Heber Dunes State Vehicle Recr Area - Heber CA
343 acres area located south of El Centro. It is primarily used for off-road recreation,
however, camping, picnicking, and baseball are also popular activities in the park.
Ocotillo Wells State Vehicle Recr Area - East Borrego
42,000 acres of desert terrain, from below sea level to 400 foot elevations. It is a motorcycle, four-wheel drive, all-terrain vehicle, and dune buggy use area.
The wash-and-ridge terrain includes a butte with dunes and a sand bowl, a blow-sand dune, springs and a camp on a former homestead site.
The park has pay showers, picnic tables, shade ramadas, fire rings and a dump station available.
Southern California Outdoor Adventure
Astronomy - Observatories * Clubs
Aviation - Airports & Airshows
Beach - Adventure Guide
Biking - Trails * Clubs
Birding - Best parks and nature refuges
Boating - Rivers, Lakes and Marinas
Scouting - Youth Outdoor Groups
Camping - Campgrounds
Fishing - Guides & Outfitters
Ghost Towns - Trails * Clubs
Golf - Courses & Tournaments
Pacific Crest Trail - Trails * Clubs
Guest Ranches - Trails * Clubs
Equistrian - Horse Racing & Etc
Marathon - Road Races & Competitions
Recreation - Outdoor Recreation & Sports
Rock Climbing -
Scenic Trails -
Spelunking - Cave Explorers
State Parks - Recreational Programs
Summer Camps - Sports & Academics
Tennis - Courts & Tournaments
Watersports - Pools & Competition
Wildlife - Nature Preserves
Wild Adventures in Southern California
Special guide to the most extreme adventures available at area beaches, islands, mountains, deserts and many points
in between. See also the links to area state and national parks, forests and beaches.
Salvation Army / Kroc Community Center - New June 2002!
6845 University Ave, San Diego CA;
This six-block, 12-acre, $87 million facility is the Salvation Army's
biggest community center and one of the largest in the nation.
- Three swimming pools
- Indoor skateboard park
- Rock climbing wall
- Ice-skating rink - skateboard ramp built in Belgium
- Basketball court and gymnasium
- Sports field
- Weight room
- 650-seat performing arts center
- Full library and computer center with 80 terminals
- Entire set of band instruments and nine pianos
Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve
Rising over 5,000 feet and covering more than 25,000 acres, this majestic 15 mile ridge lies in the heart of San Diego County's backcountry, stretching
from Lake Henshaw to the Anza Borrego Desert with the historic town of Julian at its feet.
Old Poway Park
14114 Midland Road, Poway, CA 92074; 858-679-8587;
Museum, train depot, retail village, bandstand, festivals and much more.
Old Poway Village is a quaint retail/office center nestled in the heart of Poway. As you stroll our flower-lined walkways,
you’ll experience a feeling of country living combined with a hint of city flair. Explore our unique assortment of one-of-a-kind
specialty shops offering fine foods, home décor and gifts, health and beauty, women’s apparel and accessories, crafts and hobbies, patio and garden supplies, and holistic pet care.
Poway Historical Society - Old Poway Park
- Operates pioneer museum.
Old Poway Village
Tour Balboa Park
Dozens of museums, libraries, gardens, and many other attractions
Find out when to visit for free.
Point Loma / Harbor / Mission Bay
San Dieguito River Park
Partially completed Coast-to-Crest wilderness trail follows the path of the San Dieguito Rivier.
The Park will someday extend from the ocean at Del Mar to Volcan Mountain, just north of Julian
and may even connect with the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park just beyond.
It will wind past Rancho Santa Fe, Fairbanks Ranch, Escondido, Lake Hodges and Lake Sutherland.
So. California Mountain Ski Resorts
There are six major ski resort areas operating in the San Bernardino Mountains, less than one hour away from the
greater metropolitan area. Activities offer include traditional alpine skiing, snowboarding, family winter fun zones, ski schools
and more. Ski season usually runs from December to April. And during the off-season,
these mountain areas are also a great place to visit to enjoy suberb scenic vistas.
Otay Valley Regional County Park
The regional park will extend about 11 miles inland from the southeastern edge of the salt ponds at the mouth of the river, through the Otay River Valley, to the land surrounding both Lower and Upper Otay Lakes.
Currently there are no active or passive recreational areas in the park, other than the County-owned and operated facility at Otay Lakes.
San Diego County Beaches
Tour Oceanside California
Coastal city with major fishing pier and host to Camp Pendleton USMC base.
Tour Carlsbad California
Located just 15 miles north of San Diego, is a major flower growing center,
beach resort and antique collection gift shop area.
The city was named for the popular 19th-century Karlsbad
Spa in Europe. The city is located right on the Pacific Ocean coastline and has
several miles of beaches popular for both swimming and surfing.
Tour Solana Beach California
This city is a historical fixture on the famous Highway 101 running along
the coast. Its wonderful weather has consistently drawn out sun lovers,
surfers, joggers and beach walkers.
Camp Pendleton USMC
The largest amphibious training facility in the nation, Camp Pendleton
covers 17 miles of Pacific coastline north of Oceanside. It is home to 35,000 active duty
Marines and their dependents of the U.S. 1st Marine Division and related units.
Includes two museums open to the public.
