Green Valley Campground is closed for the season. Reopening for the summer anticipated around April 1
Cuyamaca Rancho and Palomar Mountain State Parks offer a number of guided interpretive programs throughout the summer. These programs usually start in May and run through September. Check our Calendar and Events page for a schedule. Contact the park entrance station for program information at both parks.
The Visitor Center houses the Park's Museum which contains displays and exhibits about the Park's history and wildlife. Don't forget to take a picture of your family in front of the Mountain Lion!
The Visitor Center is also home to the Park's Gift Shop which is maintained and staffed by CRSPIA Volunteers. Our Gift Shop is a great place to look for Birthday and Holiday gifts.
The Visitor Center is open Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00-4:00.
Please do not feed the animals. Don’t teach them to like "human food" because it doesn't provide a healthy diet for wild animals. If they get accustomed to "human food", they will frequently starve in winter.
Remember! Though they seem tame, these are wild animals!Let’s keep them that way!
Campfire Programs are held on Saturday nights, usually at both parks, and often during the week. Please check the park announcements for exact dates, times, and titles of programs. Come join in. You’ll have a good time and learn a bit about YOUR park.
Bicycles are welcome on paved roads, primitive fire roads and some designated trails. Bikes are not permitted in the wilderness - check at the Entrance Kiosk or with a Ranger or Park Aide for a list of trails where bicycles are permitted. Remember, anyone under the age of 18 must wear a helmet while riding bicycles or skateboards anywhere in the park. Remember that the California Vehicle Code applies to all campground driveways.
The Red Diamond and Southern Pacific Rattlesnakes are the most common type of rattlesnake found in the park. Mating season is early to late spring and the female rattlesnake gives birth usually in August. While it appears that the female gives birth to live young, rattlesnakes are really hatched from eggs. The eggs are not laid in a nest but are incubated and hatched internally.
Rattlesnakes blend into their surroundings and can be difficult to see. They generally lay in open areas (such as trails) in the early morning and late evening to get heat from the sun. When the weather turns hotter, they most often lay in grassy or brushy areas to avoid overheating. Rattlesnake venom can be deadly and any snakebite must be treated as a medical emergency.
Ticks are a fact of life in wild areas of San Diego County. Not all ticks carry diseases, but some in this area do carry Lyme disease. Humans and dogs can contract it any time of the year since the ticks feed at various times of the year, including winter. Lyme disease often presents a rash around the bite and flu-like symptoms and if untreated can lead to arthritis, meningitis, neuralgic and cardiac problems.
The best way to avoid ticks is to avoid trail edges, brush and grassy areas, wear light colored long pants and long sleeves, use insect repellent; and check for ticks on you, children and pets frequently. Gently remove an embedded tick using tissue or tweezers and save it for identification. Be sure to tell your doctor you were bitten by a tick if you develop symptoms.
This is one plant you need to know. Learn to recognize it at a glance. Poison oak has a triple leaf pattern with prominent veins and shiny surfaces. It is a very hardy plant, common throughout the local parks. Irritating oils in the leaves can cause a severe rash. Avoid touching it, pets, or tools which may have touched it. Much of the irritating oil from poison oak can be removed by washing with soap and water at the first opportunity.
A physician should treat severe inflammation.