San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy

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• is a 501(c)(3) non-profit conservancy dedicated to sustainable management of the natural resources of the San Dieguito Watershed with priority given to the protection of the San Dieguito River corridor,

• has a 28-year record of moving the vision of a 92,000-acre San Dieguito River Park and its 70-mile Coast to Crest Trail from the ocean at Del Mar to Volcan Mountain north of Julian to a maturing reality,

• is led by a citizen Board of Directors and is supported in our activities and financially by more than 1,300 Conservancy members,

partners with the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority, citizens, land owners, governments and other stakeholders to ensure coordinated protection of our natural resources while fully respecting and protecting private property rights.



“...the San Dieguito River Park, an ambitious conservation project stretching from Del Mar to Volcan Mountain, will be considered one of the San Diego region’s most noble achievements. Our grandchildren will judge us not by what we sell, but by what we save.” –Logan Jenkins, San Diego Union-Tribune


The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy preserves, protects, and shares the natural and cultural resources of the San Dieguito River Valley through collaborative efforts to acquire lands, complete trails, restore habitats, establish educational programs, create interpretive centers, encourage recreation, and mobilize public support.


The San Dieguito headwaters flow from springs on Volcan Mountain north of Julian and meander some 55 miles through conifer and oak woodlands, grasslands, and chaparral to the San Dieguito Lagoon between Del Mar and Solana Beach. It is the most intact watershed remaining in San Diego County and contains a variety of diverse ecosystems, plants, and wildlife.


Since 1986, we have been working to develop and complete the planned 70-mile Coast to Crest Trail. When complete, the Coast to Crest Trail will be a multi-use trail connecting the ocean at Del Mar to Volcan Mountain north of Julian. It will allow the public to explore the entire length of the San Dieguito Watershed and all its diverse, natural beauty. Interpretive panels and signage will provide educational opportunities along the trail.


In 1986, a group of citizens from Solana Beach and Del Mar created the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy. Over the years, we have grown from a group of about 10 to over 1,200 members and, together with the River Park, have acquired over 3,700 acres of land and accelerated the development of the Coast to Crest Trail.