Balboa Parkview website
1549 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101
Palm Canyon Description
While Balboa Park has acres of manicured gardens that are excellent for casual walks, the Palm Canyon is a step into the natural beauty of Southern California. Just across from the park's Organ Pavillion is the grand wooden footbridge and stairs that lead down to the trail head. The trail itself is relatively easy going, so sandals should be fine. Some of the lush palms and eucalyptus trees that line the trail date back to 1912. In addition to the plant life, you're likely to see little lizards and all kinds of birds from sparrows to hawks.
Babies: There is a large flight of stairs leading down to the trail, so babies and strollers have to be carried.
- Stay on the path. Since it is a Southern California canyon, there are little animals in some of the brush that should not be disturbed. The plants are also protected, so don't pick any flowers or palm fronds. It's best to observe the natural setting from the path.
- Dress comfortably. During summer, it can get hot and dusty down in the canyon, so make sure your family is wearing cool clothing.
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