On December 7, 2017, horse trainer Joe Herrick said, “Hell came to town.” Herrick was was involved in trying to rescue 450 thoroughbred horses caught in the raging Lilac fire through Bonsall’s San Luis Rey Training Center. He lost six of his eight horses. The final death toll was 46 horses perished in the tragedy.
During construction of a highway ramp in San Diego’s North County last month, a paleontologist working for a local museum spotted some ancient bones in the dirt. Brad Riney, who is described as a “paleontological monitor,” found buried treasure for the San Diego Natural History Museum during construction of a new ramp from Highway 76 onto northbound 15, near Bonsall, California.
By Eva Knott, May 13, 2013
San Diego Natural History Museum shows off its new fossil.
In 2014, the San Luis Rey Downs golf resort in Bonsall closed. Some 118 acres was purchased by the County to augment a public riverpark, and another 71 acres is in the process of being turned into a mitigation bank by the Conservation Land Group of Mill Valley. But there are about three acres of the old San Luis Rey Downs Golf complex that has neighbors in bucolic Bonsall concerned.
By Ken Harrison, June 6, 2017
San Luis Rey Downs. Crain says each room has a bathroom but no kitchen.
Caltrans has quietly opened up the four finished lanes of the long awaited, and final leg, of the Highway 76 widening project. The last 4.3-mile stretch from Mission Road in Bonsall, to I-15, completes the project that started in 2014.
Retired Fallbrook elementary school teacher Joan McConnell had just returned on Sunday (January 24) from the site of the former San Luis Rey Downs Golf Club. Two years ago, the 50-year-old Bonsall golf course was transformed into a “mitigation bank,” a process that promises to return it to wetlands to compensate for development elsewhere. But McConnell says it appears as if nothing has been done to advance it to its natural state. “It’s a trash heap."
By Ken Leighton, January 26, 2016
Former San Luis Rey Downs Golf Club land — now reverted to its natural state?
A taxpayer advocacy group is suing the Bonsall Unified School District for skirting state environmental laws in its pursuit to build a new high school. The group, California Taxpayers Action Network, filed the lawsuit on February 6. The document alleges that staff and trustees in the district failed to evaluate environmental impacts before proceeding with a proposal to build a new high school on an undeveloped 50-acre site on Gird Road,
Vessels Ranch, tucked away in the rural North County community of Bonsall, could set a new record for the highest-priced estate in San Diego if it fetches its asking price of $55 million. The main home, fully custom and built atop a hill in classic Mediterranean style, has three bedrooms, five baths, and over 7800 square feet of living space
'I've been the Singing Cowboy of Rawhide Ranch for eight years now," says Cowboy Jack Johnson. "That's a dude ranch in Bonsall -- it's been there since the '60s, with Old West facades and stages...kids learn how to take care of and ride horses and stuff. Then, at the big campfire, I sing a bunch of cowboy standards and tell stories about the Old West. I do that most every Saturday night, whenever I'm not booked with one of my band projects."