Trail Etiquette: The Right Way to Determine Right-of-Way


The County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) oversees more than 360 miles of trails at over a hundred parks and preserves. Most trails are multi-use, welcoming visitors on foot, bike and horse. To navigate trails safely, it’s important to understand who has the right of way.

This quick video, provided by DPR with help from local biking, running, and equestrian groups, along with local families and dog owners, presents a series of real-life scenarios – reenacted, to show who has the right of way, when and why.

Find a park to enjoy at Clicking on the Trails button on the home page will take you to a list of trail-related articles, including virtual hikes and 360-degree views of some of our most popular hiking destinations!

Some park amenities are temporarily closed due to COVID-19. Please obey posted signs, practice safe social distancing and bring a mask to wear should you come into close contact with other park users, as some trails are narrow. Learn more about DPR’s response to the coronavirus pandemic online.