Border Field State Park, San Diego

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Border Field State Park is a state park of California, United States, containing beach and coastal habitat on the Mexico–United States border. The park is located within the city limits of Imperial Beach in San Diego County, adjacent to the suburb of Playas de Tijuana in Mexico. It is the southwesternmost point of the contiguous United States and is also the southernmost point in the state of California. Immediately adjacent is the monument marking the Initial Point of Boundary Between U.S. and Mexico.HistoryThe Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was concluded on February 2, 1848, officially ending the war between the United States and Mexico. It provided that the new international border between the two countries be established by a joint United States and Mexican Boundary Survey. The commission began its survey at Border Field.HabitatThe Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve contains much of Border Field State Park and is an important wildlife habitat. The salt and freshwater marshes give refuge to migrating waterfowl and resident wading birds, such as black-necked stilt, American avocet, green-winged teal, American wigeon and pelicans. The park offers hiking, horse trails, surf fishing and birding.
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  • We visited here when the park was closed to traffic but open to pedestrians. We tried to walk to the border on the road but there was a big mud puddle in the road and we didn’t want to get our feet we...  more »
  • Despite appearing barren the Border Field State Park is a busy place as it's one of 29 estuaries in the US and the only one that is binational. Thus, a lot of science goes on about flooding and disapp...  more »
  • Happen chance visited Friendship Park (within Border Field Park) when a university class was receiving an interesting and informative briefing from a Border Patrol Agent about recent border history, f...  more »
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  • Quite a touristic place. The trails South to the parking lot are prohibited unless you don't mind a little excitement like me. Border Patrol will stop you all of the time but gently ask you to keep moving because of motorcycle activity and patrolling. The 2 mile walk to the park is a must to enjoy the full experience. Like always when walking trails take some food and water and enjoy your stepping. 👍
  • Beautiful natural preserve. We went on a guided horseback riding tour right to the water. Views of San Diego and Tijuana are visible from different parts of the trail. Laid back atmosphere! Loved it!!!
  • Awesome place. $5 fee if you are driving, $0 fee if on horseback or walking. It is beautiful to hike here. Sometimes, it may not seem like it, but it is still possible to enter this place
  • This beach is good to ride horses along. It isn't a good beach to swim at because of frequent water contamination. Nice place to find shorebirds to photograph. Border officers are stationed there. Not a good place to take kids because the water is dirty and there is no playground. Most of the beach is inaccessible and roped off for threatened bird species like Snowy Plovers and Least Terns. The beach is long but very narrow.
  • If you love horseback riding this is the place to be. There is only one bathroom in the whole park, so avoid drinking water while hiking. Manures are all over the place.

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