Rancho de los Penasquitos
12020 Black Mountain Rd.
San Diego, CA 92129
I-15 to Mercy Rd. exit. Go West on Mercy, right on Black Mtn. Rd., and left at first light. Follow entry road to Ranch House parking area.
"San Diego County's first Mexican land grant includes an 1823 adobe ranch house constructed by the Commandante of the San Diego Presidio. In 1846, Rancho los Penasquitos was the first place of rest for General Stephen Watts Kearny and his Army of the West after the Battle of San Pasqual. Enlarged in 1862 as the gracious home of a celebrated Yankee river boat captain and his wife, the niece of California's last Mexican governor, Pio Pico, the building and site comprise a National Historic and Archaeological District. The beautiful canyon locale within a 3700-acre open space preserve offers hiking, biking and equestrian trails."
This spot is also the beginning point to the PQ Waterfall!
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