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    Southern most of protected forest lands in California includes 430,000 acres of San Diego, Orange and Riverside divided into three distinct areas. Comprises of conifer woodlands and chaparral.

    Also home to formerly the world's largest observatory atop Palomar Mountain.

    Cleveland National Forest
    10845 Rancho Bernardo Rd, Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92127-2107; (619) 674-2901;

    Cleveland N.F. was originally set aside by President Roosevelt in 1908 to protect its watershed (not all national forests are designated to manage timber). Today its 430,000 acres is only one-quarter of its original size and is covered mostly by oak woodlands and dense chaparral.

    The popular driving loop to see the best of Cleveland N.F. is to follow Sunrise Highway (County Hwy-S1) up past Mount Laguna.

    Wildlife - Over 78 sensitive, threatened or endangered species live here.
    Birding - Includes the Golden Eagle.
    Laguna Meadow - One of Southern California's great mountain meadows. Scenic hiking trails and spring wildflowers located of Sunrise Highway (Hwy-S1).
    El Prado Campground - Located off Sunrise Highway (Hwy-S1).
    Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve - Outdoor trails (619) 765-0650;
    Roberts Ranch - Outdoor trails (619) 445-3904

    Tour Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
    600,000 acre Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, the largest state park in the contiguous United States and voted the #1 state park in California by National Geographic. This area was first traversed by Spanish explorer Juan Batiste de Anza in 1774. Visitors can traverse canyons full of desert palms, ancient pictographs, majestic cactus and early spring wildflowers.

    Borrego Springs Country Club Resort
    1112 Tilting T Drive, Borrego Springs, CA 92004;
    Serene resort oasis found tucked away in the Anza Borrego Desert at the foot of the Santa-Rosa Mountains. The Borrego Springs Country Club features 100 guestrooms that are well appointed with a casual early California charm.


    Tour Julian California
    Just an hour from San Diego is this classic mountain retreat. This old-fashioned village is a base for horseback riding, fishing, hiking, camping and western re-enactments. Discover history while staying at a romantic bed-n-breakfast lodge. Guests may also sample cuisine and world famous Julian Apple Pie at the fine local restaurants.

    Tour Pacific Crest Trail PCT
    The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is the jewel in the crown of Americaís scenic trails, spanning 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada. Hikers cross the beauty of the desert, glaciated expanses of the Sierra Nevada, and provides commanding vistas of volcanic peaks and glaciers in the Cascade Range. The trail also passes through historic mining sites and evidence of humanís endless quest for natural resources.

    Escondido Comfort Inn
    1290 West Valley Pkwy, Escondido, CA 92029
    Escondido Center for the Arts, Iceoplex and North County Fair Shopping Mall are minutes from the hotel. Fine restaurants and businesses are also nearby. Temecula and Esconido wineries are a short drive away. Standard room amenities include air-conditioning, an alarm clock radio, cable TV, dataport, hairdryer, iron, ironing board, mini-refrigerator, and telephone.


    Rancho Bernardo Inn
    San Diego's Legendary Golf Resort and Spa

    17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive, Rancho Bernardo, CA 92128;
    Location: Near I-15 Exit to Rancho Bernardo Road;

    Set in the San Pasqual Mountains just 25 miles north of San Diego and surrounded by 265 acres of carefully manicured golf course and lush California landscape, the Rancho Bernardo Inn features 108 holes of great golf, state-of-the-art tennis, fitness and spa facilities and two award-winning restaurants offering the finest dining experience rated highest among San Diego restaurants.


    Trabuco Ranger District - North
    Consists of most of the Santa Ana Mountains in Southwest Riverside County and is bisected by the Ortega Highway, which runs from San Juan Capistrano to Lake Elsinore.

    San Mateo Canyon Wilderness
    This 38,484-acre San Mateo Canyon wilderness is located in Orange, Riverside, and San Diego Counties. It is a place for solitude and rest from the busier forest areas in southern California. As a result, you may still heard noises from surrounding development in some areas of the wilderness.

    Ronald Caspers Wilderness Park
    Santa Ana Mountains

    8,000 acre protected wilderness preserve nestled among the river terraces and sandstone canyons of the western coastal Santa Ana Mountains. There are numerous opportunities for primitive forms of recreation such as camping, picnicking, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, photography, nature study and astronomy.

    Palomar Mountain
    One of the best outdoor wilderness locations in San Diego and home to formerly the largest astronimical observatory in the world. Site of Palomar State Park.

    Rancho Cuyamaca State Park
    The beautiful park offers camping and hiking in an oak woodland forest, with a sprinkling of pines and lovely meadows with creeks. There are over 100 miles of trails which accommodate hikers, bikers, and equestrians.

    Agua Tibia Wilderness
    15,934, wilderness area created in 1975 in the Northern portion of the Palomar Ranger District. This mountainous area is cut by many deep canyons containing only intermittent streams with chaparral, oak woodlands and some coniferous forests at the higher elevations. Elevation ranges from 1,700 feet in the canyon bottoms to the 5,077 foot Eagle Crag Peak at the southeast corner.

    Poway Best Western - Poway
    13845 Poway Road, Poway CA 92064;
    Location: On Poway Road about 1 mile east of Community Road

    Experience the spirit of Poway or just relax and enjoy the inn's quiet comfort. Come find country hospitality with modern amenities in a relaxed atmosphere. Services and amenities include a deluxe continental breakfast daily, in-room coffee maker, hairdryer, microwave, refrigerator, iron and ironing board and guest laundry on property.


    Ramona San Vicente Resort
    This fine Ramona Golf and Tennis Resort is located 45 minutes from San Diego and 20 minutes from Wild Animal Park. The resort is found on 300 acres with Championship Golf, lighted Tennis courts, Olympic size pool and spa, extensive Equestrian facilities, walking and hiking trails.

    Descanso Ranger District - South
    Forest area east of City of El Cajon including Mount Laguna in San Diego East County.

    Tour Mount Laguna
    Mountain Resort, Astronomy Observatory and Wilderness Adventures in the southeastern corner of CNF.

    Loveland Reservoir - Fishing
    Loveland Reservoir, near Alpine, has a capacity of 25,400 acre feet. Its dam is 203 feet high and 765 feet wide, and was completed in 1945. Loveland reservoir is owned and operated by Sweetwater Authority, a pubic water agency.

    Sunrise Scenic Byway - County Road S1
    This alpine highway leads to many desert and coastal scenic overlooks, campgrounds and winter snowplay areas in the Laguna Mountains.

    Pine Creek Wilderness
    The Pine Creek Wilderness is a gently sloping area ranging from 2,000 feet elevation in the south to 4,000 feet in the north. Vegetation is mostly chamise chaparral and scrub oak with riparian and oak woodland vegetation in stream bottoms and benches. Rainbow and bass are found in Pine Creek. Several trails provide access to the area.

    Inaja & Cosmit Reservation - Cuyamaca CA
    Kumeyaay / Diegueno Indian Band

    Probably the least-known Indian reservation in San Diego County. This 851-acre reservation is tucked away in Julianís backcountry. Very few people have actually seen this land, yet at one time it was home to many people and even had its own school.

    El Capitan Reservoir
    El Capitan Reservoir has the largest capacity in the City of San Diego Lakes system. It has public access for swimming, boating, and fishing. It's located approximately 30 miles northeast of downtown San Diego, on the San Diego River.

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