Select a type of plant or animal from this list to see an extensive listing of the Park's wildlife.
Your Mission Trails Adventure Begins Here!
Nestled in the chaparral and sage scrub of Mission Trails Regional Park is the Visitor and Interpretive Center.
Each day you'll find people embarking on hikes or cooling down after mountain bike rides.
Explore and learn about the wonders of nature and the people who once lived on this land.
Interpretive nature walks are offered to enhance your appreciation of our open space and the unique beauty of San Diego's natural environment. Join our Trail Guides on these walks to investigate first hand nature's splendor as well as the historical, and cultural aspects of the Park. Walks are free and are open to the public with no reservations required. We will accommodate the physical or special needs of the group. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. A hat and sunscreen are recommended.
From the Center: Trail Guides choose from three trails. The Oak Grove Trail leads to a small oak woodland with majestic coast live oaks and rare Englemann oaks. The Visitor Center Loop Trail takes you through coastal sage scrub, chaparral, and riparian woodland habitats. The Riverside Grinding Site Trail leads to one of the archaeological sites in the park; grinding rocks used by the Kumeyaay Indians for food preparation. Walks may also include the Native Plant Garden near the building.
Every Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
From the Campground: Trail Guides choose from three trails. On the Kumeyaay Lake walk, you are surrounded by the habitat of the endangered least Bell*s vireo. On the walk to Old Mission Dam, a registered historic site, you learn the story of San Diego's early efforts to secure a reliable water supply. The Oak Canyon Trail takes you along a narrow streambed with seasonal waterfalls and colorful wildflowers.
2nd and 4th Saturday of every month, and go from 8:30-10:00 a.m.
For more information on walks, talks and other events in the park go to
the Event Calendar.
encompasses nearly 5,800 acres of both natural and
developed recreational acres Its rugged hills, valleys
and open areas represent a San Diego prior to the
landing of Cabrillo in San Diego Bay in 1542. read more
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