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Descanso Park: Walk the Creek and Watch the Trains

Descanso Park: Walk the Creek and Watch the Trains

Descanso Park in San Juan Capistrano sits at the dead end of Paseo Adelanto. It connects to the bike path leading down to Dana Point Harbor.

Location:Turn south off Del Obispo onto Paseo Adelanto near train tracks. Road dead ends into playground parking lot past the post office. MAP to Descanso Park in San Juan Capistrano


  • Play structures for all ages — including ziplines, swings for all ages, big and small ladders, slides
  • Get to see trains at almost anytime of day go by; freeway nearby for easy access and vehicle sighting (dump trucks/trash trucks/delivery trucks, etc.)
  • Right off bike path to SJC downtown 1/2 mile away or Doheny State Beach 2 miles away
  • Good breeze up creek with decent shade during summer

Be Aware:

  • Close enough to creek to be a hazard for “runaway” kids
  • Preschool uses park for play around 11:00 M-Th


  • Bark/wood-chip play surface
  • Bathrooms
  • Picnic tables and grill
  • Minimal parking close-by (preschool attached to park – so drop-off and pick-up times make parking difficult)

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