Placerita Canyon Nature Center
Oak Tree Fenced off area
Park Sign
Displays inside nature center
Old Red Building

Placerita Canyon Nature Center

19152 Placerita Canyon Road
Newhall, CA  91321
(661) 259-7721

Driving Directions

For reservations please call the park.


Notice 06/27/16: Due to the Sand Fire, the following closures will be in effect until further notice:

  1. Canyon Trail - both ends, the start of the trail near the nature center and the end of the trail at Walker Ranch.
  2. Los PiƱetos Trail - the start of the trail at Walker Ranch.
  3. Waterfall Trail -the start of the trail at Walker Ranch

Nature Center & Parking Lot Hours:
Tuesday - Sunday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm                   

Closed Mondays and Christmas Day.


Park & Walker Ranch Trailhead Hours: Sunrise to Sunset


Admission to the Park and Nature Center is free.

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Placerita Canyon Natural Area is a unique east-west running canyon featuring cool, shaded oak woodlands, chaparral covered slopes and a seasonal stream. The natural area park is situated on the northwest side of the San Gabriel Mountains and surrounded by the Angeles National Forest.  The park offers eight trails that network over 12 miles and is also the home of the famous "Oak of the Golden Dream" where gold was first discovered in California in 1842.  Visit the Walker Cabin and experience early pioneer living, or enjoy a unique animal presentation with live animals in the newly renovated "Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design" nature center.  Reservations for picnicking and group camping are available by calling the park office.