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Parks & Recreation

Mission Trails Regional Park

MTRP Visitor CenterMission Trails Regional Park encompasses more than 8,000 acres of both natural anddeveloped recreational areas. Its rugged hills, valleys and open areas represent a San Diego prior to the landing of Cabrillo in San Diego Bay in 1542.

Centrally located and only eight miles northeast of downtown San Diego, Mission Trails Regional Park provides a quick, natural escape from the urban hustle and bustle. It is considered the third Jewel in the City of San Diego Parks System. Along with Balboa Park and Mission Bay Park, it provides San Diego residents and visitors a way to explore the natural, cultural, historical, and recreational aspects of San Diego.

Started in 1974, Mission Trails Regional Park has become one of the largest urban parks in the United States. Originally used by the Kumeyaay, the park is home to the historic site of the Old Mission Dam, built to store water for the Mission San Diego de Alcala.

With about 60 miles of trails, boating on Lake Murray, camping at Kumeyaay Lake, numerous informative hikes, and a state-of-the-art Visitor and Interpretive Center, Mission Trails Regional Park has something to offer everyone.

To see the current calendar of events, or for information about volunteering, please click on the files below. ​

Program Guide

Volunteer Flyer

For more information, please visit Mission Trails Regional Park Online. To make a reservation, please visit Kumeyaay Lake Campground Reservation

To report suspected illegal activity including transient encampments, encroachment onto City property or other maintenance needs, please call 619-668-3281. In an emergency, please call 9-1-1.

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