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The Visitor Center Gift Shop

The Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center Gift Shop has a wonderful selection of items for that special holiday gift relating to nature and hiking. We have a large selection of books for adults and children, numerous educational toys and Kumeyaay crafts. Shop comfortably in a quiet setting with a beautiful view overlooking the San Diego River. The Gift Shop is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All proceeds go to the MTRP Foundation.

View the links below and to the left for descriptions and views of just a few of our fine items for the entire family.


We are so proud of our beautiful MTRP puzzle featuring the Old Mission Dam. There is historical information on the back of the box and a reproduction of the puzzle on top. The photograph was taken by one of our prizewinning amateur photographers. $10


These little beauties are the perfect gift for the current, wannabe, or future musician. A pocket flute is not a toy, but a miniature instrument that is easily carried. They are 9" long, handmade of sustainably grown plantation woods and finished with non-toxic oils. They are perfect for learning before a more costly instrument is purchased, at which time High Spirits can fulfill your every need. They are sweet-voiced little masterpieces tuned to the key of A major. $40


There is a delightful selection of Folkmanis puppets in the MTRP Gift Shop, all representing various wildlife that can be found in Mission Trails Regional Park. We have coyotes and bobcats and rattlesnakes and even a scary red tarantula! There are mini-puppets and large puppets. Find the one that is perfect for you. Prices range from $5.95 $50.00.


There is an extensive selection of books for sale in the MTRP Gift Shop from the most detailed and scholarly works on scientific subjects to a wide choice of field guides and a group of children's books, many of which coordinate with our puppets ("Way out West Lives a Coyote Named Frank", "Interview with a Tarantula", "Curious George Goes Camping", and "Food on a Stick"). There are books on local and Kumeyaay history. In fact, there is something on our shelves for everyone.


Our MTRP Gift Shop has items that anyone might want in the park: trail maps, a detailed full-color map, bandanas that double as games, and a wide selection of walking sticks for children and adults. We also have plant and animal guides to assist with identifying what you might see. Relax and learn at the same time!


The MTRP Gift Shop has a selection of branded items including t-shirts, caps, patches, pins, and note cards with both photographs and original art displaying various animals and plants to be found on our trails and hillsides. Then you can carry them home in an MTRP biodegradable tote bag, always carried logo side out so you can give us a little help with promotion!


The MTRP Gift Shop has a nice selection of small novelty items to please children of all ages. We try to carry items that have some redeeming educational purpose, such as telescopes, teleidoscopes, kaleidoscopes, insect carriers, pencils, rulers, and recorders with instructions. There are small items within reach of a child's allowance and others to be purchased by parents. Look to the south countertop for the display.


If you are interested in the history of the indigenous peoples of this area, be sure to check out the wonderful Teachers' Guide. Written by a professor and a graduate student at SDSU, the book was originally intended for teachers, but we think it has so much interesting information that we are making it available for the general public.


The MTRP Gift Shop carries a nice variety of Kumeyaay pottery. Our pots are made by the Pai Pai Kumeyaay community of Northern Baja California where there is an active group of artisans, each making her own designs. The pots are fired but unglazed, depending upon the beautiful patterns that result from the firing process for decoration. Pots range from $6 for miniatures to large pots for as much as $75 and are popular with collectors of the pottery of the Americas.


From Silver Streak comes a beautiful selection of gemstone necklaces in both gold and silver. The stones come from all over the world and in all colors. They are perfect gifts for grandmother, mother, sister, girlfriend, and daughter. They are very reasonably priced and guaranteed to please. $10

From Hunter come handcrafted wooden necklaces on cords in southwestern designs and animal cutouts. They are simple and natural and a lovely souvenir of a visit to our park. There are matching earrings available as well and all are reasonably priced. $6.95 to $8.50


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