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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. Parks and preserves remain open to foot, bike and horse traffic, though some on-site amenities have been closed.


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.

View Frequently Asked Questions.

View a Comprehensive List of Parks showing what's open and closed. 

 DATE UPDATE
5/23/20

With campgrounds now open at half capacity, we’ve updated our reservation system to only show sites that are open and available. About 50 percent of our sites have been closed in accordance with public health orders, including group areas and cabins. This is a temporary measure but one that is essential, for your safety and ours, as we navigate operations during COVID-19.

  • If you would like to make a reservation, you may do so online. Sites are now open through the end of the year.
  • If you already have a reservation, and your site has been temporarily closed, you will receive an email with options to wait-and-see, transfer or cancel. Wait-and-see means we are evaluating the situation daily and may still be able to honor those reservations if public health orders are lifted before the date of the reservation.

Additional details can be found on our Camping FAQ page.

5/20/20

In accordance with recent public health orders, we are continuing to relax restrictions at our parks and preserves. The following amenities are now open (unless otherwise posted; please obey all signs for your safety, and ours).

Now open: 

  • Picnic tables (unless otherwise posted)
  • Park benches (unless otherwise posted)
  • Lamar Off-leash Dog Park
  • Borrego Springs Off-leash Dog Park

This is in addition to our campgrounds (now operating at half capacity), the boat dock and boat rentals at Lake Morena, and all of our parks and preserves (except indoor spaces like museums, nature centers and community and teen centers).

Social distancing mandates remain in place. When you leave your place, cover your face if you come within 6 feet of another park user.

View the updated list of parks with information on what is open and closed. Review the latest version of our FAQ sheet

5/18/20 Beginning today, May 18, fishing from shore will be allowed at County lakes and ponds, to include Lake Morena, Lindo Lake, Luelf Pond, and the ponds at Dos Picos County Park and Guajome Regional Park. This is in addition to fishing by boat or kayak, where applicable. Social distancing mandates remain in place, per the most recent public health order. Please obey posted signs for your safety and ours.  
5/15/20

With campgrounds effectively operating at half capacity, we are now accepting reservations through the month of June, with new guidelines and safety protocols in place to comply with public health orders. Reservations must be booked online or in person.  Learn more and visit our FAQ page.

Click the maps below to view which campsites are open, pending availability:

5/8/20

San Diego County officials announced the gradual reopening of County campgrounds. We will be opening at 50 percent capacity—to tent and RV campers—with new guidelines in place to comply with public health orders related to COVID-19. Learn more.

All other closures (listed below) remain in effect, except for: 

  • Campgrounds which are now open at limited capacity
  • The boat dock at Lake Morena which is now open along with a limited number of boat rentals; fishing from shore is still not allowed 

View the updated list of parks with information on what is open and closed. Review the latest version of our FAQ sheet

5/4/20 

Most County parks and preserves remain open to foot, bike and horse traffic. Trails are open, and we've begun a phased reopening of some park activities and offerings, to include picnics and parking, per the most recent Public Health Order. 

This comprehensive park list contains properties that are managed by the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation, with their current status as open or closed followed by the status of on-site amenities. It is being updated weekly; check back for updates.

As a reminder, the following properties and amenities are closed until further notice. We look forward to hosting guests at full capacity as soon as it is safe to do so. 

Closed:  

  • Annie’s Canyon Trail at San Elijo Lagoon
  • Clemmens Lane County Park
  • Palomar Mountain County Park
  • Santa Margarita County Preserve
  • Front Desk Services at DPR Headquarters and 4S Ranch (phone lines open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday, 858-565-3600)
  • Campgrounds: Agua Caliente, Dos Picos, Guajome, Lake Morena, Potrero, Sweetwater Vallecito and William Heise County Parks
  • Community Centers: Fallbrook, Lakeside and Spring Valley
  • Teen Centers: 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: Goodan Ranch, San Elijo and Santa Ysabel
  • Off-Leash Dog Areas: Borrego Springs, Lamar and Live Oak County Parks
  • Bike Skills Course at Sweetwater Regional Park
  • Skate Parks at Lindo Lake and Jess Martin County Parks
  • All outdoor fitness stations, play structures and splash pads
  • All large reservable spaces within parks, to include pavilions, gazebos and group picnic areas 
  • Fountains at Waterfront Park    

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

4/30/20

Per the most recent Public Health Order, beginning May 1, each public park and recreation area shall operate in compliance with new social distancing protocol. The public shall not congregate or participate in active sport activities at a park with the exception of members of a single family or household if authorized pursuant to the protocol applicable to the park. Any park at which the Protocol requirements cannot be effectively implemented shall close.

PARKING: Beginning May 1, parking lots at most County-managed parks and preserves will open at 50 percent capacity. A few lots will remain closed; please obey posted signs.

PICNICKING: Beginning May 1, individuals and members of a single family/household will be allowed to picnic in open grass areas of parks, if they practice social distancing from other park guests. NOTE: Tables and BBQs remain closed (personal BBQs are permitted; please check with park staff upon arrival). Please obey posted signs.

BOATING/FISHING: Beginning May 1, recreational boating will be allowed for individuals and members of a single family/household, only. Lake Morena will open to personal watercraft, but rentals will remain closed. Fishing will be allowed from a boat or kayak – but not from the shoreline.

SPORTS: Beginning May 1, sports courts (basketball, tennis, pickleball and volleyball) will open to individuals and members of a single family/household. Organized sports will also be allowed on sports fields, as long as participants are part of the same family/household. NOTE: Lindo Lake and Jess Martin Skate Parks and Sweetwater Bike Park remain closed. Outdoor fitness equipment is also closed.  

