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All About El Cajon
A pocket of urban activity with El Monte County Park to the east and Cowles Mountain to the west, the city of El Cajon (The Box) is located in a fertile box-shaped valley known for its robust yields of grapes, citrus, and tomatoes. Succulents dot the mountainous landscape, which coexists with the growing city less than a half-hour east of San Diego. A great way to experience the area’s rugged terrain is to hike or bike the popular El Cajon Mountain Trail, whose 11 miles of dips and climbs are blanketed by wildflowers in spring. The city is home to several museums, including a natural history museum and an aerospace museum that showcases reproductions of famous planes such as the 1901 Wright Glider. Take the downtown trolley to explore El Cajon attractions like the local brewery, sprawling golf course, and community theater.
The best time to stay in a vacation rental in El Cajon
The best time to book El Cajon vacation rentals is April through May and October through December, to make the most of mild temperatures and drier weather reminiscent of the Mediterranean. The summer months tend to be marked by searing heat — pack a hat, and bring water for hikes in the sun — while January through March can be wet, so you’ll need a waterproof jacket.
Some big events to watch out for during these times include America on Main Street, held in May, which features rides, food, and arts and crafts. The all-ages Mother Goose Parade, held the Sunday before Thanksgiving, includes floats, marching bands, and giant helium balloons.
Top things to do in El Cajon
San Diego Air & Space Museum & Annex
In the southwestern corner of San Diego’s Balboa Park, you’ll find artifacts of aerospace history, like a replica of the Montgolfier brothers’ hot-air balloon of 1783, the first manned air vehicle, and famous military planes such as the Spitfire, Hellcat, and Skyhawk. The museum also hosts a rich space section, focusing on humanity’s continuing quest for the stars. El Cajon is home to the museum’s Gillespie Field Annex, where you can see historic aircraft being restored to their former glory and precise replicas being crafted.
The Water Conservation Garden
Water conservation is an important topic in Southern California. You can take self-guided or docent-led tours of this five-acre garden to learn about native vegetation and sustainable home gardening practices, including encouraging pollinators and harvesting rainwater. Explore a variety of vegetation across the garden, including succulents and cacti.
Mt. Helix Park
Dotted with California sagebrush and desert mallow, Mt. Helix Park is just 10 minutes south of El Cajon by car. At more than 1,300 feet above sea level, the views of the surrounding area are spectacular, especially at sunrise and sunset. Local events are held at the site’s open-air amphitheater, and the quarter-mile Yawkey Trail features signs listing the mountains and hills you can see from this commanding vantage point.