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Guajome County Park - (Oceanside / Vista) Known both for its rich natural habitats (including a small, but beautiful Lake Guajome) and its historic Rancho Guajome Adobe. The adjacent Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum also hosts group scouting camping, Scout Camporees for San Diego-Imperial Council units and the annual kickoff for the Girl Scout Cookie Sales. From Guajome you can follow the 10-mile San Luis Rey River Bike Trail for a flat ride straight to the Pacific Ocean. Also it is the number-one rated bird watching destination in North County.

Guajome County Park

3000 Guajome Lake Road, Oceanside, CA 92057 Park: (760) 724-4489 Reservations: (858) 565-3600, (877) 565-3600

Camping Hours: Camping, 24 hours a day, 7 days per week Day use Hours: 9:30 a.m. to sunset, daily

Guajome Regional Park is located in the coastal community of Oceanside and has a little bit of everything that San Diego County offers. Just 8 miles from the Pacific Ocean, the park is a great place to visit year-round, and is close to many entertaining and historical points of interest.

Camp. Fish. Hike. Relax. Repeat. A developed 33-site campground offers cabins, partial hook-ups, a caravan pavilion, shade and afternoon ocean breezes. Two day-use areas with new playgrounds, a basketball court and lots of green lawn space make this park ideal for picnicking or just taking a break from it all.

Two ponds attract a wide variety of migratory birds and serve as home to a variety of fish that will test the skills of any angler. Great for nature watchers, 4.5 miles of trails meander through diverse Southern California habitats such as woodlands, chaparral, wetlands and mixed grasslands.

Rancho Guajome Adobe

Guajome Ranch House, an authentic 1850s adobe hacienda. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the 22-room, 7,000-square-foot historic adobe served as the headquarters of Rancho Guajome, a Mexican land grant. The large rambling Spanish Colonial style hacienda has two courtyards, an arcaded veranda, and a chapel in a former small house.

2210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Vista CA. 92083 Park: (760) 724-4082

AGSEM

Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum (AGSEM) is a living-history museum founded in 1969 located on 55 acres of county-owned land on the outskirts of Vista, California.

This non-profit corporation, collects, preserves and displays examples of mechanical ingenuity and crafts associated with the early days of the American farm and rural community. The Museum offers educational and recreational opportunities to the public through exhibits, demonstrations, activities and programs displaying the art of invention fulfilling necessity. Exhibits include:

  • Technology Museum
  • Steam Engines
  • Tractors
  • Functioning Blacksmith
  • Model Railroad
  • Textile Museum
  • One-room schoolhouse
  • Working gristmill museum

AGSEM has its own group camping facility that has been used many times for scout camporees.

Popular Scout Activities

  1. Urban Backpacking A - Park cars at nearby Mance Buchannon Park and then backpack 2.25 miles down the San Luis Rey River Bike Trial into Guajome Park to camp overnight. Return in the morning.
  2. Urban Backpacking B - Park cars at LDS Vista Stake Center (451 Bobier) and catch the Vista Sports Park Trail nearby for a 2 mile downhill trail to Guajome, past the backside of AGSEM and Rancho Guajome Adobe.
  3. Mission DayHike - 10-mile round trip hike to Mission San Luis Rey. Enjoy a mission tour along the way.
  4. Bird Studies Merit Badge - Guajome Lake is one of the best birdwatching locations in all of San Diego. Camp overnight and early in the morning get down to the lake to see a large variety of birds and waterfowl.
  5. Fishing - Do you like to fish on your campouts? Here is one place to throw in your hook (CA Fishing license required.)
  6. Cycling - This park has a trail head to the San Luis Rey River Bike Trail - a very flat and easy trail that goes direct to the beach. It is exactly 10 miles to Oceanside Pier.
  7. Tenderfoot Nature Trail - Adjacent to the campground is a 0.5 mile very scenic nature trail that is an ideal venue for working your BSA Tenderfoot nature and wildlife requirements.
  8. Hidden Landmarks - There are two distinct landmarks that most park visitors are not aware of. Both are found off the main trail that goes to the Upper Pond. 1) Hidden Waterfall (Jan-May) and 2) Chief Guajome large skull like rock formation. The park rangers can you more clues on how to find these.
  9. Geocaching - working the Geocaching Merit Badge? There are several popular scenic geo-cache sites inside this park complex.

Nature and Wildlife

This area is surrounded by wetland open space that is home to a variety of wildlife such as coyotes, bobcats, squirrels, rabbits and raccoons.

Birdwatchers watch for ring-necked pheasants, white-tailed kites, quail, roadrunners, least Bell's vireo and the great horned owl. By the lakeshore watch for duck, geese, coots, and red-winged blackbirds.