Curves, Dirt and Cuyamaca is a 45-mile loop in the central portion of the Laguna Mountains in eastern San Diego County through natural open space and Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.

The book, which includes a locator map, photos, a link to a Google map, history of the area and activities, takes drives on challenging curves on SR-79 through Cuyamaca, 18 miles of a public, unpaved road. All-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive recommended. It’s a must for anyone who lives in San Diego.Curves, Dirt and Cuyamaca cover

Call this one a hidden treasure cruise. Not only is the road we’re taking one of the beauties in San Diego County, but it utilizes something that the thousands of folks who own all-wheel drive cars, trucks and SUVs rarely use: the vehicle’s capabilities on dirt roads.

The Cuyamaca Rancho State Park is one of the real jewels in Southern California. It has open space, camping and picnic areas available. A side trip can also take you to the historic gold-mining town of Julian.

This day trip from San Diego is great for locals or visitors who have already taken in all the great San Diego attractions such as the Zoo and Balboa Park. The start of the drive is about 40 minutes from central San Diego. Take your own car, or splurge and rent an SUV for the day.

Part of the new Joyride Guru San Diego County Day Trip series, it’s available on the handy Kindle format for your Kindle tablet or through the app that runs on most smart phones and tablets. These drive-yourself tours make for perfect San Diego day trips. Get it right now for just $2.99 at the Amazon Kindle store.

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