Torrey Pines Nature Reserve (San Diego, USA) – exact location, places of interest, inhabitants, routes.

The Torrey Pines State Conservation Area is formally located within the city of San Diego. And at the same time, it remains a corner of truly untouched nature: it is home to the wildest strip of land (8 square kilometers) on the entire southern coast of California. The park’s total area is 2,000 acres of coastal land, which was declared a National Natural Landmark in 1977.

The landscape of the reserve includes a plateau with cliffs that rise above Torrey Pines State Beach, as well as a lagoon that is home to migratory seabirds. Here you can see a variety of representatives of wild flora and fauna, including forest cats, foxes, skunks, raccoons, coyotes and, of course, the very rare Torrey pines. The reserve is penetrated by about 15 km of hiking trails, and at the top, on the rocks, there is a small museum, a hotel and a tourist station.

Here you can see a variety of representatives of wild flora and fauna, including forest cats, foxes, skunks, raccoons, coyotes and, of course, the very rare Torrey pines.

From the cliffs of Torrey Pines, from where many people prefer to immediately go down to the beach, La Jolla in the south and Del Mar in the north are perfectly visible. And during the seasonal migration of whales, you can see them too.

The rarest species of Torrey pine in the United States grows only in San Diego County and on one of the Channel Islands. These pines can be seen only on the seashore and are currently under threat of destruction. It was in honor of this tree that singer Tori Amos chose her pseudonym.

Sunset at Torrey Pines Nature Reserve

At the southern end of Torrey Pines Beach is a large rock that juts out into the ocean. It is simply called “Flat Rock”. To the south of this cliff is San Diego’s unofficial nudist beach, Blacks Beach.

You can only stay in the park during the day: there are no camping opportunities here. But it is allowed to have picnics – though only on the beach. In addition, it should be borne in mind that there will be no place to buy food or water in the park.

Practical information

Address: North Torrey Pines Road.

Access to the reserve is Highway 5: take Carmel Valley Road and drive west for about 2.5 km until you reach Coastal Highway 101. Turn left and follow the beach for about 1.5 km. The park is located between the Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course (to the south) and the city of Del Mar (to the north). The entrance to it will appear on the right hand, before the highway begins to rise up the hill.

Entrance: in low season, from Monday to Thursday, entrance to South Beach and the nature reserve is 10 USD, from Friday to Sunday and on holidays – 12 USD. In high season from Monday to Thursday – 15 USD; from Friday to Sunday and on holidays – 20 USD. You can stay at North Beach with an hourly rate.

The prices on the page are for September 2018.

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