Gates open at 7:15 am and close at Sunset.
Torrey Pines State Beach
California State Parks is actively working with local, state and federal entities in assessing San Diego beaches and lagoons in relation to the oil spill that initiated in Orange County.
At this time, state beaches in San Diego remain open. Please use caution when visiting them as we expect to see oiled materials and tarballs wash up on the beaches, and individuals are advised not to handle or ingest any oil materials. If you do see oil or tarballs on the beach, please report them to email@example.com. Also, if you locate oiled wildlife, do not touch the animal and report the finding to the oiled wildlife care network at 877-823-6926.
For additional information on the oil spill itself, visit www.SoCalSpillResponse.com.
What is open now?
- The beach is open for passive and active recreation.
- Face coverings are required when unable to maintain 6-foot physical distance
- Parking and restrooms are available at South Beach Lot, North Beach lot, and the upper reserve (chemical toilets only).
- Day-use fees may be paid through the automated pay machines installed at the park or at the entrance station when staffed
- California Explorer Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass (Hangtag):
- May be purchased in person at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve South Beach Kiosk. Note: Passes will not be sold on rainy days at Torrey Pines.
- May be purchased in person at Seaside (South Cardiff) Lot, Cardiff State Beach on weekends from noon to sunset.
- May be purchased online and picked up at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve 7 days a week (except rainy days) or at Seaside Lot, Cardiff State Beach on weekends. Note: More details about quick pass pick up here or text ca1131 to 53242.
- May be purchased online at the California State Parks Store for delivery to your home or office.
- The Limited Use Golden Bear Pass expiration date has been extended to March 31, 2021. All other terms and conditions of the pass remain in effect.
- The adjacent Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve including all hiking trails, the park road, and the Extension trails are open.
- The state beach is open for active and passive recreation.
What is currently closed?
- Group activities and athletics are permitted for household use only.
- Park amenities such as drinking fountains are closed. Bring water with you.
- Group gatherings are not permitted.
- The San Diego Coast District and Sector offices are currently 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 follow guidance provided by the California Department of Public Health:
- Fully Vaccinated Persons: Face coverings are not required in public outdoor settings.For indoor public settings, such as museums and visitor centers, all vaccinated individuals are to self-attest that they are in compliance prior to entry.
- Unvaccinated Persons: Face coverings are required in indoor public settings such as museums and visitor centers.
- 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.
Stay away from the bottom of the cliffs.
Rockslides and cliff collapses occur without notice. To increase safety, time your beach visit for low tide, when there is more sand available between the cliffs and the waves, which should help ensure you can keep a minimum distance of 10 feet from the bluffs.
View looking south towards Flat Rock and La Jolla.
King Tides video clip (10 sec) from Torrey Pines Reserve and Torry Pines SNR cliff falling (13 sec) on Vimeo.
State beaches are areas with frontage on the ocean, or bays designed to provide swimming, boating, fishing, and other beach-oriented recreational activities. This wide, sandy beach stretches 4 1/2 miles from Del Mar past Los Peñasquitos Lagoon to the base of sandstone cliffs at Torrey Pines Mesa. Swimming, surfing and fishing are popular. Red-hued bluffs and wet sand make strolling on the beach popular at low tide. A picnic area and parking lot are near the entrance on North Torrey Pines Road.
The beach can also be reached by trail from the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.
Annual Passes are now sold at the entrance kiosk station operated by our concessionaire, LAZ Parking. The entrance kiosk station is open from 8:00am to approximately a 1/2 hour before sunset 365 days a year. For more park information go to Torreypine.org/reserveinfo.
Torrey Pines prohibits dogs anywhere within the reserve and beach boundaries (even within a vehicle).
(click here to view the web cam)
- LAZ Parking California, LLC of San Diego (Parking Lot Management)
Annual Passes are now sold at the entrance kiosk station operated by our concessionaire, LAZ Parking
- Brats Berlin, Inc. (Mobile Food Truck)
- The Pura Vida Project LLC dba Del Mar Surf Rentals (Beach Equipment Rental, Sale of Beach Items & Vending Machine)
The 2 most common rattlesnakes you will see here are the Southern Pacific Rattlesnake and the Red Diamond Rattlesnake. The Southern Pacific Rattlesnake is the one you will most likely run into in the park. If you do see a rattlesnake while hiking, stop and wait until the snake leaves the area. It has mostly likely felt you coming from the vibrations you've made walking on the trail. If it doesn't leave, turn around and notify a park employee or volunteer. Snakes are more willing to leave you alone and find something more manageable to strike and eat (unless you try to take a selfie with it). On rare occasions, snakes do land on the beach having been pushed or fallen off the cliffs. Notify a park employee so that the snake can be returned to a more suitable location to live. Do not try to relocate or pickup the snake yourself.
Torrey Pines SNR Parking
One of the more common complaints in the summer time at Torrey Pines is the parking. When the South Beach lot fills up, we close the entrance and visitors need to head to North Beach for parking. There is now a flashing light on the top of the kiosk to alert visitors when the gate is closed. This early alert system will enable visitors to go directly to the North Beach parking lot and avoid having to make a u-turn at the closed entrance to the South Beach lot. Once you know exactly where to look, you can even see the light from the top of High Bridge or Carmel Valley Rd. See map below for some locations to look for the flashing light.
Please click HERE for Rules and Regulations of the Reserve
Rules of the Reserve:
- NO DOGS IN THE RESERVE OR STATE BEACH
- Stay on trail – Walking off trail causes erosion, tramples plants and frightens wildlife.
- No pets – Dogs frighten wildlife and their waste causes nesting animals to abandon their young.
- No food in the reserve – Help keep our animals wild and healthy by picnicking only at the beach.
- No alcohol
- No drones – To Prevent possible resource damage from accidents and to avoid frightening animals.
- No picking/collecting natural features – Pinecones and flowers must be left to produce seeds to grow new plants. It also allows fellow visitors to enjoy the fauna.
- No smoking/open flames – Torrey Pines has a high fire danger. The plants found here are dry and flammable.
- No amplified music – Respect your fellow hikers and enjoy the sounds of nature while in the reserve.