Whether you visit the Reserve on your own, with your family, or as part of a group -- please be aware of our fragile and limited environment. All groups must contact the Reserve at least two weeks in advance to schedule a field trip. The Reserve limits visitors to protect natural resources and for the safety of all trail users. Click here for information on scheduling group field trips and hikes.
Observe the Reserve rules that both protect these habitats and ensure that you have a pleasant experience here at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.
7:15 AM to sunset, 365 days per year.
Lots are located at the South Beach entrance, on the mesa near the Lodge, and at North Beach.
Be a Good Citizen at the Reserve and Follow the Rules:
Fire, erosion and off-trail hiking can damage fragile natural features beyond repair. To help preserve natural features, and for your own safety, you must observe these basic rules:
- Stay on officially designated trails. Cutting across switchbacks and between trails, going into closed areas, and climbing cliffs are activities that cause severe environmental damage and can be dangerous. These activities are prohibited.
- All smoking and fires are prohibited in the Reserve. Smoking is permitted at the beach.
- No picnics are allowed in the Reserve. You may picnic on the beach. Do not take food or drink (except for water) on any trail except to carry them to the beach. Fires are permitted at the beach in your own BBQ. No fire pits are available. No alcohol is allowed.
- Dogs and horses are prohibited from the Reserve and from the beach.
- No bicycles. motorcycles. or any other vehicles except baby strollers and wheelchairs are permitted on any trail.
- All natural or historic features are protected by state law. Do not collect pine cones. Do not pick wildflowers. They must be left to produce seed to grow new plants and as food for animals. Leave plants, animals, and rocks for the next visitor to enjoy.
- Park only in designated parking lots. Stopping on road shoulders is not permitted.
- Keep small children with an adult at all times. The cliffs and canyons can be dangerous places.
Don't Forget the Visitor Center
Be sure to visit the museum at the Visitor Center to see exhibits of the natural and cultural history of the Reserve. Visitor Center hours are 9 AM to 6 PM during summer daylight saving time and 10 AM to 4 PM during winter standard time. Weekends and holidays, there are interpretive nature walks at 10 AM and 2 PM. Check at the Visitor Center for other programs that may be offered. Take a virtual tour:
Staffed by the Torrey Pines Docent Society, the Visitor Center is the best place to learn about our wonderful interpretive programs and plan your visit to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Learn more.