RESERVATIONS: Camping and event reservations have been canceled through the month of May. Reservation holders will receive an email with more information, followed by a full refund. Ranger-led activities, and those coordinated through our community centers in Fallbrook, Lakeside and Spring Valley, are canceled until further notice.  

All other closures and guidelines, listed below, remain in effect.   

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

4/27/20

Beginning May 1, the County hopes to relax restrictions for parks where social distancing can be maintained. New social distancing protocol templates have been created for parks in anticipation of a phased reopening. Additionally, as of May 1, everyone must wear face coverings if they are in public and if they come within 6 feet of another person. NOTE: Masks are not required for all recreational activities where social distancing can be maintained (e.g. hiking, surfing and cycling) but should be carried as a precaution. 

Read the County's latest Public Health Order, issued 4/26/20, which contains a more detailed list of updates. For more information regarding the novel coronavirus and current status – and how it affects other (non-recreational) County properties and businesses – visit the County’s coronavirus webpage at coronavirus-sd.com

Parks and preserves will remain open to foot, bike and horse traffic (where applicable), but not vehicles. We would like to remind all guests that if they cannot walk or ride a bike or horse to a park, they should not go.

PERMITTED: Passive recreation; you may walk, run or ride a bike or horse along trails in our open parks and preserves – but keep moving.

NOT PERMITTED: Active recreation like basketball, soccer, roller hockey, tennis, pickleball and other sports – in addition to stationary activities that keep you in a single area like fishing, yoga, picnicking and reading under a tree. 

The following sites and amenities remain closed:

  • Annie’s Canyon Trail at San Elijo Lagoon
  • Clemmens Lane County Park
  • Palomar Mountain County Park
  • Santa Margarita County Preserve (Wildlands Conservancy side only; County trails remain open to local traffic)
  • Front Desk Services at DPR Headquarters and 4S Ranch (phone lines open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday, 858-565-3600)
  • Campgrounds at Agua Caliente, Dos Picos, Potrero, Vallecito and William Heise County Parks (those already on site at Guajome, Lake Morena and Sweetwater Summit may stay through the end of their reservation)
  • 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
  • Off-Leash Dog Areas at Borrego Springs, Lamar and Live Oak County Parks
  • Bike Skills Course at Sweetwater Regional Park
  • Skate Parks at Lindo Lake and Jess Martin County Parks
  • Boating and fishing in all County-managed ponds and lakes  
  • All outdoor fitness stations, play structures and splash pads
  • All ballfields and sports courts (and all organized sports)
  • All large reservable spaces within parks, to include pavilions, gazebos and group picnic areas 
  • Fountains at Waterfront Park
4/8/20 

Per the most recent Public Health Order, Section 12: "All public parks and recreation areas, including public beaches, must comply with section 10 (Social Distancing and Sanitation Protocol). Parking lots at such facilties shall be closed, and all such facilties shall be accessible only from members of the public who reside within walking distance of the facility. Said facilities shall be used soley for walking, hiking, equestrian and bicycle riding. The public shall not congregate or participate in active sport activities at said facilities. Swimming, surfing, paddle boarding, boating for recreational purposes, and all other water recreational activities, are prohibited on or in public waterways and at beaches. All public parks and recreation areas, including public beaches, where social distancing requirements cannot be effectively implemented shall close. The forgoing does not prohibit public employees from engaging in safety or maintenance activities at these facilities."      

All other guidelines, cancelations and closures (listed below) remain in effect, with the addition of drinking fountains.

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

4/3/20

Beginning today, all parking lots and staging areas at County parks and preserves will be closed, along with all ballfields and sports courts. This is in accordance with the most recent Public Health Order, which states public parks and recreation areas shall only be accessible to members to the public who live within walking distance; that facilities shall be used solely for walking, hiking, equestrian and bike riding; and that the public shall not congregate or participate in active sport activities.   

Parks and preserves will remain open to foot, bike and horse traffic, but not vehicles. We would like to remind all guests that if they cannot walk or ride a bike or horse to a park, they should not go. Staff will be on site to enforce this updated policy, in conjunction with local law enforcement.    

PERMITTED: Passive recreation; you may walk, run or ride a bike or horse along trails in our open parks and preserves – but keep moving.

NOT PERMITTED: Active sport activities like basketball, soccer, roller hockey, tennis, pickleball and other sports and stationary activities that keep you in a single area like fishing, yoga, picnicking and reading under a tree. 

These changes join a number of other updates to park operations. The following amenities remain closed:

  • Annie’s Canyon Trail at San Elijo Lagoon
  • Clemmens Lane County Park
  • Los Penasquitos Canyon (City side only; County trails and grounds remain open to local traffic)
  • Santa Margarita County Preserve (Wildlands Conservancy side only; County trails remain open to local traffic)
  • Front Desk Services at DPR Headquarters and 4S Ranch (phone lines open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday, 858-565-3600)
  • Campgrounds at Agua Caliente, Dos Picos, Potrero, Vallecito and William Heise County Parks (those already on site at Guajome, Lake Morena and Sweetwater Summit may stay through the end of their reservation)
  • 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
  • Off-Leash Dog Areas at Borrego Springs, Lamar and Live Oak County Parks
  • Bike Skills Course at Sweetwater Regional Park
  • Skate Parks at Lindo Lake and Jess Martin County Parks
  • Boating and fishing in all County-managed ponds and lakes  
  • All outdoor fitness stations and play structures
  • All ballfields and sports courts (and all organized sports)
  • All large reservable spaces within parks, to include pavilions, gazebos and group picnic areas 

Camping reservations and privately booked events along with all leagues, classes and ranger-led programs have been canceled through April and until further notice. 

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 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 only; trails, garden and outside ranch are open)
  • Santa Margarita County Preserve (staging area only) 

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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