Canyoneer Hikes

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

We are currently finalizing the hike schedule for the 2016-2017 season. The first hike will be held September 10, 2016. Check back in mid-August for details. 

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.

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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.

Funding for Canyoneers is generously provided by The Samuel I. and John Henry Fox Foundation, The Canyoneers, and SDG&E Environmental Champions. The San Diego Natural History Museum’s education programs are funded in part by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.