Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve

Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve

Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve attracts people with its natural beauty and rich natural resources both today and in the past.

Native American history within the Preserve dates back as far as 7,000 years ago. Remains of the prehistoric culture can still be found.

More recently the area was part of the first Mexican land grant in San Diego County.

Los Peñasquitos Canyon and its tributary, Lopez Canyon, are characterized by varied natural resources.

Over 500 plant species, more than 175 types of birds, and great variety of reptiles, amphibians and mammals evidences the rich bio-diversity of the canyon. Many of these species are rare or endangered and are protected within the Preserve.

The scenery of the canyon includes a waterfall cascading through volcanic rock, a streamside forest of giant California live oaks, groves of majestic sycamore trees and more!

Los Peñasquitos (meaning little cliffs) Canyon Preserve lies between Rancho Peñasquitos and Sorrento Hills to the north and Mira Mesa to the south. The trail is approximately 7 miles and offers scenic views, including a waterfall tucked halfway down the trail.

• Dogs must be leashed.

• Please note: Open space areas are home to rattlesnakes, poison oaks, mountain lions, rugged terrain, and other hazards. Please be aware and have a safe visit to the Preserve. Bring water, sun protection, and wear good footwear.

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