Eaton Canyon Natural Area is a 190-acre zoological, botanical, and geological nature preserve situated at the base of the beautiful San Gabriel Mountains. Visitors can enjoy its hiking trails, equestrian trails with a staging area, picnic areas, seasonal stream, rocks and minerals, various natural habitats, native plants, and wildlife.
was reopened in November of 1998, replacing the old one which burned in the Altadena fire of October 27, 1993. The 7,600 square-foot building contains many fascinating displays, live animals, offices, classrooms, an auditorium, restrooms, and an information desk/gift shop.
The Center is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, during which time a staff member is present to assist you. Feel free to come inside and look around. You will find information about hiking trails, animals, plants, geology, history of the canyon, ecology, and docent-guided tours.
Remember when visiting Eaton Canyon or any other natural area, take your camera or binoculars with you
into the canyon, but please LOOK ONLY - touching or even trying to touch the wildlife can stress them
and cause illness or death, upsetting the balance of nature.
As you walk through the Canyon, pay close attention and you will see and hear many interesting things. The coast live oak is the most prevalent tree in Eaton Canyon and in Southern California. We also have sages, buckwheat, monkeyflowers, prickly pear cactus, sycamore trees, and hundreds more.
The beautiful San Gabriel Mountains have a rugged, steep southern ridge and a taller northern ridge, the two being separated from one another by a series of east-west canyons. They run along the San Gabriel Fault, once a main part of the San Andreas Fault, and contain the east and west forks of the San Gabriel River
NATURE TAILS STORY HOUR
- Every Saturday at 10:30am. Nature Tails is a program in which we read animal and nature stories to children visiting the Nature Center. Meet in the Children’s Corner in the museum.
CALIFORNIA NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY
- 4th Thursday of the month (zoom)
- Meetings will restart in Steptember 2021
- 3rd Wednesday of the month @ 7pm (Zoom)
Park & Trails: Wed - Fri 9:00am to 7:00pm; Sat & Sun 8:00am - 5:00pm; closed Christmas & New Year's
Equestrian Staging Area: Wed - Fri 9:00am to 7:00pm; Sat & Sun 8:00am - 5:00pm; closed Christmas & New Year's
Nature Center & Museum: open Wed - Sun from 9-5 except: Mondays, Christmas Day, and New Year's, but open on other Monday holidays.