Santa Ysabel Nature Center

22135 Highway 79, Santa Ysabel, CA 92070
Park: (760) 765-4098
Reservations: (858) 565-3600, (877) 565-3600
Hours: Nov. 1 – March 31: Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Friday to Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; April 1 – Oct. 31: Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Friday – Sunday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation owns and operates Santa Ysabel Preserve, a 6,347-acre span of land that includes some 20 miles of trails for recreation, along with opportunities for habitat protection, enhancement and education.

In 2010, The Nature Conservancy donated an 84-acre parcel of land in Santa Ysabel to the County, to construct a nature center. The parcel is set an ideal location for a nature center; tucked into a grove of mature Engelmann oaks, and facing out to rolling grasslands, the property showcases the beauty of the area and the vegetation and wildlife that thrive on site.

Inside the 6,000-square-foot LEED Gold and Zero Net Energy facility are educational displays, interactive exhibits, ranger offices, restrooms, a state-of-the-art community room and kitchen large enough to hold parties of up to 99 people, a water refilling station, a staffed information desk and access to Wi-Fi.

Click here to learn about the grand opening celebration held on Dec. 14, 2019.

Visit the News & Events page for park events, updates and closures. 
Click here to view development projects.

  • Santa Ysabel Nature Center
  • Santa Ysabel Nature Center Exhibit
  • Santa Ysabel Nature Center Amphitheater
  • Santa Ysabel Nature Trail Loop
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