The mission of CRSPIA is to support California State Parks, including Cuyamaca Rancho State Park by providing educational and interpretive activities as well as funding exhibits, building improvements, trails and our volunteers who patrol the trails to enhance the experience of our visitors.
Check out the Spring 2017 issue of Tracks for the Article by C.R.S.P.I.A. Treasurer, Dave Hernandez
From Kumeyaay to Land Grant and Beyond, A Sketch of Early History of the Cuyamaca Rancho
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For Immediate Release
Mar. 16, 2017
Gloria Sandoval I Deputy Director of Public Affairs I (916) 651-7661
New Reservation System Coming to California State Parks This Summer
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Starting this August, Californians will make their state parks camping and tour reservations through a new, faster, easier to use reservation system that features more open access to data.
ReserveCalifornia will go live for all parks on August 1. A variety of features will be phased in between then and March 1, 2018. Below is a breakdown of the features:
Starting August 1, the new reservation system will provide more user-friendly and intuitive web services, including:
· Additional self-service options
· More campsites available for online reservation
· Interactive campsite maps with more detailed views of campsites.
As additional features of the new service are phased in through March 2018, visitors and staff will enjoy:
· The ability to view the real-time reservation inventory
· Expanded tender/ payment options
· Website trip planning.
The new reservation system includes state-of-the-art, computerized point-of-sale and fee collection equipment that will allow debit and credit card payments at more locations. This equipment will be installed in phases across the state, beginning with Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument (Hearst Castle) and Año Nuevo State Park on August 1 and continuing at other state parks through March 2018. Day-use locations at Bolsa Chica and Huntington state beaches will launch new point-of-sale equipment in fall 2017, with installation at South Carlsbad and San Elijo camping facilities shortly thereafter.
The California Department of Parks and Recreation (State Parks) will continue to inform and engage the public on www.ReserveCalifornia.com as implementation of the new reservations system approaches. Information also will be shared on the department’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.
State Parks’ reservations have been handled for the past decade by ReserveAmerica. The department is grateful for the service of this vendor and appreciates their continued support during this transition period. Through July 31, 2017, parks visitors may continue to make reservations through ReserveAmerica.com.
In the last two years, the department has strengthened policies, procedures, guidelines, and organizational structures to support a sustainable entrepreneurial, service-oriented, creative and collaborative culture. Part of this effort included awarding a new comprehensive reservation system contract to support field operations and enhance the experience of visitors with a modern platform. For more information on State Parks’ Transformation effort, please visit www.parks.ca.gov/TransformationTeam.
State Parks protects and preserves the state’s most significant natural and cultural resources while delivering public spaces to bring families and friends together and providing a wide array of recreational opportunities for the benefit and enjoyment of all people. Off-highway motor vehicle recreation, boating activities, horseback riding, on and off-road cycling, hiking, camping, and rock climbing are some of the recreational activities enjoyed in 280 state parks organized into 22 field districts throughout the state.
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Provides for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state’s extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high quality outdoor recreation. Learn more at www.parks.ca.gov.
Recently, Interpreters Michele Hernandez and Carmen Aurrecoechea were approved to establish and begin posting on behalf of the Park. Social Media can serve as a tool to communicate with the public about many goings on in the park such as trail conditions, weather, wildlife sightings, etc. With care and accuracy this new media interpretation can attract new visitors, inspire friends and volunteers, reinforce management goals, encourage safe and responsible visitation, and present an approachable platform with which to learn about the park. Don’t have Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram?
Bookmark our pages and check the updates without an account with the links provided below!
Though both Michele and Carmen are passionate photographers, your submissions are welcome and encouraged! Share photos and/or videos you have taken while in the park to email@example.com if you have signed and filled out the photo release form. If you have photos and have not yet filled out this form, please let us know and we will get one for you as it is required. When sending photos please be sure to specify when and where the photo was taken as well as a short description as to the context of the photo. We ask that you submit unaltered photos. FOLLOW US, LIKE US; WE APPRECIATE YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT OF THE PARK. We look forward to seeing and sharing your wonderful photos!
