A Vacation Day at Coldwater Canyon Park

Mar 29, 2009 by Lisa Newton

Nestled tightly toward the top of Mulholland Dr, in the hills of Beverly Hills, is Coldwater Canyon Park.

“Set atop chaparral-covered canyons, it provides a haven of natural beauty in the midst of Los Angeles’ sprawling urban landscape. From this shady, quiet retreat you can enjoy panoramic views of the San Fernando Valley. Over 70,000 people a year visit Coldwater Canyon Park, confirming Los Angeles Magazine’s declaration that it is “one of the 300 best reasons to stay in Los Angeles.” Those who visit marvel at what they experience: a sanctuary for nature, for all who love nature, and in particular, for children, who come to love and learn how to nurture the natural world around them.”

Source: TreePeople. (More on TreePeople in another story).

It’s a stone’s throw from home, a place to get away during the day, and a treasure within the city.

Climbing to new heights to touch the sky

It’s a dog friendly park

where the dogs even have their own drinking fountain.

There are several trails in Coldwater Canyon Park. Some short and a few longer ones that all connect to Wilacre State Park, Fryman Canyon State Park and Franklin Canyon Park. They all have great views of the city:

After a great day of vacation in the middle of the big city, now it’s time to head home.

Coldwater Canyon Park is without a doubt unique and special, and at the end of today, I’m satisfied that I got to go Travelin’’ Local, and feel like I was on vacation at the same time. What about you? Did you take a vacation while Travelin’ Local this weekend?

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12 Responses to “A Vacation Day at Coldwater Canyon Park”

  1. Diane C. says:

    Wow, Coldwater Canyon Park looks so lush and shady, and it’s dog friendly and has beautiful views too! What a marvelous place to explore :)

    Diane C.’s last blog post..Spring Trees in the Canyon


  2. David says:

    Lisa, this is a great park. Your photos do do it justice. Indeed, it’s one of the city’s treasures.


  3. LisaNewton says:

    @ Diane C. It was pretty lush, but the trail was a little dusty. As a result of the drought.

    @ David I did enjoy myself there, and I will be going back soon.


  4. Henie says:


    My favorite is the drinking fountain for dogs! :~)

    BTW, there is WIAS (Women In Action Sports) event coming up April 22nd in Oceanside…soon as I have more info I will let you know…we can carpool on this one if you’re at all interested…stand by!:~)

    Henie’s last blog post..Love Done Right Always Hurts


  5. Lance says:

    Hi Lisa,
    What a great place to visit, amongst the city! I love all these shots (esp. the dog drinking fountain!). Looks like a fun place to hike and explore. Me? I had a snowball fight with my kids! (a spring snowstorm on Saturday).

    Lance’s last blog post..Sunday Thought For The Day


  6. LisaNewton says:

    @ Henie I liked the drinking fountain, too. Thank you for keeping me up-to-date……………..:)

    @ Lance Snow? And it’s almost April. What a great way to spend time with your kids. I hope you won……………:)


  7. Lisa's Chaos says:

    What a great place! I cannot imagine trying to climb up that part in the path. I hate walking in sand, it moves so much, then to try to go up too! Oh my, what a great butt burner. :)

    Lisa’s Chaos’s last blog post..Chiming Macro Monday


  8. LisaNewton says:

    @ Lisa’s Chaos Even though it might look like it, this isn’t sand but hard ground. It looks like sand due to the drought. However, I was definitely using the rope ladder to get up this particular hill as it was very steep. I’ll be on the beach enjoying the sand today……………:)


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  10. Anna says:

    This sounds like a great park, but does anyone know buses that go near there, if I want to take public transit?

    Thank you!


  11. LisaNewton says:

    @ Anna I’m sorry, but I did a little bit of research at the LA Metro, and from the looks of it, there isn’t any bus access to it. I pretty sure most of the secondary roads leading to the Valley don’t have too many buses because they are so narrow and curvy. I hope you can get a ride to Coldwater Canyon; it’s definately worth a visit…………:)


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