San Dieguito River Valley ConservancySan Dieguito
River Valley Conservancy

recreation updates

The 2023-2024 Coast to Crest Trail Challenge is ON! This year’s challenge features five fabulous hikes. Get details here.

Our partners at the San Dieguito River Park have launched an all new INTERACTIVE trails web map!  Check out the dynamic new tool that will help you explore all the trails and more!  Access the interactive web map here.

More information about trails in the San Dieguito River Park can be found here.

Planning for Phase 3 of the River Path Del Mar has begun.  Read the full story here.


Challenge yourself and explore the River Park from Coast to Crest! Inspired by Mission Trails’ popular 5-Peak Challenge, the Coast to Crest Trail Challenge takes participants to some of the River Park’s most iconic spots. From July 2023 through June 2024, complete the five designated hikes in the San Dieguito River Valley, and document each hike with a fun selfie at a spot of your choosing!

Everyone who completes the challenge will receive a certificate of completion and Conservancy decal—plus bragging rights and at least five cool outdoor adventures!

Get more information about the 2023-24 Coast to Crest Trail Challenge.

For information on past challenges, open the Past Challenges webpage.


On the third Sunday of every month, join yoga instructor Susan McCrea for an all-levels yoga class at the Birdwing Open-Air Classroom. Get the stress-busting benefits of yoga and nature all at once!  Grab a friend or come solo- all levels of experience are welcome!

Classes start at 10:00 am and last 60 minutes. Bring your own mat. No registration required. Classes are free, though donations are gratefully accepted.

View Yoga at the Birdwing events


Our family-friendly Furry Friends Hikes are designed for adventurous dogs and their owners. Give your dog a chance to explore our trails and make some new four-legged friends. We ask participants to bring a donation (dog/cat food or treats) for the Helen Woodward Animal Center. Our Spots for furry friendly hiking and biking in San Dieguito are typically rated easy to moderate.


These guided, family-friendly areas for hiking in San Dieguito give participants the chance to explore the River Park by the light of the full moon. Full Moon Hikes are typically rated easy.

TRAILS & ALES hike series

Our non-profit conservancy for River Valley partners with four other environmental non-profits to lead the popular Trails & Ales hike series each year, bringing together two of the best things about San Diego County: beautiful hiking trails and delicious craft beer. Participants go on a total of five hikes, followed by a visit to a local brewery/taproom. Stay tuned for the next series.

Our Trails & Ales partners are San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy, The Escondido Creek Conservancy, Volcan Mountain Foundation, and San Diego Canyonlands.


We host a number of other events in the River Park throughout the year, along with our partners and other organizations.

Visit the River Park’s calendar for complete event information about recreation in San Dieguito.

Sign up for Riverscape, our monthly e-newsletter, for info and updates about upcoming events and other news.