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Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

Google Map Coordinates: Latitude: 32.954700 / Longitude: -116.601402
Green Valley Campground

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.

Sites 1-22 have been changed to a horse camp with corrals. They are now 1-15. 16-22 are no longer there due to the extra space needed for the horse "stuff".

Paso Picacho Campground

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.

Reservation Season:

Cabins (Cedar, Coulter, Live Oak, Manzanita):
On reservations All Year

Granite Springs Trail Camp and Trail Group:
On reservations All Year

Green Valley Family Sites:
On reservations April 1 - November 30
Closed when not on reservations

Green Valley Horse Camp:
On reservations April 1 - November 30
Closed when not on reservations

Los Vaqueros Group Camp:
On reservations May 20 - November 30
Closed when not on reservations

Paso Picacho:
On reservations April 1 - November 30
1st when not on reservations

Green Valley Campground Best Campsites: 28, 35, 38, and 76.

Paso Picacho Campground Best Campsites: 8, 22, 36, 52, 62, and 65

Location – Directions

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
13652 Highway 79
Julian, CA 92036
760 765-3020

East of San Diego, the park is on Highway 79, five miles north of I-8

Points of Interest

Spreading over 24,677 acres of land, Cuyamaca Rancho State Park features meadows, mountains, and oak woodlands. More than half of the park is classified as "wilderness," meaning all vehicles, even bicycles, are prohibited. There are more than 100 miles of riding and hiking trails, including the Cuyamaca Peak Trail which climbs to the 6,512-foot summit with a spectacular view of the Pacific coastline, Colorado Desert, Mexico, and the Salton Sea. The park contains exhibits about Native Americans, gold mining, and natural history. Fishing is seasonal.

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.

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park now offers AT&T Wi-Fi Service!

This service enables park visitors with wireless enabled laptop computers or personal digital assistants (PDAs) to access the Internet. You can access this service if you are within a 150 foot range base of the Administrative Headquarters.