Border Field State Park is the southernmost area in the state of California. In San Diego County, Border Field State Park marks the area where the United States-Mexico border begins, from the ocean eastward. The park is an important wildlife habitat. It contains sand dunes, salt marshes, and is home to a number of critically threatened or endangered species, including a number of birds.
The Border Field State Park includes a number of recreational activity options from hiking, horseback riding, bird watching, and plenty of beautiful spots to take pictures. There is a mile and a half of beach and trails. Swimming in the ocean is not recommended as there are a number of hazardous conditions that make swimming unwise in this particular section of coast. There is no lifeguard on duty to supervise swimming either.
The park is open daily until sunset, with the exception of closures due to flooding. Storms in 2005 were severe enough to change the topography of the area. Rains in the area frequently flood the road. Visitors are allowed to be in the park only on the established trails. The Border Field State Park can be used for special groups or events of larger than 25 people, but users must have an event permit. For the safety of your pets, dogs are only allowed at the top of the Monument Mesa picnic area, which is only accessible when the road isn’t flooded. Snakes, including rattlesnakes, may be found on the trails. Use caution and give snakes a wide berth.
As with any other park, visitors should abide by common courtesy and be respectful of the park’s rules and regulations. Rules are in place to protect the natural environment, wild animals, and guests. Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times and under physical control. Clean up after yourself and your pet. Do not disturb natural habitats or take rocks, shells, or anything else, since everything within the park is protected by law. Border Field State Park is a beautiful spot in Southern California to spend the day near the beach.