The pond was drained a few years back to repair the dam. I have been told that the draining occured during the wildfires we had several years ago and aided the region with putting the fires out. Fishers say that fishing has never been the same since. There used to be a lot of bass and when they were draining the dam, some fishermen walked upon a large fish dying.
Out in the fields lays the remains of several destroyed homesteads. Some of these foundations date back to the early 1900's. I have taken some photos of one of the more interesting homesteads. The others are literally just concrete slabs.
We found a tunnel along the way which I believe it connected to the dam:
I do not recommend walking on the dam. It is obviously not safe and if you fell would be a very ugly death. I did this at my own risk:
There are some big tunnels out here!
Here are some shots of the destroyed homestead. This is out in the thick, middle of nowhere. I doubt you'll find it unless you know where to look:
Anza Borrego Desert
Cuyamaca State Park