It just got a lot easier to enjoy the gorgeous views, serenity and heritage of Monument Mesa as road access has returned to .
Recent renovations brought a shaded group picnic area, more picnic tables and grass and barbecues.
The park in the very southwest corner of the continental United States has always had an incredible view looking toward the expanse of the Tijuana River valley, San Diego and parts of Tijuana.
Vehicle access is now available on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
There is a $5/vehicle fee.
“We’re really excited to offer this setting for the public’s enjoyment,” said Clay Phillips, District Superintendent for the San Diego Coast District of State Parks in a press release.
Phillips was the manager of the Tijuana estuary from 2009 to 2011.
“While flooding keeps vehicles out of here for about six months each year, we’re thrilled that now, during the peak summer months, the public has easy access to what is now one of the best picnic sites along the southern California coastline.
The Tijuana River Estuary is an environmental jewel of the San Diego region. In fact, it’s one of only a handful of sites in the United States that has been designated as a Wetland of International Importance," he said.
First come, first serve for picnic areas depending on the size of your group.
The group area has two large grills and can accommodate two separate groups of 30 people or a single group of 60. In addition to the group area, 7 new individual picnic sites are scattered throughout the new facility; each has a BBQ grill. There is also a restroom onsite.
Renovations also extended the sea wall .
Visit the estuary's website for road access information after summer months.