Welcome to Mt. Helix Park -- the "Crown Jewel of East County"

Mt. Helix Park is recognized as one of San Diego County's most magnificent landmarks, where people come for spectacular views of San Diego, family picnics, romantic weddings and simply relaxing in the quiet beauty of the area.

Have you ever experienced that sense of wonder when, while out enjoying the splendor of the day, you find your eye drawn to a ridge top or mountain peak?  Did you think "I wonder what's up there?" or "Are we allowed to go up? "Welcome, then, to your very own "mountain peak."  Come up to the top—you're very welcome. 

Many people come every day to enjoy the peace, serenity, and amazing views high atop Mt. Helix.  Bring your picnic (please leave the barbeque at home).  Bring your friends and family.  Mt. Helix Park can even become an unforgettable venue for some of your special events. We invite you to learn more about Mt. Helix Park.  As you journey through this web site, discover how to use the Park, enjoy it, and allow it to play a role in your memories for years to come.  Also make sure to check out the Activities page to find out more about the annual heART of Mt. Helix and other programming.

There is limited parking at the top of the hill and additional parking in the fields at the corner of Mt. Helix Drive and Vivera.  Feel free to use the lots when enjoying the Park.  Dogs are welcome and there is a special drinking fountain just for them near the kiosk.  Please make sure your dog is under your control at all times and clean up after your pet.  Mutt bags are located on the east side of the kiosk.

Kid's Art Camp

Art Smarts, returns to Mt. Helix Park for its fourth season of Art In The Park camp Monday March 28 through Friday April 1 with camps from 9am until noon.  The cost is $150 per week, per child, and includes supplies. Penny Quirk, local artist and owner of Art Smarts, Inc., will guide young artists through the steps of pastel and watercolor mediums for a one-of-a-kind experience atop Mt. Helix.  To enroll your child before the March 25 deadline, or for more information about Art Smarts, Inc., visit them at www.ArtSmarts.net or call (619) 944-3323 or (619) 995-1186.

Train to become one of Mt. Helix Park's official weed abatement team members. As a part of the Park's Adopt-A-Plot program, you and your family/team members can be part of the habitat restoration efforts by helping us to rid the "Jewel of East County" of Invasive mustard weed that is threatening the California native plants within the Park. A limited number of plots are available. To register for the Adopt-A-Plot program, contact us at pjunker@mthelixpark.org, or call the Park office during office hours Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am until noon at (619) 741-4363.
heART of Mt. Helix


Images of America: Around Mt. Helix” is on sale now. The Mt. Helix Park Foundation has partnered with La Mesa resident, author and historian James D. Newland to create this photographic history with evocative images.  This book will inspire appreciation and support for all those individuals, groups and institutions who, past and present, endeavored to develop, preserve, and enhance these communities and who were, in turn, inspired by the cultural vantages found from, and around, this extraordinary pinnacle known as Mt. Helix. Click here to purchase a book with proceeds benefitting the Park. The book makes for a perfect gift this holiday season.

Mt. Helix Park T-shirts, mugs and more are available online.  Printed by Think Your T-shirt!  Every item you order benefits Mt. Helix Park.  These make great holiday gifts.  Click here to order.  All orders ship in two weeks.


Gardening Team

How would you like to be a part of our gardening team?

You don’t have to be a master gardener to love the idea of getting outdoors and enjoying the rewards of working with plants.  If you, or anyone you know, would like to help with landscaping and habitat restoration projects in the Park, for more information or to sign up, contact Peggy Junker at (619) 741-4363 or email pjunker@mthelixpark.org.  For updates on Mt. Helix Garden Party activities in the Park see our webpage.


You can help by becoming a Friend of the Park with your donation.  Or for more information and a list of the many ways you can help support Mt. Helix Park, click here.


The Basics

The Park is located at 4905 Mt. Helix Drive in San Diego County between La Mesa and El Cajon.


The Park office is located under the amphitheatre stage.  Office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 am - noon except as indicated on the calendar page under the "Activities, heart of Mt. Helix, Calendar" tab.

The mailing address is 4901 Mt. Helix Drive, La Mesa, CA.  91941.

The phone number is (619) 741-4363


Winter (Nov. 1 - Feb. 28/29) 5:30 am - 6 pm
Spring (March 1 - May 31) 5:30 am - 8 pm
Summer (June 1 - August 31) 5:30 am - 8:30 pm
Fall (Sept. 1 - October 31) 5:30 am - 7 pm

For special Park closures check the calendar page.

West Nile Virus

Protect Yourself, Your Family, and Your

Neighborhood From West Nile Virus



· Dump out standing water from around your home - mosquitoes only need a 1/2 inch of water to develop. Request mosquito fish, free of charge, for ponds, fountains, green pools and spas.



· Use a repellent with DEET, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, Picaridin, or IR3535 from dusk to dawn


· Repair torn window and door screens



· Dead birds (crows, jays, hawks, and owls), green swimming pools, other mosquito breeding sources, and mosquito activity to Vector Control:


(858) 694-2888



Drought Alert

California is experiencing one of the worst droughts on record.  To make sure we are doing everything possible to conserve water, the San Diego County Water Authority has provided the following link to help.  Thank you for doing your part. sdcwa.org

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