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.

Art Camp

Art Smarts will be returning to the Park for it's third Art In The Park camp for kids ages 5 to 12, Monday October 5 through Friday October 9 offering half-day camps. The camp coincides with the La Mesa Spring Valley School District fall break and gives kids the chance to draw and paint atop Mt. Helix Park with its inspirational views and natural beauty.   Your kids will learn about oil pastels and watercolors while creating animals, cartooning and even landscapes.  For more details visit our  Activities page or click here to download a flier.
heART of Mt. Helix


The 8th annual heART of Mt. Helix drew more than 500 people Saturday, August 15. The sold-out crowd enjoyed live music, dancing, dining, visual artists and an array of exclusive auction items. This event would not have been possible without the help of our outstanding volunteers and sponsors. If you would like to received information about next year's event, to become a volunteer or to find out more about event sponsors and participating restaurants and artists, click here to visit the heart of Mt. Helix page. 

Keep a piece of the hill close to your heart with a Mt. Helix Park graphic T-shirt designed by local watercolorist Chuck McPherson and printed by Think Your T-shirtThink Your T-shirt is donating all the proceeds of the first 50 sold and every t-shirt you order benefits Mt. Helix Park.  Order online by clicking here.  All orders ship in two weeks.



Audubon Bird Lecture

Phil Lambert of the Audubon Society's Silverwood Wildlife Santucary presented "Birds of Mt. Helix,"  this summer, the first in a two-part 2015 Nature/Sustainable Living lecture series offered free to the public by the Mt. Helix Park Foundation.  Check the website "Activities" page periodically for future lectures and related events.
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.  We are looking for volunteers to help us plant and water newly donated plants until they are established.  If you, or anyone you know, would like to help, 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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