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Visiting Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is a day-use park only. There is no overnight camping facility. Picnics are permitted on the beach only. No food or drinks (other than water) are permitted in the Reserve (i.e., the mesa above the beach and the Extension).


There is no place in the park to buy food or drinks. Hikers are advised to bring and carry drinking water on the trails - especially in the summertime.


Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is located between La Jolla and Del Mar, California, north of San Diego.

Take Hwy 5 to Carmel Valley Road, go West to Camino Del Mar (coast hwy). Go South (left) about a mile to the reserve entrance (right) at the foot of the hill.


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Operating Hours
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is open daily from 7:15 AM until sunset.

Be sure to visit the museum at the Visitor Center (Lodge) to see the exhibits of the natural and cultural history of the Reserve. It opens daily at 9:00AM (Jun-Aug) and 10:00 AM (Sep-May).


On weekends and holidays there are interpretive nature walks at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM.

NOTE: Trails all generally open except after rain.


Updated April 12, 2015

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  • Stay on the trails. Walking off trail causes erosion, tramples plants and frightens animals.
  • The cliffs are unstable and dangerous. Children must be supervised by an adult at all times.
  • State laws protect all features in the reserve, including rocks, artifacts, flowers and pinecones.
  • Picnicking is only permitted at the beach, not in the reserve or on the trails (water canteens are okay). Place all trash in receptacles provided.
  • Smoking is only permitted at the beach.
  • Fires are prohibited. Personal portable barbecues are permitted only on the beach. Place hot coals in the hot coal containers provided.
  • Dogs and horses are prohibited at the reserve and on the beach.
  • All types of vehicles are prohibited on trails; bicycles may use only paved roads.
  • Due to the sensitive ecological environment, it is occasionally necessary to limit the number of visitors by limiting the number of vehicles in the park. If the reserve is full, visitors may be asked to check back later or plan to visit another day.
  • Park only in designated lots. Stopping on road shoulders is not permitted.

Torrey Pines
Docent Society
April 2015

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