Carmel Mountain Ranch, sometimes shortened to simply Carmel Mountain, such as on maps, or abbreviated to CMR by local residents and organizations, is a community of San Diego, California in the northeastern part of that city. The community is bounded by the city of Poway to the east, and other communities of San Diego, Rancho Bernardo to north, Rancho Peñasquitos to the west, and Sabre Springs to the south.
Every year the local Chamber of Commerce, headquartered within the community, hosts a fall festival at which local businesses, community organizations, and school representatives can set up information booths and interact with attendees.
Also, every Christmas, graduates from Meadowbrook Middle School host the “CMR Olympics”.
Fairway Village, a neighborhood division of Carmel Mountain Ranch running east-to-west on Stoney Gate Place, parallel to Ted Williams Parkway and crossed by Shoal Creek Drive, presents an annual Christmas light show called “Holiday Magic at Fairway Village.” The neighborhood lights 85+ homes from December 1 to January 1. Each year on the Saturday before Christmas, the neighborhood holds an evening block party that is open to the public, where visitors can walk the neighborhood, enjoy the lights and festivities, and partake of snacks and hot drinks offered by many homes. This event has been featured in several San Diego Family magazine articles. The neighborhood is also very popular at Halloween due to it being a large cul-de-sac street with no hills.
Carmel Mountain Ranch Community Park is located just north of Ted Williams Parkway on Rancho Carmel Drive, just east of the 15. Highland Ranch Park is located north of Eastbourne Road and slightly northeast of Highland Ranch Road.
The Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club sprawls much of the community and is available for golf tournaments, weddings, and other events.