Agua Caliente Regional Park in Anza Borrego will be closed until Labor Day.
Agua Caliente Regional Park in Anza Borrego will be closed until Labor Day weekend. Photo via

Six San Diego County parks will be closed in August, a safety measure taken each year because of the month’s typically high temperatures, officials said Tuesday.

El Capitan Preserve near Lakeside, Hellhole Canyon Preserve in Valley Center, Mount Gower Preserve near Ramona and Wilderness Gardens in Pala will be closed Aug. 1 through Aug. 31.

In addition, Agua Caliente Regional Park in Anza Borrego and Vallecito County Park near Julian are closed all summer; they reopen Labor Day weekend.

The closures also provide Department of Parks and Recreation staff an opportunity to conduct much needed maintenance such as trail restoration.

More than 100 other county parks and preserves remain open to explore in August, however.

The county offered hikers safety tips:

  • Let someone know where you will be and when you plan to return.
  • Never hike alone.
  • Leave your dog at home for difficult hikes.
  • Take plenty of water to stay hydrated. Rangers recommends about a quart for every 2 to 3 miles.
  • Wear sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses.
  • Take breaks in shade, if possible.
  • Take a fully charged mobile phone, map and/or GPS.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, ventilated clothing.
  • Bring along a warm jacket if you plan to stay out after dusk.
  • Wear sturdy shoes with traction for slippery rocks.
  • Follow all posted safety rules.
  • Bring ample food, sunscreen to reapply, a flashlight, first aid kit, multi-purpose tool and a whistle.
  • And know your limitations; choose trails that match your level of physical fitness and areas where you are not going to get lost.
  • For additional information on visiting County Parks, visit

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