Canyoneer Hikes

Free, and open to the public. No reservations required.

We’re offering hikes from September 2016 through June 2017. To find your hike, check out the interactive map below or view our full list of hikes here or visit the museum calendar


Canyoneers are citizen scientists and volunteers who have had comprehensive training by Museum scientists and local experts on the natural history of the region. One of the few trail-guide groups nationwide affiliated with a natural history museum rather than a park or reserve, they have provided free guided tours in San Diego County 
since 1973 . When you hike with a Canyoneer, you are encouraged to stop, look, listen, touch, smell, and examine—to understand that everything is linked together.

The 2016-2017 Canyoneer season is made possible with support from Subaru of America

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New trail guide now available.

A brand-new hiking guide titled Coast to Cactus: The Canyoneer Trail Guide to San Diego Outdoors hits shelves this September, just in time for the 2016–2017 hiking season, and is now available for pre-order through the Museum.

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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 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. Learn more about wilderness ethics.

Subaru of America, the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, and the Canyoneers generously provided funding for the Canyoneer program.