Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
10:00am to 4:00pm October - March
10:00am to 5:00 pm April - September
San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park
What is open now?
- The walking trails are open.
What is currently closed?
- The Visitor Center and restrooms are closed. Bring soap/hand sanitizer. Please pack out all trash.
- The Parking Lot is closed.
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. Effective March 1, 2022, state guidance recommends that all individuals, regardless of vaccine status, continue masking in indoor settings, such as museums and visitor centers. Universal masking remains required in specified high-risk settings. Please plan ahead as local county guidelines may differ from state guidance and visitors are urged to follow county guidelines when required. Read the latest COVID-19 guidance at COVID19.ca.gov.
- Leave No Trace – Leave areas better than how you found them by staying on designated trails and packing out all trash. Do not disturb wildlife or plants.
This is the ancestral land of the First People, the Kumeyaay.
Esta es la tierra ancestral de las Primeras Personas, los Kumeyaay.
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San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park, east of Escondido, honors the soldiers who fought in the battle between the U.S. and Californio forces on December 6, 1846 in the midst of the Mexican-American War. Generals Stephen Kearny and Andrés Pico both claimed victory. The battle was only one of the military encounters in California in the war, but it proved to be the bloodiest and most controversial as to the outcome. The park has been set aside, not as a monument to war, but as a reminder of the human ideals, actions and passions that can drive nations to bloodshed.
Special group tours are available upon request. For more information, please call Old Town San Diego State Historic Park at 619-220-5422.
Battle Day 2020 - Virtual Event
Though we typically commemorate the Battle of San Pasqual in December, we hope you enjoy our Virtual Battle Day Event. Featuring an 18-minute documentary on the battle, plus additional videos, articles, and books for further exploration, and youth educational materials like lesson plans, hands-on activities, and more, there is something for everyone to enjoy! Though we’re disappointed we can’t commemorate this event together, we hope you enjoy the Virtual Battle Day at San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park.
Rattlesnakes have been spotted on the trails. Please be keep an eye out when you hike.
See our trail guide for information about the trails at San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park.
The park is located just east of the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, at San Pasqual Valley Road, 8 miles east of Escondido on Highway 78.