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Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

12551 Highway 79, Descanso, CA 92016
760-765-0755
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Descanso
Type: State Parks
Description: This park's beautiful pine and oak forests, meadows and streams are unusual in this part of the country.
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Huntington Beach, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Laid back and rustic. Water in lake, boats to rent, fishing available. Drought does make a difference. Close to Julian, quaint mining town. Drive thru Laguna Mountain gives more open space and beautiful views. Hiking and camping available.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We have camped here 7 times in three years. Each Spring and Fall. Campground is nice. Bathrooms are good (for a campground). Showers are OK. Rangers do an OK job of monitoring out of control partiers...it is nice to be in the mountains without hearing loud blaring music 24/7. Rangers are responsive once you establish contact. Stonewall Peak is a... More

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Laguna Niguel, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Decided to go camping for first time in 15+ years; being a somewhat last minute decision, our options were very limited, and after searching SoCal campgrounds on ReserveAmerica, we ended up at Cuyamaca/Green Valley Campground by default - a bit of a drive from home, especially in Friday afternoon traffic during the recent wildfires. However, couldn't have been happier with... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Been camping at Paso a Picacho for 3 years. What's nice is the campground has great scenery and hiking (the 2003 fire burned surrounding area). Most of the time, it's quiet. Sometimes you do get serious partiers. However, rangers patrol morning, afternoon and early evening. They don't hesitate to talk with unruly/loud/obtrusive campers. They will follow up on any issues... More

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San Diego, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

There are some great hikes in Cuyamaca but unfortunately we don't usually get to enjoy them because of California State Parks no-dogs policy. Since we rarely hike without the dogs we always end up driving past Cuyamaca and hiking in Cleveland National Forest. Maybe the state parks wouldn't be under such a budget crunch if they were more inviting. Cuyamaca... More

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Fallbrook, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

We just got back from camping at the Green Valley campsite in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. We didn't realize the campsite was not associated with Lake Cuyamaca (about a 15 minute drive from Green Valley but just a few miles from the other campground Pico Pichaco). It worked out just fine since the drive between the two was beautiful and... More

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

We took a trip out to SD recently and spent an afternoon hiking up to Stonewall Peak at Cuyamaca. We parked for the day at Paso Picacho and walked across the road to the mountain...SO BEAUTIFUL! While we were driving in, I saw some smoke behind another mountain and immediately thought it was fire...my husband was skeptical at first but... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

What a great place to take our kids camping! We have four kids, from age 13 down to 6. We camp a few times a year and were looking for a new spot. Cuyamaca was a beautiful getaway. A bit of a drive for us, but not far from San Diego, Green Valley Campground at Cuyamaca Rancho State Park feels... More

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

I recently had my first "legit" camping experience at Cuyamaca State Park, in the Paso Pichacho campground. It's a great site for people who are new to camping that may want to ease into it, as it has running taps, restrooms, and even warm showers (bring quarters). There are also some camp spots within the grounds where the car parking... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013 via mobile

Cuyamaca has so many trails, it would be difficult to get bored. One of my favorite places to hike, bike or camp.

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