Six San Diego County parks will be closed in August, a safety measure taken each year because of the month’s typically high temperatures. El Capitan Preserve near Lakeside, Hellhole Canyon Preserve in Valley Center, Mt. Gower Preserve near Ramona and Wilderness Gardens in Pala will be closed Aug. 1 through Aug. 31. In addition, Agua Caliente Regional Park in Anza Borrego and Vallecito County Park near Julian are closed all summer; they reopen Labor Day weekend.
The closures also provide Department of Parks and Recreation staff an opportunity to conduct maintenance projects like facility upgrades and trail restoration.
There are more than 100 other County parks and preserves to explore during the month of August. Rent a boat at Lake Morena County Park for fishing and water activities, book a staycation at one of six County campgrounds, or visit a butterfly garden at Lindo Lake or San Dieguito County Parks. If it is really hot, plan your next hike by taking one of these virtual tours, or visit our Virtual Recreation Center for fun activities you can enjoy from the comfort of your home.
If you do go out for a hike, be smart about it! Below are some safety tips hikers should consider before hitting the trails: