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San Diego County Parks

Dos Picos County Park- Sheltered by steep, boulder-strewn mountain slopes, Dos Picos County Park is designed to highlight the ancient oak groves that make your stay here memorable.
Goodan Ranch and Sycamore Canyon Open Space Preserves-
Guajome County Park- Only minutes away from the Pacific Ocean, Guajome Regional Park is known both for its rich natural habitats (including a small but beautiful lake) and its historic Rancho Guajome adobe.
Lake Jennings County Park- RV campers come to this lakeside park for a relaxing sense of being in the country, yet it's only a few miles from downtown San Diego.
Lake Morena County Park- The spectacular lake is a magnet for anglers, yet the 3,250 acres of this East County park offer something for every outdoor enthusiast, from hikers to picnickers to just plain campers.
Potrero County Park- Quiet solitude describes Potrero County Park, but it's also near some adventurous places such as historic Campo and the colorful Mexican town of Tecate.
Sweetwater Regional Park- Sweetwater Regional Park specializes in accommodating equestrians, but all of those who love the outdoors will enjoy their stay in this park, which is also close to major attractions such as golf courses, the San Diego Zoo, and Tijuana.
Vallecito Regional Park- The reconstructed sod Butterfield Stage Station is at the heart of this desert refuge, which is a great home base from which to explore the wonders of the Anza-Borrego Desert.

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Description - County Parks and Recreation maintains and enhances the quality of life in San Diego County by providing parks and recreational opportunities for residents and visitors. A comprehensive program of maintenance, acquisition, and development of recreation facilities includes local and regional parks, fishing lakes, community centers, special use facilities, ecological preserves, and open spaces. The 78 facilities covering more than 35,600 acres are open year round and are operated and maintained by County staff, volunteers, and service contracts.

Attractions - San Diego County Parks has a myriad of activities. Outdoor possibilities include camping, fishing, hiking, picnicking, and more. One of the key activities of the County Parks and Recreation Department is educating the public about the County's invaluable natural resources. An award-winning Environmental Education division is trained to provide multiple interpretive services to the public. Among these entertaining and informative programs are wildlife conservation programs with live animals, treks school camps, junior ranger camps, environmental slide programs, safety talks, and ranger-led nature walks. Presentations are available to people of all ages including schools, parks, campgrounds, interpretive centers, camps, scout groups, and churches. Programs, exhibits, and special events take place all year.

San Diego is one of the largest counties in the state. It also has an impressive number of diverse communities. To address the unique needs of the neighborhoods in the unincorporated areas of the county, the Parks and Recreation Department operates three community centers. These facilities meet the recreational, educational, and social needs of the local residents by offering services for all age groups. Among these services are childcare and social services; craft, hobby, and enrichment classes; senior citizen programs, trips, and tours; community-wide special events; facilities for private gatherings, cultural, and civic events; and fitness, dance, and sports activities. The three community centers are conveniently located in Fallbrook, Spring Valley, and Lakeside. Each is tailored for the local residents, so the programs and activities vary from center to center.

A San Diego County Park is perfect for your wedding! There's a country meadow that features an ancient "wedding tree," a Victorian garden beside a historic ranch house and even a hidden knoll surrounded by trees and sweet-smelling shrubs. There are gazebos, a historic temple and plenty of indoor reception space overlooking scenic lakes. The County is now offering small civil wedding ceremonies performed by Park Rangers at beautiful Heritage Park in Old Town. A valid marriage license is required; no reservations needed for parties fewer than 15 people. Saturday or Sunday Civil Ceremony ($). Contact Ranger staff for availability.

An integral dimension of San Diego County Department of Parks and Recreation is their volunteer program. Many volunteer opportunities are available to fit varied skills and interests. These fun and challenging assignments including park host, docent / naturalist, park patrol, community center volunteer, student / youth volunteer, and volunteers in history.

Recreation - Recreational opportunities available in San Diego County Parks consist of camping, hiking, picnicking, fishing, nature study, wildlife observation, cultural programs, senior programs, and much, much more.

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.

Location - Regional parks, fishing lakes, community centers, special use facilities, ecological preserves, and open spaces are scattered throughout the County of San Diego.

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Filed By: Sharon
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: My boyfriend and I are frequent visitors to Lake Guajome park, camping there in our bus-converted-into-an-RV for up to four days or so at a time. We always enjoy our stay there, visiting the ducks and birdwatching in general. The mud on the trail out to the highway where there is a city bus stop can be intense in rainy season, but the beauty and serenity of the Park more than makes up for it. The fees are reasonable and it is wonderful to have electricity, since we spend a lot of time in our RV without any. Can't recommend it highly enough and am sure anybody reading this will enjoy staying there, too.

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Contact Information:
San Diego County Parks, 5201 Ruffin Road, Suite P , San Diego, CA, 92123, Phone: 858-694-3049

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California's County and Regional Parks - This section includes County and Regional Parks Districts throughout the state. California's County and Regional Parks offer a wide range of attractions from large tracts of nature to more developed recreation facilities.
San Diego County - With its rich Hispanic heritage, temperate climate, deep sea habors, sandy beaches and a variety of fun-filled attractions, San Diego County is quintessential California.

San Diego County Parks - Official agency website.


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