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County Parks Cool Zones: During major heat events, several of our facilities serve as Cool Zones. All facilities are closed Dec. 25 unless otherwise noted.
Hours: County Parks are open year-round, however, per policy C-7, parking lot gates, park offices and restrooms will be closed on Dec. 25. All sites remain open to foot, horse and bike traffic. In addition, campgrounds remain open and will be in full operation with available parking, restrooms and staffed park offices on Dec. 25.
Electronic Bikes: The Department has restricted the use of e-bikes on various bicycle paths and trails at County parks/preserves. Click here to learn more information.
Pesticides: Below is a list of locations that will receive pesticide applications to prevent and control infestations of, and tree mortality as a result of, invasive insects. Signs will be posted in spray areas. Those areas will remain closed while spraying is taking place, and until it is safe to reenter the area. Thank you for your understanding as we work to protect our tree canopy.
Rodenticides: Rodenticides are a
mitigation measure. Certain rodents, namely gophers and ground
squirrels, present a risk to park infrastructure and users in
developed areas , such as active recreational sites, picnic areas and
campgrounds. Tunnels and holes created by rodents can undermine
improvements such as sidewalks, trails and pathways, and holes and
mounds of dirt created as a result of tunneling activity present a
tripping hazard for park users, rendering areas unsafe. The use of
rodenticides by County Parks is conducted following all County, State
and Federal policies, rules, regulations, laws, labels and
administrative procedures. The work is performed by private trained
pest control businesses/licensed applicators. Applicators seek to
minimize potential exposure to other species. The treatment for
gophers is applied underground in their tunnels and the treatment for
squirrels uses enclosed bait stations. Both methods minimize the
potential for access from other animals. County Parks does not use
rodenticides in non-public use areas of parks or in open space
Public Restroom Facilities: As a convenience for our customers, the County of San Diego Department of Parks and recreation operates multiple restrooms at parks and park facilities. This spreadsheet below relays that information, including park name, location and hours of operation: Public Restroom Facilities.
Showers: In conjunction with the County’s water-conservation measures, coin-operated shower fixtures have been installed at the following campgrounds: Agua Caliente, Vallecito, Dos Picos, William Heise, Guajome Regional, Potrero and Lake Morena. Fixtures take quarters and cost 50 cents for 4 minutes of shower time. Quarters are available at the Ranger stations. The showers at Sweewtater Summit are different in that they take tokens - not quarters - but the rate is the same, with four tokens per dollar. Tokens are available at the Ranger Station.
Extreme heat: The following parks are closed during the month of August due to extreme heat and unsafe ouotdoor recreation conditions: El Capitan County Preserve and Mt. Gower County Preserve. Signs are posted. Please visit any of the other 380+ miles of trails within our park system during this time. Our desert-area parks, including Agua Caliente County Park and Vallecito County Park, are closed for an additional few months for the summer season; June through August.
Lakeside River Trail: The Lakeside River Park organization is making improvements to the Lakeside River Trail. While equipment is on site, and crews are working, the trail may be limited to pedestrian traffic. Safety is a priority at County Parks - please obey all posted signs.
Lindo Lake County Park:
Sweetwater Summit Regional Park: Several construction projects to improve the park entrance and campground upper loop are in progress and scheduled for completion in December 2023. During this time, there may be daytime construction noise, road/area closures and in some cases, campsite closures – but the park will otherwise remain open. Current campers with reservations that are in the construction zone will be contacted by our Reservation Team to discuss options. For more information, contact the Reservation Team at 858-565-3600.
Sweetwater Summit Regional Park: We recently completed work on the Sweetwater Loop and River Trail, thanks to a collaborative effort between the County of San Diego, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Sweetwater Authority. This portion of the trail (approximately 1.3 miles) was rerouted to protect sensitive habitats while maintaining access and recreation opportunities. Please obey all posted signs so we can continue to keep this trail open for your enjoyment. For more information, please call the park at (619) 472-7572.
Sycamore Canyon/Goodan Ranch: Improving the County’s 350+ mile trail system is a priority for the San Diego County Department of Parks and Recreation, and efforts to expand trail access are balanced by efforts to preserve sensitive habitats and culturally significant areas. Over the years, a number of unauthorized trails have appeared in Sycamore Canyon/Goodan Ranch County Preserve. These trails negatively affect these areas and can cause harm to plants, animals and other resources. You may notice signs and other barricades blocking access to these unauthorized trails. Please stay on trail and only in authorized areas as we work to protect this urban oasis.