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Trails/Open Space
Click here to find details on City natural reserves, open spaces and trails, including topographic maps, trailhead directions and open space guidelines.

Ranger-Led Hikes

Join a City Ranger for hikes of beautiful local open spaces. Hikers learn about geology, vegetation and wildlife. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water. Hike duration varies with group. For more information or to schedule a group hike, call 781-7302. FREE.

Open Space Ages Days Dates Times
Johnson Ranch All Sun Apr 13 1 pm
Irish Hills @ Madonna All Sun May 11 1 pm
Bishop Peak
Felsman Loop @ Patricica
All Sun June 15 1 pm
Stenner Springs
End of Stenner Cyn Rd
All Sun July 13 1 pm
Reservoir Cyn Trailhead All Sun Aug 17 1 pm

Trail maps available online here.

Trail Workdays
In partnership with SLO Stewards, frequent Trail Workdays are held in the City's Open Space. Tools will be provided, along with water and snacks. Meet at the trailhead at 9 a.m. Please wear long pants and sturdy shoes.

For more information or to schedule a group hike, call the Ranger Service Desk at 781-7302.

Open Space Ages Days Dates Times
Froom Ranch @ Home Depot Lot All Sat Apr 12 9 am-12 pm
South Hills @ Exposition All Sat Apr 26 9 am-12 pm
Irish Hills @ Madonna All Sat May 10 9 am-12 pm
Froom Ranch @ Home Depot Lot All Sat May 24 9 am-12 pm
Prefumo Cyn Trailhead All Sat June 21 9 am-12 pm
Reservoir Cyn Trailhead All Sat July 19 9 am-12 pm
Bishop Peak @ Patricia All Sat Aug 23 9 am-12 pm

Jr. Ranger Activity Camps at Laguna Lake Pavilion
Taught by City Ranger Service
REGISTER ONLINE HERE! The Ranger Service offers environmental education camps during summer. 
These fun-filled, week long camps are designed to teach young outdoor enthusiasts about many facets of the wild environment surrounding San Luis Obispo.

Volunteers Needed
The generous time and work of volunteers has become invaluable to the care and upkeep of the many acres of City open space. Service groups, associations, organizations, clubs, students, families, friends, or individuals are encouraged to volunteer. For more information call 781-7302.

  • Help to build and maintain trails

  • Help restore native vegetation along the creek corridor

  • Build bridges, catwalks, benches and more

  • Litter pick-up

Bishop Peak Photo
Take a photo tour of the Bishop Peak Nature Reserve via the Felsman Loop.

General Information

Through enforcement, education, maintenance and rehabilitation of the parks, creeks and open space, City Park Rangers manage the land for the public and for future generations to enjoy.

Protecting open space is not just a job for the Park Rangers. There are over 40 miles of trails and roads available to the public. The City encourages every user to aid in the preservation of the natural surroundings while enjoying time spent in these areas. Through environmental education on Ranger-Led Hikes, after-school programs and public contacts, the community builds awareness of the human effect on the natural environment and how people can personally help to restore its natural beauty. For more information on Ranger Service programs, call Doug Carscaden, Recreation Supervisor, at 781-7302.

City Open Space Hours: Dawn to Dusk


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