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Safety is Our Priority

The County is working to protect the public's health in the face of COVID-19 by taking actions to help slow the spread of the virus. As such, we have canceled all events and reservations that are expected to draw crowds of 10 or more people until further notice.


Parks and preserves remain open, though some facilities and on-site amenities may be closed. Please scroll down for updates.

We work every day to support a healthy, safe and thriving San Diego community and safety remains a top priority.   

For more information regarding the novel coronavirus and current status, visit the County’s coronavirus webpage at coronavirus-sd.com.

 DATE UPDATE
3/30/20

In light of the County’s Public Health Order extension, all staff-led activities and private events in County parks and preserves that were scheduled to take place in the month of April have been canceled. Reservation-holders will receive full refunds (see first post for 3/30/20, below, for details). 

As of close-of-business day on March 30, all County parks and preserves remain open, with the exception of:

  • Annie's Canyon Trail at San Elijo Lagoon
  • Clemmens Lane County Park
  • Los Penasquitos Canyon County Preserve (staging area and trails only; garden and outside ranch are open)
  • Santa Margarita County Preserve (staging area and trails) 

To view locations, visit the "Find a Park" tab on this site and search alphabetically or by map. Please check back for updates.

For more information regarding the novel coronavirus and current status, visit the County’s coronavirus webpage at coronavirus-sd.com.

3/30/20

In light of the County’s Public Health Order extension, all camping reservations scheduled to take place during the month of April have been canceled, and all reservation holders will receive a full refund.   

Reservation holders will receive an email notice of cancelation. To receive a refund, they will need to respond to the email to confirm receipt, including their name and day-time phone number. A reservation team member will follow up to process the refund. NOTE: It may take up to 2 weeks for the refund to show up in your account. 

San Diego County public health officials have issued stay-at-home orders to limit the spread of the coronavirus disease, or COVID-19.  A statewide order issued March 19 expanded on parts of the local order. On March 28, the County extended its order so that it remains in effect until further notice. In accordance with this, and in an effort to protect our staff and customers in the wake of the coronavirus, the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) will be temporarily closing all of its campgrounds and canceling all camping and day-use reservations through April 30. 

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this challenging time. For more information about DPR’s response to COVID-19, visit sdparks.org.  

For more information about the novel coronavirus and current status, visit the County’s coronavirus webpage at coronavirus-sd.com.


3/28/20

All closures and program cancelations (listed below) are now in effect until further notice, per an extended emergency order issued by the County of San Diego.

For more information regarding the novel coronavirus and current status, visit the County’s coronavirus webpage at coronavirus-sd.com.

3/25/20

County parks and preserves remain open, with the exception of Annie's Canyon Trail at San Elijo Lagoon, and Clemmens Lane. All other closures and cancelations remain in place. Please check back for updates.

For more information regarding the novel coronavirus and current status, visit the County’s coronavirus webpage at coronavirus-sd.com.

3/24/20

County parks and preserves remain open, with the exception of Clemmens Lane. All other closures and cancelations remain in place. Please check back for updates.

For more information regarding the novel coronavirus and current status, visit the County’s coronavirus webpage at coronavirus-sd.com.

 3/19/20

We are committed to supporting staff and customers through the challenging COVID-19 pandemic situation by taking precautionary measures to reduce large numbers of customers and staff gathering in confined spaces. As such, we have made the decision to temporarily close the following park facilities as of Friday, 3/20:

  • Front Desk Services at DPR Headquarters (phone lines open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday, 858-565-3600)
  • Campgrounds at Agua Caliente, Dos Picos Guajome, Lake Morena, Potrero, Sweetwater Summit, Vallecito, William Heise County Parks (those already on site may stay through the end of their reservation)
  • Off-Leash Dog Areas at Borrego Springs, Lamar and Live Oak County Parks
  • Bike Skills Course at Sweetwater Regional
  • Skate Parks at Lindo Lake and Jess Martin County Parks
  • All outdoor fitness stations and play structures
  • All large reservable spaces within parks, to include pavilions, gazebos and group picnic areas

The following remain closed and/or canceled:

  • Community Centers in Fallbrook, Lakeside and Spring Valley
  • Teen Centers in Lakeside and Spring Valley
  • Spring Valley Gymnasium
  • Rancho Guajome Adobe and the Ranch House at Los Penasquitos
  • Temple Beth Israel at Heritage Park
  • Nature Centers at Goodan Ranch, San Elijo and Santa Ysabel
  • Privately booked events + leagues, classes and ranger-led programs through March

Parks offer sunlight, solace and a break from social isolation. For this reason, gates will remain open at all other County parks and preserves – but we strongly urge all park guests to keep their hands clean, avoid touching their faces and to maintain a safe social distance of 6 feet per the CDC.

Visit the "Find a Park" tab sdparks.org to locate a destination near you – there are more than a hundred locales with nearly 370 miles of trails in our park portfolio.

We will continue to work behind the scenes to maintain your outdoor spaces, sanitize restrooms, remove trash, patrol trails, enforce park policies, answer calls, care for animal ambassadors and complete key projects. Safety is a priority, and we’ve taken action to reduce risk in parks while providing critical and essential services to our customers. 

For more information regarding the novel coronavirus and current status, visit the County’s coronavirus webpage at coronavirus-sd.com.

3/18/20

Due to the most recent update shared by County Health Officials, we will be canceling all ranger-led activities scheduled to take place in our parks and preserves through the end of March. 

Senior Lunch at Lakeside Community Center has been also canceled - as have the senior lunches that take place at Fallbrook and Spring Valley Community Centers. 

Parks and preserves remain open, pending inclement weather. Check our Alerts page for the latest information. 

All facility closures [listed below] still apply.

For more information regarding the novel coronavirus and current status, visit the County’s coronavirus webpage at coronavirus-sd.com.

3/17/20

The following DPR facilities are closed today through March 31, or until further notice:

  • Stelzer Animal Visitor Room
  • San Elijo Nature Center
  • Santa Ysabel Nature Center
  • The Temple Beth Israel Room at Heritage Park
  • Rancho Guajome Adobe
  • Rancho de Los Penasquitos Adobe
  • Goodan Ranch Center in Sycamore Canyon
  • Fallbrook Community Center
  • Lakeside Community Center
  • Lakeside Teen Center
  • Spring Valley Community Center
  • Spring Valley Gymnasium
  • Spring Valley Teen Center
  • 4S Ranch Park Reservation Office

All other County parks and preserves remain open, pending inclement weather. Check our Alerts page for the latest information. 

For more information regarding the novel coronavirus and current status, visit the County’s coronavirus webpage at coronavirus-sd.com.

 3/14/20 

To protect the public due to the novel coronavirus, the County Parks and Recreation Department (DPR) is postponing the following events, which were scheduled to be held March 13 through March 31, 2020.

  • All DPR programs inside Fallbrook, Lakeside and Spring Valley Community Centers, and Spring Valley Gymnasium (offices remain open)
  • Daily senior lunches at Fallbrook Community Center
  • Breakfast with the Bunny at Fallbrook Community Center – March 28
  • Breakfast with the Bunny at Otay Lakes – March 28
  • Eggstravaganza at San Dieguito – March 28

The following facilities are also closed: Lakeside Teen Center and Spring Valley Teen Center. All other parks and park facilities remain open, pending inclement weather. 

The County’s Public Health Officer banned mass gatherings and announced social distancing and visiting restrictions, countywide, on March 12 to slow the regional spread of novel coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19. For more information regarding the novel coronavirus and current status, visit the County’s coronavirus webpage at coronavirus-sd.com.

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