Hiking in the desert is fun when you follow these safety tips:
- Please wear appropriate shoes-- many of our mountain area trails are uneven and rocky.
- Wear a hat and sunblock. The desert sun can be intense, even in winter.
- Bring WATER! The desert environment is very dry and hot. Don't let yourself become dehydrated.
- If you are hiking alone, make sure that someone knows where you are going and when you are due back.
- Take a working cell phone with a fully charged battery. Cell phone access is available in most of the Preserve, though you may have to walk to a higher elevation to get a signal.
- The Preserve is open sunrise to sunset. You can view the gate open and close times by clicking here.
The Preserve contains more than 200 miles of trails. Learn trail distances and difficulty, major trail intersections and Preserve access points. It's a great idea to grab one of our free maps, which are available at our trailheads. Maps are also available online.
While in the Preserve, you will see numbered trail markers that can help rescuers find you in an emergency. Pay attention to them as you hike or ride by.
Dogs on leashes are welcome in the Preserve. Take dog waste-removal bags with you. They are provided at most trailheads. Don't forget to take water for your dog as well.