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San Juan Capistrano Parks

San Juan Capistrano began its story in 1775 when Father Lasuen founded it. Today, the city continues to grow as a place with rich history and culture. Various recreational sites have been added to the city’s beauty, and people are enjoying the favors of having beautiful San Juan Capistrano parks.

1. Historic Town Center Park

Address: 31852 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675, USA
Contact Number: +1 949-493-1171
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This park has limited amenities. It might not be a recommendable place for family activities, but it’s a right place for walking your dog early in the morning.

Historic Town Center Park becomes an excellent place four times each summer. During this time, San Juan Summer Nites concert series happen here.

This year’s summer series features a variety of musical styles. They have the Americana rock of Creedence Relived, the classic rock of Trip and the beautiful music of Blue Breeze.

The events will feature vendors like the following:

  • local businesses
  • nonprofits
  • organic farmers
  • food concessions
  • a beer and wine concession

The event tickets are free so if you like a memorable night at the Historic Town Center Park, come and join the festivities.

2. Cook Cordova Park

Address: 28336-, 28398 Calle Arroyo, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675, United States
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Cook’s Park is one of the small local parks in San Juan Capistrano. It’s an excellent avenue for outdoor enthusiasts because of its three softball fields and two soccer fields. Locals may have events in this parks and may rent benches for a couple of hours for $100.

There’s access to San Juan Creek and a horse stable nearby the park. Free parking is also available and you may see lots of sports teams on the weekend.

3. Reata Park and Event Center

Address: 28632 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675, USA
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Reata Park has gardens and an arboretum with shady sycamores and mighty oaks. This place sits in the middle of all the development around Ortega Highway and Antonio Parkway.
If you’re visiting this place, make sure to pick a cool day to explore the area. You also need to be aware of the plenty rules posted around the Reata Park. It’s a perfect place to explore nature paths, trees and gardens.

4. ACU Canyon Park

Address: 27999 Camino Las Ramblas, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675, USA
Contact Number: +1 949-493-1171
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ACU Park in San Juan Capistrano is one of the six main Athletic field areas of the city. It has one Soccer Field and one Baseball Field.

5. Mission Bell Park

Address: San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675, USA
Contact Number: +1 949-493-1171
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Mission Bell Park is a small park that’s close to San Juan Creek bike trail. It’s not a busy park, and it’s a perfect place to let your dogs run. You may also allow your kids play around the area.

There are no bathrooms and picnic area in the park. You may still enjoy sitting under the shades around some times of the day.

6. Sendero Field

Address: 29851 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675, USA
Contact Number: +1 949-625-6500
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Sendero Field is also called as a ‘nature-inspired’ playground. The entry has long grasses, and there are blue pathways that made it feel like one.

There’s a sidewalk and nature biking path nearby. You may take a stroll and look interesting animals like lizards, swallows, turkey vultures, and nests in the sycamores.

You may bring your kids to the playground and let them enjoy the following:

  • balance beams
  • rock climbing
  • ‘spiderweb’ rope ladders
  • toadstools for balancing near the hollow log tunnel.
  • bumpy-tunnel-ladder-arches
  • 1 baby swing
  • 3 bench swings

There are also lawns for gatherings and sports events.

  • 4 pickleball courts
  • 1 baseball field
  • A couple of soccer practice fields

Lots of picnic tables are available near the shade. Restrooms are also available.

7. Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park

Address: 33401 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675, USA
Contact Number: +1 949-923-2210
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Operating Hours: Camping:
7 a.m. – 10 p.m.Check-in time: 2 p.m.
Check-out time: 12 p.m.Day Use – 7 a.m. to sunsetOffice Hours:
Monday- Friday
8 a.m. – 4 p.m

Caspers Wilderness Park is a protected wilderness that measures 8,000 acres. It sits among the sandstone canyons and river terraces of the western part of Santa Ana Mountains. The fertile valleys are covered with native Coastal Live Oak and California Sycamore. Seasonal wildflowers the further area of the park. Wildlife is also abundant, and visitors may enjoy watching the species from the numerous trails of the park.

You may join some of these programs for trippers:

Nature walks
It’s a ranger-guided walk on Sundays. Walks during weekends may be arranged in advance.

Naturalist Programs
These are guided walks that are available by advance appointment. These programs can be held at the park or brought to your organization or your school.

Scout Programs
This program is available by appointment with a ranger.

8. Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park

Address: 27174 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675, USA
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The Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park is a 40-acre facility that’s ideal for showcasing horse sports. It was designed by Robert Jolicoeur, a world-renowned course designer. The park features a majestic manicured grass grand prix field. It measures 500′ by 900′. There’s also a 200′ by 300′ indoor arena and seven competition rings. They can accommodate big tournaments.

