Thanksgiving season is a wonderful time to visit Agua Caliente County Park, a San Diego County Park that is 111 miles from San Diego. Agua Caliente (Spanish for hot water) is best known for its geothermally heated hot springs, which attract visitors who like to enjoy the pools and therapeutic spa in a desert oasis setting. There are also spectacular vistas, trails, abundant wildlife, and full hookup campsites. We are thankful that this park now allows dogs, so we booked five nights and thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
Kumeyaay Native Americans once lived here centuries ago. The first European to visit the area was Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza in 1775. Miners, pioneers, soldiers and prospectors were thankful for the relatively abundant water supply here after crossing the arid desert. We were thankful for the view.
The Ocotillo were very green from the recent rains.
We are also thankful for our Safari Airstream with two solar panels and three awnings, which was a custom factory order placed on the day before Thanksgiving four years ago.
Vallecito Mountains are seen in the background of this Thanksgiving table setting.
We were also thankful for the waxing moon, which brilliantly lit up our campsite and surrounding terrain.
The Tierra Blanca Mountains are seen in the background. The Moonlight Canyon Trail is a 2.5-mile loop near here.
We are also thankful for our two wonderful Corgis, Mac and Tasha, who always enjoy camping.
This has been a brief introduction to Agua Caliente County Park. Future postings will cover additional information and images of its history, geology, plants, wildlife, trails, and other features. Hear and see Ranger Kevin Benson give an overview of this park, along with its pools and therapeutic indoor spa, in the YouTube video, “County Chronicles – Agua Caliente Park“.
We wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and invite you to listen to the beautiful “Thanksgiving” music by George Winston.