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Highway 79 & Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

All photographs taken by Kenneth A. Larson. All rights reserved. © 2006 - 2017.


California State highway 79 is a scenic drive north from Interstate 8 in San Diego County through the tourist town of Julian and past the Mission Asisencia of Santa Ysabel and connecting to Interstate 15 in Riverside County. The highway passes through State Parks, National Forests, beautiful scenery and passes lakes. For a distance of about 20 miles, Highway 79 passes through Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. In the fall of 2003, brush fires devastated many parts of Southern California, the scars of which are easily seen in the southern section of Highway 79. Still nature is recovering and there is a carpet of green around the base of the black charred trees. A mile or two south of Julian, Desert View Park affords a spectacular view of Anza Borrego Desert State Park to the east.

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

Life is returnig after the brush fires of 2003. Photo date: 5-13-06.

Life is returnig after the brush fires of 2003. Photo date: 5-13-06.
Life is returnig after the brush fires of 2003. Photo date: October 30, 2011.
Life is returnig after the brush fires of 2003. Photo date: March 8, 2015.
Life is returnig after the brush fires of 2003. Photo date: March 8, 2015.

Near Lake Cuyamaca.

Lake Cuyamaca.
Lake Cuyamaca.
Lake Cuyamaca.


Lake Cuyamaca.

Desert View Park

This small park looks over Anza Borrego Desert State Park, the largest State Park in California.

Desert View Park. Photo date: 5-13-06.
Desert View Park. Photo date: 5-13-06.
Desert View Park looks east over Anza Borrego Desert State Park. Photo date: 5-13-06.


Anza Borrego Desert State Park in the distance. Photo date: 5-13-06.

Looking east over Anza Borrego Desert State Park. Photo date: 5-13-06.

Overlook on June 24, 2007.

Plaque, October 30, 2011.

Plaque, March 8, 2015.


Looking east over Anza Borrego Desert State Park. October 30, 2011.


Looking east over Anza Borrego Desert State Park. March 8, 2015.

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