Description - Guajome County Park offers its visitors a unique blend of history and outdoor experiences. At one end of the park stands an historic adobe ranch house built in the 1850s. From there the park stretches two miles westward and encompasses some of the most diverse habitats to be found in any county park. You'll enjoy opportunities to hike, picnic, ride horses, fish, and camp. Its mild climate and convenient location, 40 miles north of San Diego, make Guajome an ideal place to visit year round.
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With its beautiful surroundings, temperate climate and convenient location, Guajome County Park is a perfect getaway
The park is as rich in natural history as it is in human history. Its great diversity of plant life includes one of the finest riparian areas of any county park. Spring-fed lakes and a marsh support yet more water-loving vegetation. The drier portions of the park include chaparral.
These habitats are home to a wide variety of wildlife. Guajome is one of the North County's best spots for watching birds; at least 186 species have been seen within its boundaries. Numerous small mammals also live here, including long-tailed weasels and bobcats.
- There's as much to do as there is to see at Guajome. Hikers and horseback riders can explore miles of trails. Shore fishing is available during park hours. Picnickers can choose a lakeside table or one on a grassy hilltop above the lake. One of the most scenic sites in San Diego for a wedding ceremony has to be the gazebo; it is a short walk from the parking lot and is reservable up to a year in advance. The historic Rancho Guajome adobe is open for docent-led tours only at posted times. See Contact Information for reservation phone number. The nearby Antique Gas and Steam Engine museum, open daily, houses an array of working farm equipment.
Campers will find that the enclosed pavilion, overlooking the lake, is a wonderful place to hold group meetings or lunches and dinners. Reservations, for campers only, are required. Each of the 35 campsites has electrical and water hookups. Four sites will accommodate larger trailers. Hot showers, toilets, fire rings, and a holding tank disposal station make camping comfortable. For those who want to explore beyond the park's 557 acres, nearby Oceanside has some of the finest beaches in the county.
Recreation - Guajome County Park provides the opportunity to hike, picnic, ride horses, fish, bird watch and camp.
Climate - A warm, dry Mediterranean climate prevails over Southern California - inland it is hot in the summer, mild in the winter. Coastal areas have a more moderate climate with frequent fog in the summer. Most of the precipitation comes as rain during the winter months.
Guajome County Park is located 40 miles north of San Diego along Guajome Lakes Road.