North County Area Recreation
Oceanside Marina Inn
2008 Harbor Drive North, Oceanside CA 92054
The Oceanside Marina Inn is uniquely secluded in the Ocenaside Harbor; you'll be steps away from water sports, harbor shopping, dining, and nightlife.
East County Area Recreation
Cleveland National Forest
420,000 acres woodlands and mountains with many camping sites
and hiking trails.
One of the best outdoor locations in San Diego and home to formerly the
largest astronimical observatory in the world.
Tour Salton Sea
The Salton Sea is California's largest lake. During winter months
it is home to over four million birds (representing over 400 species).
It is located at about 228 feet below sea level below sea level.
Tour Imperial Valley Dunes
Eastern rim of Imperial Valley -
Wildlife viewing area and home to several unique species of plants and
animals. Very popular area for offroad vehicle activity.
Other East County Communities
San Diego Youth Aquatic Center - Mission Bay
Youth watersports and marine biology camp facility owned by City of San Diego located
on the eastern shore of Fiesta Island. It is home to Camp Fiesta Island (a boy scout summer camp),
SeaCamp oceanography youth club and San Diego's Kayak Team. It is adjacent to
Enchanted Cove which is a popular for non-motor based watersports such as Kite Surfing, Small
Sailboats, Boardsailing and Kayaking.
Kit Carson Park - South Escondido CA
The park sits in a valley that is approximately five miles west of where Kit Carson fought in the Battle of San Pasqual.
A historical monument commemorating the battle is located on Mule Hill, one mile southeast of the park.
One hundred acres of the park have been developed and 185 acres have been preserved as natural habitat.
Park features include several hiking trails, 5-acre arboretum, ball fields, tennis courts and 3 ponds.
Queen Califia's Magical Circle
- a new park addition, the only American sculpture garden by the internationally acclaimed artist, Niki de Saint Phalle.
Escondido Sports Center
- complex with pro shop, 22,000 square-foot skate park, 2 full-size covered roller hockey arenas, 1 full-size soccer arena, and 1 "mini" soccer arena.
with a Girl Scouts of America Program Center, located at the north end of the park.
Lake San Marcos Resort and Country Club
This resort offers the perfect facility for travelers and residents. Mature landscaping accents two golf courses,
two restaurants, tennis courts and two pools. The lake showcases 250 acres of secluded stress-free environment.
Ideal weather conditions give the opportunity for golf, tennis, or boating.
This is the big lake between Rancho Bernardo and Escondido on the San Dieguito River that the I-15 freeway cuts across (built in 1981).
Located in a coastal canyon, Lake Hodges offers an environment that serves as a pleasant backdrop to a variety of
recreational uses, including fishing, boating, sailing, bike and horseback riding, and picnicking.
Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve
This preserve attracts people with its natural beauty and rich natural resources both today and in the past.
Native American history within the Preserve dates back as far as 7,000 years ago.
The beautiful canyon locale within a 3700-acre open space preserve offers hiking, biking and equestrian trails.
The Springs at Borrego RV and Golf Resort
A recreational vehicle resort and luxury nine-hole championship golf course located in the heart of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.
The RV Park is Big Rig friendly and offers warm weather and many amenities such as swimming pools, hot mineral baths, tennis courts and RV campground facilities.
San Diego Choice Hotels International
Comfort Inn & Suites / EconoLodge / Sleep Inn /
Rodeway Inn / Clarion / Quality Inn / Mainstay Suites
Complete listing of all 24 San Diego County Locations!
Follow this link to see a listing of all major affiliated Hotel Resorts in the
greater San Diego region complete with online room search, special discount rates
and online reservation booking service.
MainTour Orange County Vacation Adventure
MainTour's special feature of exciting vacation getaways
for area best known as the home to Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm and several
other popular amusement parks. Orange County also has miles of popular
Concert and Sporting Events Online Ticket Purchase Center
Mission Valley YMCA
Dance, adult trips, adventure clubs, athletics & aerobics, aquatics, gymnastics, martial arts, preschool, childcare,
skate park, summer camps, cycling, yoga.
Parks & Recreation - El Cajon
1049 Bostonia St. , El Cajon, CA; (619) 441-1670;
Center hours: Mon-Fri 2:00-9:30 PM
Located in the Bostonia community adjacent to the Bostonia Elementary School.
A two acre park adjoins the center complete with a playfield and playground.
The center offers a gymnasium, game room, meeting and activity rooms.
Fletcher Hills Center
2345 Center Place, El Cajon, CA; (619) 441-1672;
Center hours: Mon-Fri 2:30-6:00 PM;
Adjacent to Fletcher Hills Elementary School, this center is home to the Recreation Department's Aquatics Program.
The shallow pool is perfect for the popular Learn to Swim Program offered each summer.
The center also boasts the largest game room.
840 Buena Terrace, El Cajon, CA; (619) 441-1674;
Center hours: M-Th 3:00-6:00 PM, F 3:00-9:30 PM ;
Hillside Center is located just off Fletcher Parkway on Buena Terrace.
Kids come to enjoy the many drop-in activities or take assorted classes
1675 East Madison Ave., El Cajon, CA; (619) 441-1676;
10 acre site next door to Granite Hills High School, with skatepark.
The center has a gymnasium, game room, meeting and activity rooms.