Parks and Trails

Urban Oasis & Hidden Wildlife

Things to do


With temperate weather, ample wildlife, and natural areas, Pasadena is home to the ancestral lands of the Hahamongna band of Tongva people. They settled along the Arroyo Seco, which runs through Pasadena to Los Angeles from the San Gabriel National Monument. Today, the area's urban wildlife continues to nurture the wellbeing of locals and visitors from around the world. Explore active life in Pasadena, where you can experience the vibrant cycling and hiking communities as well as try new recreational activities such as archery or lawn bowling.

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The Arroyo Seco

Affectionately known by Pasadena locals as “the Arroyo," the lush, scenic, multi-terrain ecosystem has 22 miles of trails that connect the Angeles National Forest with South Pasadena. Inside, experience an oasis surrounded by historic landmarks and lush natural space. Take a stroll or walk, run, hike, bike, and try new things from sunrise to sunset. Don't forget to bring your dog.

Guide to the Arroyo Seco

Outdoor Recreation

With 300 days of Southern California sunshine, Pasadena is the perfect destination to enjoy a variety of outdoor pursuits. Adventure seekers will enjoy hiking, backpacking, and mountain biking in the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, including the Angeles National Forest. Within the Arroyo Seco, experience archery, picnicking, disc golf, dog walking, and casting practice for fly fishing. Throughout the community, there's wonderful golf courses, lawn bowling, croquet lawns, manicured parks and playgrounds, and vibrant botanical gardens. Nestled at the foothills of majestic mountains, Pasadena is gifted with an abundance of urban wildlife, including resident peacock and parrot populations.

Outdoor Recreation

Dog-Friendly Trails

Pasadena is a wonderfully dog-friendly city, with plenty of outdoor spaces and amenities designed to accommodate four-legged friends. Dog owners in Pasadena have access to numerous dog parks, including the popular Alice's Dog Park, which boasts separate areas for small and large dogs. Additionally, many of the city's restaurants and cafes have outdoor seating areas where dogs are welcome, and there are several pet-friendly hotels and vacation rentals in the area. With so many options available, it's easy to see why Pasadena is a top destination for dog lovers.

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Kid-Friendly Parks and Playgrounds

Pasadena is home to a variety of parks and playgrounds that offer something for everyone. Families with young children will enjoy the many playgrounds scattered throughout the city, such as the popular Kidspace Children's Museum, which features interactive exhibits and hands-on activities for kids of all ages. There are also several large parks in Pasadena, including Brookside Park, which boasts a swimming pool, baseball fields, and picnic areas. The historic Central Park is another popular destination, with its tranquil gardens, walking paths, and stunning views of the San Gabriel Mountains. Additionally, hikers and nature enthusiasts will appreciate the many trails and open spaces in and around the city, including Eaton Canyon Natural Area and Hahamongna Watershed Park. Overall, Pasadena's parks and playgrounds offer a great way to enjoy the outdoors and stay active, no matter what your age or interests may be.

kidspace children's museum