OC Public Works will be gradually releasing large amounts of water from behind Villa Park Dam into Santiago Creek, evenings after Santiago Oaks Regional Park hours for two weeks starting May 14. More Information
Santiago Oaks Regional Park 2145 N. Windes Drive Orange, CA 92869 (714) 973-6620 or (714) 973-6622 email@example.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.
Santiago 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.
OC Public Works will be gradually releasing large amounts of water from behind Villa Park Dam into Santiago Creek located within Santiago Oaks Regional Park.
Timing: Beginning Sunday, May 14th, 2017 and continuing for approximately two weeks
Work Hours: 9 p.m. through 4 a.m.
Note: The release will take place after the park is closed and all trail access points within the park will re-open during normal operating hours the next day. The water release is scheduled to stop early in the morning to allow for proper drainage.
As part of ongoing flood control maintenance, the release of water is necessary to reduce the potential for flooding. Project safety measures will be in place to ensure the safety of the public. Staff will also be on site until the project is complete. The public is advised to avoid the project area during active water releases.
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.
Starting 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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