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Holiday 2013 closures for San Diego parks and refuges

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Like Thanksgiving, many areas where people normally hike or visit will be closed during the Christmas and New Year's Day. More places will more likely be closed on Christmas than New Years day, so check with the area you want to visit before making plans. Here is a “heads up” of a few of the areas that will be closed either on Christmas Day or New Years Day for 2013-2014.

The Mission Trails Regional Park and Tijuana Estuary visitor's centers will both be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. All gates to the parks and parking lots will be locked. However, parking is allowed outside the gated area unless signs prohibit it and all trails will be open to be used at one’s own risk. All meetings regularly scheduled on these days of the week are also canceled. Those closures also include Lake Murray in which the parking lot gates will be locked, but the lake will be open for walking and picnics. If you wish to visit these areas, arrive early as most parking areas outside these parks fill up early.

Chollas Lake and other San Diego city parks will be closed on both Christmas and New Year’s Day. All gates will be locked at Chollas Lake and there will be no access. City parks may be locked or open depending on each individual park. Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve is OPEN on both Christmas and New Year’s Day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Price per vehicle at Santee Lakes is $5. Lindo Lake will also be open for regular use.

All National Wildlife Refuges and ecological reserves will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day, but access to areas normally open to the public, such as the Bayshore Bike Path in the South Bay, won’t be affected. The Living Coast Discovery Center will also be closed at those days and there will be no access to the Sweetwater National Wildlife Refuge. Silverwood and Anstine Wildlife Sanctuaries and the Buena Vista Audubon Nature Center are also closed on both days. Other areas may have locked gates and fences with no access. Please obey all signs and do not trespass.

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