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.

Astronomy Night

Due to predicted overcast conditions, the Astronomy Night event scheduled for Saturday, April 30 at Mt. Helix Park was been rescheduled to July 9. Shuttles begin at 7:30 pm so come early and bring a picnic, star gazing will start at 8:30 p.m. and runs until 10:30 p.m. Check the Park website for details and updates www.mthelixpark.org.  Visit the San Diego Astronomy Association's website for a list of other upcoming events  http://www.sdaa.org/.

Art Contest

The 2016 heART of Mt. Helix Art Contest Competition for this year’s official merchandise image is open to Grossmont and Cuyamaca College students. Click here for the contest entry form or for more information or to submit your entry form, email contest@mthelixpark.org.
Easter Sunrise Service

Thank you to Christ Lutheran Church Ministries for hosting the 91st annual Easter Sunrise Service at Mt. Helix Park.  An estimated 1,000 visitors gathered in the Mt. Helix Park amphitheater to participate in one of the oldest continuous annual Easter celebrations in the nation.

9th annual heART

9th annual heART of Mt. Helix - Saturday, August 13th - 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., tickets go on sale beginning June 15th for the most cherished summer party on the hill. Enjoy tastings from local restaurants, live music and art demonstrations, fine wines and craft beer, dancing under the stars to the Mighty Untouchables, and bidding on all your favorite auction items. Delight in a spectacular fun evening with your friends while supporting the Foundation’s mission to keep the park clean, safe and open to the public every day of the year. Tickets will be available online or call the Park office at (619) 741-4363 to have an event invitation mailed to your home or business. Click here for ongoing updates and ticket sales.


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.
Books and Gifts


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.

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.  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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