The Cleveland National Forest is located in the southwestern part of California.
Where is this Forest?



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On July 1st, 1908 President Theodore Roosevelt signed a declaration that created the Cleveland National Forest. Now, more than 100 years later, the Cleveland National Forest provides habitat for native wildlife, as well as a natural refuge and playground for many of the 3 million plus residents in the greater San Diego area. Read more about the history of the Cleveland National Forest how it was founded and evolved into the forest it is today! 

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Laguna Mountain Recreation Area

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In less than an hour from downtown San Diego you can find a forested spot brimming with a variety of recreational opportunities . . .

Explore the Stars Program - Star Parties

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An exciting amateur astronomy project occurs each summer and fall at Palomar Mountain's Observatory Campground on the Palomar Ranger of the Cleveland National Forest. 


Volunteers Make a Difference

[Photo]: Kids planting trees.

Volunteering on the Cleveland NF can be a rewarding and educational experience.  There is much you can do to help!

Help Stop the Spread of Goldspotted Oak Borer!

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Don't move oak firewood out of San Diego County!