Santa Ysabel Preserves


Santa Ysabel East Staging Area
500 Farmer Road
Julian, CA.  92036
(GPS: 33.12292N   116.6017W)

Hwy 79 Staging Area
23000 Hwy 79
Santa Ysabel, CA. 92070
(GPS: 33.12536N 116.67794W)

Santa Ysabel West Staging Area
29510 Hwy 78
Santa Ysabel, CA. 92070
(GPS: 33.10224N 116.69554W)

Hours: 8 a.m. -  sunset, daily
Pedestrian access available sunrise to sunset* daily, no public vehicle access or restroom availability on December 25.
*During days of inclement weather, the Santa Ysabel Preserve may be closed.

Phone Number: (760) 765-4098 or (760) 814-0208

Get park updates and check for closures on our  News Page


  • East - Farmer Staging: Take Highway 78/79 into Julian, to Main Street. Going north, Main Street turns into Farmer Road. Take Farmer Road to Wynola Road and turn right, then a quick left back on to Farmer Road. Pass the Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve sign on your right. Santa Ysabel Preserve will be on the left side, approximately one mile from the Volcan sign. Parking is available in the staging area.
  • East - Hwy 79 Trailhead: Take Hwy 78 into Santa Ysabel. Turn north on to Hwy 79. Trailhead is 1.5 miles north of Santa Ysabel or just south of the Santa Ysabel Mission. Parking is available along Hwy 79.  
  • West: Take Highway 78 to Santa Ysabel. Staging Area is one mile west of Santa Ysabel on Highway 78 at call box #495 or across the street from 29313 Hwy 78.

Location Map


  • Various Interpretive Programs
  • Staging Area
  • Picnic Tables/Rest Area

The Santa Ysabel Preserves are surrounded by oak woodlands, native grasslands, and fields of wildflowers that portrays a beautiful natural setting during your hiking, biking, and riding adventures within the boundaries of this 3,800-acre preserve.  More than 13 miles of multi-use trails wind through the various habitats in this scenic mountain preserve.  Santa Ysabel Creek runs along the entire northern boundary of the preserve. 

Please note that no overnight camping is allowed. For your safety, please stay out of the creek and the closed areas of the preserve.  Stay on the trails; the natural resources of the preserve are fragile and depend on your trail etiquette for survival.  Be sure to carry plenty of water, as Santa Ysabel can be hot and dry during the summer and there is no water available on the trails.  

Note: To prevent damage to the trails, after any inclement weather (1/2 inch of rain or any snow), the preserve will be closed until the trails dry out.



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