Rules of the Reserve

Torrey Pines is visited by travelers from all over the world and by local residents who come daily to rest at the stunning overlooks, walk a peaceful trail, or exercise in a clean, beautiful environment. Come spend some time at beautiful Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

While you do, please keep in mind that a reserve is not a park. A natural reserve status is assigned to an area of importance, and typically is one that contains threatened plants, animals, habitats, or unique geological formations. As such, a reserve is a protected area targeted for conservation and carries with it restrictions that are not found in parks. Of the 279 units in the California State Park system, only 14 have reserve status and Torrey Pines is one of them.

Please take special care to preserve the Reserve and keep it for now and forever. Please take note that in this Reserve:

  • No food or drink, except water, is allowed in the Reserve above the beach.  Food, of course, is fine on the beach (no alcohol).
  • Drones are not allowed anywhere in the Reserve or Beach to prevent possible resource damage from accidents and to avoid frightening the native animals. Learn More about the rules surrounding drones in state parks.
  • Dogs are not permitted anywhere in the state natural reserve.
  • No Bicycles on the Historic Park Road. Bicycles cannot be ridden downhill on the historic park road. "Bicycles" include all devices propelled by gravity, the operator, or are motor assisted. This includes, but is not limited to, skateboards, e-bikes, scooters, e-scooters, skates, Nordic and recumbent bicycles, and other similar devices. Please see our News Release for more information about the rules surrounding bicycles in the park.
  • “Pack it in–Pack it out” starting from the beach parking lot. There are no trash cans in the upper Reserve. There are no trash cans along the beach. Trash and recycling bins or dumpsters are available in the beach parking lots.
  • No smoking/open flames. The plants found here are dry and flammable.
  • Groups need a permit, and must make arrangements four weeks in advance with our Special Event Coordinator. You can contact them at sd.specialevents@parks.ca.gov for more information about the permit process.
  • No amplified music. Respect your fellow hikers and enjoy the sounds of nature while in the Reserve.

Thank you for helping keep Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve beautiful and unique!