March 3, 2010 (Vallecito) – Vallecito Stage Station once served as a rest stop for weary travelers along the Southern Overland Trail on the Butterfield Stage Coach. On March 5, 6 and 7, history will come alive as the 1850s camp in the Anza-Borrego desert welcomes visitors to tour the original adobe Vallecito Stage Station and participate in frontier-style activities.
Visitors are encouraged to dress in 1850s attire for this living history experience.
The fourth annual Vallecito Days will be held on Saturday, March 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, March 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is sponsored by San Diego County Parks, Ramona Trails Association, Califiornia State Parks, and Backcountry Horsemen-San Diego Unit.
Watch outdoor cooking demonstrations and view exhibits of historic firearms and frontier equipment. Visit a mountain man camp and try your hand at skills needed on the frontier.
On Saturday, watch the arrival of Army of the West soldiers and overland travelers on horse and mule back at the Vallecito station.
On Sunday, at noon, a special celebration will be held for opening of Hawi-Vallecito Ranch at the ranch’s west gate (mile marker 33 on Country Road S-2). Enjoy designated valley trails to be opened for hiking, biking and horseback riding.
Also on Sunday, Backcountry Horsemen of San Diego will ride through Vallecito to the old Campbell Ranch House, as cowboys did in bygone days. A catered dinner with guest speakers sharing history of the area by lantern light will be served at the stage station for a cost of $35 (ride plus dinner) or $25 (dinner only). For reservations for the ride and/or dinner, contact Terrry Jorgensen, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (760)789-5185. Camping is also available by reservation only.
Other activities will take place at Vallecito County Regional Park, 37349 County Route S-2 (mile marker 34-35) in Vallecito Valley, California.