Eaton Canyon Nature Center Associates

Upcomming Events

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.

The Eaton Canyon Nature Center

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.

fence lizard


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.

Golden Poppy


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.

Canyon History


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

Eaton Canyon Events


- 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.

- 4th Thursday of the month

- Meetings will restart in Steptember 2021

- 3rd Wednesday of the month @ 7pm

Nature Tails - Storybook Reading Time

"Nature Tails"
Storybook Reading Time

Every Saturday Morning at 10:30 am
Nature Tails is a program to read animal and nature stories to children visiting the Nature Center. The program is free to the public. Meet in the Children's Corner in the mueseum.

Contact Us

1750 North Altadena Drive
Pasadena, CA 91107

entrance - view from Altadena Drive
View of Altadena Drive entrance

Park Hours:

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.