Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park

Park Update

Ongoing- No showers; Due to drought conditions, showers will be shut off until further notice. Restrooms, sinks, drinking water will be available for as long as the well at the park will allow.

Caspers Wilderness Park
33401 Ortega Hwy.( P. O. Box 395)
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 923-2210 or (949) 923-2207

Camping: Year round 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Check-in time 2 p.m. and check-out time 12 p.m.
Day Use - 7 a.m. to sunset all year.
Office Hours: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., (Mon. - Fri.)

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

If you would like to make a camping reservation, go to our online reservations system, or call the reservations line at (800) 600-1600. If your camping party has 17 or more campers, you must camp in a group campsite. Please call the park to reserve a group site.

Caspers Wilderness Park is an 8,000 acre protected wilderness preserve nestled among the river terraces and sandstone canyons of the western coastal Santa Ana Mountains. The park's many fertile valleys are overtly complemented by specimen groves of native Coastal Live Oak and magnificent stands of California Sycamore. These areas are further accentuated by seasonal wildflower displays and running streams. Wildlife is abundant and can be readily viewed from any of the parks numerous trails.


Deer at Caspers Park.Nature Walks... A Ranger-guided walk is offered at a scheduled time on Sunday. Walks during the week can be arranged by advance appointment.

Naturalist Programs... Guided walks and "Critter Talks" are avaliable by advance appointment and require a nominal fee. Programs may be held at the park or brought to your school or organization.  

Trail Guides/park brochures are are available at the park entrance booth and ranger office.

Scout programs also available by appointment with Ranger


April 21, 2015 
Water Shortage: No Showers Available

Due to current drought conditions throughout the State of California, showers will be shut off at Caspers Wilderness Park until further notice. Restrooms, sinks and drinking water will still be available for as long as the well at the park will allow.

Please plan ahead to avoid any inconvenience. For more information on current drought conditions, visit

February 9, 2015 
Invasive Pest Found in Orange County

Gold Spotted Oak Borer (GSOB), an invasive beetle that has killed thousands of oak trees in San Diego and Riverside counties in a short span of time, has now been detected in Orange County. The GSOB was discovered in approximately 60 trees on County park land in northern Orange County. Since GSOB is transported in oak firewood, it is critical that Californians keep firewood local and not move it out of the area.

October 5, 2015 
Park Hours Change Starting Nov. 1

The clocks fall back early Nov. 1, marking the end of daylight saving time and OC Parks’ spring-summer operating schedule. Wilderness parks close at sunset and most regional parks close at 6 p.m. for the fall and winter.

December 22, 2014 
OC Parks Introduces New Parking Passes

OC Parks is pleased to introduce new parking passes that will allow visitors to use a single card to park at all County regional and wilderness parks and/or beaches.

The new “smart cards” replace the entry cards and stickers that were previously used for annual parking. Unlike the previous OC Parks passes, which were fixed to a calendar year (January through December), these smart cards are valid for 12 months from issue date and can be renewed annually. Moreover, for wilderness and beach locations which previously required a sticker affixed to a visitor’s windshield, these passes can be used with any vehicle. The price for the new cards remains the same as 2014.

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Sat., December 5, 2015
9:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
  CPF Monthly Meeting
Sun., December 6, 2015
8:00 AM  -  9:00 AM
  Ranger Led Nature Hike
Sun., December 13, 2015
8:00 AM  -  9:00 AM
  Ranger Led Nature Hike
Sun., December 20, 2015
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  Ranger Led Nature Hike
Sun., December 27, 2015
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  Ranger Led Nature Hike