Rancho Peñasquitos, San Diego

Coordinates: 32°57′33.84″N 117°06′56.07″W / 32.9594000°N 117.1155750°W / 32.9594000; -117.1155750
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Rancho Peñasquitos, San Diego
Rancho Peñasquitos
“PQ”,[1] Rancho Pinoy-quitos[2]
Rancho Peñasquitos and neighborhood boundaries
Rancho Peñasquitos and neighborhood boundaries
Rancho Peñasquitos is located in Northeastern San Diego
Rancho Peñasquitos
Rancho Peñasquitos
Location within Northeastern San Diego
Rancho Peñasquitos is located in San Diego County, California
Rancho Peñasquitos
Rancho Peñasquitos
Rancho Peñasquitos (San Diego County, California)
Coordinates: 32°57′33.84″N 117°06′56.07″W / 32.9594000°N 117.1155750°W / 32.9594000; -117.1155750
Country United States
State California
CountySan Diego
CitySan Diego
WebsiteOfficial website

Rancho Peñasquitos is a suburban community in the northeastern part of the city of San Diego, California. It is named after the first Mexican land grant in the county, Rancho Santa Maria de Los Peñasquitos. (Peñasquitos is Spanish for "little cliffs".) The community abuts Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve, an open space preserve that offers hiking, biking, and equestrian trails. The community is commonly abbreviated "PQ."

The population of Rancho Peñasquitos is approximately 60,000.[3] it is located in ZIP code 92129. The telephone area code is 858 or 619.


Rancho Peñasquitos is roughly bounded:

The highest point in the community is Black Mountain, which rises to an elevation of 1,500 feet (460 m).[4]


Native American Kumeyaay history within the area has been documented to 7,000 years ago. The area was home to a Kumeyaay settlement which was known to them as 'Awil Nyawa'.[5] Remains of the prehistoric culture can still be found.

Gradually ethnic Spanish colonists moved into the area, following the establishment of missions and other settlements along the coast. Rancho de los Peñasquitos was the first rancho, the Rancho Santa Maria de Los Peñasquitos, within the boundaries of present-day San Diego County. In 1823, one league (4,243 acres; 17 km2) was awarded to Captain Francisco María Ruiz, a Commandant of the Presidio of San Diego.[6] This one league was at the eastern part of the Los Peñasquitos Canyon and extended into Sabre Springs and up to Rancho Bernardo.

It was a way station on the Wagon road from San Diego to Warner's Ranch. From 1857 to 1860, it was a station on that road for the San Antonio-San Diego Mail Line between San Diego and Vallecito via San Pasqual, Santa Ysabel Asistencia, Warner's, and Rancho Valle de San Felipe.[7] The ranch operated until 1962, when real estate developer Irvin Kahn acquired the 14,000- acre parcel with the intent of building a 150,000-resident planned community.[8]

In 1964, San Diego annexed most of the area, building out from Irvin Kahn's community.[9]


2010 census[edit]

As of the census[10] of 2010, there were 51,536 people, 17,009 households, and 14,093 families residing in the community. The racial makeup of the town was 58.2% White, 2.6% African American, 0.3% Native American, 30.0% Asian, 2.7.% from other races, and 6.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.8% of the population.

There were 17,009 households, of which 43.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.8% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 17.1% were non-families. Of all households 2.4% were made up of individuals, and 3.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.03 and the average family size was 3.30.

The median age in the town was 38 years. 26.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 65.3% were between the ages of 18 and 64; and 7.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the community was 50.5% female and 49.5% male.


Rancho Peñasquitos is a car-dependent[11] area, according to WalkScore.com. Black Mountain Road is the main north–south artery, and Carmel Mountain Road/Rancho Peñasquitos Boulevard is the main east–west artery. State Route 56 traverses east–west through the central portion of the community. Interstate 15 forms an eastern boundary of Rancho Peñasquitos, with Carmel Mountain Ranch lying on the far side.

The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) operates a bus through the area, #20, with a stop on Carmel Mountain Road. The MTS Rapid #235 bus operates from the Sabre Springs/Peñasquitos Transit Station, arriving in downtown San Diego after only 5 stops.[12]

Community events[edit]

