Mission Trails Regional Park


Mission Trails Regional Park is located 12 miles from downtown San Diego and makes an excellent place for any van or RV nomad to spend the day.  The park consists of 5,800 acres of natural and developed areas and contains miles of hiking trails, a visitor center, and the Kumeyaay Lake Campground.  


Mission Trails Regional Park provides a quick, natural escape from the urban hustle and bustle for any van or RV nomad looking for some adventure. 

Mission Trails is one of the largest urban parks in the country, providing recreation opportunities and native flora and fauna viewing. At 5,800 acres, it is the largest urban open space park west of the Mississippi River. 

Mission Trails is home to Cowles Mountain, East Fortuna Staging Area (Equestrian Staging Area), Kumeyaay Lake and Campground, Old Mission Dam Historic Site, Kwaay Paay Peak many additional areas to hike, bike, observe and explore.

Map: Mission Trails Regional Park Map


The park features 40 miles of spectacular trails for hiking, running, walking, and mountain biking. The most popular trails in Mission Trails are:

  • Cowels Mountain Trail (3 Miles Moderate)
  • Fortuna Mountain Trails (6.2 Miles Moderate)
  • Pyles Peak Trail (5.3 Miles Moderate)


The Kumeyaay Lake Campground is open for Friday and Saturday night camping. The 46 campsites are available for reservation on a first-come, first-serve basis, and the is $22.66 per night.

Guide: Kumeyaay Lake Campground How to Book a Campsite


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