Lace up your hiking shoes and take in that fresh air with our Canyoneers. For 47 years, these volunteer naturalists have offered free, guided hikes throughout the county. They're here to help you get to know San Diego County's wild spaces like no one else, whether you join a guided hike or hit the trails on your own time. As always, learn how to be prepared and hike responsibly.
These Canyoneer-led hikes take place from September through June. The hikes are free, but in order to help create the best experience for hikers and the least impact on the environment, capacity is limited and advance online registration is required. Registration will open to museum members five weeks prior to the hike date and publicly open one month prior to the hike date.
If you would like to know if a hike is at capacity, select RSVP and look for a notification directly under the title of the hike. You will see the following notification: Sold Out! / ¡Agotado! This event has sold out. / Este evento esta agotado. If the hike is no longer available for registration. You can always check the hike at a later date to see if any capacity has opened. The Canyoneers program is made possible with support from dedicated volunteers and proud partner Subaru of America.
Want to strike out on your own? Check out curated lists of our favorite trails and learn about the wildlife you can experience along the way. From paved walking paths to adrenaline-inducing climbs with epic views, the trail systems of southern California will not disappoint. To find out as soon as they're published, subscribe to our newsletter.
Wildflower season is here! There are lots of trails where you can see wildflowers in San Diego County (especially after a wet winter), but our Canyoneers have picked some lesser-known hikes where you can spot those beautiful blooms. Read more.
San Diego County has lots of fun, kid-friendly trails, but where to start? And what counts as a kid-friendly trail anyway? Getting out in nature together can make for incredible memories and spark a lifelong love of nature, so our Canyoneers are making it easy with some of their favorite trails for kids. Read more.
Binoculars bring wildlife close to you. And on these three trails, you’re going to need those field glasses to take it all in! Perfect for experienced birders or a nature enthusiast bringing along binoculars for the first time, our Canyoneers recommend some of their favorite trails for this wildlife-watching season. Read more.
Summer sun can be lovely, but it’s sometimes a scorcher across San Diego County. Our Canyoneers recommend their coolest trails for this sunny season. Cool in both senses of the word. Read more.
The key to a successful and memorable hike is preparation as well as following rules of courtesy and safety--especially important during a pandemic. More.
We’re hitting the road—and the trails—with support from Subaru of America, a proud partner of the Canyoneers program. Keep your eyes peeled for our Subaru Outback, which is used by our researchers, educators, and Canyoneers. You might even see it at the trailhead.
One of the few trail-guide groups nationwide affiliated with a natural history museum rather than a park or reserve, Canyoneers have provided free guided tours in San Diego County since 1973. More.
Check out the new trail guide written by the Canyoneers. It details more than 250 trails in the region and highlights our local habitats. More.
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