Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park

Reserve Campsites Early/Upcoming Events

Reserve Campsites Early: Due to the approaching summer months, campsites are selling out 3 to 4 weeks in advance on Fridays and Saturdays.

Upcoming Event: Non Dot Adventures Mountain Bike Race - Saturday, June 10, 2017 8:00am-12:00pm. Some trails may be closed for the duration of the event. For more information contact the park office: (949) 923-2210.

Caspers Wilderness Park
33401 Ortega Hwy.( P. O. Box 395)
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 923-2210 or (949) 923-2207

Camping: Year round 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Check-in time 2 p.m. and check-out time 12 p.m.
Day Use - 7 a.m. to sunset all year.
Office Hours: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., (Mon. - Fri.)

Parking fees (day use): $3 per vehicle entry Monday - Friday; $5 Saturday - Sunday; Higher for some holidays and events (Fee Information)

If you would like to make a camping reservation, go to our online reservations system. If your camping party has 17 or more campers, you must camp in a group campsite. Please call the park to reserve a group site.

Caspers Wilderness Park is an 8,000 acre protected wilderness preserve nestled among the river terraces and sandstone canyons of the western coastal Santa Ana Mountains. The park's many fertile valleys are overtly complemented by specimen groves of native Coastal Live Oak and magnificent stands of California Sycamore. These areas are further accentuated by seasonal wildflower displays and running streams. Wildlife is abundant and can be readily viewed from any of the parks numerous trails.

Programs

Deer at Caspers Park.Nature Walks... A Ranger-guided walk is offered at a scheduled time on Sunday. Walks during the week can be arranged by advance appointment.

Naturalist Programs... Guided walks and "Critter Talks" are avaliable by advance appointment and require a nominal fee. Programs may be held at the park or brought to your school or organization.  

Trail Guides/park brochures are are available at the park entrance booth and ranger office.

Scout programs also available by appointment with Ranger

News

February 9, 2015 
Invasive Pest Found in Orange County

Gold Spotted Oak Borer (GSOB), an invasive beetle that has killed thousands of oak trees in San Diego and Riverside counties in a short span of time, has now been detected in Orange County. The GSOB was discovered in approximately 60 trees on County park land in northern Orange County. Since GSOB is transported in oak firewood, it is critical that Californians keep firewood local and not move it out of the area.


June 2, 2017 
50 Free Things to do This Summer in OC Parks

Your guide to 50 free summer events happening at OC Parks! Events include concerts, movie nights, guided hikes, stewardship opportunities and more.


January 18, 2017 
Wet Weather Brings Trail Closures

During and after rain, check the Alerts page for information about current trail closures, which may last up to three days following significant rain.


August 19, 2016 
OC Parks Mobile App Now Available

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The OC Parks mobile application is now available to download. The new app makes it easy to explore all that the County regional and wilderness parks have to offer.

Using the OC Parks app for iOS or Android, you can easily get outside and find a park near you with the most detailed, accurate maps of all regional, wilderness, beach and historic parks and regional trails operated by the County of Orange. The app also offers detailed park descriptions and photos.

The mobile app lets users easily locate the closest playgrounds, parking and restrooms in each park. Search recent OC Parks news, events and alerts regarding park access, weather, trail conditions and more.


August 11, 2016 
Google Trekkers Hit the Trails in OC Parks

News ImageStarting in August, hikers will be collecting imagery of Orange County trails using the Google Street View Trekker, a wearable backpack with a camera system on top. The Trekker automatically gathers images as it goes. Later the imagery will be stitched together to create the 360-degree panoramas you see today in Google Maps.


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Sat., July 1, 2017
12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM
  Volunteer Led Hike
Sun., July 2, 2017
8:00 AM  -  9:15 AM
  Ranger Led Hike
Sat., July 8, 2017
9:30 AM  -  12:00 PM
  Caspers Wilderness Park Monthly Meeting
Sun., July 9, 2017
8:00 AM  -  9:15 AM
  Ranger Led Hike
Sun., July 16, 2017
8:00 AM  -  9:15 AM
  Ranger Led Hike