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Several San Diego County parks to close this August due to heat

Posted at 12:39 PM, Jul 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-01 12:54:00-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — In preparation for high heat expected this month, the county will close six parks.

Officials close the parks every August as a safety measure for the typically high temperatures recorded at the sites.

The following parks will be closed through Aug. 31:

  • El Capitan Preserve, Lakeside
  • Hellhole Canyon Preserve, Valley Center
  • Mount Gower Preserve, Ramona
  • Wilderness Gardens, Pala

In addition to the four parks, two more parks will continue to be closed throughout the summer until Labor Day weekend:

  • Agua Caliente Regional Park, Anza Borrego
  • Vallecito County Park, Julian

The closures also give Department of Parks and Recreation staff time to perform much needed maintenance at the parks.

There are still more than 100 other trails throughout the county to explore during the summer. Officials, however, warn hikers to be smart wherever they hike this summer. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Let someone know where you'll be and when you'll return
  • Never hike alone
  • Leave your dog at home
  • Take plenty of water
  • Wear sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses
  • Take breaks in shady areas, if possible
  • Have a fully charged phone or map on hand
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, ventilated clothing
  • Bring along a jacket if hiking after dusk
  • Wear sturdy shoes
  • Follow all posted safety rules
  • Bring enough food, sunscreen to reapply, a flashlight, first aid kit, multi-purpose tool and a whistle
  • Know your limitations