Find a Park by Category

Welcome to our Find A Park page! This page lists parks by type. You can also search alphabetically, or take advantage of our interactive map

Day-Use Parks

Toss a ball, shoot down a slide or take a hike... There are so many ways to enjoy a day outdoors at one of more than 20 local parks throughout San Diego County. Nearly all of these neighborhood parks offer playgrounds, lawns and picnic areas. If you’re looking for a place to host that special celebration, one of these local parks may be right for you. Eighteen of our County Parks have special reservable picnic areas. From company picnics,  wedding receptions, or large family reunions, to birthday parties or  team-building events, we have a park for you.

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Camping Parks

Are you ready to experience the San Diego wilderness? Check out one of our many parks below to find your ideal camping destination. For more info about camping in a San Diego County Park, call (877) 565-3600 or (858) 565-3600. 

  • Agua Caliente A very popular park during the winter, this desert oasis is known for its beauty and solitude, and for the soothing mineral waters in its two naturally fed pools.
  • Dos Picos Sheltered by steep, boulder-strewn mountain slopes, this park is designed to highlight the ancient oak groves that make your stay here memorable.
  • Guajome Only minutes away from the Pacific Ocean, Guajome Regional Park is known both for its rich natural habitats (including a small, but beautiful lake) and its historic Rancho Guajome Adobe.
  • Lake Morena This spectacular lake is a magnet for anglers, yet the 3,250 acres of this East County park offer something for every outdoor enthusiast, from hikers to picnickers to just plain campers.
  • Oakoasis An overnight campsite is available to youth groups only. The site includes a covered picnic pavilion, restrooms, tent camping, an amphitheater with fire pit, beautiful views, and an optional cabin that is available for an additional charge.
  • Potrero Quiet solitude describes this park, but it's also near some adventurous places, such as historic Campo and the colorful Mexican town of Tecate.
  • Sweetwater Summit This park specializes in accommodating equestrians, but all of those who love the outdoors will enjoy their stay in this park, which is also close to major attractions such as golf courses, the San Diego Zoo, and Tijuana.
  • Vallecito The reconstructed sod Butterfield Stage Station is at the heart of this desert refuge, which is a great home base from which to explore the wonders of the Anza-Borrego Desert.
  • William Heise One of our most beautiful parks, Heise lies amid 900 acres of mountain forests. The nearby town of Julian, with its quaint shops and restaurants, is a great place to visit. 

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Historic Sites

San Diego County is rich in natural and cultural history. Efforts are made, every day, to protect historic icons and to provide education on our region’s colorful past. The County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation supports a History Center that houses photography archives, artifacts, and information related to all County parks, with extensive information on historic parks. Get information on the center's hours and location on our Contact Us page.

Sites maintained by County Parks include:  

Sites on the National Register of Historic Places include:

Sites that have been coined National Historic Landmarks include:

Sites that have been named California Historical Landmarks include:

County Historic Site Board Designations include:
  • Camp Lockett Historic District
  • County Administration Center
  • Lindo Lake Boathouse
  • Live Oak Park Tables & Objects
  • Mount Helix Nature Theatre
  • Bancroft Rock House
  • Sickler Brothers Pala Mill (Wilderness Gardens Preserve)
City of San Diego Designations include: 
Additionally, the History Center contributed to the following books which are available online and at our front desk:
  • Ranchos of San Diego – The Mexican Ranchos of San Diego County were a colorful and vital part of early California history. Daily life of the dons, doñas, and their families included the California traditions of family and religion, dancing and fiestas, roundups and rodeos, and generous hospitality. Many of the ranchos no longer exist. Those that are preserved provide windows into California’s past.
  • Historic Stage Routes – Stagecoaches and the routes they traveled capture our imagination because of the romance, excitement, danger, and new experiences they represent. San Diego was part of one of the most significant stagecoach lines in history. This is the story of the stage lines, stage stations, stage drivers, and the people who were born, married, and died along these routes.

The Department of Parks and Recreation offers opportunities to work on cultural and historic interpretive programs. To receive more information about these and other volunteer opportunities, visit the Volunteer Opportunities web page.

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Sports Parks

The County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation maintains and/or operates many sports facilities throughout the County including ball fields, sports courts, gymnasiums and a roller hockey rink. Below is a list of these facilities.

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Community and Teen Centers

Community Centers provide preschool, youth, adult and senior programs, along with listings for special interest courses, family activities, sports and special events. Get involved!

A place for teens, the Teen Centers or REC Clubs at Lakeside and Spring Valley demonstrate how to make a positive difference in the lives of youth, providing opportunities for middle and high school youth to grow through physical fitness, art expression and leadership development, community service, and educational activities while enhancing self-esteem, communication skills, problem solving, and community involvement. The fundamental objective is to succeed in life.

Visit our website for more information including upcoming special events, center calendars, membership applications and more!

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Plant lovers can’t miss the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas encompassing 4 miles of garden trails, a wide collection of native and endangered plants, a whimsical children's garden, and the nation's largest collection of bamboo species. The garden offers a full line up of events including workshops, plant sales, and bird-watching tours. This garden is managed by a separate entity.

We also offer community gardening opportunities to residents of San Diego's central and south county. Spots are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact the individual parks for details.

The community garden at Tijuana River Valley Regional Park is the largest community garden in all of San Diego. It’s the result of a federally-funded grant from the California Associate of Resource Conservation Districts. The initial grant, secured back in 1999, supported the installation of a water meter, irrigation pipes, access roads and fencing for 96 individual gardening plots along the eastern edge of Tijuana River Valley Regional Park. Since then we’ve expanded our garden to 138 plots. The cost to reserve a 30-by-30-foot plot here at the Tijuana River Valley Community Garden is $125 per year. Water and soil are provided, along with areas for composting. Learn more by watching this video!     

Established in 2012, the community gardens at Los Penasquitos Canyon County Preserve are comprised of 20 6' x 16' garden boxes with drip irrigation, superior soil, and access to nearby tool lockers - providing lessees with the space and amenities they need to grow their own produce. The cost is $120 per year. Gardeners are required to visit weekly and garden every season. Call 858-484-7504 for information, and to be added to the wait list. Please be prepared to share your first and last name, your phone number, your email address and a general overview of your gardening experience. You can also send a message to a park ranger.

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