Escondido is a city occupying a shallow valley ringed by rocky hills, just north of the city of San Diego, California. Founded in 1888, it is one of the oldest cities in San Diego County and large enough to garner four different zip codes.
The city is known as ‘Eskondiid’ in Diegueño. A 2005 nationwide study listed the city of Escondido as one of the most conservative cities in America.
The city is growing at a rapid rate with new communities like Hidden Trails appearing at the east end of East Valley Parkway. The city proper is surrounded by several sparsely populated unincorporated communities. The city contains several sub-neighborhoods including Downtown Escondido and Old Escondido – and this area is made up of mostly single-family residential housing. Natural vegetation types in the Escondido area include chaparral brushland, oak woodland, riparian (stream) woodland, and grassland. The Daley Ranch Preserve north of the city provides a good location to view these natural vegetation types.
Escondido has fifteen parks. The San Diego Zoo Safari Park (also called by its former name, “Wild Animal Park”) is located near Escondido, in the San Pasqual Valley. It is the sister park to the San Diego Zoo. Due to it’s north/east location, it has significantly more land, and shows animals in their more natural, open habitats.
Escondido is served by the Escondido Union School District, the Escondido Union High School District, and the San Pasqual Union School District.