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.
For the more adventurous, Granite Springs and Arroyo Seco Environmental camps are accessible to backpackers and equestrians. Both have chemical toilets, non-potable water, corrals and tent sites.
Size: 27, 677 square acres
Terrain Type(s): Lake, Mountain, River
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