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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

(Mobile devices scroll to bottom for Weather/tides & Park Updates. The Site Map is also helpful for Mobile devices)

Operating Hours


7:15 AM to sunset, 365 days a year. The Reserve closes near sunset.
Sunset varies from 5 PM in the winter to 8 PM in the summer.

Exact closing time of the day is posted at the South Beach parking entrance.
All vehicles must exit the Reserve by closing time each day.

Visitor Center & Museum Shop (the Lodge):

9 AM to 6 PM during summer daylight saving time,
and 10 AM to 4 PM during winter standard time.

Guided Walks:

Free public guided walks for families and small groups are on weekends and holidays at 10 AM, 12 PM (ends Oct 1), and 2 PM. Meet at the entrance of the Visitor Center.

Large group hikes with over 25 people must be arranged by contacting Julia Miura (see below). Also, see the pages on Group Hikes and Special Hikes/Private Hikes.

Please note: Anyone conducting business (profit or non-profit) within the Reserve (photographers, personal trainers, guides, etc), regardless of group size, must obtain a permit by contacting Julia Miura at 619-688-3385 or

Trail Maps:  Trail Info Page

Brochure (State parks site):  TPSNR Brochure download


Restrooms are available at the beach parking lots and, in the west parking lot of the upper Reserve, there are portable toilets . There are no restrooms in the Visitor Center.  There are no restrooms on the trails.

Parking Lots

Lots are located at the South Beach entrance and at North Beach. Two small lots are on the mesa near the Lodge. The road up the hill is often closed to cars when these small lots are filled, especially on weekends.  Also, the South Beach lot itself may close when full.  There is now a flashing light above the kiosk to indicate when that lot is closed.  Info sheet on light here.

Parking/Entrance Fee

There is a facility use fee for any vehicle entering Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. The fee collection is operated by a concessionaire, LAZ.

Fees paid at the South Beach kiosk are valid for both the South Beach parking lot and the parking lots in the Reserve at the top of the mesa. A separate fee structure applies at the North Beach parking lot. Day use passes or camping receipts from other state parks are not accepted for admission to Torrey Pines lots.

South Beach parking entrance:

$10-12 Monday-Thursday; $12-15 Friday-Sunday and Holidays
(Low-high season; major holidays may have an additional fee.)

If there is no staff person in the kiosk at the park entrance, the parking fee must be paid at the Automated Pay Machine located in the South Beach parking lot.

Bus with 10-24 people: $50 all days
Bus with 25+ people: $100 all days (Groups of 25 or more must make arrangements in advance.)

Hourly rates are available at North Beach lot ONLY:
Monday-Thursday, 1 hr $4.00; 2 hrs $6.00; all day $12
Friday -Sunday and holidays, 1 hr $6.00; 2 hrs $8.00, 3 hrs $10, 4 hrs $12; all day $15.

Note: Recreational vehicles longer than a standard parking spot are allowed only in the North Beach lot.

Annual pass: $195 (valid throughout the State Parks system).  Annual Passes are for sale at the South Beach entrance station (kiosk) daily from 8:30 am to 5 pm.  They will accept cash and credit cards (VISA, MC, Discover, and AMEX).  No checks will be accepted.  Also, available online: State Park Online Payment

The Disabled Discount Pass (DDP) is accepted at Torrey Pines.

The DDP fee is one-half of the day use flat fee in effect. For example. if the daily fee is $12, then the DDP fee is $6. The DDP card must be displayed on the vehicle dash along with the fee receipt. DDP fees may be paid at the kiosk or the automated pay station. If you are disabled and would like to obtain a DDP go to State Parks website at  and submit an application as directed.

***Please observe the Reserve rules that protect the habitats and ensure that you have a pleasant experience here at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. PRESERVE THE RESERVE!***

Beach Area

  • No alcohol or glass containers
  • Dogs, horses and other pets are prohibited from the Reserve and from the beach.
  • Fires are allowed if contained and greater than 6 in off the sand such as a portable BBQ.  Receptacles are provided to dump hot coals.

Local Weather

Torrey Pines State Reserve, Calif.
As of 10:33 AM PDT, October 23
Temp: 66.2 F (19.0 C)
Humidity: 74%
Wind: From the North at 4.0 MPH Gusting to 4.0 MPH
Pressure: 29.99" (1015.5 mb)

Still to come on October 23:
• Low Tide: 11:00 AM, 2.55 ft
• High Tide: 4:40 PM, 4.56 ft
• Low Tide: 11:40 PM, 0.35 ft
• Sunset: 6:06 PM

For details and forecast:
Weather Underground
Tide chart

Park Updates