San Dieguito River Valley ConservancySan Dieguito
River Valley Conservancy

recreation updates

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

Check out our calendar for upcoming Conservancy events.

More information about trails in the San Dieguito River Park can be found 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 2020 through June 2021, complete five areas for hiking in San Dieguito, and document each at the designated “selfie spots.”

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 2021-22 Coast to Crest Trail Challenge.

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!

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. One pint/flight at each brewery is included in the Trails & Ales registration fee.  The 2017-2018 Trails & Ales hike series is sold out.  The next Trails & Ales hike series will start in September 2018 for biking in San Dieguito.

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.