At the end of our summer adventures, our family discovered one of the jewels of San Diego County. Palomar Mountain State Park is a an world away from the hustle and bustle of San Diego. It sits at one of the highest points in San Diego County and one of the real treats of our trip was visiting the former fire lookout and surveying San Diego below us. The kids also learned a lot about lives of children who lived at the fire lookout station. Sounds like it was lots of fun.
The Palomar Mountain Rangers at this park were fantastic. They lead us on a very informative hike where the kids got to sample a number of different berries. Palomar Mountain has amazing terrain, it has the feel of Tahoe, and yet it is minutes away from the desert. We camped among the oak trees, yet found ourselves hiking among beautiful towering trees and past running streams surrounded by greenery. There is also a lake that we will have to explore when we return (If we can, the park is scheduled to close starting next July as part of California budget cuts).
Palomar Mountain State Park is a great example of why the state parks on the closure list are worth fighting for. It has a very dedicated group of rangers and retiree volunteer camp hosts who work hard to welcome and support state park visitors. The Ranger reported to me that the campgrounds are booked most summer weekends, and quite full during the summer weekdays as well. They get many campers on autumn weekends as well. This is all revenue that will be lost by the park closure. In addition wild fire is a big concern in San Diego county, and a park that lacks visitors and vigilant caretakers will be make it vulnerable to vandalism, squatters, and other illegal activity that could lead to a forest fire.
If you would like to help fight the closure of Palomar Mountain and other precious California State Parks the
Realizing that even if the park is saved, it will continue to operate with limited resources concerned citizens have also founded
Spread the word about the state park closures and the impact that they will have on your community. Also, be sure to visit before July. This often overlooked San Diego state park is worth exploring.
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