Peters Canyon Regional Park closes at sunset, including the parking lot. When visiting the park, please reference the signs in the parking lot indicating the specific time the parking lot will be locked. Any vehicles remaining in the parking lot after sunset could be issued a citation and locked in.
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Trails may be closed for up to three days following rain.
Parking Fee: $3 daily. Machine accepts $1 bills and quarters or Visa/Master Card.
Annual passes available to purchase in the park office at Irvine Regional Park. Please call ahead for staff availability.
Parking illegally on Peters Canyon Road is subject to citation by Tustin Police Department.
Peters Canyon Regional Park offers a unique blend of native habitat and man's influence on the land. The park encompasses 340 acres of coastal sage scrub, riparian, freshwater marsh and grassland habitats. The 55-acre Upper Peters Canyon Reservoir is home to many resident and migrating waterfowl. black willows, sycamores and cottonwoods line the lake and Peters Canyon Creek which meanders through the canyon.
The park offers a variety of graded roads and trails providing opportunities for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. The East Ridge View Trail provides a panoramic view of Peters Canyon and the surrounding area. Visitors can enjoy the beauty of Upper Peters Canyon reservoir while traversing the Lake View Trail. Peters Canyon Creek Nature Trail guides hikers through lush groves of rare black willows and cottonwoods supported by a running creek. Visitors will encounter the park's grassland, coastal sage scrub and riparian habitats.
The wildlife population includes mule deer, bobcats, coyotes, opossums, raccoons and an occasional mountain lion. Many smaller amphibians, mammals and reptiles abound, attracted by the lure of Peters Canyon Reservoir and Creek. Cactus wrens, gnatcatchers and rufous-crowned sparrows may be found in the park's coastal sage scrub and grassland communities. Cooper's, red-tail and red-shouldered hawks that can be seen patrolling the skies for unwary prey.
Peter's Canyon offers a variety of trails providing opportunities for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. The East Ridge View Trail provides a panoramic view of Peters Canyon and the surrounding area. Visitors can enjoy the beauty of Upper Peters Canyon reservoir while taking a journey through the Lake View Trail. Peters Canyon Creek Nature Trail guides hikers through lush groves of willows and rare black cottonwoods supported by a running creek.
Dogs Permitted on leashes
Interpretive Programs Center
Picnic areas (tables, restrooms)