Parks & Hiking Trails

Park Facilities

There are approximately 65 acres dedicated to open space and recreational uses within the City of Soledad that is divided between thirteen public parks, including a portion of land located next to the Salinas River. The parks are categorized into the following three categories.

Park Areas

updated January 2008

NOTE: See a full description of the parks below.

The NEW Orchard Lane Park Project

Parks and Recreation Master Plan

Download the PDF for more information regarding proposed park and recreation facilities.

Park Reservations

To reserve a park, please complete an Application for Reserved Use of Parks.  For park availability, please see our Parks Reservation Calendar.  Please submit your Application at City Hall during regular business hours, fax to (831) 678-3965 or submit by e-mail.  All Park User Fees have been revoked as of September 1, 2010, and the use of all City parks for recreation is free to our community at this time.

Parks Use Policy

The City Council adopted a Parks Use Policy on September 29, 2010.  Please review this policy for park rules and regulations, including the reservation process.

The Yanks RV Resort in Greenfield, California is located 10 minutes from the Soledad Visitor’s Center.  For more information about the resort visit:

Pinnacles National Park

The newest park in the system, Pinnacles National Park, offers visitors breathtaking views and eco-adventures that ask the visitor to climb into millions of years of geologic history influenced by the powerful forces of volcanic activity and plate tectonics.  Visitors seeking a chance encounter with a giant of the avian world, the California condor, can learn about the conservation and restoration efforts involved in bringing back a species that was once on the brink of extinction.

Arroyo Seco Recreation & Camping

Located 22.4 miles from the Soledad Visitor’s Center, the Arroyo Seco Day Use area is situated along the Arroyo Seco River and offers opportunities for hiking, barbequing, picnicking, and an opportunity to cool off in the Arroyo Seco River during warm summer days.  The Arroyo Seco Campground is a semi-rustic but developed facility in the Los Padres National Forest. The campground offers views of the Ventana Wilderness mountain peaks and one small seasonal lake.