We of the CRSPIA BOD understand any such rebuild or restoration will require constant and ongoing
communication with CSP, starting with discussion with the Sector Superintendent. Before the overall
process of rebuilding can even be initiated, there is much groundwork AKA pre-work that must be
initiated and continued as the rebuild progresses. As a board we are aware will need to work more
with local politicians and agencies, work more with other local interest groups, work more through the
committee process, and with various contractors and subcontractors involved in the effort.
The Dyar House was built in 1923 as a vacation home by Ralph and Helen Dyar, who owned the Rancho at
the time. The Dyars used Los Angeles Architect Arthur E. Harvey to design the house, and had it built for
$35,000. The house featured native stone from the ruins of an 1850s ranch cabin nearby, beams from the
1880s-built Stonewall Mine complex, and a rustic style that fit the Natural World around it.
In addition to the house, the Dyar Estate included a pool, a stable, a generator house to provide power
and pump water, and garage where their Cadillacs and chauffer resided. The general lifestyle at the
House might be described as relaxed graciousness, where a variety of outdoor pursuits were available to
do/not do, as the guests desired. Those pursuits included horse riding, fishing, swimming, and hiking
When the Dyars sold Cuyamaca Rancho to the State in 1933, they accepted a very slight sum, donating
about half the value of the Rancho to the State. The house then became the headquarters of the new
Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. In various combinations it served for decades as HQ, and a residence, and a
museum. The garage and power plant buildings were used for storage and operations by the park’s large
and active volunteer groups from 1977 on. Despite valiant efforts by CDF and other employees to save it,
the whole complex burned in the Cedar Fire in 2003.
Those volunteer groups donate around 10,000 volunteer work hours a year to the park and its visitors. In
addition to their volunteer duties, they have always been the source of the Board of Directors of CRSPIA,
a 501c3 founded in 1977 to support the park. As today’s Board, we are starting with Superintendent
Kevin Best and the California State Parks system to begin the rebuild of the Dyar House.
|Architect Arthur E. Harvey to design the house, and had it built for $35,000. The house featured native stone from the ruins of an 1850s ranch cabin nearby, beams from the 1880sbuilt Stonewall Mine complex, and a rustic style that fit the Natural World around it. In addition to the house, the Dyar Estate included a pool, a stable, a generator house to provide power and pump water, and garage where their Cadillacs and chauffer resided. The general lifestyle at the House might be described as relaxed graciousness, where a variety of outdoor pursuits were available to do/not do, as the guests desired. Those pursuits included horse riding, fishing, swimming, and hiking. When the Dyars sold Cuyamaca Rancho to the State in 1933, they accepted a very slight sum, donating about half the value of the Rancho to the State. The house then became the headquarters of the new Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. In various combinations it served for decades as HQ, and a residence, and a museum. The garage and power plant buildings were used for storage and operations by the park’s large and active volunteer groups from 1977 on. Despite valiant efforts by CDF and other employees to save it, the whole complex burned in the Cedar Fire in 2003.|
The Dyar House was built in 1923 as a vacation home by Ralph and Helen Dyar, who owned the Rancho at the time. The Dyars used Los Angeles
reprinted from Winter 2017 Tracks
