San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park, Escondido

(3.8/5 based on 35+ reviews on the web)
San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park honors the soldiers who fought in the 1846 Battle of San Pasqual, the bloodiest battle in California during the Mexican-American War. The battle was fought between United States troops under the command of General Stephen Kearny, and the Californio forces under the command of General Andres Pico on December 6, 1846.The Native Sons of the Golden West were instrumental in raising money, preserving and ultimately creating the park which was then given to the State of California. It is now a California State Park as well as a California Historical Landmark. The 50acre park is next to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, at San Pasqual Valley Road, south of Escondido, California on Highway 78 in San Diego County.The park is open only on weekends, and features a visitor center with displays about the cultural history of the San Pasqual Valley, exhibits, and a movie about the battle. Living history presentations are held at the park, with volunteers from the San Pasqual Battlefield Volunteer Association.
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TripAdvisor
  • Lovely setting right off the road to the Wild Animal Park. Friendly, helpful docents. Tons of California's history, set in a beautifully preserved lication. This is how California used to look.  more »
  • Nice little museum that describes the setting of the Mexican-American battle in the valley. No admission fee. There is a hiking loop up the mountain, which provides a spectacular view.  more »
  • This museum is right along the highway on SR78. Free admission. Plenty of parking. It is full of history of the area, mainly the Battle of San Pasqual. Re-enactments take place annually in early Decem...  more »
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  • Great interpretive signs explaining the history of this valley.
  • Cool if you like history