9:30am – 6:00pm April 15 to the Friday before Memorial Day
9:30am – 7:00pm Saturday before Memorial Day to Labor Day
9:30am – 6:00pm day after Labor Day to October 31st
9:30am – 5:00pm November 1 to April 14
Trails are open 7:00 am to sunset daily.
Border Field State Park
What is currently closed?
- The park is temporarily closed due to flooding from recent storm activity. Some roads and trails may be flooded with sewage contaminated water and mud. The park is also closed to hiking, biking and equestrian activity.
Protect yourself, family, friends and your community by following these prevention measures:
- Know Before You Go – Prior to leaving home, check the status of the park unit you want to visit to find out what restrictions and guidelines are in place. Have a back-up plan in case your destination is crowded. Stay home if you are sick
- Plan Ahead – Some restrooms will be temporarily closed to keep up with cleaning schedules. Bring soap/hand sanitizer.
- Play It Safe – Find out what precautions you should take when exploring the outdoors, especially if this is your first time visiting the State Park System. Learn more at parks.ca.gov/SafetyTips.
- Be COVID-19 Safe – State Parks continues to meet guidance from local and state public officials as COVID-19 is still present and still deadly. Current state guidance requires that masks must be worn in all indoor public settings, such as museums and visitor centers, irrespective of vaccine status through February 15, 2022. Read the latest COVID-19 guidance at COVID19.ca.gov.
Trail InformationThe roads and trails in Border Field State Park may be flooded with sewage contaminated water and mud. The wet and muddy areas are closed. Stay on established trails. Do not walk off-trail or enter closed areas.
Los caminos y senderos en el Parque Estatal Border Field pueden estar inundados con aguas residuales no tratadas y lodo contaminado. Las áreas húmedas y lodosas están cerradas. Manténgase en los senderos establecidos. No se salga del camino ni entre áreas cerradas.
Border Field State Park
Located within the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve, Border Field State Park sits in the very southwestern corner of the United States, 15 miles south of San Diego. This important wildlife habitat, comprised of sand dunes and salt marshes, gives refuge to critically threatened and endangered birds such as the Western Snowy Plover, the California Least Tern, and the Light-footed Ridgway's Rail.
The park provides restrooms, picnic areas, barbecues, horse corrals, interpretive displays, and scenic views across the beach and estuary. Visitors enjoy hiking, horseback riding, photography, and bird watching along the 1.5 mile stretch of beach and inland trails. The Park does not recommend swimming or wading, due to hazardous conditions, such as inshore holes, rip currents, and the lack of lifeguard service within the Park.
Border Monument number 258 can be viewed from Monument Mesa, however there is no close access because it is now behind two border fences. You can still see the bunkers which were leftover from World War II. Read more about the history of this area.
Access to the Border Monument at Friendship Circle
Friendship Park is currently closed. For more information, please contact the Border Patrol Public Information Office: 619-216-4182.
If you are new to the area, or if you just haven’t ventured this far south, you will have a unique experience where these two countries meet. It is interesting and educational but more than that, it is a delightful way to spend an active or relaxing day surrounded by the breeze and the beauty of the sea.