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Stonewall_Sentinel Trails and Tales Newsletter  Director’s Weekly Digest PARKS FORWARD Tranformation Tuesday 
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Photo by Michele Hernandez

Meet our Wonderful Interpreters funded by CRSPIA

Our newest interpreter is Carmen Aurrecochea. She is a recent graduate from SDSU in geography with an emphasis in methods of geographical analysis. She also interned at San Diego Canyonlands. Being a native San Diegan has given her the drive and desire to work in parks and to start in state parks, her vision is to utilize modern technology to reach new visitors and teach them how to interact appropriately with the environment. She is excited to be here in our park.
Our long time park volunteer and interpretation specialist, Michele Hernandez, started last year and we are so grateful to have her continue this year as well. She has been instrumental this year in adding interesting Programs in the Park, such as Raptors and Star Parties. If you haven’t seen any of the programs, you are missing out.
Michele brings an extensive knowledge of all things in our parking including but not limited to flower, butterfly and bird identification. She is also a fabulous photographer. You can check out her photos elsewhere on our website.

Michele Hernandez
Photo by David Canedo

The next time you are in the park; don’t forget to go to the visitor center to say hi to our two interpreters. They will answer all of your questions and recommend activities such where to hike, mountain bike or simply have a nice picnic.

For general public comment, the [501(c)3], Cuyamaca Rancho State Park Interpretive Association (CRSPIA) Board of Directors by unanimous vote opposes the proposed off-trail use restrictions of Title 14 under the Public Resources Code Sections 5003 and 5008 which authorizes DPR to adopt the proposed regulations, implement, interpret, and make specific PRCS 5003, 5008, 5019.50, 5019.65, 5019.71 and 5019.74.
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Interpreter Michele - PHOTOS

08/29/16 Recent Green Valley falls pictures. All of the upper falls area. The water doesn't go to the lower falls area.

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07/04/16 Conejos trail

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07/24 Stonewall Mine

07/11/16 Swallowtail on a narrow leaf milkweed and of a monarch caterpillar on an Indian milkweed. These were on Azalea Spring F/R. The Humboldt lily is from the Peak F/R.


06/19 Azalea Loop

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06/12/16 Star parties at Cuyamaca are the bomb.

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See more pictures by Michele Hernandez

07/24/16 Here are some photos of the new hats we have at the park store.

New adult t-shirts. Also comes in kiwi green.

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. More from the Visitor Center Store

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Remember CRSPIA current members get a 20% discount and also our partners  all Park Staff get the discount also. 

C.R.S.P.I.A. at Work

CRSPIA at Work

Come check out our docent tent. Interpreter Michele, Volunteers Heather & Dave greet hikers at Green Valley Campground near the trailhead for the falls.

There are maps, trails suggestions and lots of items that kids (and adults) can touch. Skunk & bobcat skins. Bones from wild animals and replicas made to show size & Shapes of animals. Rangers and Volunteers are very knowledgeable and love to use any opportunity to share their knowledge.

During the summer, every Saturday at 9am there is a Nature Walk that starts at the picnic area at Paso Picacho. Check with the kiosk to find out about available programs. There is also a Jr Ranger program. Saturday evenings, there are educational and interactive experiences called campfire programs. These could include Reptiles & Bugs, Star Party & Birds of Prey. Times and locations will be announced on the events page.


Our Mission

  Cuyamaca Rancho State Park Interpretive Association's mission is to support Cuyamaca Rancho and Palomar Mountain State Parks. As an IRS registered 501(c)3 charitable organization, CRSPIA uses your tax deductible donations to provide these parks with interpretive and educational materials that normal funding


  Notice to hikers, campers and Horse riders, the well at Granite Springs Trail Camp has run dry.  There is no water available at this Trail Camp.  Anyone hiking to this area is advised to take enough water for your hike up and back.  There is no water for horses.


  A Note About our Website. Thank you for visiting CRSPIA.org!  It is our goal to provide you with current and relevant information about CRSPIA and the Park through our Website. 

Message from Webmaster:

Please be aware that CRSPIA has not authorized any other fundraising site or organization to collect funds.

We have discovered two sites that purport to collect money for '.org' sites in a specific community. If you search for organizations in Julian, or any other community, these sites present a button that allows an internet user to "donate" money to the selected organization. These sites then keep some portion of the donated amount and try to negotiate with the organization before they release the donated funds.

CRSPIA.org is the only site you should use to donate money from your PayPal or credit card account. If you run into one of these other fund-raising sites, please do not use it.