Trails — Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
has more than 100 miles of riding and
hiking trails. The popular 3.5-mile hike up
Lookout Fire Road to Cuyamaca Peak offers
spectacular 360-degree views of the ocean,
the desert, the Salton Sea, and across the
border into Mexico. The 2-mile trail to the
top of Stonewall Peak—only moderately
difficult due to many switchbacks—climbs
from 4,800 to 5,700 feet to overlook the
old mine site. The 9-mile Harvey Moore
Trail is a difficult hike beginning near the
Sweetwater River Bridge north of Green
Valley. The round trip takes eight hours. The
restored Paso Picacho Self-Guided Nature
Trail gives a brief overview of the role of
change in nature. The visitor center has
hiking trail maps available.
Interpretive programs — The Stonewall
Mine site exhibits a pictorial history of this
Southern California gold mine. The park’s
visitor center features regional plant and
animal exhibits; it also describes Kumeyaay
native life before European settlement.
Picnicking — Developed picnic areas at
Paso Picacho and Green Valley have tables,
barbeque stoves, and accessible restrooms.
Paso Picacho group picnic area holds up
Camping — Family campsites with tables
and fire rings are available, with accessible
restrooms nearby. Trailers are limited to 30
feet long. Motor homes up to 24 feet may
use Paso Picacho; Green Valley fits RVs up
to 27 feet. Six rudimentary camping cabins
with wooden bunks and nearby restrooms at
Paso Picacho are reservable year-round.
Paso Picacho Group Camp accommodates
up to 40 campers with 20 cars or light trucks.
Equestrian campsites at Green Valley have
spaces for two horses and a rig. Riding
groups may camp at Los Vaqueros Group
Horse Campground, near the California
Riding and Hiking Trail.
Reserve cabins and campsites by calling
(800) 444-7275 or visiting www.parks.ca.gov.
Primitive horse trail camps are located at
Granite Springs and Arroyo Seco, with family
campsites for up to eight people. One group
site holds up to 16 people. To use the trail
camp, register at park headquarters, the
Paso Picacho contact station, or the Green
Valley campground. Primitive sites are in an
unlighted, remote area, so check in early to
set up camp well before dark. Horse corrals
are available, but equestrians should pack
in feed because grazing is not allowed.
Dogs must be attended and leashed at all
times. Except for service animals, pets are
allowed only on paved roads.
One equestrian campsite at Green Valley,
Cedar Cabin and five campsites at Paso
Picacho, and the Azalea Glen and
Stonewall Mine hiking trails are accessible.
Accessible parking and restrooms are
near the visitor center. Accessibility is
continually improving. For updates, visit