Palos Verdes Nature Preserve

If you visit

RPV Beaches, Parks and Trails Open

The City of Rancho Palos Verdes reopened beaches, parks and hiking trails--including the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve--on May 13, 2020, in accordance with guidance from L.A. County. City Staff, Park Rangers and law enforcement are monitoring these areas to enforce public health directives and parking restrictions. Per the City Council's local emergency proclamation from March 17, 2020, the City may close these areas if:

  1. The public ignores the rules in place, and/or
  2. Conditions become unsafe for public health.

The City encourages residents to safely participate in recreational outdoor activity. If you visit the Nature Preserve trails for hiking, please do so responsibly, be mindful of your interactions and wear a face covering. Face coverings are required at trailheads, parking areas, and on any hiking trails where there are other groups of people nearby.

Hiking trail conditions can change from day to day. Check the Hiking Trail Conditions & Alerts webpage for information on temporary trail closures and trail circulation plans, and obey all posted trail signs.

The Eastview Dog Park and the Rancho Caninos Dog Park are open. The tennis court at Upper Point Vicente Park and the paddle tennis courts at Ladera Linda Park are open. Both amenities have restrictions to comply with physical distancing and safety. Basketball courts at Ryan Park and Ladera Linda are open with restrictions.

Still Closed

Baseball and soccer fields (individual, passive use allowed; groups and organized sports not allowed), park buildings (exterior park restrooms are open)

RPV Playgrounds OpenPlayground 8.5x11

The City of Rancho Palos Verdes has reopened all playgrounds in compliance with Los Angeles County’s revised Health Officer Order. All visitors to City playgrounds must comply with posted guidelines that outline the following requirements from the California Department of Public Health:

  • Face masks over the mouth and nose are required for everyone 2 years of age or older with caregiver supervision at all times to ensure face mask use.
  • Do not use the playground when different households are unable to maintain a physical distance of 6 feet.
  • Caregivers must monitor to keep adults and children from different households at least 6 feet apart.
  • Consider coming on different times or days to avoid wait times and potential crowded times.
  • No eating or drinking in playground, to ensure face masks are worn at all times.
  • Wash or sanitize hands before and after using the playground.
  • Elderly and persons with underlying medical conditions should avoid playground when others are present.
  • Limit visit to 30 min per day when others are present.

Due to a recent unrelated inspection of playground equipment by the City, some equipment will remain closed to the public until further notice so upgrades can be installed:

  • Swings for ages 5-12 years at Hesse Park, Ryan Park, Ladera Linda Park, and Eastview Park
  • Select playground structure elements, including slides and climbers at Hesse Park and Ladera Linda Park

A schedule for the remaining work is under development and will be shared as soon as it is available. The following equipment is open to the public:

  • Playground structures at Hesse Park, Ryan Park, Ladera Linda Park, and Eastview Park
  • Swings for ages 4 years and under at Eastview Park and Ryan Park 

If you have questions, please contact the Recreation and Parks Department at 310-544-5260 or parks@rpvca.gov

Trails Do’s and Don’ts

DO’s

  • Check the status of trails before you visit at Trail Alerts.
  • Follow all Preserve rules, regulations and posted access restrictions.
  • Stay at least six 6 feet from others who are not members of your household at all times.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Pack out all trash.

DON’Ts

  • Don’t use trails that you know are crowded.
  • Don’t leave your home if you are sick with a fever or respiratory symptoms or are currently under isolation or quarantine.
  • Don’t gather in groups or linger at any one location except as needed for brief rests.
  • Don’t share food or water while out on the trails.

Help Keep Our Parks Open RPV Basketball Court Rules


The Palos Verdes Nature Preserve encompasses approximately 1,400 acres comprised of eleven individual Reserves, 424 acres of which consists of the Portuguese Bend Reserve. The Preserve is owned by the City of Rancho Palos Verdes and is co-managed by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy for ecological values and habitat restoration.

This Preserve is home to coastal sage scrub habitat, a community of intensely fragrant and highly drought resistant shrubs and flowering plants. Living throughout this rare habitat are many different animals, including the threatened California gnatcatcher and coastal cactus wren. The individual reserves provide excellent passive recreational opportunities, as they are full of networks of hiking, equestrian, and bicycle trails.

Visit the links in the menu for more information or email us at at parks@rpvca.gov or call us at 310-544-5353.