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Canyoneer Nature Walks

Calendar of Walks
Parking Fees

Canyoneer History
Volunteer Information
Wilderness Ethics
Education Programs
Field Guide

Hikes are ranked using the following system
Difficulty Level:
*boulder scrambling, rough trail, low light, etc.
Mileage (rounded out to nearest mile)
Elevation change (gain or loss)
up to 200'
up to 500'
up to 1000'
up to 1500'
Example: Using the system above, Noble Canyon is a D8e
(difficult 8-mile hike with elevation change greater than 1500 feet.)

$P = parking fee
W = wheelchair access

Become a Canyoneer
If you love nature and would like to share it with others, volunteer to become a Canyoneer

Canyoneers Guided Nature Walks

Open to the public; no reservations are required.

Canyoneers are San Diego Natural History Museum volunteers trained to teach appreciation of plants and animals in southern California. If you are interested in volunteering as a Canyoneer visit

Be prepared! Wear comfortable walking shoes and a hat. Hiking boots are recommended for desert and mountain hikes. Bring adequate water and food; even the short or easy hikes can demand liquid and energy resources. You may also wish to bring a jacket, binoculars, and field guides. Bring rain gear if rain is a possibility. Check online at for any changes needed due to closures.

These programs are interpretive nature walks, not endurance hikes, and Canyoneers try to accommodate the desires and abilities of all participants. However, some of the walks can be taxing, especially those in the desert or mountains. If you would like to accompany a more leisurely group, ask the Canyoneer host when you sign in.

Please follow common rules of courtesy and safety. Do not litter the trail or smoke. Dogs or other pets are not permitted on the walks, as they interfere with observing wildlife.

Canyoneers Hike. Group tours for scouts, senior citizen groups, clubs, and other organizations may be arranged for Saturdays by calling the Museum two weeks in advance at 619.255.0203. There is a nominal fee of $2 per person. If your group of 10 or more plans to join a regularly scheduled Canyoneer walk on a Saturday or Sunday, please call the number above at least two weeks in advance so that arrangements can be made for a sufficient number of guides.

Additional support provided by the Samuel I. and John Henry Fox Foundation. The San Diego Natural History Museumís education programs are funded in part by the City of San Diegoís Commission for Arts and Culture and the San Diego County Community Enhancement Program.

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