Santiago Oaks Regional Park

Couple on hiking trail

Santiago Oaks Regional Park
2145 N. Windes Drive
Orange, CA 92869
(714) 973-6620 or (714) 973-6622
santiagooaks@ocparks.com

Open: 7 a.m. to sunset year round.
Office Hours 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily Tuesday - Friday and as staff is available Saturday - Monday  
Trails may be closed for up to three days after rain.

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

Lying peacefully in east Orange alongside the Santiago Creek, the 1,269-acre Santiago Oaks Regional park is a nature lover's paradise. This secluded refuge offers hikers, bikers and equestrians the natural charm of mountain vistas, an orange grove, a meandering creek and a mature forest of many different species of trees. Wildlife abounds and a series of interconnecting trails leads through shady groves and to a lookout that features an awe-inspiring view of Orange and the surrounding foothills.

On March 11, 2007, a vegetation fire started near the Windy Ridge Toll Plaza of the 241 Toll Road. Fueled by heavy winds and dry vegetation, the fire spread in a southwesterly direction, burning 2,036 acres.

Starting in March of 2011, nearly 200 new coastal live oaks were planted at the park in a park restoration project that is also a mitigation measure being fulfilled by OC Waste & Recycling.

Activities

Hikers on a trail at the parkSantiago Oaks Regional Park provides the visitor with a sense of removal from the urbanized environment. The native plant life coupled with the specimen forest in the Rinker area provide an atmosphere of relaxation and serenity. The park has a series of interconnecting trails suitable for equestrians, hikers and mountain bikes. The park trails also provide access to the Anaheim Hills Trail System and offer spectacular views of northern Orange County.

The nature center, which opened in the summer of 1981, offers exhibits and programs on various natural history topics. Park Rangers provide a variety of interpretive activities including nature walks, slide programs and films. Group programs are provided for a nominal fee and must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. Nature programs for the general public are conducted on weekends dependent upon staff and volunteer availability. Contact the park office for more information or click the link for Events and Programs.

News

August 1, 2017 
Aerial Weed Survey

Between August 7 and August 18, the Nature Communities Coalition, in collaboration with OC Parks, Irvine Ranch Conservancy, and The Nature Conservancy will conduct an aerial weed survey during daylight hours using a small, low-flying helicopter to document and map the distribution of over 30 weed species located within selected inland parks and open space areas.

Parks to be surveyed are the Irvine Ranch Open Space, Irvine Regional Park and Santiago Oaks Regional Park.


July 26, 2017 
Villa Park Dam Water Release

OC Public Works will gradually release large amounts of water nightly from Villa Park Dam into Santiago Creek after park hours for approximately two weeks starting Aug. 7.


October 28, 2016 
Night Hikes Scheduled at Regional Parks

Register now for the rare opportunities to hike after dark in OC Parks. Click the links below for more details.


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.


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