour. She is superb with knowledge. All our interactions with staff were very superior. One staff car in the campground license plate reads "I love KQ"

The park is a bit worn in places but an aggressive upgrade program is in place with the pool, horseshoe pit renovated and mini golf being upgraded this fall.(so they say) we camped here with a 35 foot class A motor home with a towed. They have separate parking spot for trailers for toweds. They allow golf carts but do not rent them here. We are still considering a membership as you have to be a member to visit and can only visit once every two years if not members.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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Additional Information about KQ Ranch RV Resort

Address: 449 K Q Ranch Rd, Julian, CA 92036-9436
Location: United States > California > Julian
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
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Ranked #6 of 13 Specialty Lodging in Julian
Number of rooms: 250
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to KQ Ranch RV Camping Resort in Julian, California. This secluded 5-star RV and camping resort is located just 40 miles east of San Diego. Only 4 miles south of Julian's charming downtown district, the resort has access to the Pacific Crest and California riding and hiking trails. This makes the secluded K.Q. Ranch located in San Diego County a perfect choice for all RV, equestrian, and nature enthusiasts. K.Q. Ranch also offers the very best in amenities. Our spacious clubhouse hosts scheduled activities, movies, pancake breakfasts, steak dinners and games around two large, rock fireplaces. Creating a perfect blend of comfort and rustic charm. KQ Ranch has the perfect camping accommodations for those without an RV. Our spacious trailer cabins sleep 4-8 and are fully equipped with bathrooms and kitchenettes. They are also available for our members and their guests to use and have picnic tables and barbecue facilities adjacent to the sites. RVer's can take advantage of choosing from 200 RV campsites of which are mostly full hook-up with personal horse corrals adjoining each site found on the property's eastern ridge. KQ Ranch Resort is more than just an RV Campground. We have plenty of room for tent campers who love to sleep out in the natural beauty and clean air! KQ Ranch RV Camping Resort Features & Amenities For outdoor events, our amphitheater, complete with fire pit and extensive seating, is the perfect place to enjoy the great outdoor experience. Splash and play in our heated swimming pool or relax with a soothing soak in our oversized Jacuzzi. If you wanted to get some fishing in during your camping trip you can try to land the "big one" in the fishing lake. If you are looking for family activities, our RV campground offers a miniature golf course, perfect for families with children of all ages. As always, you can experience the beauty of the Southern California outdoors with our clean and spacious picnic areas. Julian CA offers great views of the Southern California countryside, giving you the rest and relaxation that you would expect on your RV camping trip. In addition to all of the serene beauty within our secured, gated ranch resort, you'll also find large, clean bathrooms and showers with a spacious dressing area, year-round trailer storage, horseshoe pits, volleyball, tennis and basketball courts and laundry facilities. A fully stocked Country Store carries everything from RV accessories to ice cream and much more. So bring the entire family and make memories that will last a lifetime at KQ Ranch Resort! ... more   less 

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