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Get Outside

Boating and skiing at Castaic Lake
Boating and skiing at Castaic Lake

Get in some fishing in the SCV

Deep Sea Fishing
Experience the excitement of deep sea fishing

Go Horseback Riding

Take a stroll on the paseos

Hiking Trails
Hiking trails run throughout Santa Clarita

Snow is brought in during the winter months.

Skate Park
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-- many free!


SCV Archery

Bring your own equipment or sign up for an intro to archery workshop. The archery range is available and open to the public seven days a week, from dusk till dawn. On select dates and times, the SCV Archery hosts free and low cost introductory classes, including one-on-one coaching and group events. Located in the northernmost canyon in the Haskell Canyon Open Space, north of Copper Hill Drive, east of Haskell Canyon Road. To access the archery range, follow the signs along the road off Copper Hill Drive. The path to the archery range is a 1.3 mile dirt road. Close-toed shoes are recommended.
21450 Copper Hill Dr, Santa Clarita


Castaic Lake Recreational Area


Boat rental:

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 available.
32132 Castaic Lake Drive, Castaic

Lake Piru

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

Pyramid Lake

Bring your own or rent one of their 14 aluminum boats.
Hard Luck Road, Lebec


Family camping is available at Castaic Lake, Lake Piru, Hungry Valley, Saddleback Butte, Angeles National Forest and Los Padres National Forest. Organized group camping is also available at Wm. S. Hart Park.

Cycling Trails

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 overnight excursion!
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, Lake Piru, and Lake Elizabeth 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.

Golf/Disc Golf

Please visit our Golf page.

Gun Clubs

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.)

Ranger-led Hikes

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. 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's not a problem.
32132 Castaic Lake Drive, Castaic

Central Park
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 basketball courts.
27150 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus

Valencia Paseos a Remote Area

See Hike in the Wilderness.

Hiking by Moonlight

The Placerita Nature Center

Moonlit hikes offered once a month.

Horseback Riding

Rainbow Ridge

661-538-9271 Kathy
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


Paintball USA

Fourteen large outdoor playing fields. Open weekends or by reservation.
15112 Sierra Hwy, Santa Clarita

Running Groups/Trails


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.

Skate Park

Castaic Sports Complex Skate Park

10,000-square-foot in-ground concrete skate park features sports lighting, a covered seating area, drinking fountain, bike rack, and perimeter walk-ways.
31230 North Castaic Road, Castic

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

Snow Play

The winter months offer SCV residents an opportunity to hit the slopes. For more information, visit our Winter Wonderlands page.


Santa Clarita Soccer Center

Open play is offered as well as programs for little kids through adults.
25385 Rye Canyon Rd, Valencia

Star Gazing

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 May 20, 2019
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