"The town of Julian is located in the northeast region of San Diego County between the northern end of the Cuyamaca Mountains and the southern slope of Volcan Mountain. Julian is a rural community nestled in the mountains, sparsely populated, with a distinctly and deliberate non-urban aesthetic. A twenty-two mile drive down winding roads connects Julian to the neighboring suburb of Ramona. The city of San Diego is approximately sixty miles away and can be reached via interstate 8 and highway 79 through Cuyamaca and East County or interstate 15 and highways 67 and 78 through Poway and Ramona.
Tourism is the town’s main industry, though the single largest employer is the local school district. At 4,251 feet, Julian’s high elevation provides clean air, blue skies and four distinct seasons. Visitors to the area enjoy flowers in the spring, hiking in the summer, fall foliage and an apple harvest that produces the areas famous apple pies, and snow in the winter. Julian is also an historic gold mining town founded after the Civil War, when displaced Confederate Veterans from Georgia headed West to seek their fortunes in a new, mostly unsettled land."
As an official California historical landmark & county designated historic district, Julian is Southern California's hidden gem. Located in the heard of the Central Mountains, Julian is the gateway to the rest of San Diego's backcountry. It was a historic gold mining town as early as 1870 when veteran Confederate army officer Drew Bailey founded the town. The gold rush didn't last long but mining continued sporadically until WWII.
In recent years, Julian has developed a more agricultural oriented model due to its vast open land, rich soil & perfect climate. The town has emerged as a popular tourism destination offering a multitude of activities & experiences. The backcountry offers a distinct tourism appeal with its environmental biodiversity & small town mountain charm. This is a place to escape the hustle & bustle of busy modern day life. The forest mountains offer hundreds of miles of trails to explore, which are teeming with nature & wildlife.
A number of historic, interpretive & wildlife tours are also offered such as; Eagle Peak Mine, Cuyamaca Rancho State Park Interpretive Center & the California Wolf Center.
U-pick farms and agri-tourism are another popular attraction to the area. Although famous for its apples, pears and superb apple pie, Julian also has a culinary scene that includes farm-to-table cuisine, bakeries, Mexican food & traditional American food. We have two hard cider tastings rooms, a few wineries, as well as a local brewery. Try one of our food tours at Taste of Julian
Julian has become the center for visitors who wish to stay in the mountains but take day trips to the nearby attractions like Lake Cuyamaca, the Anza Borrego Desert State Park and the coast. Specialty shops line the historic Main Street and it's the perfect place for an afternoon stroll. Wynola Junction & The Julian Station are another favorite attraction offering food & libations, as well as attractions like Fort Cross & Talons Falconry.
With a year-round calendar of unique events including the Old Time Melodrama, Gold Rush Days, a 4th of July parade and the Grape Stomp Festa, etc., Julian offers plenty of old fashioned entertainment for couples, families and groups of all ages.