Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve, Imperial Beach

4.4
#238 of 500 in Wildlife in California
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  • If you head down seacoast blvd the estuary is on the left. You can walk along the west side. There isn't too much to see, all the wild life is too far away. It is quiet and peaceful  more »
  • The best short walk for anyone and their dog. Just make sure you pick up their unwanted offerings. Well preserved natural setting.  more »
  • A beautiful location with much potential but mostly stinks from the sewer run off from Mexico. Until they fix the problems you could pass on this one.  more »
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  • Nice trails. Very Family friendly. Hiking, 🐎 back riding or biking. Cant go wrong. All trails mostly lead to the Border state field park. The hidden 💎 in south San Diego. These are the trails located in the most southwest point in the USA. 👍
  • In the glorious days of Dempsey Holder I would have given it a 5 probably. Today it's still a beautiful estuary but the water is toxic these days. I read somewhere that it's the most polluted river outfall in North America. My dumb as a doornail ex wife took my kids "swimming" here 5 years ago with one of her side dudes, I was livid.
  • Loved the hike out to it; about 45 minutes. You can no longer drive out to it. Saw border patrol guarding the portion where wall goes into Ocean. Saw border patrol on horseback too. Site is slightly under maintained, restrooms were operational. Nice spot for enjoying a picnic lunch. The friendship spot is only open on weekends between 10-2, maybe later. Might be something to see on a Sunday, but I was there on a Monday and it was closed.
  • Nice place to be outdoors if you don't mind the helicopters training overhead. Good views of the La Playa area of Tiuuana and bullring. The visitors center is staffed with knowledgeable rangers. Near the beach so it is usually cooler than inland.
  • This spot has miles of trails and choices for a refreshing walk with sweeping views of the ocean. The visitor's center has trail maps and a to-scale map of the entire estuary on the ground. Adjacent to this center is a free parking lot. You can also drive to the other end of this park that borders on Tijuana.
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