With the county home to so many twisting roads, parts of some of the best can make for great San Diego day trips. Such was the case a few weeks back when daylight started to run out in the early stages of a planned east-to-west mountain crossing over state Route 94.

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n La Mesa, Interstate 8 and State Route 94 nearly meet, coming within a couple of miles of each other, connected by SR-125. Before meeting up in Boulevard, they form the shape of an eye heading east, with the widest spot coming near where I-8 passes Pine Valley and SR-94 hits Campo. The center of that wide spot is our destination for today’s San Diego day trip, one of the most remote, rugged and beautiful spots anywhere in the county — the Corral Canyon Off Highway Vehicle Area.

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Explore San Diego County's backroads, beaches, mountains and deserts with Joyride Guru® and award-winning author Jack Brandais. Make them your San Diego day trip.