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Cuyamaca State Park
Cuyamaca State Park © Cheyanne Reseck-Francis
Sun coming through the trees.
Cuyamaca State Park © Cheyanne Reseck-Francis
Colors of fall
13652 Highway 79
Julian, California   92036

Phone: 760-765-3020
Reservations: 888-444-7275
The beautiful 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. Green Valley has 81 campsites.

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. Lake Cuyamaca, operated by the Helix Water District, is two miles north of Paso Picacho and offers boating and fishing. Paso Picacho campground has 85 campsites.

Each campsite has a picnic table and a fire ring. Restrooms with flush toilets and pay showers are in the campground. Water faucets a located every few campsites. There are no hookups. Each campground has a dump station. Firewood 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 $8 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.

Photo: Landscape view of Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

Day use visitors may use the picnic areas provided at the campgrounds for $8 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. The park is located approximately 50 miles east of San Diego on Highway 79. It is 15 miles south of the quaint historical town of Julian.

Come visit this park rich in beauty and history!

 Hiking Trailyes
 Bridle Trailsyes

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
November 18 The Stars at Night by Barbara San Diego
Looking up at the stars, so clear and bright, just before I turn over in my sleeping bag to go back to sleep is an awe inspiring experience. That moment stays with me and puts everything into perspective.
January 26 it wuz so nice by woo cool cool
wowzers iz all i can says. it was too amazing and nice.
November 13 Awesome Place!!! by Brian, DJ and Heather Macomber
We love to go camping here in the summer & winter. The camp grounds are nice and clean.The Rangers always helpful,and courteous. Restrooms fascilities close by and kept up as well. The Pond offers a nice day for fishing and Frog watching & the Hiking is a Beautiful rendevous for all. Just Love it!!!

Area Campgrounds
Sunrise Highway RV Park
9849 Sunrise Highway
Mt. Laguna, CA
Butterfield Ranch Resort RV Campground
14925 Great South Overland Route
Julian, CA
Pinezanita Campgrounds
4446 Highway 79
Julian, CA

East of San Diego, the park is on Highway 79, five miles north of I-8.
Latitude/Longitude: 32.9547 / -116.6014


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