3024 La Honda Drive
Escondido, CA 92027
Open daily from dawn to dusk
EQUESTRIANS PLEASE NOTE: The main Daley Ranch parking lot on La Honda Drive will be closed to horse trailers on Sunday, April 20 2014 due to expected heavy visitor use at Lake Dixon. Please use alternative parking locations, including the Caballo Trailhead, accessible from East Valley Parkway and Bevin Dr., or the Cougar Pass parking lot, accessible from North Broadway to Cougar Pass Rd.
Daley Ranch is located in the northeastern portion of the City of Escondido, north of Dixon Lake and west of Valley Center Road. Access is provided via La Honda Drive to the south, Valley Center Road to the east, and Cougar Pass Road to the west.
ATTENTION: Daley Ranch Trails Reopened – All trails within Daley Ranch in Escondido have been reopened following the completion of the repaving of roads surrounding the Ranch House. The work was performed by Asphalt & Concrete Enterprises, Inc., of Santee and was completed approximately two weeks ahead of schedule and under budget.
For more information, see our News Release.
Daley Ranch is a 3,058-acre conservation area acquired in 1996 by the City of Escondido and is managed in perpetuity for the preservation of a biologically unique and diverse habitat area of regional importance. Visitors enjoy a variety of recreational and educational opportunities and experiences in a historically significant setting. The property contains a number of natural vegetation communities including lush oak woodlands, coastal sage scrub and chaparral, grasslands, and riparian areas.
Approximately 1.5 miles from the La Honda entry is the redwood ranch house (currently a private caretaker's residence), redwood barn, and numerous outbuildings of historical interest.
Daley Ranch offers over 20 miles of multipurpose trails for hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian use. Six distinct trails cover most of the property. Most popular are the Boulder Loop Trail (2.4 miles) which affords outstanding views of Escondido, and the Ranch House Loop (2.5 miles), which passes two small ponds and the site of Daley's original log cabin.
NOTE: Leashed dogs are allowed.
The main entrance is at the southernmost part of the property, just north of Dixon Lake at the top of La Honda Drive. Parking is available at the La Honda Drive entrance and within the adjacent Dixon Lake Recreation Area. The entrance to the northernmost part of the property is along the unimproved Cougar Pass Road, 0.5 miles south of Alps Way.
From Escondido – Go north on Broadway to Cougar Pass Road.
From Valley Center – Take Valley Center Road south approximately ¼ mile and turn right at the Dixon Lake Filtration Plant access road.
Ample parking for equestrian trailers is available at the Valley Center Road entrance. For more information, contact the Dixon Lake Ranger Station at 760-839-4680.