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12 Trails to Try in 2017

We connected with Scott Turner, outdoor enthusiast, Modern Hiker contributor and co-author for the next edition of Afoot & Afield in San Diego County (hitting shelves this March!) to get a short list of trails to try in the new year. Here are his recommendations, by month, at parks and preserves across San Diego. We hope you will join him, and the rest of the County Parks team, as we “take a hike” in 2017! More...

#2016bestnine

It was a picturesque year for Parks and Recreation on San Diego County's Instagram channel. Our #2016bestnine Parks images - or the nine most popular/liked pictures - included scenes from Goodan Ranch-Sycamore Canyon, Heise, Los Penasquitos Canyon, Potrero, San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve, Volcan Mountain and Waterfront Park. Take a look! More...

Park Notices and Closures

Every once in a while we close a park for maintenance or to add a new amenity. Below is an alphabetical list of open projects and/or park closures - please review this list or call ahead before heading out to your favorite park, and check back for updates. We apologize for any inconvenience! More...

Live Well Every Day

We're doing our part to create a stronger, healthier and more balanced region. We continually seek new recreation opportunities for residents of all ages, interests and abilities. And we're especially excited to share these options with you at the wake of a new year! More...

What To Eat and Drink Before and After a Hike

Give your body what it needs when you plan on hitting the trails in our parks and preserves. Here are some tips on what to eat and drink, both before a hike and after you're done. More...

Fill Your Day Pack With Fuel

Bring snacks and plenty of water when you hike any of the County’s 350+ miles of trails. Here are some tips to help you prepare for your next outdoor excursion. Plan ahead for maximum enjoyment! More...

Ranger Academy Graduates 51 Park Staff

On Wednesday, Sept. 21, we celebrated the graduation of 51 park staff who participated in Park Ranger Academy – a robust, 8-week program that covers programs, policies and best practices for park and recreation professionals. Participants represented parks across San Diego County. More...

A Fresh New Look for sdparks.org

Welcome to our brand new website! We’re putting the finishing touches on a couple of things, but we just couldn't wait to start sharing our improved design with you. Content has been organized by function with quick links, easy navigation, a robust park finder map. More...

New Trails for App-Happy Kids

We’ve opened three new TRACK Trails for “app-happy” kids at County Parks. Over six miles of interactive education have been routed through San Dieguito County Park and Lake Morena County Park – adding to an existing trail network that includes San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve, Louis A. Stelzer County Park and Lindo Lake County Park. More...

22.5 Miles of Trails + a New Overlook at TRVRP

On Saturday, June 11, the County celebrated the grand opening of a newly restored 22.5 mile trail system for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians at Tijuana River Valley Regional Park (TRVRP). More...

Have you hiked the ACT?

One of the wildest stretches of the San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Preserve has been tamed – just enough for it to open to the public, offering new views and enhanced recreation opportunities. More...

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