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Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

 

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

Directions
East of San Diego, the park is on Highway 79, five miles north of I-8.

Latitude/Longitude: 32.933333, -116.566667

Phone: (760) 765-3020


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13652 Highway 79
Julian, CA 92036

The beautiful park offers camping and hiking in an oak woodland forest, with a sprinkling of pines and lovely meadows with creeks. There are over 100 miles of trails which accommodate hikers, bikers, and equestrians. The two family camps, Paso Picachond Green Valley, are open and on the reservation system spring through fall. Green Valley sits at an elevation of 4,000 feet and has a creek which runs through the middle of the campground. The day use area offers sets of cascades and shallow pools, great for water play on hot days. Green Valley has 81 campsites.and Green Valley, are open and on the reservation system spring through fall. Green Valley sits at an elevation of 4,000 feet and has a creek which runs through the middle of the campground. The day use area offers sets of cascades and shallow pools, great for water play on hot days. Green Valley has 81 campsites.

Paso Picach, 5 miles north, sits at an elevation of 5,000 feet. The most popular hikes start from this camp, including the 2 mile hike up Stonewall Peak (elevation 5,700 feet), and the 3.5 mile hike up, 5 miles north, sits at an elevation of 5,000 feet. The most popular hikes start from this camp, including the 2 mile hike up Stonewall Peak (elevation 5,700 feet), and the 3.5 mile hike up, 5 miles north, sits at an elevation of 5,000 feet. The most popular hikes start from this camp, including the 2 mile hike up Stonewall Peak (elevation 5,700 feet), and the 3.5 mile hike up Cuyamacaeak (elevation 6,512 feet), both which offer breathtaking views of the deserts to the east, the coast to the west, and LakePeak (elevation 6,512 feet), both which offer breathtaking views of the deserts to the east, the coast to the west, and Lake Cuyamacat the bottom. Lakeat the bottom. Lake Cuyamaca, operated by the Helix Water District, is two miles north of Paso, operated by the Helix Water District, is two miles north of Paso, operated by the Helix Water District, is two miles north of Paso Picachond offers boating and fishing. Pasoand offers boating and fishing. Paso Picachoampground has 85 campsites.campground has 85 campsites.

Each campsite has a picnic table and a fire ring. Restrooms with flush toilets and pay showers are in the campground. Water faucets a located every few campsites. There are no hookups. Each campground has a dump station. Firewood may be purchased at the camps. Interpretive programs are offered during the summer season. Campsites are $20 per night May 15 through September 15, and $15 the rest of the season. Reservations are necessary for weekends April through October.

The camping fee includes one motorized vehicle. Extra vehicles are $6 per night. There is a limit of 8 persons per campsite. Dogs are allowed but are restricted to the campgrounds, picnic areas, and paved roads and Cuyamacaeak Fire Road. They may not be left unattended. Reservations may be made throughPeak Fire Road. They may not be left unattended. Reservations may be made through ReservAmericat 1-800-444-PARK.at 1-800-444-PARK.

Day use visitors may use the picnic areas provided at the campgrounds for $6 per vehicle. The receipt is good for the entire park for the day. The picnic areas offer tables, restrooms, and barbeques. Visitors may also park in legal turnouts along the highway and hike for free. Fire is not allowed anywhere except in the developed picnic areas and campgrounds. The park is located approximately 50 miles east of San Diego on Highway 79. It is 15 miles south of the quaint historical town of Julian.

Though fires came through the park in the fall of 2003, the park has recovered nicely. The group camps are in the process of being rebuilt, and for the summer of 2005 Los Vaqueros group horse camp has been converted to an equestrian family camp. Reservations for that camp only may be made by calling 760-765-0623. Los Vaqueros offers chemical toilets and no showers during this transition. The fee is $15 per night which includes, and is limited to, one motorized vehicle and one trailer. The camp will close after Labor Day and reconstruction on the restroom there will begin.

Wi-Fi Service
Cuyamacaancho State Park now offers AT&T Wi-Fi Service!  This service enables park visitors with wireless enabled laptop computers or personal digital assistants (PDAs) to access the Internet. You can access this service if you are within a 150 foot range base of the Administrative Headquarters.Rancho State Park now offers AT&T Wi-Fi Service!  This service enables park visitors with wireless enabled laptop computers or personal digital assistants (PDAs) to access the Internet. You can access this service if you are within a 150 foot range base of the Administrative Headquarters.

Park Features

Activities

  • Bike Trails

  • Exhibits and Programs Family

  • Campsites

  • Fishing

  • Group Campsites

  • Hike or Bike Campsites

  • Hiking Trails

  • Horseback Trails

  • Wildlife Viewing

Facilities

  • Campers (Max. Length) 30'

  • Lodging

  • Parking

  • Picnic Areas

  • Restrooms

  • RV Dump Station

  • Supplies

  • Trailers (Max. Length) 30'

  • Visitor Center

Other

  • Historical

  • Reservations Recommended

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