Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, Chula Vista Nature Center
Visitor center: The Chula Vista Nature Center and surrounding Sweetwater Marsh offer many opportunities to learn about wetlands and the plants and animals native to San Diego Bay. Begin your visit at the nature center, where interactive exhibits include a lagoon where you can watch endangered green sea turtles through underwater windows and a shallow-water tank that allows you to touch sharks and rays. You will also see jellyfish, eels, amphibians and reptiles, raptors, shorebirds, and other coastal life. Native plant gardens surround the center, and artworks illustrating local animals and plants are displayed throughout the grounds.
Trailhead: At crosswalk by nature center
Length: 1-2 total miles
Typical Width: 4 ft. & above
Typical Grade: LevelReturning to the trailhead, manual wheelchair riders may have difficulty negotiating a 1.5-inch lip between the trail and the concrete, as it is at the top of an incline.
DescriptionThe nature center offers free guided walks around the grounds and in Sweetwater Marsh. If you opt to hike the marsh on your own, take the Center Trail from the nature center straight to the bay, where a nice breeze invites you to linger while enjoying the views of downtown San Diego and the Coronado Bridge on the...
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The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.
Accessible Parking: Yes
Accessible Restroom: Yes
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|City of Chula Vista
|1000 Gunpowder Point Dr., Chula Vista
|Marsh and nature center: Tues.-Sun., 10 am-5 pm; last shuttle to center is at 4 pm
|San Diego Metro Transit System
Did You Know?
Sweetwater Marsh is the only place in the United States where Yerba reuma (Frankenia palmeri), a member of the heath family common in some coastal marshes of Baja California, grows naturally.
Reviewed by Bonnie Lewkowicz, August 1, 2007
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