Cuyamaca Rancho State Park Interpretive Association







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to Cuyamaca Peak

August 16th at 8:00 PM!

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every Saturday at 9:00 AM


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Click here to find out and to register for the Pedro Fages Historic Equestrian Event & Camping Weekend at Los Vaqueros Horse Camp

September 26 28, 2008



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Please contact the park for current trail conditions and restrictions 760-765-3020. Maps are also available at the Park gift shop.

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Click here for the latest information on the status of the Los Caballos campground and associated projects




Trail Maintenance Unit is looking for youth groups to work on trails in the park. If you know of an enthusiastic, energetic youth group that would be interested in helping out on trails, please contact Michael Curtis at for details, paperwork and dates.



Trail work days are scheduled and everyones help is neededclick here for more info

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:: Photo by Jamie Gassert



:: Updated January 9, 2005





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Cuyamaca Rancho State Park Update & General Information

:: Updated August 20, 2005

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park is located approximately 50 Miles east of the city of San Diego, California USA in the beautiful Cuyamaca Mountains. Please check back often for updated news and information.


Since the fires that came through the park in the fall of 2003, the park has recovered beautifully. Through the diligent efforts of Park volunteers and staff, the park is open for camping, hiking, horseback riding, and biking. The rebuilding, recovery, and restoration of park facilities continue daily. We invite you to come and enjoy the park. The meadows are beautiful and still abundant with wildflowers and native grasses. The mighty oaks are thriving and pine seedlings are flourishing. The post-fire recovery is an opportunity to see, first-hand, the wonders of the natural cycle of fire and re-growth in our California wild lands. You will be surprised at the resilience of the environment and how well the park is recovering.


The following provides some general information about the park and its accommodations for our visitors. Prior to your visit, you may wish to contact the park for the most current conditions, restrictions, and availability of trails and campgrounds.


About the Park

The beautiful Cuyamaca Rancho State Park of over 26,000 acres offers camping and hiking in an oak woodland forest, with a sprinkling of pines and lovely meadows with creeks. Lake Cuyamaca, operated by the Helix Water District, is two miles north of Paso Picacho campground and offers boating and fishing. Interpretive programs are offered during the summer season. 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.


Hiking, Biking, and Horseback Riding

A map of the park and open trails is available via this web site. Please also review the latest posted order for a complete list of closed or restricted facilities.


There are over 100 miles of trails which accommodate hikers, bikers, and equestrians. The most popular hikes start from the Paso Picacho camp, including the 2 mile hike up Stonewall Peak (elevation 5,700), and the 3.5 mile hike up Cuyamaca Peak (elevation 6,512), both which offer breathtaking views of the deserts to the east, the coast to the west, and Lake Cuyamaca at the bottom.



The two family camps, Paso Picacho and Green Valley, are open and on the reservation system spring through fall. Green Valley sits at an elevation of 4,000 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 Picacho, 5 miles north, sits at an elevation of 5,000. Paso binary options market Picacho 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 are located every few campsites. There are no hookups. Each campground has a dump station. Firewood may be purchased at the camps.

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 Cuyamaca Peak Fire Road. They may not be left unattended. Reservations may be made through ReserveAmerica website or by calling 1-800-444-PARK.


Please contact the park for information about group camps, 760-765-0623.


Day Use and Picnic Areas

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.



If you would like to help restore, rebuild, repair, and maintain this unique and beautiful California park, you can contribute to the Cuyamaca Rancho State Park Interpretive Association (CRSPIA). This is a 30year-old non profit organization that has always supported Cuyamaca, and monies contributed to CRSPIA have 100 % pass through to the park, and currently count as a 25% match to federal and state funds. Your donations are tax deductible and may be sent to CRSPIA (address below).


You may call the park for the most up to date information at 760-765-3020.


:: Photo in this article by Laura Itogawa.



Cuyamaca Rancho State Park Interpretive Association (CRSPIA)
PO Box 204

Descanso, CA  91916

TEL 760-765-3056



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Hual-Cu-Cuish Equestrian Staging Area


CRSPIA and CEA (Cuyamaca Equestrian Association) have been working with the State what is binary option trading Parks to reopen an equestrian staging area in the North end of our Park. We are happy to announce that the old Boy Scout Camp, called Hual-Cu-Cuish, is currently designated as a temporary staging area for equestrians and is now open. More

:: Last Update: Tuesday, August 05, 2008

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