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Canyoneer Hikes

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. Check schedule of hikes. 

  • 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.

If you are interested in volunteering as a Canyoneer visit our Volunteer page.


To download the complete schedule of hikes click here or on the Brochure image on the left.

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Read more about the trails the Canyoneers travel in the San Diego Reader's ROAM-O-RAMA, now written by the Canyoneers. 


Please note: There are two mistakes in the printed brochure. The hike on March 16 is in Rueda Canyon not Gonzales Canyon Open Space. There is no hike in Weir/Lower French Valley on June 23.

The brochure to the left is correct.  


Funding for Canyoneers is generously provided by the City of San Diego at the recommendation of Council President Todd Gloria, The Samuel I. and John Henry Fox Foundation, Samuel and Katherine French Fund, The Kenneth T. and Eileen Norris Foundation, 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.