Cottonwood Creek Park

Location: 95 N. Vulcan Ave
Encinitas, California (map)
More info: Website
Info & Permits: (760) 633-2740
Hours: 5am – 10pm

Park Highlights

Cottonwood Creek Park is a long, narrow park with grassy knolls and secluded natural spaces located in Encinitas CA.

Near the park’s entrance is a war memorial with walls and three flags—US, California, and POW. Beyond the memorial is a landscaped area with a dirt path, rock garden with flowers and natural scrubs, and trees. Still beyond is a beautiful view of the park and creek.

North of the memorial, an entry way leads from Vulcan Ave. into a parking lot.

Cottonwood Creek, with seasonal water, runs through the length of the park. Wooden foot bridges cross the creek while a dirt path meanders and parallels it. There is a look out point along one section of bridge, with benches, and overhanging trees. The grassy area makes up a large part of the park. In the middle of the park is a large children’s playground, restrooms, and a cabana and picnic area with BBQs. At the far end are basketball courts and tennis courts.

Cottonwood Creek Park is peaceful and quite, and large enough for you to find a secluded spot if you want.

The park is just one block from Coast Hwy 101, downtown Encinitas and the Coaster Station, and a few blocks from Moonlight State Beach.

Cottonwood Creek Park is host to Encinitas Environment Day in early June.


  • Unique Water Feature
  • Climbing Rock
  • Restrooms
  • Gazebo
  • Basketball
  • Tennis Courts


  • Beer & Wine Allowed
  • No Glass Containers
  • No glass or smoking allowed in city parks
  • Dogs must be on a leash at all times
  • All parks are available on a first come, first served basis.
  • Special Event and Special Ceremony Permits are available for select locations. For more information, please call (760) 633-2740.