"Hidden waterfalls and more than 100 miles of trails through forest and meadow silently witness the regrowth of Cuyamaca Rancho State Park."
The Rancho Cuyamaca State Park is one of the most beautiful regions our backcountry has to offer. You'll definitely want to stop by during your visit with us and check out some of the beautiful landscapes, mounatin forests, meadows and miles of rolling hills. We host a few Alter Experiences camp out events at both Paso Picasho State and Green Valley falls campgrounds throughout the year. If you're staying at our site in Laguna Campground, the drive to the State Park takes about 15 minutes. It's also about a 15 minute drive from our site in Wynola at Fort Cross. Lake Cuyamaca, Cleveland National Forest and the Rancho Cuyamaca state park all border each other and you'll be in relatively close proximity to all 3 locations. The historic town of Julian is also near by. You'll have plenty to see and do during your stay with us.
The beautiful state park offers camping and hiking in an oak woodland forest, with a sprinkling of pines and lovely meadows with creeks. There are over 100 miles of trails which accommodate hikers, bikers, and equestrians. The two family camps, Paso Picacho and Green Valley, are open and on the reservation system spring through fall. Green Valley sits at an elevation of 4,000 feet and has a creek which runs through the middle of the campground. The day use area offers sets of cascades and shallow pools, great for water play on hot days.
Paso Picacho, 5 miles north, sits at an elevation of 5,000 feet. The most popular hikes start from this camp, including the 2 mile hike up Stonewall Peak (elevation 5,700 feet), and the 3.5 mile hike up Cuyamaca Peak (elevation 6,512 feet), both which offer breathtaking views of the deserts to the east, the coast to the west, and Lake Cuyamaca at the bottom.
Each campsite has a picnic table and a fire ring. Restrooms with flush toilets and pay showers are available.
There are no hookups. Each campground has a dump station. Firewood and ice may be purchased at the camps. Interpretive programs are offered during the summer season. Campsites are $30 per night. Reservations are necessary for weekends April through October. The camping fee includes one motorized vehicle. Extra vehicles are $10 per night. There is a limit of 8 persons per campsite. Dogs are allowed but are restricted to the campgrounds, picnic areas, and paved roads and Cuyamaca Peak Fire Road. They may not be left unattended.
Granite Springs and Arroyo Seco Environmental camps have chemical toilets, non-potable water, corrals and tent sites.
Day use visitors may use the picnic areas provided at the campgrounds for $10 per vehicle. The receipt is good for the entire park for the day. The picnic areas offer tables, restrooms, and barbeques. Visitors may also park in legal turnouts along the highway and hike for free. Fire is not allowed anywhere except in the developed picnic areas and campgrounds.
For the most current information on the park, go to http://www.crspia.org. This website also covers our tremendous volunteer program and its opportunities.
The park phone number is 760-765-3020.
Information provided here is courtesy of California Department of Parks an Recreation. For more info please visit the California State Park web-site.
You can download the State Park brochure here courtesy of the California Department of Parks an Recreation.