Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, Descanso: Address, Phone Number, Cuyamaca Rancho State Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
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This park's beautiful pine and oak forests, meadows and streams are unusual in this part of the country.
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Adventure56150320006
1 contribution
Nice drive
Mar 2021
Nice fishing lake w small campground, seasonal streams and waterfalls, great hiking trails, especially in springtime. Close to Julian, CA-old gold mining town just north - good place for a lunch and Julian apple pie!
Written August 9, 2021
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svictory19
San Diego, CA40 contributions
Great for San Diego's Environment - Leave Your Music at Home
Jul 2021
It's very good for San Diego. If you are used to Northern CA, Colorado, etc..., you might be a bit disappointed. It's all about the location's environment. Southern CA's environment isn't suited to be as green as those other places. I see a lot of negative posts about that. Didn't they learn that different places around the world have different environments? They should have done their research before coming here. I don't understand taking points off in a review for that. Anyway... There's lots of different trails for hiking. All are pretty easy. I've been here many times over the years and I've see Deer, Foxes, Bobcats, Bats, Snakes, many different types of birds and Mountain Lion tracks (I've seen a few tracks, but never one in person). Your parking pass is good at both Paso Picacho and Green Valley Falls, so if you camp at one place, but want to hike at both, the price is included for both. Most of the campsites aren't level. It would behoove you to bring a shovel, so you can level your tent area. There are fire rings with grates, but some previous guests don't have respect for nice things and have bent or even broken some of them. If it's a clear night, you can see TONS of stars. Sometimes, you can hear gunfire out in the distance (but that's rare). There's a Ranger qualifying range close by, so that's what you are hearing. Lastly, leave your music at home. 99.999% of the people who come here want to get away and just listen to the sounds of the breeze going through the trees or the crackle of the campfire. No one wants to hear your loud music, so please, be respectful to others and leave that at home (if people complain, a ranger might stop by and ask you to leave, if you don't turn off your music). There is a noise curfew as well, so even loud talking is banned after 9 or 10pm.
Written July 21, 2021
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Pioneer546899
3 contributions
water falls
Jul 2020 • Family
The place is very nice very relaxing and clean, first time visiting this place and will be back definitely
Written July 10, 2020
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Pellon L
San Diego, CA21 contributions
Weekend getaway from everything!!!
Aug 2019
This campground is excellent! The campsite is fairly spaced apart some over really good shade with the tall pine trees and some have Sun all da, but most the campground have some shade during hot summer. The bathroom were impressive clean and the park staff are really nice and polite. Park Rangers do patrol this area and overall they are very good with keeping you informed with wild animal sighting (Mountain lion) and activities within the campground. This place is mostly family oriented, but just don't take my word for it go and see for yourself. They have good hiking and mountain biking trails, which most of the trails are not for beginners or small children under 7 yrs., however, all kids are different. Shower stall is provided with quarter system, the pressure is not that great but good enough for showering to just scrub off all the dirt. I like that most site provided a wooden table and bench and the fire pit have a grill. We had a wonderful time with our friends and the nights were lit with starts.
Written August 13, 2019
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Celeste J
San Diego, CA83 contributions
Great Camping spot
Nov 2018
Took my GS Troop here for a camping activity and had a great time. We went in November though which was really cold, so I suggest that you bundle up and make sure that you have a warm sleeping bag. We were near the restroom which was excellent but the lights from it was pretty bright. The campsite that we got was on the slanted side so the first night, the spot that we got had all the girls sliding to the bottom of the tent...we moved it the next day which was closer to the fire but definitely a better spot (everyone stayed put). The girls had fun exploring and hiking and learning how to camp as a troop. We will go back again.
Written April 14, 2019
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Susie1028
San Diego, CA2,006 contributions
San Diego's Backyard
Dec 2018 • Friends
Cuyamaca Rancho State Park is located in east San Diego County. It is a lovely park with oak woodland forest, with a sprinkling of pines, and lovely meadows with creeks. There are two camping facilities--Paso Picaco (year round) and Green Valley (seasonal). Campgrounds feature picnic tables, fire rings, restrooms with flush toilets, pay showers, and water faucets. Parking is free in many of the pullouts, and $10 at the campgrounds (for hiking to Cuyamaca Peak, Stonewall Peak, and Green Valley Falls). There are over 100 miles of trails that accommodate hikers, bikers, and equestrians. Try Stonewall Peak as a moderate hike up to a rocky outcropping, or visit Cuyamaca Peak, the 2nd highest point in San Diego County.
Written December 10, 2018
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Shawnee A
Norco, CA50 contributions
Most Beautiful CA State Park!
Oct 2018
I visit this state park as often as I possibly can, weather riding or hiking or just simply driving through. The majesticness of the mountains and oak trees are unparalleled to any other place I have ever seen! I also find the rangers to be passionate about this park, they are super helpful and full of information. If your contemplating on a place to hike or ride your horse, go! You will be so glad you did!
Written November 6, 2018
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matwen2016
Wurselen, Germany243 contributions
super interesting area - well maintained trails
Jul 2018 • Friends
We have been visiting here to have one peak trail done. Due to super hot conditions we gave up on the Cuyamaka Peak but headed for the Stonewall Peak instead. That was a very good decision. We did up and down in less than 2h. All the way there is some shade you can use for short breaks. There are very well marked and maintained trails. They are partly steep but not an issue with good shoes. And the peak itself reveals a magnificent veiw which pays you pack for all the efford invested.

The parking place is 10$ a day but you are also allowed to park at the Historic Stone Wall Mine Site with the same ticket.
Written July 9, 2018
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mini
Fremont, CA130,991 contributions
Very NIce State Park - Visited Historic Stone Wall Mine Site - Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, Descanso
Jun 2018 • Couples
We went to Cuyamaca Rancho Stae Park, This is a very nice park for people who use it for day use or camp there. Its also good for equestrians and their horses.

This time we visited the mine and small museum in the park. It was called the Stone Walll Mine. There is a small building that is a tiny museum with exhibits that describes the mine and the people.

There are mountain lions that roam this area.
Written June 24, 2018
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Fogstad
Oceanside, CA47 contributions
Awesome campground
Feb 2017 • Family
We take our kids here every year. Great location, not overcrowded, and only a couple hours away. Once you set up camp, lots of hiking and activity options. Clean restrooms too. And pay showers!!
Written January 21, 2018
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