Rules and Regulations

Have fun and be safe on the refuge!

  • Stay on trails.  If a trail looks too narrow, is eroding, or is too uneven/steep, then do not take it.  The refuge is currently undergoing a trail system plan.  Until the trails are finalized, please use trail ethic to respect other trail users. Pedestrians and bicycles yield to horses, bicycles yield to pedestrians.
Trail courtesy yield sign
  • Be aware of wildlife that could take your presence by surprise. 
    This includes rattlesnakes, which love to come out when the sun is shining. They can also be hiding under rocks, so do not ever step on rock piles. If you see a rattlesnake, go around it or turn around and leave. If you get bit by mistake, remain calm, call 911, and if you have a fellow hiker to help you, get to an area where an emergency vehicle can come pick you up.
  • Keep dogs on a leash at all times.  
    Keeping your dog on a leash is not only a county-wide law, but prevents wildlife disturbance on the refuge, safer for the other hikers/dogs on the trail, and prevents your dog from getting bitten by a rattlesnake.
  • Pick up after your dog. 
    Leaving your dog's waste is not only disturbing to other hikers and wildlife, it severely contaminates the water after rains. Almost all creeks drain to the Sweetwater River or Otay River, which is drinking water for the citizens of San Diego.
  • If you see something disturbing or unlawful, please contact the Refuge Manager. 
    Please make sure you know the date, time, and location of the unlawful activity. Call (619) 468-9245
  • Do not use the refuge night. 
    The refuge is open sunrise to sunset and closed at night.
  • Try to hike with a buddy. 
    It is wisest to not hike alone.
  •  Drones are NOT ALLOWED. 
    Launching, landing or disturbing of wildlife by aircraft (drones) is prohibited. 50 CFR 27.34/27.51
     drone sign 2017