Descanso gets its name from a Spanish word meaning “rest from labor”. Situated east of Alpine and west of Pine Valley at a 3,450 feet elevation, Descanso is located at the south entrance to Cuyamaca Rancho State Park and also borders Cleveland National Forest to the west and east. A bedroom community for San Diego County, Descanso has many features adding to the charming yet rugged small town feel including the Descanso Junction restaurant, The Perkins Store and Deli, a handful of small convenience and gift shops, a feed store, grandpas nursery, and of course the local U.S. Post Office.