Canyon Lake, CA, USA

Canyon Lake, CA, USA

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Canyon Lake – welcome to the SoCal network

An oasis amid the southern California desert, the 525-acre Canyon Lake is a boater’s paradise. Much of the lake is located within Canyon Lake proper, a gated city where you can also find a golf course, upscale dining, and several waterfront parks. Nearby, you’ll mostly find swanky residential neighborhoods and low-key shopping plazas along Highway 15, but the region is also known for its bounty of wineries, and, farther south, Temecula’s charming Old Town district. Your Canyon Lake vacation rental will put you in the heart of the Temecula Valley’s wine country.

Grape expectations in Canyon Lake

Within easy reach of more than 30 vineyards, wineries, and tasting rooms, Canyon Lake is a popular base camp for vino vacations, and you’ll also find a number of swanky shops and hip restaurants. With year-round temperatures in the 70s and above – sometimes way above – boating, kayaking, and swimming are major attractions for local families looking to beat the heat. Hot air balloon rides offer a unique perspective on the Temecula Valley, and an annual Balloon & Wine Festival combines the region’s specialties with food, crafts, and live entertainment.

Canyon Lake – go take a hike!

Once the wine has worn off, you can scope the epic views in Palomar Mountain State Park. The 1,800-acre park boasts steep slopes and coniferous forests, as well as hiking trails, campsites, and the Palomar Observatory. Looking for a more hair-raising adventure? Thrill seekers can get their fill at the Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park, a popular destination for motocross and dirt bike enthusiasts. If you’ve had enough of the southern California sun, head indoors to cool off at the Temecula Valley Museum, where you’ll find local history exhibits and a rotating art collection.

Some like it hot in Canyon Lake

Canyon Lake has a hot semi-arid climate, which means it’s warm and dry all year-round, with hot summers and very little rainfall. Winters are mild-to-warm, with highs in the 70s from December to February, and Canyon Lake vacation rentals are especially popular with visitors looking to escape colder winter temperatures at home. Summers can get hot, with average highs of a sultry 100 degrees in July and August. The summer months are your best bet for staying dry, as most rainfall occurs in January, February, and March.

Canyon Lake – yes we canyon!

Located within the Temecula Valley, the area around Canyon Lake is characterized by rolling hillsides and a number of natural and man-made lakes. The valley lies within the Temescal Mountains, whose valleys, canyons, and chaparral-covered hillsides provide habitat for coyotes, mule deer, and mountain lions. Your Canyon Lake vacation rental will also put you about an hour’s drive from the San Jacinto Mountains, where you’ll find evergreen forests and high granite peaks, as well as the southernmost stretch of the Pacific Crest Trail.