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Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

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Address: 12551 Highway 79, Descanso, CA 92016
Phone Number: 760-765-0755
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This park's beautiful pine and oak forests, meadows and streams are unusual...

This park's beautiful pine and oak forests, meadows and streams are unusual in this part of the country.

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Snowy Campout

We've camped with our RV here many times and we still are amazed that a beautiful forest campsite is available less than an hour from downtown San Diego! The tent and RV sites... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Susan W
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Chula Vista, California
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Chula Vista, California
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16 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We've camped with our RV here many times and we still are amazed that a beautiful forest campsite is available less than an hour from downtown San Diego! The tent and RV sites are $30 a night and all come with a picnic table and fire pit. Lots of space between spots, so you have plenty of privacy. The bathrooms... More 

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Thank Susan W
Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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35 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

We came for Holiday to San Diego. Did not prepare ahead of time for this climb. (meaning, hat, gloves, shoes or lunch) It was a beautiful day! However, because of the elevation it was drastically cold and windy! The view was breathtaking! We were able to take several photos. But, the wind was harsh at the top and some snow... More 

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Thank unwindwithspa
Yuma, Arizona
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29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

If you're used to hiking in Colorado, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, this will just be a pleasant little stop. The hike up Stonewall Peak was nice. Not strenuous at all, despite all the switch-backs. The view from the top is nice. I didn't camp here, but the campground looked very nice.

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Thank Traveler1563
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18 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015 via mobile

This was a nice camp site. Very clean, spaced out, and serene. Would have loved seeing the waterfall. But it was all dried up. However, we enjoyed the park. Kids enjoyed searching bugs and exploring the site.

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Thank Angie M
San Diego
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7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

We were able to reserve several campsites together (book early!) so we could have several families camp together. Check in was pretty simple & quick with very helpful staff. They offered up info on hiking routes (also available via the website) and the special all ages group activities (hosted nature hikes, a bird education session, native plants, etc) - very... More 

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1 Thank davidmO429MB
Gardena, California, Usa
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106 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

BOOK IN ADVANCE, I cannot stress this enough. My original plans were to book at Lake Cuyamaca but it was sold out. I had to book at the next state park. 3 hour drive from San Gabriel Valley. Very serene and peaceful drive. Check in is at 2:00 pm and check out 12:00 pm. We arrived at 1:30 pm on... More 

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2 Thank cloudb310
Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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55 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Hiked Stonewall peak trail...Very nice landscape with a superb view from the top. Lake cuyamaca is visible from most part of the trail. There are campsites and other trails in this park.

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Thank padmanava2015
Los Angeles, California
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13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Well overall the trip was awesome with great trails. The arroyo seco fire road was great but the monument trail was steep and rocky. The camp site on has water but they do have a dump station. The stall are very small(10x10) and you need your own water bucket and feed bucket. The showers were only hot for 1 day... More 

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1 Thank jim m
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81 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015 via mobile

Visited Cuyamaca Rancho State Park to hike Cuyamaca Peak. The ranger was very friendly and gave us directions. The hike was great we were the only ones on the trail. The park is a little hard to figure out with the two different campgrounds, but the sites were beautiful and we would def visit again.

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Thank Tasha9914
Tempe
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23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Just loved parking, grabbing MTB, and zipping around single-track or up the foot hills, as well out on the Fire Roads. Saw Coyotes, Turkeys, Deer, Birds galore...

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