Below you will find info on the opening of the new Del Dios Highlands Open Space Preserve. This 350 acre preserve is the land that my late husband, Jerry Gradisher and the Escondido Creek Conservancy brokered to ensure it would never be developed. The land is a high ridge between Elfin Forest and Del Dios/Lake Hodges. It abuts the 750 acre Elfin Forest Recreation Reserve to the west and Lake Hodges to the east. This new link has trails that connect Elfin Forest to the Coast to Crest Trail (which travels from Del Mar to Julian). These are excellent horse trail with lots of climbing and magnificent views.
Here is the invite with a picture(PDF)
Needless to say, the dedication of this land as permanent open space is a dream come true. Sometimes good does win. Thank you Jerry! All your hard work has paid off, I know you will be with us.
Lazy J Ranch
PS If anyone is interested in doing a training ride, please contact me.
County Supervisor Pam Slater-Price and the Department of Parks and
Recreation cordially invite you to celebrate the ribbon cutting and grand
opening ceremony of Del Dios Highlands County Preserve (9860 Del Dios Hwy)
on Thursday, October 18 at 11:30 a.m.
>From the I-15
Exit Via Rancho Parkway
Go west on Via Rancho Parkway for 4 miles to Del Dios Highway
Go left on Del Dios Highway a short distance
The preserve entrance is on the right (look for signs)
>From the I-5
Exit Loma Santa Fe Drive.
Go east on Loma Santa Fe Dr. for 11 miles to Escondido
At Del Dios Highway and Date Lane make a left into the preserve staging area.
For more information, visit www.sdparks.org, or contact:
Public Affairs Officer
County of San Diego, Department of Parks and Recreation
9150 Chesapeake Drive, Suite 200
San Diego, CA 92123