Activities and Attractions



Julian, CA Calender of Events

Every year Julian hosts a myriad of fun-filled activities, some with traditions dating back for a hundred years and others that reflect the distinctive four seasons and their natural beauty. The following calendar lists popular events already scheduled throughout the year.


For information, exact dates and prices, phone The Julian Chamber of Commerce at:

            (760) 765-1857


Afternoon Tea

Julian Tea & Cottage Arts

Tea is served daily in a charming turn-of-the-century home.  Afternoon Tea consists of finger sandwiches, scone with whipped cream, homemade jam and dessert.

            (760) 765-0832

2124 Third Street



Apple Orchards


Apple Pies


Apple Alley Bakery

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

            (760) 765-2532

2122 Main Street


Julian Pie Company

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.

            (760) 765-2449       or             (760) 765-2400

2225 Main Street, Julian or 21976 Highway 79, Santa Ysabel

Mom’s Pies

Through the front window, watch Mom’s bakers lovingly prepare pies and baked goods for you.  Steaming soups and sandwiches served on freshly baked whole-wheat buns.

            (760) 765-2472

2119 Main Street


Art Galleries


A Rose Path


Lucia's Essentials:  Candles Made on Premises, Natural Aromatics, Local Artisan Works, Distinctive Textiles, Vintage Décor

The Julian Art Gallery:  Fine Art by Area Artists

Julian Images Gallery:  Local Nature Photography by Graham Wilder

Open Daily.

            (760) 765-1551

2229 Main Street,  P.O. Box 1981, Julian, CA 92036

next to the Julian Pie Company



Art Elite

Art Elite, stylish, smart and slightly snobbish.  Gallery / studio located on Van Duesen Road in Julian, holds a spirited collection of art objects and wearable art created by a variety of selected artists.

            (760) 765-1774



Banner Queen Gallery

Artwork by Robert Freeman and Julian artists.  Open Fridays through Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m.

            (760) 765-2168

36766 Highway 78, P.O. Box 575, Julian, CA  92036



Falcon Gallery

Limited edition prints books, jewelry, home accents and gifts. Our children’s room features educational supplies and books.

            (760) 765-1509

2015A Main Street


Santa Ysabel Art Gallery

Exhibiting regional contemporary and traditional artists in all media with emphasis on California style plein air painting and local artist James Hubbell.  Located in historic and picturesque Hillyer house.

            (760) 765-1676

30352 Highway 78, Santa Ysabel


The Skagen Ranch Studio

Housed in a historic barn, the Skagen Ranch Studio offers fine art from Africa, India, Romania and other countries around the world.  By appointment only.

            (252) 671-3727

P.O. Box 1557 Julian, CA 92036



Wind Song Designs

Photo art of the local Julian and surrounding areas.

            (760) 765-2946



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R & B Bicycle Club

Bicycle events in the beautiful San Diego County back country.  Both road and mountain bike events.  Presently we offer four events per year.

            (760) 765-2200



Bird Watching


The Birdwatcher

Everything for people who love wild birds.  Featuring birdhouses, bird feed, bird feeders, books, music, apparel, gifts for the garden & much more!  Visit us in the heart of historic downtown Julian or shop online.

            (760) 765-1817

2775 B Street, Julian, CA 92036



Lake Cuyamaca -

Open 7 days a week from 6 a.m. until sunset. Fishing permits - $6 for adults - $3.50 for kids (8 through 15) You will need a California State Fishing License if you are 16 years of age or older. Motorboat rentals - $40 all day - $30 after 1 p.m. Rowboats - $15 all day - $12 after 1 p.m.

            (760) 765-0515                   (877) 581-9904

15027 Highway 79, Julian, CA  92036



Carriage Rides

Ahl's Photography

Mini-Horse drawn carriage rides, includes pictures if requested.

            (951) 461-7927

26235 Palm Tree Lane, Murrieta, CA 92563



Main Street Carriage Company

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.

            (760) 765-0438

Corner of Main and Washington




Desert & Town Tours


California Overland, LLC

Adventure calls!  Explore the Anza-Borrego desert on 2 and 4 hour tours, overnight camping trips or full 30+ hour excursions aboard ex-military troop carriers.  Private jeep tours also.

            (866) 639-7567      ,             (760) 767-1232

1233 Palm Canyon Drive, Borrego Springs, CA  92004



Enthrall, Inc.

Provides Julian 1870s Gold Rush Tours and field trips, including the musical Gold Hill, town site guided tour, Eagle Mine tour & lunch.

            (760) 782-9202





Farmers Market


Wynola Farms Marketplace/Julian Certified Farmers' Market

A rustic former apple cider house that currently features 3 tasting rooms (local wine, beer & hard cider), shopping, antiques, local art and the Julian Certified Farmers' Market every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine.  Plenty of free parking (including tour buses and RV's).

            (760) 885-8364

4470 Highway 78, P.O. Box 69, Julian, CA  92036








Lake Cuyamaca Recreation & Park District

Family fishing lake with camping.  Picnicking, boating, hiking, nature walks and cabins.  Terrific wildlife watching.  Free fishing class every Saturday.  Cabins with lake view.

