Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, with its oak woodland forests, pine stands and grassy meadows, reminds the visitor that Southern California is more than beachs and deserts.

Located about 50 miles east of San Diego, this 27, 677-acre park offers more than 100 miles of trails for hikers, bikers and equestrians, as well as two family campgrounds, Paso Picacho and Green Valley. The campgrounds are open spring to fall and sit at relatively high elevations, Paso Picacho at 5,000 feet and Green Valley at 4,000 feet, so temperatures are tolerable even when nearby Anza Borrego desert, another popular area for outdoor adventure, is blazingly hot in the summer.

Site Info


Access: Vehicle


Check In: Noon

Check Out: Noon


  • Drinking Water
  • Fire Ring/Grill
  • Garbage Cans
  • Picnic Table
  • RV Camping
  • Flushing Toilet
  • Shower
  • Tent Camping

More Info

Official Website: Visit Website


Driving Directions

Take I-8 about 35 miles east of San Diego. Take exit 40 and take CA-79 north for miles, until you see the Paso Picacho Campground on the left.

Coordinates: 32.959582,-116.579501

Elevation: 5000 feet