On the second Saturday of November Cuyamaca had its annual awards banquet. This event is a time to catch up with friends from the various volunteer units and enjoy a lot of good food and Ranger Andrew’s slide show of the past year. This year Doreen Harlow did a presentation on the 40 years of the Mounted Assistance Unit (MAU) in the park. The MAU was the first volunteer unit created to serve the public in Cuyamaca. Old and new MAU volunteers got to meet each other and celebrate the continuation of this amazing unit. CRSPIA paid for the hall, the main course of chicken and the plaques that went to this year’s MVPs and the overall MVP of Cuyamaca’s volunteer program. The honorees this year were: Trail maintenance: Mark Campbell Interpretive Unit: Charlene Bradbury Mtn. Bike Assistance Unit: Kirk Bennett Mounted Assistance Unit: John Anderson The Volunteers of the Year were Phyllis and Greg Meckstroth. Both Phyllis and Greg are in the Interpretive Unit and work hard to bring quality interpretation to Cuyamaca. Greg is the unit coordinator for the IAU while Phyllis works as the computer whiz for the park store. They both organize and present a water bug program at Green Valley as long as there is water for the aquatic insects to be found and were instrumental in the ‘ewaa rebuild getting off the ground this year. They manned the docent station during the summer busy season and work in the museum year round. All the services they do are on top of both of them working full time and helping out with their grandchildren. By Michele Hernandez Park Interpretive Specialist
reprinted from Winter 2017 Tracks
|Our newest interpreter is Carmen Aurrecochea. She is a recent graduate from SDSU in geography with an emphasis in methods of geographical analysis. She also interned at San Diego Canyonlands. Being a native San Diegan has given her the drive and desire to work in parks and to start in state parks, her vision is to utilize modern technology to reach new visitors and teach them how to interact appropriately with the environment. She is excited to be here in our park.
|Our long time park volunteer and interpretation specialist, Michele Hernandez, started last year and we are so grateful to have her continue this year as well. She has been instrumental this year in adding interesting Programs in the Park, such as Raptors and Star Parties. If you haven’t seen any of the programs, you are missing out.
Michele brings an extensive knowledge of all things in our parking including but not limited to flower, butterfly and bird identification. She is also a fabulous photographer. You can check out her photos elsewhere on our website.
|Photo by David Canedo||The next time you are in the park; don’t forget to go to the visitor center to say hi to our two interpreters. They will answer all of your questions and recommend activities such where to hike, mountain bike or simply have a nice picnic.|
For general public comment, the [501(c)3], Cuyamaca Rancho State Park Interpretive Association (CRSPIA) Board of Directors by unanimous vote opposes the proposed off-trail use restrictions of Title 14 under the Public Resources Code Sections 5003 and 5008 which authorizes DPR to adopt the proposed regulations, implement, interpret, and make specific PRCS 5003, 5008, 5019.50, 5019.65, 5019.71 and 5019.74.
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08/29/16 Recent Green Valley falls pictures. All of the upper falls area. The water doesn't go to the lower falls area.
07/04/16 Conejos trail
07/24 Stonewall Mine
07/11/16 Swallowtail on a narrow leaf milkweed and of a monarch caterpillar on an Indian milkweed. These were on Azalea Spring F/R. The Humboldt lily is from the Peak F/R.
06/19 Azalea Loop
06/12/16 Star parties at Cuyamaca are the bomb.
07/24/16 Here are some photos of the new hats we have at the park store.
New adult t-shirts. Also comes in kiwi green.
. More from the Visitor Center Store
Come check out our docent tent. Interpreter Michele, Volunteers Heather & Dave greet hikers at Green Valley Campground near the trailhead for the falls.
There are maps, trails suggestions and lots of items that kids (and adults) can touch. Skunk & bobcat skins. Bones from wild animals and replicas made to show size & Shapes of animals. Rangers and Volunteers are very knowledgeable and love to use any opportunity to share their knowledge.
During the summer, every Saturday at 9am there is a Nature Walk that starts at the picnic area at Paso Picacho. Check with the kiosk to find out about available programs. There is also a Jr Ranger program. Saturday evenings, there are educational and interactive experiences called campfire programs. These could include Reptiles & Bugs, Star Party & Birds of Prey. Times and locations will be announced on the events page.
Notice to hikers, campers and Horse riders, the well at Granite Springs Trail Camp has run dry. There is no water available at this Trail Camp. Anyone hiking to this area is advised to take enough water for your hike up and back. There is no water for horses.
A Note About our Website.
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