            (877) 581-9904

15027 Highway 79, Julian, CA  92036



Gold Mine & Gold Panning


Eagle And High Peak Mine

Tour one of Julian's original gold mines.  Guides lead you through the intricate path of tunnels in the hard rock mine and share tales of the life of early residents of Julian.  Call for hours of operation.

            (760) 765-0036

End of C Street, P.O. Box 624, Julian, CA 92036


Julian Mining Company

Discover gold & minerals using gold pans, sluice box and 'rockers.'  Hayrides, U-Press cider, gift shop, raspberry picking & pumpkin patch in fall.

            (951) 313-0166



Gold Mine & Train Ride


Smith Ranch

Enjoy a 1-mile train ride, explore the Authentic Smith Ranch 1870 "gold rush" mine and pan for gold!  Please phone ahead for available seating and reservations.

            (760) 765-2288



Historic Skits


Julian Doves & Desperados

Julian's own reenactment group.  See them in town on Sundays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Skits (weather permitting) at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. & 3 p.m. at their stage area between Cabbages & Kings and the Julian Market & Deli.

            (760) 765-1857       (ask for Krisie)


Julian Doves & Desperados


Horseback Riding


Integrity Stables Riding & Training Center

Jennifer Smith's Integrity Stables brings horses and people together in the beautiful setting of San Diego's back country.  Integrity Stables offers the absolute BEST in riding lessons, training, horse / youth camps and instructional trail rides.

            (760) 484-2929

P.O. Box 1841, Julian, CA  92036



Julian Stables

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

            (760) 765-1598

P.O. Box 881, Julian, CA 92036



Kenner Horse Ranch: Horseback Rides & Events

A ride to remember.  Beautiful backcountry scenery.  You'll love our horses!  Guided and safe.  Mountain ridges, wooded forests, alpine meadow, ponds.  Wonderful wildlife.  reservations please.

            (760) 473-5681

17550 Harrison Park Road, P.O. Box 427, Julian, CA  92036



Leg Up Ranch

Brings hope, strength, restoration and inspiration to individuals and their families affected by life-altering challenges through the tranquility of a ranch setting at no charge. Our supervised riding facilities, knowledgeable and nurturing staff and volunteers and our loving animals provide an opportunity for healing and miracles to happen. We offer trail rides and instruction to the public (tax deductible) to help financially support our mission. Call to schedule a trail ride.

            (760) 670-8418

Mailing Address:  35123 Lilac Lane, Julian, CA 92036



Indian Mission


Santa Ysabel Indian Mission & Padre Gift Shop

Museum, religious articles & everyday gifts and collectibles.

            (760) 765-0810

23013 Highway 79, P.O. Box 129, Santa Ysabel, CA 92070





Derailed: The band's core members were raised in Julian.  Our first release "Do Angels Have to Die" features 17-year old Lawren Richardson.  Download at...

            (760) 765-2123

P.O. Box 607, Julian, CA  92036


Old Time Photos


Grandpa's Old Time Photo

Old time costume photography in sepia tone.  Over 20 years experience.  Specialize in all areas.

            (760) 765-1541

2116 Main St., Ste 1D, P.O. Box 1393, Julian, CA 92036


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Pioneer Museum


Julian Pioneer Museum

The museum is housed in an old stone building that was once the Mayerhofer Brewery & Treshil Blacksmith Shop.  Located at 2811 Washington St., it is 1 block from the Town Hall.  Nicknamed, “Julian’s Little Attic” the museum is a treasure chest of artifacts from our not-too-distant past.

            (760) 765-0227


Sky Sailing


Sky Sailing At Warner Springs

Bret and Karen Willat

            (760) 782-0404

31930 Highway 79

Warner Springs, CA 92086


Star Gazing


Observer's Inn/Observatory/Gifts

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. $20 per person/up to 10 people per session; advance reservations required (no credit cards accepted.)

            (760) 765-0088

3535 Highway 79, Julian, CA 92036


Observer's Inn/Solar Tours

Open Monday-Wednesday, Friday & Saturday, Sunday until noon.

View our closest star, the sun, safely through our observatory telescopes.  The 1 hour tour includes a brief discussion about the sun's mechanics and then a chance to examine sunspots, huge prominences jetting into space, granulation and the sun's colorful spectrum.  Educational and fun. $20 per person; Advance reservations required (no credit cards accepted.)

            (760) 765-0088

3535 Highway 79, Julian, CA 92036




Tourmaline Mine


Himalaya Tourmaline Mine

 Dig pink and green tourmaline gemstones from world famous Himalaya Tourmaline Mine.  Open year-round, rain or shine, Thursday - Monday at Lake Henshaw Resort.

             (775) 830-5797

 26439 Highway 76, Santa Ysabel, CA 92070




Wolf Center


California Wolf Center

Pat Valentino

            (760) 765-0030

P.O. Box 1389

Julian, CA 92036


About Julian, CA


[Thanks to the Julian Chamber of Commerce for providing the above links and information.]


Hot Springs Pools and Desert Trails

About 30 minutes drive from Eden Paradise Retreat, Agua Caliente County Park has both an indoor and an outdoor pools, both fed with natural hotspring mineral water.  It also has some hiking trails which can also be explored if you get a day use pass.