Located at 3333 Bear Valley Parkway in Escondido, CA, Kit Carson park is about 185 acres of recreational regional parkland and is the largest regional park in the City of Escondido, CA. About 100 acres is developed and the remainder is considered an open natural habitat.
The park features include:
- Beautiful walking / hiking trails
- 5-acre arboretum: The Iris Sankey Magical Garden
- 3 ponds: Tree Lake, Duck Lake, and Eagle Scout Lake
- Tot lot / playground
- Shaded picnic areas with tables / barbecues available on a reservation basis
- Covered picnic shelter available on a reservation basis
- Open turf areas
- Lighted youth baseball and softball fields
- Lighted adult softball fields
- Lighted soccer fields
- Lighted tennis courts
- 3,000 capacity outdoor amphitheater
- Queen Califia’s Magical Circle sculpture garden
- Eucalyptus Leaf Court public art piece
- Sports Center complex with pro shop, 22,000 square-foot skate park, 2 full-size covered roller hockey arenas, 1 full-size soccer arena, and 1 “mini” soccer arena
- Girl Scouts of America Program Center, located at the north end of the park
- The Escondido Rotary Club Disc Golf Course – a free course open during park hours, with 17 holes meandering through north picnic area. Discs are available for purchase or rent at the Skate Shop. (https://www.escondido.org/kit-carson-park.aspx)
The park is a wonderful place to take the family, especially young children as it offers allot for them in the way of things to keep their young minds occupied. Dirt, trees, water, more kids, dogs on leashes (hopefully), ducks, art, playgrounds, swings . . . you can find just about everything here at this park. As the kids get older, as my kids have more then once participated, there’s a skate park, an arena soccer field and local youth sports like football and baseball being played on the larger sports field areas.
There are plenty of trails to walk around during daylight hours and plenty for the adults to look at as well. Perhaps even a great place for the youngsters to take their grandparents for an afternoon picnic.
If you’re in the area, perhaps visiting San Diego’s Wild Animal Park nearby, stop through Kit Carson Park for a moment to yourself away from all the wild animals; and, it’s mostly all flat area for a nice stroll under some enormous eucalyptus trees. There’s also some restaurants at the nearby Westfield Shopping Mall if you’re hungry afterwards.