VISITING THE PARK
Is it dangerous to visit Friendship Park?
No. Thousands upon thousands of visitors have visited Friendship Park across many years and there has never been even a single recorded instance of injury or harm. The members of the Friends of Friendship Park have themselves spent tens of thousands of hours at the park and not one of us has ever felt endangered in any way. To the contrary, we find it affirming and inspiring to make friends with people on both sides of the border.
Is it risky to go to Friendship Park without documents?
The answer to this question is complicated. Usually Border Patrol Agents don't question people during Friendship Park's open hours on the US side (Saturday and Sunday 10am-2pm). Sometimes the agent in charge of Friendship Park on the US side will ask for identification, but a driver's license is sufficient.
At the same time, the area around the park is strongly watched by the Border Patrol and if one does not have documents, we advise them to take caution in traveling to Friendship Park on the US side. Permanent residents, people with tourist, student, or work visas can go to the park without risk.
Is the park open to vehicles?
Access to the meeting place on the Mexican side is unrestricted. Access to the meeting place on the U.S. side (Friendship Park) is limited to Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 2pm. On the U.S. side, the road running through the state park (Border Field State Park) is open to vehicles on weekends during the summer months when the road is not flooded. Learn more about visiting the park on the U.S. side here.
The vehicle gate is closed, is Friendship Park closed too?
Not necessarily. Sometimes the vehicle gate is closed only because the road running through Border Field State Park is flooded. On these occassions you can still enter the state park on foot or bicycle or horse during daylight hours. Friendship Park (the binational meeting place on federal property) is always open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays, 10am - 2pm. Learn more about visiting the park on the U.S. side here.
Who is in charge of Friendship Park?
On the U.S. side of the binational meeting place, Friendship Park is located on federal property, and is heavily monitored 24/7 by U.S. Border Patrol. Beyond the federal property line, Monument Mesa is the property of the State of California, as is the rest of the surrounding area comprising Border Field State Park. The roads leading to Border Field State Park include State freeways and roads belonging to the City and County of San Diego. Border Patrol monitors all roads approaching and within the State Park.