William Heise County Park

Location: 4945 Heise Park Road, Julian, CA (map)
Phone: (760) 765-0650
More info: Website
Hours: Camping, 24/hours/day. Day use, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
extended to sunset on the weekends.

Park Highlights

Situated 4,200 feet above sea level in a forest of pines and oaks along the northern extremity of the Laguna Mountain Range, this 929-acre park is one of the few county parks to get snowfall each year. Trailer sites, restrooms with showers, a caravan camping area, individual tent sites, a group-tent camping area and a family picnic area are available.

The more than 900 acres within its boundaries have changed little in the last century. Forests of oak, pine, and cedar surround peaceful mountain meadows and provide an undisturbed setting for miles of scenic hiking and equestrian trails. Mule deer are frequently seen throughout the park; rarer residents include bobcats and mountain lions. Though its forest may seem timeless, each season brings dramatic changes: from winter snowfall to spring wildflowers, there is always something new to see at Heise. Learn More about William Heise County Park.

For more information about camping in a San Diego County Park, call (877) 565-3600, or write to:
San Diego County Parks and Recreation Department
9150 Chesapeake Dr., Suite 200
San Diego, CA 92123

If you would like to receive an e-mail from us advising you of when the latest issue of the Activity and Program Guide is available, please send your e-mail address to:askparks.lue@sdcounty.ca.gov


  • 103 campsites
  • Two youth areas and playground
  • Restrooms
  • Showers
  • 10.75 miles of multi-use non-motorized trails
  • Wilderness cabins