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Desert Past Comes Alive at Annual Vallecito Day

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Join County Parks for the eighth annual Vallecito Day on Saturday, March 15 at Vallecito County Park. The free daily festival gives patrons a chance to see how the past came alive on the 1860's frontier. 

The eighth annual event highlights the role the Carrizo Creek Stage Station played on the Southern Overland Trail.  During the Civil War, Union volunteers marched east across the desert to fight invading Confederates in Arizona and New Mexico. They all sought much needed respite at the stage station before moving on.

Volunteers in period attire will demonstrate how to throw a tomahawk, archery, flint and steel fire making, soap-making and how to cook on an open hearth.

Mountain men such as trappers and hunters will set up camp as they did in the mid-1800’s. Horseback riders from the Ramona Trails Association and the Backcountry Horsemen of California will also don period costumes to re-enact the delivery of Overland Mail to the stage station. 

Visitors can also take tours of the stage station. If you’d like to make a day of it, bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the sunshine. Food is not being sold at the park.

The events for Vallecito Days run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday March 15. The park is located south of Shelter Valley at 37349 County Route S-2 (Mile Marker 34-35)
Vallecito Valley, CA. 92036. 

For more information call (760) 765-1188.    Download Event Flyer   

Schedule of Events:

  • Tour the Vallecito Stage Station
  • Visit the Mount Man camp for hands-on demonstrations
  • Participate in mule packing demonstrations
  • Experience historic firearms, and frontier equipment
  • 1850s and 1860s attire is encouraged
  • Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the festivities.  No food available