Mule DeerThere is an abundance of wild-life in the Central Mountain Region and it's the ideal place to observe wild animals in their natural habitat. Mule deer & wild turkeys are common. Coyotes are common in the Park, although they are very reclusive. If you do see a coyote, it's a good bet that it is on to a nearby food source (such as some turkeys.) Bobcats and mountain lions also call this region home. They are also very reclusive and you'd be lucky to see one during your visit. 

Many species of birds can be observed including raptors. Visitors can see woodpeckers and other birds pretty much all day. The only pair of nesting bald eagles in all of Southern California can also be found here near Lake Cuyamaca.

Please do not feed the animals. Don’t teach them to like "human food" because it doesn't provide a healthy diet for wild animals. If they get accustomed to "human food", they will frequently starve in winter. Remember! Though they seem tame, these are wild animals!

We've compiled a list of the kind of wildlife you can find in the area, as well as some of some of our flora and fauna:


Reptiles & Fishes

San Diego Gopher Snake

Gopher Snake

Southern Pacific Rattlesnake

Western Rattlesnake

Western Fence Lizard

Great Basin Fence Lizard

Coastal Whiptail

Tiger Whiptail

Southern Sagebrush Lizard

Sagebrush Lizard

Southern Alligator Lizard

California Whiptail

Blainville's Horned Lizard

California Mountain Kingsnake








Mule Deer

Western Gray Squirrel

California Ground Squirrel

Mountain Lion

Southern Mule Deer

California Mule Deer



Wild Turkey

Acorn Woodpecker

Mountain Chickadee

Steller's Jay

Spotted Towhee

White-breasted Nuthatch

White-crowned Sparrow

Fox Sparrow

California Towhee

Western Bluebird

Northern Flicker

Red-shouldered Hawk

American Robin

Turkey Vulture

Oak Titmouse

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Pygmy Nuthatch

Violet-green Swallow

Dark-eyed Junco

Purple Finch

Chipping Sparrow

Canada Goose

Band-tailed Pigeon

Lawrence's Goldfinch

White-headed Woodpecker

Nuttall's Woodpecker

Brown Creeper

Ash-throated Flycatcher

California Thrasher

Williamson's Sapsucker

Anna's Hummingbird

Grasshopper Sparrow

Lark Sparrow

Red-breasted Sapsucker

Northern Harrier

Hairy Woodpecker

Hammond's Flycatcher

Lesser Goldfinch

Brewer's Blackbird

California Quail

Oregon Junco Mountain Quail

Hermit Thrush

Bell's Sparrow

Slate-colored Fox Sparrow

California Scrub-Jay

Pink-sided Junco


Melissa Blue

Mylitta Crescent

White Checkered-Skipper

Cobalt Milkweed Beetle

Great Copper

Painted Lady

Dainty Sulphur

Western Sheep Moth

Hedgerow Hairstreak

Diabolical Ironclad Beetle

Wooly Darkling Beetle


Gray Hairstreak

Seven-spotted Ladybird

Honey Bee

Sara Orangetip

Convergent Lady Beetle

Acmon Blue

Holarctic Pied Hoverfly

Alfalfa Looper

Black Rain Beetle

Southern Rain Beetle



Chaparral Yucca

California Black Oak

western azalea

Caterpillar Phacelia

San Diego gumplant

Scarlet Bugler

Woollypod Milkweed


California Wild Rose

Western Ragweed

Foothill beardtongue

Bunchleaf Penstemon

Small-headed clover

Cuyamaca larkspur

Foothill Larkspur

Stinking Chamomile

Nuttall's Linanthus

Poodle-dog Bush

Redberry Buckthorn

Seep monkeyflower

Birchleaf Mountain Mahogany

Western Sycamore

California fuchsia

California Buckwheat

Blue Elderberry

Black Elderberry

Bull Thistle


California goldenrod

Velvety goldenrod

Common Mullein

White Sage

Shortpod Mustard

California peony

Stinging Lupine

Phlox-leaved Bedstraw

American yellowrocket

Elk Thistle

Grand Collomia

Lewis flax

Henbit Deadnettle

Sapphire Woollystar

Common Snowberry

California incense cedar

Coulter pine



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