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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.


Mission Trails Visitor & Interpretive Center

Map of Mission Trails at front entrance to the Visitor Center

View of the Visitor Center library from the amphitheater

Visitor Center amphitheater

One Fr. Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego CA 92119
619-668-3281

Before venturing into the park visit the Visitor Center. Learn about the parks history, natural plant and animal communities, and the various activities and destinations available within the park. Park Administrative Offices are located at this facility.

Hours Open:
Open Daily 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Years Day

The Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center boasts a 94-seat theater. Currently there are four shows running daily.

Stewardship through the Ages, released in February 2000, is a video about the people…Native Americans, Spanish, Mexicans, Americans…that have been an integral part of the landscape that has become Mission Trails Regional Park.

Mission Trails Regional Park: A Natural Beauty, is an inspirational slide show depicting the beauty that is Mission Trails.

Mission Trails Regional Park...Link with the Past, Experienced Today, is a video presentation detailing some of the history and recreational opportunities afforded in Mission Trails.

Trails of the Kumeyaay, highlights the local indigenous people, their culture, traditions and beliefs up to the present day.


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The Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor and Interpretive Center

Visitor and Interpretive Center
Mission Trails Regional Park
One Father Junipero Serra Trail
San Diego, CA 92119-1008

From Interstate 8 – Take Interstate 8 to the Mission Gorge Road/Fairmount Avenue exit. Turn north onto Mission Gorge Road and proceed for 4.2 miles. When you pass the Jackson Drive intersection, move into the left lane. Look for the large wooden Mission Trails Regional Park sign on the left side of the road, and turn left onto Father Junipero Serra Trail. The entrance to the Visitor Center parking lot is on the left, just before the pipe gate, off Father Junipero Serra Trail.

From Highway 52 - Take Highway 52 to the Mast Blvd. exit. Driving from the west, turn left onto Mast Blvd, go under the freeway to the first traffic signal at West Hills Parkway, and turn right. Driving from the east, exit Mast Blvd. and turn right. Turn right at the first traffic signal onto West Hills Parkway and right onto Mission Gorge Road. Proceed south on Mission Gorge Road for 2.4 miles. Look for the large wooden Mission Trails Regional Park sign on the right side of the road, and turn right onto Father Junipero Serra Trail. The entrance to the Visitor Center parking lot is on the left, just before the pipe gate, off Father Junipero Serra Trail.

From Highway 125 – Take 125 north to Mission Gorge Road and turn left. Proceed west on Mission Gorge Road for 3.7 miles, staying left at the merge past the east Father Junipero Serra Trail entrance. After you pass the light at Golfcrest Drive, look for the large wooden Mission Trails Regional Park sign on the right side of the road, and turn right onto Father Junipero Serra Trail. The entrance to the Visitor Center parking lot is on the left, just before the pipe gate, off Father Junipero Serra Trail.

From Route 15 - Take 15 to the Friars Road exit and proceed east on Friars Road, which changes into Mission Gorge Road, for approximately 4.2 miles. After you pass the light at Jackson Drive, turn left onto Father Junipero Serra Trail. The entrance to the Visitor Center parking lot is on the left, just before the pipe gate, off Father Junipero Serra Trail.



Fortuna Mountain Saddle from Visitor Center
From Interstate 8 - Take 8 to the Mission Gorge/Fairmount exit. Turn north onto Mission Gorge Road. Proceed down Mission Gorge Road for 4.2 miles. Look for the large wooden park sign on Mission Gorge Road. Turn left onto Father Junipero Serra Trail. The Visitor Center Loop trail head is by the pipe gate just as you enter the driveway to the Visitor and Interpretive Center parking lot.

From Route 52 - Take 52 to the Mast Blvd. exit in Santee. Driving east, turn left onto Mast Blvd., go under the freeway to the first traffic signal (West Hills Parkway) and turn right. Driving west, turn right onto Mast Blvd. and right onto West Hills Parkway. Take West Hills Parkway to Mission Gorge Road and turn right. Proceed down Mission Gorge Road 2.4 miles (past the Father Junipero Serra Trail entrance to Old Mission Dam and Kumeyaay Lake and Campground). Look for the large wooden park sign on Mission Gorge Road. Turn right onto Father Junipero Serra Trail. The Visitor Center Loop trail head is by the pipe gate just as you enter the driveway to the Visitor and Interpretive Center parking lot.

From Route 125 - Take 125 north to 52 west, to Mission Gorge Road and turn left. Proceed down Mission Gorge Road 2.4 miles (past the Father Junipero Serra Trail entrance to Old Mission Dam and Kumeyaay Lake and Campground). Look for the large wooden park sign on Mission Gorge Road. Turn right onto Father Junipero Serra Trail. The Visitor Center Loop trail head is by the pipe gate just as you enter the driveway to the Visitor and Interpretive Center parking lot.


A visit to Mission Trails Regional Park
Before venturing into the park visit the Visitor and Interpretive Center. Learn about the parks history, natural plant and animal communities, and the various activities and destinations available within the park. Park administrative offices are located at this facility.

Address:
One Father Junipero Serra Trail
San Diego, CA 92119-1008

Hours Open:
Open Daily 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Years Day

Directions:
From Interstate 8 – Take Interstate 8 to the Mission Gorge Road/Fairmount Avenue exit. Turn north onto Mission Gorge Road and proceed for 4.2 miles. When you pass the Jackson Drive intersection, move into the left lane. Look for the large wooden Mission Trails Regional Park sign on the left side of the road, and turn left onto Father Junipero Serra Trail. The entrance to the Visitor Center parking lot is on the left, just before the pipe gate, off Father Junipero Serra Trail.

From Highway 52 - Take Highway 52 to the Mast Blvd. exit. Driving from the west, turn left onto Mast Blvd, go under the freeway to the second traffic signal at West Hills Parkway, and turn right. Driving from the east, exit Mast Blvd. and turn right. Turn right at the first traffic signal onto West Hills Parkway and right onto Mission Gorge Road. Proceed south on Mission Gorge Road for 2.4 miles. Look for the large wooden Mission Trails Regional Park sign on the right side of the road, and turn right onto Father Junipero Serra Trail. The entrance to the Visitor Center parking lot is on the left, just before the pipe gate, off Father Junipero Serra Trail.

From Highway 125 – Take 125 north to Mission Gorge Road and turn left. Proceed west on Mission Gorge Road for 3.7 miles, staying left at the merge past the east Father Junipero Serra Trail entrance. After you pass the light at Golfcrest Drive, look for the large wooden Mission Trails Regional Park sign on the right side of the road, and turn right onto Father Junipero Serra Trail. The entrance to the Visitor Center parking lot is on the left, just before the pipe gate, off Father Junipero Serra Trail.

From Route 15 - Take 15 to the Friars Road exit and proceed east on Friars Road, which changes into Mission Gorge Road, for approximately 4.2 miles. After you pass the light at Jackson Drive, turn left onto Father Junipero Serra Trail. The entrance to the Visitor Center parking lot is on the left, just before the pipe gate, off Father Junipero Serra Trail.




 
 
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.
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  One Father Junipero Serra Tr.,
San Diego, CA 92119
(619) 668-3281

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