Torrey Pines SNR

State Natural Reserve

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
State Natural Reserves have outstanding or unusual natural or scenic values. Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is a wilderness island in an urban sea. This fragile environment is the home of our nation's rarest pine tree - Pinus torreyana. Once this tree covered a larger area. It now grows only here and on Santa Rosa Island off the coast near Santa Barbara. The park preserves not only the trees, but also one of the last salt marshes and waterfowl refuges in Southern California. The reserve features high broken cliffs and deep ravines on headlands overlooking the ocean. Hikers can follow trails through stands of wind-sculpted pines. A picturesque, pueblo-style structure that served as a restaurant when it was built in 1923 houses the visitor center, featuring interpretive displays. Picnicking and camping are prohibited in the reserve. The reserve's rich plant community features wildflowers in the spring and visitors can see the California quail gathered in coveys in the early mornings of fall and winter.

Torrey Pines State Beach can also be reached by trail from the Reserve.

Annual Passes are sold at the Lodge and Museum daily from 11AM-1PM. Annual Passes are no longer sold at the entrance station operated by our concessionaire, LAZ Parking.

Torrey Pines prohibits dogs anywhere within the reserve and beach boundaries (even within a vehicle).

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is located between La Jolla and Del Mar, California, north of San Diego. From Hwy 5, exit on Carmel Valley Road and drive west for about 1.5 miles till you reach the Coast Highway 101. Turn left and proceed along the beach for about a mile. The park entrance is on your right just before the highway begins to climb the Torrey Pines grade.

·Park Information

  • Hours of Operation:

    Gates open at 7:15 am and close at Sunset.

  • Park Office Telephone:

    (858) 755-2063

  • Region

    San Diego County


    San Diego

  • Purchase Annual Passes



Operating Hours

Gates open at 07:15 am and close at Sunset.
The Visitor Center opens daily at 10:00AM.
The reserve is a day-use park only. There is no overnight camping at this facility.