Everything at Mission Trails Regional Park is free and it is just 12 miles from downtown San Diego. At 5,800 acres, it is the largest urban open space park west of the Mississipi. The park features 40 miles of spectacular trails for your walking, hiking, mountain biking, birding, and rock climbing. Explore and enjoy the park's 14,575-square-foot Visitor and Interpretive Center, two lakes, a scenic stretch of the San Diego River, and the Old Mission Dam, a California State Historical Landmark - built by the Kumeyaay Indians circa 1816. Climb Cowles Mountain, whose summit at 1,592 feet is the highest geographical point in the City of San Diego. It offers a panoramic view of San Diego clear to the ocean. Visit the Equestrian Staging Area.
Visitor & Interpretive Center
The Visitor Center is open from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM every day except New Year's, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. It features state-of-the-art exhibits that make learning about the park's geology, plants, animals, and history, fun and easy. The gift shop offers souvenirs, Kumeyaay Indian-made items, and a unique selection of informative books. The 93-seat theater features captivating films of the park's natural beauty and the history and culture of the Kumeyaay Indians who worked and lived within what is now the park. The Visitor Center also features a rotating exhibition of talented and award-winning artists and photographers.
Every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, at 9:30 AM, a Volunteer Trail Guide will take you on a 90 minute guided walk on any of three trails adjacent to the Visitor Center.
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