At Vallecito, the perfect oasis of “little valley,” as its Spanish name is translated, has been preserved as a 71-acre county park built around a reconstruction of the historic Butterfield Stage Station. Vallecito has been a campsite for literally hundreds of years, beginning first with the native Kumeyaay Indians. Vallecito is a quiet alternative to some of the busier desert campgrounds. One attraction is the weather, which averages about 10 degrees cooler than nearby Agua Caliente. In the spring wildflowers are abundant.

The 44 primitive campsites at Vallecito have tables, fire rings, and barbecue stoves, and water is available at scattered locations throughout the campground. A youth area offers additional camping possibilities. Picnickers will want to make use of a large covered picnic area. Pets are permitted. Vallecito is a convenient hub from which to enjoy other desert activities, such as the miles of hiking trails in Agua Caliente Regional Park, four miles south on S-2, and in the nearby Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Enjoy desert solitude and picnic areas.

There are no supplies at the campground. There is a store at Agua Caliente County Park that is open on weekends. There is a store at a private campground, Butterfield Ranch, along the way on Highway S-2, and supplies are available at Warner Springs and Ocotillo.


Camping: 24 hours/day
Camping check-in time is 2 p.m., check-out time is 1 p.m.

Day use: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., extended to sunset on the weekends

Open Labor Day weekend through the last week in May

Closed during the summer months.

Day Use: 9:30 am – Sunset

Getting there

Vallecito Stage Station County Park
Julian, CA 92036


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Driving directions
Take Interstate 8 to Highway S-2 north at Ocotillo or off Interstate 15 south toward San Diego exiting at Highway 79 to Warner Springs and south to Highway S-2. From Junction of Highway S-2 and Agua Caliente Springs Road head 4.5 miles north on S-2.

More information

Phone Number: 760.765.1188

Campground website