Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park

Trail Closures and Drought Conditions

The Nature Trail Loop, Oak Trail and Loskorn Trail have been closed for your safety and the health of the trees until further notice due to many dead and dying trees. More information

Ongoing-No showers; Due to drought conditions, showers will be shut off until further notice.

 

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. 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.

Programs

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

News

February 19, 2016 
Nature Trail Loop, Oak Trail and Dick Loskorn Trail Closures

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The Nature Trail Loop, Oak Trail and Dick Loskorn Trail have been closed for your safety until further notice.

The trails contain many dead and dying oak and sycamore trees as a result of continuing drought conditions. These trees pose a serious threat to all trail users.

Closing these trails serves two purposes. In addition to keeping visitors away from hazards, the closures offer the best chances for the groves to recover.

Other hiking trail options in this area include the eastern section of Nature Trail Loop, Bell CanyonTrail, Quail Run Trail, Star Rise Trail, and West Ridge Trail.


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 droughtmonitor.unl.edu.


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.


April 19, 2016 
Ladera Ridge Habitat Protection

News ImageSignificant traffic on unauthorized trails has caused damage in the Ladera Ridge (Las Flores) area of the park. This area is closed, and in the interest of protecting the valuable natural resources found on both County and the Rancho Mission Viejo Reserve, measures will be taken to prevent further destruction.


February 10, 2016 
Extended Park Hours Begin March 13

Starting Sunday, March 13, the spring-summer hours for regional parks are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. That includes Carbon Canyon, Clark, Craig, Laguna Niguel, Mason, Mile Square and Yorba regional parks. Irvine Regional Park opens at 6 a.m. and will close at 9 p.m. Wilderness parks are open at 7 a.m. and close at sunset year round.


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