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City-owned trails are open as of Monday, May 4, at 2 p.m. Modified operating hours will be 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

Batiquitos Lagoon Trail is open as of Wednesday, May 6. For information visit the Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation website. The Nature Center and gate to Aviara Golf Course remain closed.

The City of Carlsbad has approximately 67 miles of trails, supporting a healthy active lifestyle while protecting and preserving open space for residents to enjoy. Find trail locations throughout the city, including trails perfect for an easy scenic stroll, a challenging hike, mountain biking and beautiful views. Many trails also provide connections from neighborhoods to shops and local services.

Trail Volunteer Events

Our Trails Volunteer Program teaches community members to build and maintain city trails. We educate on restoration and protection of natural habitats and open space, while promoting conservation. Last year, volunteers donated over 1,250 hours of trail work with a total value of approximately $31,000. Volunteer opportunities include trail maintenance, fence/sign installation and trail captain. Sign up today or join us at a monthly event.

All events are from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. but details are subject to change. 

  • Saturday, May 16         Village H - canceled
  • Saturday, June 6          National Trails Day - canceled

To verify work locations, contact Michael Tully at 760-434-2838. See full 2020 trail volunteer event calendar which includes quarterly trail volunteer meetings. 

Fire Prevention Reminders on Trails and Open Space

Due to the prolonged drought, our trails and open space are more vulnerable than ever to fire. Please follow these safety regulations and report fires immediately to 9-1-1. For non-emergency issues call the Police Department, 760-931-2197.

  • No motorized vehicles (CMC 11.32.030(11))
  • No smoking (CMC 11.32.030(22))
  • No fires (CMC 11.32.110)
  • No firearms (CMC 11.32.030(2))
  • No fireworks (CMC 11.32.030(4))