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Canyoneer Hikes

To sign up for weekly email notices of Canyoneer nature walks, click here.  

Open to the public. No reservations are required. 

Hikes for the upcoming September 2014–June 2015 season are shown below. Click on any flag to see descriptions and directions to the hikes. In Internet Explorer and Chrome, right click to print the directions. In Firefox, click the three horizontal bars in upper right corner of the browser and select PRINT. For Mac, use the FILE menu and then select PRINT.

To download a printed version of the Canyoneer brochure, click here


Canyoneers are San Diego Natural History Museum volunteers trained to teach appreciation of plants and animals in southern California. 

  • 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.
  • Sign up for weekly email updates of Canyoneer hikes
  • For a list of Canyoneer recommended field guides, click here
  • Download a copy of the Canyoneer brochure here.  

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


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.