Many of us fortunate enough to call the San Diego / Baja California corridor home, find it hard to describe in words what a special place this area truly is. In terms of the region's wildly contrasting topography and rich bio-diversity alone, you're hard pressed to find any place like it in the world.
From our company headquarters in Mount Laguna, San Diego, you can be snowboarding in the mountains, surfing in the ocean, racing in the desert and crossing into Mexico - all in one day. You can be at the beach, desert, mountain and forest, all within an hour drive! It's a playground for the outdoorsman or nature enthusiast and synonymous with our very active lifestyle culture.
Our love for adventure travel is rooted in our San Diego Heritage. It brings us great joy to highlight all the natural wonders and bio-diversity that San Diego supports, as a world renowned travel destination.
Outfitting came very natural to us and we were fortunate that USFS Descanso Ranger District took us under their wings in 2018. In 2020, we were able to expand further south and set up headquarters in San Felipe, Baja California, where we offer a host of Baja experiences and cross border tours.
Our high altitude glamping retreats are under concession of US Forest Service in the Mount Laguna Recreation Area, where we also have concessions for event management and mountain biking services.
We continue to work closely with USFS in support of safe, responsible and forward thinking recreation growth.
Much of the uniqueness and beauty of this region is highlighted under the following quotes:
"The Central Mountain Subregion lies east of the Alpine and Ramona Community Panning Areas (CPA), west of the Desert Subregion, south of the Julian CPA, and north of the Mountain Empire Subregion. The Central Mountain Subregion is one of the most scenic areas in the County. It is a recreational and agricultural resource for the entire County. It offers its residents and visitors a place to experience tranquility and the beauty of undisturbed nature.
There are two public recreation and wilderness areas in the Subregion: Cuyamaca Rancho State Park (approximately 25,000 acres) and the Cleveland National Forest (approximately 120,000 acres).
The Subregion covers approximately 200,000 acres, 78 percent of which are in public ownership or in the Inaja, Cosmit, La Posta, or Capitan Grande Indian Reservations. The principal types of vegetation found in the Subregion are southern oak woodland, which consists of two communities: the mountain woodland and the valley woodland, the coniferous forest, chaparral, and riparian vegetation. The Central Mountain Subregion contains most of the highest mountains in the County: Cuyamaca Peak (6,512 feet), Cuyapaipe Mountain (6,378 feet), Monument Peak (6,272 feet), and North Peak (5,993 feet). Other striking features of this Subregion are: Cuyamaca Lake, a reservoir for the Helix Water District the northern tip of El Capitan Reservoir; meadows and coniferous forests; and spectacular views of the Anza Borrego Desert from the Sunrise Highway..."
"...Within the Central Mountain Subregion, we preserve and respect our venerable and historic structures in the form of lodges, halls and restaurants, churches and residences, barns, and bridges. Our compact utilitarian commercial cores represent a very small percentage of our overall land use and provide essential local services for area residents and visitors. Limited pockets of residential development spread outward from our village centers to areas where they fit well within their surroundings. The lack of tract housing developments and larger commercial centers further defines and enhances the unique character of our backcountry communities. It is the combination of 52 these factors that contribute to our quaint rural ambiance and charm.
Because of limited infrastructure and limited natural resources like groundwater, any further growth must be carefully managed. Any growth must also compliment our natural rural landscape and adhere to our community character. Our communities are gateways to recreational opportunities. We place an extremely high value on recreational opportunities provided by open space and community trails which offer pedestrians, equestrians, and mountain bikers access to federal, State and County Parks. As committed backcountry stewards, we believe in the preservation of clean air and dark skies, mature woodlands and open spaces, natural resources, and water quality. These core values are reflected in our rural lifestyles and make up some of the essential components of our community character.
The Central Mountain Subregion is perhaps one of the few remaining areas within the County that still offers visitors a chance to escape their fast-paced urban lifestyle and recall with nostalgia, the essence of life in a small mountain village. As nearby suburban populations continue to increase, it is of the utmost importance that the natural beauty of our local rural landscapes and vital character of our small villages be treasured and preserved for future generations."
Central Mountain Subregional Plan - San Diego County General Plan