Explore Julian Ca

Come explore Julian Ca and find out about the rich diversity it has to offer.

Explore Julian and Back Country


Julian is a historic gold mining town located approximately one hour east of San Diego. It is the premier mountain retreat in the county, and it is unique in that it has four distinct seasons. Spring brings the blossoming of many flowers including daffodils; summer is perfect for hiking and star gazing; fall is famous for our apples and fall colors; and winter brings snowfalls and bright, crisp, “Christmassy” days.

Although famous for apples and our superb apple pie one can enjoy all year round, Julian has become the center for visitors who wish to stay in the mountains but take day trips to the nearby casinos, the Anza Borrego Desert State Park and the coast. It has always been the B&B capital of Southern California, known for its romantic atmosphere, but Julian is now fast becoming a great destination for families, hikers, weddings and corporate retreats.

Specialty shops line our streets. Our attractions are unique, ranging from wineries to wolves. From the old time melodrama to the Grape Stomp Festa, Julian events are great for couples, families and groups.

Here are a few of the most popular attractions in Julian:

Apple Alley Bakery – (760) 765-2532

Serving a variety of homemade apple pies, pastries and cookies.  Lunch menu includes potpies, calzone, soup, sandwiches and salad.

Julian Pie Company – (760) 765-2449

Locally owned family business specializing in apple pies and cider donuts. Some 17,000 trees provide apples for pies at our Julian and Santa Ysabel locations.

Main Street Carriage Company – (760) 765-0438

Historic 15 minute narrated tour of downtown Julian on a horse-drawn surrey.  We are able to accommodate large group tours. Available for parties or special events. ½ hour and 1 hour rides available by reservation only.

Julian Gold Expedition – (760) 522-8530

Enjoy a tour of the Warlock Mine site and drive to the Golden Chariot Mine site.  Gold panning included.  Call for reservations.

A Julian Stables  – (760) 765-1598

Experience the most scenic side of Julian from the area’s “original trail riding stables.” Unparalleled views. Thousands of satisfied customers.  Reservations required.

Observer’s Inn/Observatory/Gifts – (760) 765-0088

Open Monday-Wednesday, Friday & Saturday. Julian’s crystal clear mountain air is a perfect setting for this unique 1 hour tour of the night sky.  View the planets, galaxies, star clusters and the moon through large research grade telescopes.  An experienced astronomer leads you through this visual delight. (No credit cards)

Old Time Melodrama – (760) 765-1598

Join us in celebrating Julian Apple Days with the Old Time Melodrama.  Performances are on the weekends in the month of October in the Julian Town Hall, come cheer the hero and boo the villain.  All proceeds benefit our community scholarships.  See you there.

Source: Julian Chamber of Commerce