Border Field State Park, San Diego
Border Field State Park, San Diego - Address, Phone Number
Address: 1500 Monument Rd, San Diego, CA 92154
Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
Timings: 09:30 am - 06:00 pm Details
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About Border Field State Park, San Diego
There are many reasons this isn't a standard park. For one, much of it overlaps with the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve, which is uber rich with wildlife, especially birds. Next, it is the southwestern most point of the contiguous United States. And lastly, that also means it borders Mexico. If you park and keep heading east on foot, eventually you'll reach the beach. Walk south for a little over a mile to see Monument No. 258, also known as Monument Mesa. It is an obelisk, 20 feet high, and it marks the boundary between the two countries.
Border Field State Park Information
- There are restrooms, picnic areas and BBQ spots at the park.
- Do not collect anything from the park.
- Leashed dogs are allowed at Monument Mesa picnic area.
- Park will be closed if flooded.
Border Field State Park Opening and Closing Hours
- Closed to vehicles Monday - Friday.
- Day after Labor Day - October: 9:30am to 6:00pm.
- March 15 - Day before Memorial Day Weekend: 9:30am to 6:00pm.
- Memorial Day Weekend – Labor Day: 9:30am to 7:00pm.
How To reach Border Field State Park by Public Transport
- Drive to Hollister Street, then head into Monument Road.
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Border Field State Park, San Diego Reviews - Write a Review
Awesome place. $5 fee if you are driving, $0 fee if on horseback or walking. It is beautiful to hike here. Sometimes, it may not seem like it, but it is still possible to enter this place
This beach is good to ride horses along. It isn't a good beach to swim at because of frequent water contamination. Nice place to find shorebirds to photograph. Border officers are stationed there. Not a good place to take kids because the water is dirty and there is no playground. Most of the beach is inaccessible and roped off for threatened bird species like Snowy Plovers and Least Terns. The beach is long but very narrow.
If you love horseback riding this is the place to be. There is only one bathroom in the whole park, so avoid drinking water while hiking. Manures are all over the place.
Quite a detour from the usual. The trails are well marked, although on the North side can become inundated with rain runoff. The views are incredible and the big plus is that there is always so few people, it's a perfect place to just meditate or spend some quiet time by the beach, Well worth the visit. The park closes at sunset, so be sure to have plenty of time for the 20-30 minute hike back to the main entrance as you cannot take your car into the mark.
It was interesting to see Mexico from there. I was able to speak to a border patrol agent and it was interesting to hear his perspective. A little bit of a ride to get to.