Wintertime Fun in the Canyon: Listen, Observe, Explore

The winter months in Laguna Canyon are rich with opportunities to explore the wilderness, make observations and take in the beautiful views of this changing landscape. The local animals may be less active this time of year, but that doesn’t mean you should enter hibernation as well!

So get a warm jacket, grab your family and friends and take advantage of the many benefits of exploring the trails this winter.

Remember to stay on trail to help protect the habitat.

Here are a few of our favorite things to do this winter in the local wilderness:

  • Search for animal tracks in the muddy trails
  • Track the temperature – look for frost in the early morning! Notice how different the temperature is in a lower area of the canyon versus a higher area, or an area already exposed to sunlight.
  • Look for lichen and moss growing on the dirt, rocks and trees.
  • Look for the beautiful bright red berries of Toyon. These berries are an essential food source for our local birds.
  • Look for mushrooms on the edge of the trail – note the colors! Remember: Don’t touch.
  • Take a moment of stillness under a large sycamore or oak tree.  You will likely hear the hustle and bustle of the acorn woodpeckers. You may even see their beautiful red capped heads peaking through the leaves.
  • Explore the cave of Willow Canyon. X marks the spot! Remember to follow the trail signs and only explore the caves that are part of the trail system.

All you need to explore outdoors is a good pair of shoes and a sense of wonder. But for a little extra fun you can bring a magnifying glass or binoculars and download our winter scavenger hunt, a fun activity for all ages!

Share your findings with us! Tag us on social media @lagunacanyonfoundation on Instagram and Facebook and @lagunacanyonfdn on Twitter.