Agua Caliente County Park


Agua Caliente County Park is a great place for any van or RV nomad who wants to explore the desert and all it has to offer. The campground is located in the Anza Borrego Desert State Park and is best known for its geothermally heated springs and rugged desert hiking. Three naturally fed pools provide different ways of enjoying the park’s mineral water. 


Agua Caliente County Park and campground provide the perfect escape for any van or RV nomad who wants to explore the Anza Borrego State Park and explore the surrounding area.  The park is 910 acres and located 110 miles east of San Diego. The main activities at the park are hiking, lying by the pools, bird watching, photography, and stargazing. 

The park is closed during the hot summer months.


Hikers will also enjoy miles of trails that meander through the park’s canyons and over its hillsides. 

A few hiking trails lead from the park to the surrounding areas. My favorite is the Moon Light Canyon Trail that will take you through a beautiful canyon that provides amazing scenery.  It’s easy at only 1.6miles long and makes a loop so that you will end up back at the park.   


The park is very popular during the winter month. It has numerous camping sites available, including Full hook-ups, partial hook-ups, tent sites, a caravan area for large groups, seven camping cabins with temperature controls, a table with seating for four, two queen-size bed frames, a sink, and a bathroom. Make sure you reserve a camping spot early.   

There is no cell service at the park. To get cell service, you have to drive to Vallecito campground, 4 miles away, which has a cell phone lot.

Favorite Activity

The favorite activity for most visitors to Agua Caliente County Park is to spend the day at one of the three pools. The park is nestled between two hills which act as a funnel for natural spring water. That spring water is used to feed three pools; two outdoor pools and one sulfur indoor pool. The indoor pool is kept around 104-106 degrees. They say mineral water is good for your skin and overall health. 

It’s a privilege to have Agua Caliente for our enjoyment, so please practice Leave No Trace principles.

References and Other Adventures:

  • Agua Caliente County Park
  • Phone: 878-565-3600
  • Address: 39555, 1849 Great Southern Overland Stage Route of, Julian, CA 92036
  • The park is open from Labor Day weekend until the last weekend in May. 

Borrego Springs

Any van or RV trip to the Anza Borrego State Park isn’t complete without a stopover in Borrego Springs. The town has multiple resorts, hotels, spas, RV parks and is home to the Borrego Palms Campground. Borrego Springs is a great location to base yourself in a while exploring all the attractions of the park and surrounding areas.

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Julian is a beautiful mountain town located in the Cuyamaca mountains. The town dates back to the 1870’s gold rush in the early days of California and has a rich history. As a result, Julian has shops housed in historic buildings, a historic hotel, and many restaurants. It’s also known for its famous apple pies that attract visitors worldwide.

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