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Parks & Recreation

Open Space Parks Ranger Program

Mission Trails Regional Park

Rangers are available for interpretive talks and tours on the rich resources of the park, including Old Mission Dam. In addition to hikes, there is a Visitor and Interpretive Center with a library full of reference information on plants and wildlife, as well as a state of the art theater with showings of video and slide presentations all about the park. Park Rangers can be reached at (619) 668-3281.

Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve

This includes Los Peñasquitos Canyon, Lopez Canyon, Del Mar Mesa and Carmel Mountain Preserves. Park Rangers offer interpretive walks and host a variety of volunteer events. Tours of the historic Rancho Peñasquitos Adobe are also available. Contact the Park Rangers at (858) 538-8066 or (858) 484-7504 for more information.

Tri-Canyon Open Space Parks

This covers Tecolote Canyon Natural Park & Nature Center, Marian Bear Memorial Park, and Rose Canyon Open Space Park. In addition to tours and hikes, there is a Nature Center at Tecolote Canyon Preserve with exhibits and reference materials, as well as talks offered by the ranger staff. Call (858) 581-9961 to reach the Park Rangers and (858) 581-9944 for the Nature Center.

Canyons and Parkland Program

Numerous urban canyons can be found throughout the City, often not far from your own backyard. Rangers work with many community environmental groups, Friends of Canyons groups, Eagle Scouts, and volunteers to restore native habitat, remove non-native plants, maintain trails, and clean up trash in the creeks. To learn more about recreational trails and canyon projects in your area contact the Ranger at (619) 235-5262.