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.
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.)
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.
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
July 17, 2014
Caspers Water Line Project May Affect Amenities
A critical waterline replacement project is scheduled from June to November 2014 at Caspers Wilderness Park.
During this time, the water system may be shut off and park amenities including flushing toilets, showers, and drinking water may be unavailable. Portable toilets and hand wash stations will be available.
Other potential impacts of this project include dust, noise, and area closures (including roads, trails, campsites, and day use areas). Please call the park office at (949) 923-2210 for further updates.
Lanes on the Ortega Highway bridge over the I-5 freeway are reduced to two lanes in either direction in preparation for upcoming demolition activities on the south half of the bridge. Traffic near Caspers Wilderness Park may be impacted.
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.
The clocks fall back early Nov. 2, 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.
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