Take on One of the Park Trails
Tecolote Canyon Natural Park and Nature Center has something for everyone in the family and is the perfect trip for a quick getaway to escape city life. The Tecolote Canyon Trail is 6.5 miles, with fairly heavy foot traffic. It is one of the more popular trails in the area.
While the trail is relatively flat as you stay west, there are plenty of alternate routes that you can take off of it. You are able to head up and out of the canyon and into the nearby neighborhoods.
Bring a Mountain Bike
As you head down the trail, the path shrinks to a single lane path. It is a very popular path for mountain bikers. Be sure to keep an eye out for them as they tend to zoom by.
Did You Know
It has been designated as a cartographic feature on area maps for nearly two centuries and was given the name tecolote, or owl, for the diminutive raptor that lives in this canyon.
Enjoy the Flora and Fauna
If you are taking a hike with the family, you can take the trail from the Nature Center Kumeyaay Village. This is located within the Native Plant Garden. As you go on this hike, you can learn about all the native plants to the area.
Each plant is numbered along the path, and you can learn the names of each in both English and in the native Kumeyaay language.
Activities for the Kids
Tecolote Nature Center holds an Arts & Activities for children every month. These activities are free and change as the seasons change. They focus on themes of the time of year and are hands-on and filled with fun learning about nature.
Park Rangers at Tecolote Canyon Natural Park and Nature Center not only are there to protect you, but are there to provide interpretive walks. These walks lead you through the Tecolote Canyon and focus on the plants and wildlife.
Are you a bird watcher? The Audubon Society meets every month at Tecolote Canyon Natural Park to go on a bird walk to view the birds of the canyon.
Conservation and restoration
If you are in the mood to help out the park, you can join the Canyon Compadres. This group meets multiple times a month and they help clean up and preserve Tecolote Canyon Natural Park.
The Weed Warriors are another group that meets every month to help restore the area. The group works with the Park Ranger. You’ll get a great workout hiking and pulling out ugly weeds, plus you are helping to keep the park look beautiful.