Santa Ysabel Stories

Best access to San Luis Rey River’s wild side

Experience a free-flowing river with the possibility of a cool dip.

There are relatively few places where the public has access to the San Luis Rey River in its native wild state. For most of its 55-mile length it has been extensively modified by flood-control projects, ...

Good ol' fashioned barn savin' in Santa Ysabel

Structure next to historic store built in 1890s

The Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO) is in the midst of restoring one of the largest barns in San Diego. In spring 2015, the group bought the land the barn sits on for $30,000 from ...

Cold beer, hot chicks at the Hideout

That’s what’s advertised at Santa Ysabel biker haven

If a biker and new to the San Diego region, it is recommended you plan a ride to the Hideout Steakhouse and Saloon. Getting there from San Diego means riding one of two practical routes: ...

Hike in rolling grasslands in this scenic mountain preserve

Santa Ysabel Open Space Preserve is growing in size

Santa Ysabel Open Space Preserve is within the San Dieguito River watershed that is the drainage area from the rivers’ headwaters in Volcan Mountain to the Pacific Ocean via the San Dieguito Lagoon in Del ...

Your rewards are amazing views and vigorous exercise

Clevenger Canyon is rich in wildflowers and blooming chaparral shrubs in season

Clevenger Canyon is part of the Coast to Crest Trail of the San Dieguito River Parkway, a 70-mile trail that will eventually connect Volcan Mountain with the ocean at Del Mar. The Clevenger Canyon North ...

Outdoor living in Santa Ysabel

A family-fun compound

Beds: 4 Baths: 3 Current Owner: David Batchelder Asking Price: $17,500,000 Los Robles Ranch is a private 720-acre estate built in 2006 near Santa Ysabel, a small rural community situated between Ramona and Julian. The ...

Tribal sovereignty (and revenue source) threatened?

Iipay Nation challenges state's efforts to "stymie and stifle" progress

The federal government wants the Iipay Nation Native American tribe of Santa Ysabel to shut down an online gambling site where California residents over 18 years of age can log on and purchase bingo cards. ...

Day trip to Santa Ysabel

San Diego road-trippers (and gluten lovers) take note.

It’s the time of year when fellow motorcyclists back east and up north are storing their bikes for the winter. The fall rains and coming winter snows, accompanied by frigid temperatures, will leave them reading ...

Lower Santa Ysabel trail to Boden Canyon

Hike along a bubbling creek and beside a towering riparian forest festooned with native grape vines.

The Lower Santa Ysabel Trail, now reserved for hikers and equestrians, takes you beside a lush riparian forest of towering sycamores, willows cottonwoods, and spreading oaks, draped with native grape vines as it travels beside ...

On the Trail of San Diego History: The Box Canyon That Got Away, Part Two.

Field Notes: Fifty, 100, even 200 years after a historical event, you can get the feel of a place just by being there. Stand at the ruins on Presidio Hill, for example. Erase all the ...

On the Trail of San Diego History: The Canyon That Got Away, Part One.

Somewhere in the Cuyamacas there’s a box canyon wide enough to include 50 armed men on horseback and tall enough to conceal at least 200 Kumeyaay warriors lying in wait around the rim. But try ...

Suspect in 1977 murder arrested in Arizona

Authorities have tracked down the suspect in a 1977 murder that occurred in Santa Ysabel, east of Ramona, over 35 years ago. Yesterday morning (August 7), the San Diego Sheriff’s Cold Case Unit, working in ...

Homicide caused one of two recent Santa Ysabel deaths

The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s office has determined that one of two elderly individuals found dead in a Santa Ysabel residence on the 25200 block of Mesa Grande Road on Monday is the victim ...

Santa Ysabel Nature Preserve — East

Hike over rolling hills and through oak woodlands, wildflower fields, and seasonal wetlands.

Animal Rights Group Unable to Suspend Turkey Hunt

This weekend's turkey hunt at Santa Ysabel Preserve will go off without, or rather, with a bang, despite pleas from the Animal Protection and Rescue League to suspend the hunt. According to a report from ...

Unforgettable: The Long and Winding Road to Gold

After gold had been discovered in the Cuyamacas, ranchers accustomed to outback solitude witnessed an eerie parade: would-be miners trudging up an old Indian trail from Santa Ysabel to Julian City. The steep and rocky ...

Water for El Capitan Reservoir

The pictured waterfall is runoff from recent rains feeding the El Capitan Reservoir. It is located two miles north of the reservoir, between Santa Ysabel and Lakeside. The photo was taken from a private aircraft ...

Mighty Hungary

"Hot wine. Hot diggety," I say. "Cold beer. Cool," says Hank.

Big skies and springtime zephyrs await you at the new Santa Ysabel Open Space Preserve near Julian.

As San Diego County's newest (2006) open-space park, the Santa Ysabel Open Space Preserve is already establishing a reputation as one of the county's finest parcels of unburned montane landscape. Actually, the Cedar Fire in ...

You Can Have My Dead Trees

Just north of Santa Ysabel in San Diego's backcountry, Mesa Grande Road intersects State Route 79. Less than a mile to the west on Mesa Grande is a sight not seen in the county for ...

No Dice for Indians

Will our Indian casinos become Las Vegas?

In 1986, the tiny Pequot tribe, which had no full-blooded members, started a bingo hall. In 1992, the Pequots opened Foxwoods Casino, which is now said to be the most lucrative single casino in the world.

Cycle-tour the back roads of Santa Ysabel and Mesa Grande.

At an elevation of over 3000 feet, the rolling upland known as Mesa Grande is more reminiscent of Central California's coast ranges than San Diego County's typical rock-ribbed foothills. Through the heart of Mesa Grande ...

Julian's Apple Survivors

At this time of year, the pies in Julian are made with fresh apples from Julian orchards. The Julian Pie Company gets its apples from Crown Orchards in the Farmer's Road area north of town. ...

Moo Twilight

History crushes the county's cattle ranchers

Sonny Cauzza's straw cowboy hat sits high on his head, shading his suntanned face. His copper-gray mustache matches the hair on his temples. Tall, powerfully built, and decked in tan cowboy boots, jeans, and a ...

County's Critters Breathe Easier

Some of the backcountry's charismatic critters are less nervous

"San Diego County has more species diversity, that is, more different kinds of plants and animals, than any other county in the whole continental U.S., which is very remarkable."

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