Tented seatings and grandstands surround the grand prix field. People may enjoy up-close views. Visitors may visit vendor booths and stroll the grounds during breaks. Most tournaments feature fun family days. Lots of kid-friendly entertainments are available during the event.

9.Marco Forster Athletic Fields

Address: San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675, USA
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Marco Forster Athletic Fields in San Juan Capistrano is one of the six main Athletic field areas of the city. It has three Soccer Fields, one football field, and two softball fields.

10. Northwest Open Space

Address: 30291 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675, USA
Contact Number: +1 949-443-6393
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Northwest Open Space in San Juan Capistrano features enjoyable hiking experience during Spring. Wild mustard flowers bloom as Trabuco Creek flows, creating a perfect vibe for nature lovers.

11. Descanso Park

Address: Paseo Adelanto, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675, USA
Contact Number: +1 949-443-6393
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Descanso Park in San Juan Capistrano is located at the dead end of Paseo Adelanto. This park connects to the bike path leading to Dana Point Harbor.

There are lots of structures for all ages. There are zip lines, big and small ladders. Swings, and slides. During summer, good breeze up the creek and decent shade bring positive energy to the visitors.

There are lots of picnic tables and grill in the area. Bathrooms are also available. You may also visit nearby parks for more fun options. There’s Los Rios Park, Bonita Park, and Mission Bell Park nearby.

12. Los Rios park

Address: Paseo Adelanto San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Contact Number: +1 949-443-6393
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Los Rios Park is a neat space with all the basics of typical parks, It has lots of free parking space and picnic areas. Your kids may also enjoy the western cowboy theme of the playset in the park. You can make stay by the shade made by the Pergolas covered with vines.

For hikers, this park also has something for you. There’s a hiking trail nearby the park for hiking enthusiasts. This place is a perfect place for family and friends to go picnic and kids to play.

13. Arroyo Park Trail

Address: 31372 Via Parra, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675, USA
Contact Number: +1 949-443-6393
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One of the most precious interurban trails in Orange County is Arroyo Park. Beautiful creek under a forest canopy is one of the views along the trail. Salmon are a sight as they spawn in the creel during the fall. Walking or just sitting by the area is considered a relaxing activity for the visitors.

If you’re bringing your dog to Arroyo Park, there’s a designated Dog Off-Leash Area. You may call them to know more about the regulations.

Parking spaces are available along Old Sammish Road near Chuckanut Drive. Before you use or reserve Arroyo Park facilities, make sure to be familiar with the list of high-impact events and how they can affect your activities.

14. Patriots Hill

Address: Flagpole Hill, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675, USA
Contact Number: +1 949-443-6393
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Patriots Hill is one of the many biking trails of the city. It’s a medium trail that provides a great workout for its visitors. A great view is waiting at the top of the path.

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San Juan Capistrano City Parks Usage Terms

Reserved Park Usage

Parties of 50 people are allowed in the city parks. The use of inflatable devices like bounce houses is allowed in the park as long as the place has been reserved. Upon booking, a city staff meets the renter to make sure that the park is trash-free. Once the party or any event is done, the city staff meets the renter to make sure that the park has been left clean.

Drop-in park usage

People may also use the park without prior reservation. This term is applicable if the park users are less than 50 persons. The first-time-first-serve rule applies.

Remember that any kinds of alcoholic beverages aren’t allowed in the parks.

You may book some of the most preferred parks used by picnickers like the Cook Park/La Novia and Descanso Park. The Historic Town Center (HTC) Park is where City-sponsored events happen like the San Juan Summer Nites and the Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Community Garden

San Juan Capistrano has a community garden with 76 garden parcels. This garden is an example of this city’s concern for communal benefit and growth since all San Juan Capistrano residents may tend this garden.

Residents may rent each garden parcel on a continuing basis. The rent is due each year. About 50 San Juan Capistrano residents are currently waiting for their turn to rent parcels of the community garden.

Community Garden Fees:

Approximate Garden Parcel Size Resident Fee:

29′ x 20′ (580 sq. ft.) = $204.02
20′ x 20′ (400 sq. ft.) = $140.70
30′ x 10′ (300 sq. ft.) = $105.53
20′ x 10′ (200 sq. ft.) = $70.35
Cleaning and Compliance Deposit: $51.73

The City encourages the residents to call the Community Services Department at (949) 493-5911 if they wish to be part of the waiting list for a community garden.

If you’re the one next in line to be a gardener, you may download and fill out the Application for Community Garden and mail it to:

Community Services Department
25925 Camino del Avion
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Get to know the city as you enjoy some of the fun adventures in one of the San Juan Capistrano parks.

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