  • Mt. Carmel Tournament of Bands is an annual high school marching band parade and field show competition, fully volunteer-run by the Mt Carmel Music Foundation. It has been held in late October every year since 1976. It is the most widely attended parade and field competition in San Diego, where more than 30 bands from San Diego county and the Los Angeles metropolitan area perform.[13]
  • The Fiesta de Los Penasquitos and Parade is on the first weekend in May, held since 1995. PQ residents and community organizations partner to celebrate the city with a 5K Fun Run, Street Fair, and Parade (as of 2015). a) The annual PQ5K Fun Run (since 2007) is a free event sponsored by the Peñasquitos Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in partnership with the Peñasquitos Town Council. The event begins the Saturday before the Fiesta de los Peñasquitos. b) In 2015, the Rancho Peñasquitos Town Council held its Inaugural Parade for the fiesta. The event is managed by Rancho Peñasquitos Town Council, and is supported by a City of San Diego Arts & Culture Grant. http://www.rpcouncil.com/
  • The Rancho Peñasquitos Recreation Council sponsors a fireworks show for July 4 at Westview High School; it is usually held on July 3. Funding was not available in 2019 for a fireworks show.[14]
  • Christmas Card Lane, since 1982 families on several local streets have installed increasingly elaborate displays and lights for the season. In addition, some groups rent vehicles for touring and singing Christmas carols.[15]

Emergency services[edit]

Fire service[edit]

SDFD Fire Station 40

Fire protection and emergency medical services are provided by the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department fire station #40 at 13393 Salmon River Road in the area of Rancho Peñasquitos. This station is in the 7th Battalion.

Police service[edit]

The San Diego Police Department operates from a station on 13396 Salmon River Road, serving the neighborhood.


A bicyclist enjoys Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve near the waterfall.
Waterfall in Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve.


Rancho Peñasquitos is in the Poway Unified School District.

High schools[edit]

Middle schools[edit]

Elementary schools[edit]


  • St. Timothy's Episcopal Church
  • Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • The New Hope Church of Penasquitos
  • Penasquitos Lutheran Church

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "PQ Community – Rancho Peñasquitos". Rancho Penasquitos Town Council. 18 November 2015. Retrieved 23 June 2021.
  2. ^ Angeles, Steve (18 November 2014). "Meet San Diego's newest Fil-Am Councilmember". ABS-CBN North America News Bureau. Redwood Shores, California. Retrieved 10 March 2017. Over 180,000 Filipinos live in San Diego County. The largest concentrations are in Cate's district which includes the Mira Mesa and Rancho Penesquitos neighborhoods fondly called by locals as Manila Mesa and Rancho Pinoy-quitos.
    Judy Patacsil; Rudy Guevarra, Jr.; Felix Tuyay (2010). Filipinos in San Diego. Arcadia Publishing. p. 8. ISBN 978-0-7385-8001-2. In the lower northern region of San Diego large concentrations of Filipinos live in areas called Mira Mesa Mesa (sometimes referred to as "Manila Mesa"), in Scripps Ranch, and Rancho Penasquitos (sometimes referred to simply as "Pinoy-quitos").
  3. ^ "Rancho Penasquitos, San Diego, CA Population & Demographics". AreaVibes. Retrieved 2016-07-12.
  4. ^ Schad, Jerry (September 2, 2004). "Climb Black Mountain in Rancho Penasquitos for an inclusive view of San Diego's ancient marine terraces". San Diego Reader.
  5. ^ "Kumeyaay Sense of the Land and Landscape". Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians. Retrieved 2020-07-25.
  6. ^ http://www.sdncc.com/communities/rancho-penasquitos
  7. ^ San Antonio-San Diego Mail Line Stations and Mileage between them, derived from "A TRIP TO THE GADSDEN PURCHASE", a newspaper article printed in the Sacramento Daily Union, 11 January 1858, p.4,
  8. ^ "Realty Roundup: Sales Course Scheduled". San Diego Union. March 25, 1962.
  9. ^ Schimitschek, Martina (2019-06-30). "Rancho Peñasquitos: With tract homes and cul-de-sacs, the quintessential family-friendly suburb". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2020-09-14.
  10. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-11.
  11. ^ "Rancho Penasquitos neighborhood in San Diego". Walk Score. Retrieved 2021-08-26.
  12. ^ "Sabre Springs/Peñasquitos Transit Station Fact Sheet". www.keepsandiegomoving.com.
  13. ^ "Mt Carmel Tournament of Bands http://www.mchsbandtournament.com/". {{cite web}}: External link in |title= (help); Missing or empty |url= (help)
  14. ^ "Fireworks Display - Rancho Penasquitos". City of San Diego - Office of Special Events. Retrieved February 26, 2014.
  15. ^ "Must See Christmas Lights in San Diego". Hidden San Diego. Retrieved February 26, 2014.
  16. ^ PQ Skate Park Archived 2006-06-25 at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ "Google Maps".
  18. ^ Mt. Carmel High School
  19. ^ Westview High School
  20. ^ Black Mountain Middle School
  21. ^ Mesa Verde Middle School
  22. ^ Adobe Bluffs Elementary School
  23. ^ Canyon View Elementary School
  24. ^ Deer Canyon Elementary School
  25. ^ Los Peñasquitos Elementary School
  26. ^ Park Village Elementary School
  27. ^ Rolling Hills Elementary School
  28. ^ Sundance Elementary School
  29. ^ Sunset Hills Elementary School

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