Roam-O-Rama

Brazilian author Paulo CoeIho’s The Valkyries made Glorietta Canyon internationally known

His “Black Madonna” was once found on a boulder at the mouth of the canyon

This little canyon in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is only a hop, skip, and a short off-road drive southwest of downtown Borrego Springs. It is a popular local canyon for day hikes, and surprisingly, internationally ...

The Painted Gorge: from under the sea to desert region

Ancient seas and minor impurities in granitic and volcanic rocks give rise to the vivid colors

The Painted Gorge near Ocotillo and Plaster City offers the opportunity to explore the brightly colored mud hills of an ancient marine layer and volcanic flows. This particular excursion is of variable length and difficulty, ...

Harper Canyon: home to ironwood trees, dramatic geology and desert bighorn sheep

This remote Anza-Borrego canyon is for the experienced hiker

Harper Canyon is home to hundreds of magnificent ironwood trees (Olneya terota). They can become quite large and, though the pinnately compound leaves don’t provide abundant shade, they are evergreen and attractive year around. Since ...

Hoyt Park Trail: A quiet canyon shaded by eucalyptus trees

Explore a popular hiking trail in Scripps Ranch

The Hoyt Park Trail in Scripps Ranch offers a chance to escape traffic and crowds in a quiet canyon shaded by eucalyptus trees. It is a short distance from the Scripps Ranch Village Shopping Center ...

Urban canyoneering

The lush low places of City Heights

Olivia Canyon. also known as 47th Street Canyon, is the eastern-most canyon of the City Heights Canyons Loop Trail system. There are five trailheads into this canyon. Near the entry at 47th Street, you will ...

Pamo Valley: isolated from the sounds of the city

Explore this newly completed link on the Coast to Crest Trail

Pamo Valley is a beautiful, peaceful little valley that seems very isolated in spite of its closeness to nearby Ramona. Though you are within a few miles of town, you can no longer hear the ...

Dictionary Hill: the newest open space preserves in the county

Explore a remnant of a volcanic island that has panoramic views

The hill with the funny name has a lot of things going for it. It had been scheduled for a major housing development that would have leveled and lowered the summit by many feet. Through ...

A garden of gardens

Bamboo, Subtropical Fruit, Undersea Succulent...

San Diego Botanic Garden has a collection of over 4,000 unique plants, many found at exotic locations throughout the world. You can explore habitats from places you would like to visit without ever leaving San ...

A park built on a fault line in East Village

Fault Line Park is a strand of the Rose Canyon Fault system

Fault Line Park, the first public park in East Village, is adjacent to two high-rise apartment complexes on its east side. It is a public park because no structures for human occupancy can be built ...

Climb a mini peak in rural East County

Donohoe Mountain is surrounded by a multitude of trails

Tucked into the foothills of Otay Mountain, this unassuming peaklet provides a quick getaway if you have just a couple of hours but want to escape the crowds and enjoy views of mountains near and ...

Enjoy a walk on the mild side

Rose Marie Starns South Shores Park is one of Mission Bay's nicer public walks

San Diego is blessed with many nice public walks, and this is one of the nicer ones, because it hugs the south shore of Mission Bay opposite Fiesta Island. It is named for Rose Marie ...

Watch as the bird populations change with the seasons

Explore the bayside walking and birding trail in Imperial Beach

A new birding trail has been opened at the very bottom of San Diego Bay in Imperial Beach within the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge. There is a well-marked dirt path stemming from the ...

Follow Peñasquitos Creek as it meanders through South Poway and Sabre Springs

Take time to enjoy views of Iron Mountain, Mount Woodson and an abundance of California native plants

This is a segment of the 110-mile Trans-County Trail that follows Peñasquitos Creek as it meanders through South Poway and Sabre Springs. About half of the hike is an easy walk through coastal sage scrub ...

Bitter Creek Canyon: rich with desert cacti and multiple dry waterfalls

Find sweet solitude in the shadow of Grapevine Mountain

At the western fringes of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park below the San Felipe Hills, you will find solitude in a broad canyon rich with a variety of desert cacti and shrubs, as well as multiple ...

Poway's trail less traveled

Hike the loop to Tooth Rock

The out-and-back trip is an easy walk through coastal sage scrub and grassland habitat, with an occasional dip into shady live oak, poplar, sycamore and willow riparian groves. It is good for everyone, including parents ...

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