Roam-O-Rama

Wide-open space abounds

Watch hawks soar on a stroll through oak-studded open grasslands.

Wide-open space abounds at Barnett Ranch, the 728-acre preserve that is now owned by the County of San Diego. The historic cattle ranch is part of the property that was once the home of Augustus ...

A look down on Escondido from Dixon Lake

Dixon Loop Trail offers great views of the lake and city below.

Dixon Lake is a multipurpose recreation area adjacent to the Daley Ranch Open Space Preserve. Both are managed by the City of Escondido, but separately. Dixon Lake provides drinking water for Escondido, so swimming isn’t ...

Rancho Mission Canyon Open Space

An easy walk through one of San Diego’s ecologically diverse urban canyons.

“Chi-ca-go chi-ca-go” in Rancho Mission Canyon

In search of coastal sage scrub

Remnants remain in some of our coastal canyons and in special reserves.

The coastal sage plant community has been nearly eliminated in San Diego County, replaced by housing developments, shopping centers, business centers, and golf courses. However, remnants remain in some of our coastal canyons and in ...

Many ways to the top at Woodson

A forest of communication towers

Enjoy views to the ocean on a clear day, and visit Potato Chip Rock.

Serious climb for a serious view

This is a challenging hike with a variety of habitats and great views.

North Fortuna Mountain, at 1291 feet, is the third-tallest mountain in Mission Trails Regional Park after Cowles Mountain and Pyles Peak but the most challenging to climb because of the steep ascent and descent. The ...

Cross the bridge and take the stairs

South Fortuna Mountain offers a challenging and varied hike in Mission Trails.

The top of 1094-foot South Fortuna Mountain has sweeping views of all of the major peaks found in the City of San Diego’s largest regional park. South Fortuna is part of a long arced mountain ...

Witness to a reef

An abundance of ocean life awaits discovery on a beach walk.

Walk at low tide to discover multiple tide pools. Get to know your anemones from Cardiff to Carlsbad.

Southern jewels and feral pigs

Bump into feral pigs and/or international hikers on this Lake Morena hike.

Hike a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail parallel to Lake Morena’s southern shore for views and interesting vegetation among boulders.

Borrego's own Jurassic Park

Visit the T-rex, the Spinosaurus, and even Ricardo

Tour Borrego Valley’s spectacular southern Sky Art metal sculptures.

Tour de Borrego

This way to the Borrego Springs gomphotheres.

Take a bicycle ride to view Borrego Valley’s spectacular northern Sky Art metal sculptures.

Canyon adventure two-for-one

Explore two very different canyons while looking for bighorn sheep.

Stalk bighorn sheep in the Anza-Borrego...but don’t drink their water.

In the footsteps of the Cahuilla

Walk an old Indian trail to a hidden playa

Here is your chance to walk on trails the Cahuilla used to travel between their old Santa Rosa village in Rockhouse Canyon and villages in Coyote Canyon. Although the trail is a little hard to ...

Hedgehog, teddy bear, staghorn

A wagon road in Plum Canyon is difficult to fathom.

Hike part of the California Riding and Hiking Trail to an overview of Shelter Valley.

Movement, pressure, and force

Geologic processes at work in the Narrows Earth Trail and Quartz Vein Wash

The Narrows Earth Trail, located at the “Narrows” where San Felipe Creek turns abruptly northeast just east of the junction with Pinyon Wash, is the perfect place to observe geology and earth movement in action. ...

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