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 280 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. Learn More.
  • Dogs are not permitted anywhere.
  • “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
  • Groups need a permit.
  • Bus with 10-24 people: $50 all days
  • Bus with 25+ people: $100 all days
    (Groups must make arrangements in advance with special event coordinator.)

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