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River Parks

With 17 miles of coastline and 4,600 acres around Mission Bay Park, San Diego offers a wide variety of beaches and amenities. San Diego Lifeguards patrol the beaches from nine permanent lifeguard stations (Ocean Beach, South Mission Beach, Mission Beach, North Pacific Beach, Pacific Beach, Children's Pool, La Jolla Cove, La Jolla Shores, Black's Beach) and dozens of seasonal stations during the summer.

Tri-Canyon Parks

These three open space parks are made up of 1,500 acres between Marian Bear Memorial Park, Rose Canyon Open Space Park and Tecolote Canyon Natural Park & Nature Center which include trails for hiking, biking and bird watching in unique natural habitats.

Mission Valley Preserve

Fifty two acres of the San Diego River Park is known as the Mission Valley Preserve, and it is under the supervision of the Park & Recreation Department's Tri-Canyon Park Rangers.

Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve

With over 4,000 acres of open space, this preserve is home to many rare and endangered plant and animal species. Visitors using the 37 miles of multi-use trails have the opportunity to pass through 14 different habitat types and view a waterfall.

Black Mountain Open Space Park

Black Mountain Open Space park is comprised of 2,352 acres, has trails for hiking, biking and equestrian use and has over 80 species of birds. The centerpiece of the park is the 1,554 foot summit of Black Mountain, which provides 360-degree views of the area.

Open Space Canyons and Parkland Program

Open Space Canyons are located throughout the City of San Diego and you may find one just beyond your own backyard. A map is available for locating a canyon close to you. Trail maps are also available for exploring what is right in your own community.

San Pasqual and Clevenger Canyon Open Space Park

San Pasqual and Clevenger Canyon Open Space Park offers great hiking and bird watching including a challenging 1,755-foot summit.

Otay Valley Regional Park

Otay Valley Regional Park (OVRP) is a multi-jurisdictional planning effort by the County of San Diego and the cities of San Diego and Chula Vista.

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