17953 Dos Picos Park Road
Ramona, CA 92065
Steep, boulder-strewn mountain slopes surround this 78-acre regional park. Three reservable picnic areas are shaded by oak groves, and a nearby pond adds to the scenic attractiveness. Besides the reservable areas, there are additional picnic areas for walk-in use. All will enjoy the large open play areas, playground, and beauty of this county park.
Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions about picnic reservations:
When do I need a picnic reservation?
If your group is 50 or more and you are planning to be here on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday, or you desire to have an area just for your group (no minimum size).
You plan to have an amplified musical activity. Allowed in Area 1 only. Electricity is provided only with a reservation.
Can I make a reservation for a holiday?
Yes, with the exception of Christmas day, when the park is closed.
How far in advance can I make a reservation?
One year in advance. Reservations are taken by the Parks and Recreation Department Reservation Desk. Call 858-565-3600 (toll free 1-877-565-3600) or come into the reservation center a minimum of one day prior to the intended picnic date. If you are planning to make a reservation in person, we suggest that you call first or go to this page to see if the reservation date that you are interested in is open. Full payment of fees is due at the time the reservations is made plus a $5.00 reservation fee. Reservations can also be made at the park with the onsite Park Ranger.
If I cancel, can I get a refund?
The Reservation Center must be contacted a minimum of 30 days before the original picnic date for either a date change or cancellation request. There is a $5.00 non-refundable charge for reservation changes and a $25.00 charge for reservation cancellations up to 30 days before the picnic date. All fees will be forfeited when a reservation is cancelled with less than 30 days before the picnic date.
Can someone show me the area I am reserving?
Yes. Park rangers will explain the park rules and show you your site.
Area 1 -- $425 for up to 250 people: Covered dance pavilion, serving counter, large BBQ, electricity. Shady with view of pond.
Area 2 -- $275 for up to 150 people: Nine Belson stoves, shady.
Area 3 -- $275 for up to 150 people: 20 concrete tables, BBQs, fully shaded, close to parking.
Gazebo and Area 1 -- For weddings, $600 for up to 300 people.
Are there fees for caterers and extras?
Yes. You will need to check with the Reservation Staff for final determination of these charges. These fees are also due at the time the reservation is made.
What else should I know?
$3.00 per vehicle for parking is collected at the entry gate.
What are the park hours?
Daily 9:30 - sunset. Closed Christmas Day.
Reservations can be made by calling 1-877-565-3600 toll free, or 858-565-3600 from within the county. You can reach us Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Reservations can also be made at the park with the Park Ranger.
If your group size requires more than one area, you qualify for our corporate picnic program. A per person fee is charged, which includes parking and all extra fees, and allows early entry to the park. Call (858) 966-1308 for information and reservations.