Cuyamaca Rancho State Park – Wildlife abounds

Green Valley in Cuyamaca

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
13652 Highway 79
Julian, CA 92036
Agency: California State Parks

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park is located about 40 minutes from downtown San Diego, yet feels worlds away. I’ve been there several times, and each time I have had the pleasure of seeing wildlife, including mule deer, turkeys, woodpeckers, squirrels and a variety of other birds and reptiles. There have also been sightings of mountain lions and coyotes.

The park, which is over 26,000 acres, includes meadows, Lake Cuyamaca, and many peaks, including Cuyamaca Peak, the second highest peak in San Diego County (Hot Springs Mountain is the highest). I highly recommend it to any visitor to San Diego who is looking for a trip away from the city.

Features: Wildlife, Hiking, Camping, Fishing, Horseback Trails, RV/Trailer Camping, Picnic Grounds

Peaks: Cuyamaca Peak, Stonewall Peak, Little Stonewall Peak, Middle Peak, Japacha Peak, Oakzanita Peak, North Peak

The mother woodpecker

Deer in Cuyamaca

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Cuyamaca Peak Webcam

Cuyamaca Peak Webcam

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  1. says

    We saw a bobcat relaxing out in the open in a meadow a few weeks ago, on the Azalea Glen trail. Wildflowers can also be nice up there.

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