San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park

This park unit is partially open. Please take the time to read the information contained on this webpage to find out what is open and closed, and what COVID-19 guidelines are in place. - (May 27, 2021)

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.

Phone Number

(760) 737-2201

Park Hours

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
10:00am to 4:00pm October - March
10:00am to 5:00 pm April - September

Dogs Allowed?

No

Driving Directions to San Pasqual Battlefield SHP

The park is located next to the San Diego Wild Animal Park, at San Pasqual Valley Road, 8 miles south of Escondido on Highway 78.

Online reservations are not available for this park.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

TRAIL USE
Hiking Trails
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Interpretive Exhibits
Museums
Family Programs
Geocaching
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Parking
Restrooms
Drinking Water Available

Land Acknowledgement

This is the ancestral land of the First People, the Kumeyaay.
Esta es la tierra ancestral de las Primeras Personas, los Kumeyaay.

Park Videos

To watch the full videos, please press the full screen button after pressing play.

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 would typically be commemorating 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 this year!  Though we’re disappointed we can’t commemorate this event together, we hope you enjoy this year’s Virtual Battle Day at San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park.

Caution!

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.

Location/Directions

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.