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East County

San Diego's wild and wonderful backyard

San Diego's East County wilderness is one of the most diverse areas in the county featuring rolling hills, majestic mountains, sparkling lakes, deep canyons and desert landscapes plus Indian casino gaming. 

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Get outside and discover your wild side

In sharp contrast to San Diego's beaches to the west, the rolling hills, majestic mountains, sparkling lakes and deep canyons make east county one of the most diverse areas in San Diego County to explore. The area offers hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, fishing and camping in the vast and beautiful wilderness. Spend an afternoon hiking Cowles Mountain, mountain biking through Mission Trails Regional Park, strolling along Lake Murray or fishing on El Capitan Reservoir. For flower lovers, don’t miss the spring wildflower bloom in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, where a blanket of color covers the desert floor.  

In addition to outdoor adventures, East San Diego County boasts plenty of entertainment. Sizzling Las Vegas-style Native American casinos, luxurious resorts tucked right into the rugged landscape, challenging golf courses built around natural obstacles, historic sites and highways, and annual festivals and rodeos can be enjoyed, all within the expansive landscape of this California wilderness country.

A favorite day trip in East San Diego is to the historic mining town of Julian. Set against the backdrop of the Cuyamaca Mountains and countless apple orchards, this friendly, walk-back-in-time town is as famous for its apple pie as it is for its collection of gold mines (several offer tours geared toward children). Julian has a variety of restaurants, bed & breakfast hideaways, antique stores, art galleries, nearby hiking and nature walks, along with the California Wolf Center for conservation.

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Getting to East County

East County is an expansive region, encompassing more than three quarters of San Diego County. The area can be accessed by heading east on Interstate 8, and California highways 94 and 52, 78 and 76. If you have a few hours, head up to the mountains and into the desert - Julian and Borrego Springs can be accessed from Highways 78 (off Interstate 15) and 79 (off Interstate 8). A bit closer to the city center, Lemon Grove, La Mesa, El Cajon and Santee can be reached via the Orange or Green lines of the San Diego Trolley.

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San Diego Casinos

Try your had with lady luck at one of the many Indian Las Vegas style gaming casinos.

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Explore Julian

This historic mountain hideaway is rich with natural beauty and entertaining adventures, whether you want to take a day trip in search of sublime apple pie or get away for a romantic weekend in the tranquility of the great outdoors.

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Wine Tasting in Ramona

Eight great Ramona Valley wineries that are worth a try.

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Lake Murray Fireworks and Musicfest

Jul 4, 2024

Due to COVID, the fireworks stopped again in 2020 and 2021, but with the community's support, we brought it back in 2022!  The event has brought this community together every July 4th, and is a great opportunity for all of us to celebrate our independence together.

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Fireside at the Lake!

Apr 20, 2024

Get read to get cozy under the stars by the campfire! Come join us on Saturday, April 20th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for fire pit rentals right on the lake in Hermit Cove. Rentals include wood, firestarter, and Adirondack chairs with the option of purchasing one of our campfire add-on packages! One of our rangers will stand by to help with lighting and extinguishing fires as needed. Advance reservations required. Call (619) 596-1306 or click the link below!

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Santee Salutes - Fourth of July Celebration

Jul 4, 2024

Celebrate our Nation's 247th birthday at Santee Salutes!

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Cinco de Mayo Wine Country Chauffeured Tour

Mar 7 - ongoing

This Cinco de Mayo, explore the vineyards of San Diego Wine Country!

TOURS RUN DAILY, Wed through Sundays. YEAR ROUND!

NO NEED TO DRIVE! On this deluxe tour we pick you up from your hotel/residence* and take you on a relaxing ride to San Diego's best wineries for ample pours of locally grown wines!

Tour Includes:**

• VIP guided adventure to stunning and unique local vineyards.
• Ample tastings at custom-appointed wineries
• Door-to-door transportation (from most San Diego, La Jolla, and Coronado locations).
• Entertaining commentary on local history and viticulture.
• Wine tasting appreciation presentation, and guided winery tour.
• Free time to stroll through the vineyards, and shop at the winery boutiques.
• Complete coordination by San Diego Beer, Wine & Spirits Tours.

You deserve this getaway. It's a day to be remembered!

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Lake Murray Fireworks and Musicfest

Jul 4, 2024
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Fireside at the Lake!

Apr 20, 2024
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Santee Salutes - Fourth of July Celebration

Jul 4, 2024
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Cinco de Mayo Wine Country Chauffeured Tour

Mar 7 - ongoing
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