Irvine Regional Park

Busy Weekends at the Park

The park will be very busy on weekends through October 30th. This is due to the Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch. From 10am-4pm, expect long lines of traffic to enter the park. If the park closes to vehicle traffic, parking will be available at Santiago Canyon College. No shuttle will be available. It is approximately a one mile walk from the college to the park. Plan ahead.

Irvine Regional Park
1 Irvine Park Road
Orange, CA 92869
(714) 973-6835 or (714) 973-3173

Fall - Winter Hours: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. PST

Spring - Summer Hours: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. PDT

Office Hours: Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Parking fees: $3 per vehicle entry Monday - Friday; $5 Saturday - Sunday; Higher for some holidays and events (Fee Information)

Irvine Regional Park is nestled among a grove of heritage Oak and Sycamore trees. The rolling foothills surrounding the park are filled with a variety of wildlife. Trees and shaded turf areas provide a serene setting for leisure activities. Santiago Creek bisects the park and a pond with stone-work waterfall and foot bridge is located in the center of the park. The variety of landscape greatly enhances the park's beauty. Remember to visit the OC Zoo inside the park.


Park visitors enjoying a ride on the Irvine Park Railroad.Tables and barbecues are located throughout the 475 acre park with convenient parking and restroom facilities nearby. A paved bicycle/walking trail meanders through the central park providing easy access to six playgrounds, four softball fields, two horseshoe pits and lake.

A three-mile equestrian trail skirts the perimeter of the central park providing scenic views of the park and it's natural scenery. Horse trailers can be parked on the north perimeter of the train station parking lot. A lookout trail is on the north slope of the natural area where a covered shelter, watering trough and water fountain are available.

Group Picnic Areas... Four group picnic areas are available for large group picnics of 155 or more. Most have built-in barbecues, sinks and permanent tables. All groups of 100 or more are required to obtain a group activity permit a minimum of 15 working days prior to the day of use. Rates for reserving group picnic areas are variable according to size and type of group. Parking fees not included with reservations.

Group Area I is located near the lake and boathouse. Maximum capacity is 200, minimum group size is 155. A nearby ball field and volleyball area may be used on a "first-come" basis.

Group Area II is located near the bandstand/stage. Maximum capacity is 200, minimum group size is 155. A nearby ball field and volleyball area may be used on a "first-come" basis.

Group Area III is located in the back of the park with a more secluded atmosphere. Maximum capacity is 250, minimum group size is 155. There is a playground nearby and the playing field is again "first-come".

Group Area IV is located in the Villa Park Loop area. This area has a maximum capacity of 350 people and a minimum of 155. The nearby playground can be used on a "first-come" basis.

Concessions... Bicycle and aquacycle rentals are located adjacent to the historic boathouse. Rentals are available throughout the summer, weekends and holidays. For more information visit

The Lakeside Snack Bar is located adjacent to the historic boathouse. A variety of hot and cold food is availble, as well as, picnic supplies. Operating hours are seasonally variable.

Children's pony rides are offered year round, daily except Mondays. Hours of operation are weekdays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., weekends and holidays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The operating schedule is subject to change, primarily due to weather conditions. For information about the pony rides only, please call (714) 559-9147.

A water bike on the lake
The Irvine Park Railroad and snack shop is located across from the pony rides and is open every day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A 10-minute train ride meanders past the two lakes and circles through an oak woodland. There are also four party pavilions that can be reserved for parties of fewer than 40 through the Train Station.

Sycamore Hill group area is the newest reservable private picnic area located within the park. Requests for this area should be directed to the Irvine Park Railroad at (714) 997-3968.


October 18, 2016 
OC Parks 2016-17 Fish Stocking Schedule by Week

Upcoming trout and catfish stocking schedules by week for Carbon Canyon, Craig, Clark, Laguna Niguel, Mile Square and Yorba regional parks.

More specific dates are not given to avoid focusing excess fishing activity immediately after a plant.

June 9, 2016 
Helicopter Conducting Aerial Weed Survey

News ImageBetween June 18 to June 24 and July 5 to July 12, the Nature Communities Coalition (NCC), in collaboration with OC Parks, Irvine Ranch Conservancy, and The Nature Conservancy will conduct an aerial weed survey during daylight hours using a small, low-flying helicopter to document and map the distribution of over 30 weed species located within selected inland parks and open space areas.

Whiting Ranch, Irvine, Santiago Oaks, Irvine Ranch Open Space and Peters Canyon will be included in the survey.

The resulting information will provide details about the abundance and distribution of invasive weeds and help land managers evaluate the effectiveness of current weed monitoring practices, identify emerging weed problems, and strategically plan future weed management actions.

September 29, 2016 
Park Hours Change Starting Nov. 6

The clocks fall back early Nov. 6, marking the end of daylight saving time and OC Parks’ spring-summer operating schedule. Most regional parks close at 6 p.m. for the fall and winter, and wilderness parks close at sunset.

August 19, 2016 
OC Parks Mobile App Now Available

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The OC Parks mobile application is now available to download. The new app makes it easy to explore all that the County regional and wilderness parks have to offer.

Using the OC Parks app for iOS or Android, you can easily get outside and find a park near you with the most detailed, accurate maps of all regional, wilderness, beach and historic parks and regional trails operated by the County of Orange. The app also offers detailed park descriptions and photos.

The mobile app lets users easily locate the closest playgrounds, parking and restrooms in each park. Search recent OC Parks news, events and alerts regarding park access, weather, trail conditions and more.

August 11, 2016 
Google Trekkers Hit the Trails in OC Parks

News ImageStarting in August, hikers will be collecting imagery of Orange County trails using the Google Street View Trekker, a wearable backpack with a camera system on top. The Trekker automatically gathers images as it goes. Later the imagery will be stitched together to create the 360-degree panoramas you see today in Google Maps.

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