Boating and skiing at Castaic Lake
Get in some fishing in the SCV
Experience the excitement of deep sea fishing
Go Horseback Riding
Take a stroll on the paseos
Hiking trails run throughout Santa Clarita
Snow is brought in during the winter months.
Try the double bowl at the skate park
Practice your aim!
Whether it's nature or paintball that's your thing, you'll never run out of things to do in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Be sure to visit our Calendar of Events
for ranger-led hikes and other great outdoor activities--
Castaic Lake Recreational Area
Remember those days of your youth fishing, paddling around in a boat, swimming and picnicking at the park? You can relive all those great times at
Castaic Lake. Memorial Day through Labor Day, kayaks and boats are available for rental. Age restrictions apply to operate the watercraft, but
passengers may be any age. The little ones will also enjoy the playground area. Pack your own picnic or purchase sandwiches, drinks and ice cream
at the upper lake snack bar. Call ahead or check the web site for details on deposits, rental fees and regulations. Overnight camping is also
32132 Castaic Lake Drive, Castaic
Bring your own or rent by the half or full day: fishing boats, single or double kayaks, paddle boards (SUP).
4780 Piru Canyon Rd, Piru
Bring your own or rent one of their 14 aluminum boats.
Hard Luck Road, Lebec
Family camping is available at Castaic Lake
Angeles National Forest
Los Padres National Forest
Organized group camping is also available at
Wm. S. Hart Park
Bike Trails in Valencia and Santa Clarita
This information was provided by Mike Ballard, a well-known local who has been traveling the trails of Santa Clarita for years.
The City of Santa Clarita
The City has many bike trails and provides a beautiful map, trail head descriptions and information at this site. There are over 20 miles of
multi-use trails for equestrian, pedestrian, and cycling use.
Deep Sea Fishing
The highlight for most fishermen is deep sea fishing, and where better to go than with the experts at Newport Landing? Choose from day or even
309 Palm Street, Newport Beach
Lakes and Streams
Who says you can't go back to the "good ol' days?" Grab your pole and re-create the opening scene from "The Andy Griffith Show" with your children.
Two of the largest bass ever caught (18 and 22 pounds) were taken from Castaic Lake
, which is right here in
our valley. Pyramid Lake
are an easy day trip. Bouquet Canyon Creek is located
right up Bouquet Canyon Road in the Angeles National Forest
, and it provides the
quintessential "up north" stream fishing experience. To fish at the base of massive pine trees, head to
The Frazier Park area
for Quail Lake, Cuddy Creek Pond, and mountain streams. So. California Camping
has a great page on freshwater fishing locations in So. Cal.
Please visit our Golf page.
Whether you own a pistol, rifle or shotgun, kids through adults can hone their skills.
Oak Tree Gun Club
23121 Coltrane Avenue, Newhall
A Place To Shoot
33951 San Francisquito Canyon Road, Saugus
The Community Hiking Club of Santa Clarita
You can go on a guided hike in our local wilderness anytime! Just select the hike that is right for you, your family, or organization that's listed
on this webpage.
California State Parks
We have two state parks located within Santa Clarita, and there are roughly two dozen in Los Angeles County. Grab a trail map and go exploring!
The many "wilderness" areas tucked in and around Santa Clarita are a haven from the congestion of our busy lives. Whether it's the unusual rock
formations of Vasquez Rocks
or the secluded environment of the canyons, families can reconnect with nature and one
another within minutes of their home. Wildlife abounds in these areas, including bear, mountain lion, and coyotes. If you're looking for something
a little tamer, take a walk on one of our many paseos
or at the
Castaic Lake Recreation Area.
Tip: Start out early in the morning or after 4:00 p.m. to
enjoy the coolest part of the day. (While these areas are not technically "wilderness" you don't want to set out unprepared as they are quite remove.)
Click on the link above to find times and locations for ranger-led hikes. We scour the local sites to find them.
City of Santa Clarita's Open Spaces Map
The site includes a clickable map that will show you each of the open space areas along with trail information.
...in a suburban Park
Castaic Lake Recreation Area
Stroll the paved walkways or be adventurous and spend the night camping. It's close enough to home that if the wee ones chicken out...it's not a
32132 Castaic Lake Drive, Castaic
A fitness zone includes 11 pieces of outdoor fitness equipment, such as push-up bars, leg press, sit-up bench, etc., and is located next to the
27150 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus
...in a Remote Area
See Hike in the Wilderness.
Hiking by Moonlight
The Placerita Nature Center
Moonlit hikes offered once a month.
Ride the trails for an hour or two or help out at the ranch grooming and caring for the animals all day at Rainbow Ridge. Located at Angeles Forest
and Sierra Highways, the kids will love this wild west adventure. Sunset rides available.
1701 Crystal Road, Palmdale
Fourteen large outdoor playing fields. Open weekends or by reservation.
15112 Sierra Hwy, Santa Clarita
The Santa Clarita Runners are an active group of people of all ages and running abilities who enjoy sharing their running experiences with others.
This site also lists the running trails in Santa Clarita.
Santa Clarita Bike and Skate Park
This 40,000 square foot skating area offers a challenge to even the most experienced skaters. Located near the Aquatics Center.
20840 Center Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita
The winter months offer SCV residents an opportunity to hit the slopes. For more information, visit our
Santa Clarita Soccer Center
Open play is offered as well as programs for little kids through adults.
25385 Rye Canyon Rd, Valencia
The Local Group
661-297-2612, Jim Mahon
Vasquez Rocks, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce
The ones in the sky, that is. Periodic Saturday evenings the local astronomy club will have telescopes set up in Vasquez Rocks Park. Free.
Check their web site for dates, details and for other star party locations.
10700 Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce
The Paseo Club
27650 Dickason Drive, Valencia
Santa Clarita City Parks
Bouquet Canyon Park, Valencia Glen Park, and Valencia Heritage Park all have tennis courts open to the public.
Updated January 20, 2017