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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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  • Found this walk very interesting. Parked the car in the car park and walked for 15 minutes down to the beach. Great beach and an amazing view. Then we walked another 15 to 20 mins to the border, Found...  more »
  • My wife and I have traveled around the country and have visited many State and National parks within the U.S. While this park could use some TLC, it is by far our favorite. We went on a chilly day and...  more »
  • I found this a very intriguing place to visit and stand right by the fences bordering the US and Mexico. It was an eye opener and a lot of families go here to interact with their familes on the Mexico...  more »
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  • Quite a detour from the usual. The trails are well marked, although on the North side can become inundated with rain runoff. The views are incredible and the big plus is that there is always so few people, it's a perfect place to just meditate or spend some quiet time by the beach, Well worth the visit. The park closes at sunset, so be sure to have plenty of time for the 20-30 minute hike back to the main entrance as you cannot take your car into the mark.
  • It's a nice place to visit but it's usually closed off to vehicle traffic. Which means that you have to walk quite a distance to get to the park
  • Not very crowded, easy walking conditions as the park has no real hills. Both the ocean and the border fence are a short hike (under 2 miles) from the park entrance.
  • Everyone should see friendship park. Don't go after rain though. It floods.
  • Short but great hike you can do in an hour or two.