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Public Trail Opens at Dana Point Preserve

A ½ mile public trail has been constructed on the Preserve that follows along the top of the headlands promontory. The trail will be open to the public daily beginning December 15, 2009 from 7 am to sunset. It is a 4-foot wide dirt trail that has a 100-foot elevational change with stairs in one section. There are five overlooks with benches. The trail is designed for pedestrian use only with no dogs allowed (on or off-leash) and no bikes. The trail can be accessed from the end of Dana Strand Road in the City of Dana Point, California and the Nature Interpretive Center parking lot at 34558 Scenic Drive, Dana Point. The Nature Interpretive Center is owned and managed by the City of Dana Point and is expected to be open to the public in January or February 2010.


Trespassing In Box Canyon

The Center for Natural Lands Management (CNLM), a non-profit organization that manages land for conservation purposes, owns and manages the open space at Box Canyon (located north of Sea Point Communities in Carlsbad California). Box Canyon is part of the Rancho La Costa Habitat Conservation Area that is protected in perpetuity for conservation purposes. Box Canyon is off limits to the public and any public activities in Box Canyon are considered illegal. Anyone caught in Box Canyon can and/or will be cited/arrested for trespassing.

The public is not allowed at the Box Canyon open space because:

  • It is a very dangerous place. The slopes next to the water in the canyon are steep and dangerous. Several people have died in Box Canyon over the past decade.
  • It is an environmentally fragile area with endangered species. Even hiking can cause erosion, soil compaction, damage to endangered plant species, and negative impacts on the endangered animal species.

Please help us to keep the public safe and protect this area by reporting any trespassers in Box Canyon to us. CNLM is working with the City of Carlsbad Police Department to curtail prohibited access in Box Canyon. If you see any trespassers in the Canyon, please first call a CNLM staff person (760-784-0672 or 760-594-4771) and then call the City of Carlsbad Police Department (760-931-2197). We will respond to all calls as soon as possible.

If you would like to read more about this conservation area, please visit our website description of the ‘Rancho La Costa' Preserve.

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