Join us for a fun, full weekend of geothermally heated springs and rugged desert hiking!
With the fantastic location and amenities of Agua Caliente Regional Park, this is an event not to be missed! We’ll be hanging out in a fantastic hot spring oasis surrounded by the beautiful Anza Borrego Desert State Park, and in the early Spring, when we’ll likely see the desert in bloom!
Three naturally fed pools provide different ways of enjoying the park's mineral water. There are two pools outdoors, and an indoor therapeutic pool with jacuzzi jets that is heated to 102 degrees. Add to that plenty of showers and restrooms and we’ll hardly be roughing it.
2:00 Arrive, check-in
6:00 Welcome Meet & Greet (Bring appetizer to share. BYOB.)
9:00 Caravan to Day Hike
4:00 Return to camp
5:00-7:30 Pool time, potluck prep
10:00 Optional Day Hike
12:00 Campground departure
*Times are estimated and subject to change without notice.
Average temperatures for Agua Caliente in early April are in the low 70s during the day and the upper 30s at night. So bring a warm sleeping bag and/or tent buddy. And check the weather forecast before packing.
We have reserved 5 campsites and one RV site for the weekend. Each campsite has a maximum capacity of 8 people. Note, however, that per park policy, those 8 people can be in either one big 8-person tent, or two 4-person tents. Bottom line is that the park will only allow 2 tents per site. So we encourage you to have a tent buddy, if not 2 or 3, or 7! The more people who stay in each tent, the more people who can go on the trip. When you register, please let us know how many will be in your tent and who they will be, so we can better determine the max number of people for the trip. First come, first served.
We have reserved tent sites 116-117, 120-122, as well as RV site 33. (The RV site can include a tent in addition to an RV.) You can see where these are in the Agua Caliente Park Brochure.
Park policy is one free parking space per campsite. Extra vehicles are $4. Maximum of 2 vehicles per site. (RV with tow vehicle is one vehicle.) Additional parking is available in the park.
Other Park Rules and Regs
10:00 pm-8:00 am are quiet hours, per park policy. Park rules permit alcoholic beverages where the alcoholic content doesn’t exceed 20%. There is a small general store (very limited) near the entrance. The fee for dogs is $1 per night per dog, (must have current license and vaccinations). Dogs aren’t allowed on the trails at Agua Caliente Park.
Getting to Agua Caliente Regional Park
39555 Great Southern Overland State Route ‘AKA S2’, Julian CA 92036
- From Ramona through Julian: East on State Highway 78 to Scissors Crossing then south 26 miles on Highway S2 to the park entrance.
- From Interstate 8: East on Interstate 8 and exit at Ocotillo, then 22 miles north on Highway S2 to the park entrance.
GPS Coordinates: N32° 57.023' W116° 18.292'
Elevation is 1300’ 111 miles from San Diego. Julian is 38 miles West, Borrego Springs 44 miles. Cell reception: 4 mi. N. Vallecito Co. Park.
Agua Caliente Packing List:
▪ Phone/Camera, Charger▪ Toothbrush, toothpaste▪ Warm Sleeping Bag, Pillow
▪ Shirts▪ Sleeping Pad / Air Mattress▪ Prescriptions/Medications
▪ Shorts, pants▪ Sweater / Fleece pullover▪ Ear plugs
▪ Sunglasses▪ Tent▪ Headlamp for caves/Flashlight
▪ Socks, Underwear▪ Soap / Shampoo▪ Hat
▪ Rain Gear▪ Warm jacket▪ Camping Stool / Chair
▪ Hiking Shoes▪ Sun block, lip balm▪ Ten essentials
▪ Towel for showers ▪ Flip-flops for pools, showers▪ Cooking gear
▪ Drinking Water*▪ Any alcoholic beverages▪ Swim suit & towel
▪ Firewood**▪ A full tank of gas▪ Water bottle for hikes
▪ Food (Fri appetizer and dinner, Sat bkfst, Sat bag lunch, Sat potluck dish, Sun bkfst, Sun bag lunch, snacks)
*Potable water is available in the park.
**Firewood can be purchased at the campground to prevent introduction of destructive insects.
We look forward to seeing you on the trip!