"Things to See and Do in Santa Ysabel" Santa Ysabel by lmkluque
Santa Ysabel Travel Guide: 12 reviews and 15 photos
Welcome to my Santa Ysabel page,
Santa Ysabel is a very small town with two interesting attractions, the historic Santa Ysabel Mission and Lake Henshaw, which I will tell you about here.
I'll soon add information about the Casino that is now in town.
SANTA YSABEL MISSION:
Not one of the "21 Missions" of California, but an "Assistencia" or sub-Mission to San Diego de Alcala, which is the first of the twenty-one Missions. Santa Ysabel Mission, founded in 1818 and located just past Julian in the town of Santa Ysabel is rustic and reminiscent of the days when California was still part of Mexico.
After the secularization of church owned land and by 1849 the Assistencia was in ruins. St. John the Baptist Church was built near the original site and looks more modern than so old. The had a small gift shop that was interesting to me because of the map showing how far north Mexico was the compared to now.
A lake that has receeded in the past years due to so many droughts in this area. There is fishing and boating on the lake and this is a wonderful place for San Diegians to retreat from the hustle and bustle of living in San Diego for a day or longer. It would be a good place to visit if you are visiting SD and would like a taste of the rustic California country life.
The Ceader Fire (29 October 2003) and again the much bigger Witch Creek Fire (20 October 2007) caused devastation unheard of in this area.
The resort and restaurant near Lake Henshaw may no longer exist due to the horrific fire raging in the area. I don't know the fate of the Mission either as of this writing.
SANTA YSABEL RESORT & CASINO:
The Casino and a couple of restaurants are owned and operated by the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel, a band of Diegueno Mission Indians. It was opened in April 2007, just six months before the Witch Creek Fire. Due to the poor economy, the small-ish size of the Casino and it's more remote location, it was not easy going. Then the Fire!
On their website they say, "The hardships our ancestors endured help make us the strong, proud Iipay Nation we are today."
I would include the presnt day Iipay to that statement. They have survived it all.
Hope You Enjoy Your Visit,
- Pros:Mountain Living
- Cons:Further Out
- In a nutshell:Perfect for a Peaceful Get-Away!
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