VISITING THE PARK

*BE ADVISED*
The U.S. side of Friendship Park is currently closed.
Get more info and learn how you can help here.

The Friends of Friendship Park are committed to maintaining a presence on the U.S. side of Friendship Park, even while access to federal property is disallowed.

Friends gather regularly to visit Border Field State Park, to work in the Binational Garden (when possible), to worship across the walls for Border Church, and to stand in solidarity with families who await the reopening of the binational meeting place.

To learn more about upcoming activities onsite in the United States, contact us or join our advocacy efforts.  


DIRECTIONS TO THE U.S. SIDE OF FRIENDSHIP PARK

 

To get to the U.S. side of Friendship Park you must:

  • Travel TO Border Field State Park 

  • Travel THROUGH Border Field to Monument Mesa 

  • Enter INTO Friendship Park 

QUESTIONS?  CHECK OUR FAQ's HERE.

DIRECTIONS TO BORDER FIELD STATE PARK

FROM INTERSTATE 5 SOUTH

  • Take I-5 South, exit at Dairy Mart Road

  • Turn right (west), cross over the bridge - Dairy Mart Road will curve to the right and turn into Monument Road

  • Follow this winding road until you arrive at a parking lot. At the west end of the parking lot, you will see an entrance gate and, further ahead, a kiosk. This is the entrance to Border Field State Park
     

FROM IMPERIAL BEACH

  • Exit the freeway at Coronado Avenue (exit #4) in Imperial Beach. Go straight from the off-ramp onto Hollister Street.   

  • Continue south on Hollister until you reach Monument Road. Turn right (west) on Monument Road until you reach the parking lot.

ENTERING BORDER FIELD STATE PARK

  • During summer months, the vehicle road through Border Field State Park is open and you can drive all the way in to Friendship Park.

  • The cost to drive in to the State Park is $7 per vehicle.

  • For most of the year, visitors must hike through Border Field State Park. Plan ahead for a 30-45 min walk through Border Field State Park. The hike from the parking lot is mostly on level ground. Through the beach it is 1.93m. The road the walk is 1.54m.

FROM BORDER FIELD TO MONUMENT MESA
To reach Friendship Park you must travel through Border Field State Park. The distance from the entrance gate to Friendship Park is 1.6 miles. You may walk, drive (when weather allows), bicycle, or ride horses through Border Field State Park.

VEHICLE ACCESS

  • The State Park entrance gate is open and accessible to vehicles on Saturdays and Sundays as weather permits, roughly April through November.

  • California State Parks may charge a $7 admission fee per vehicle with vehicle access. To learn whether Border Field State Park is open to vehicles this weekend, visit this page.

 
WHEN NON-ACCESSIBLE BY CAR

  • The vehicle road is subject to frequent flooding in winter months, and the park gate is closed to vehicle traffic most days during the winter, roughly November through April.

  • When the gate is closed you must park at the entrance to Border Field State Park and hike or bicycle about 1.6 miles each way on level ground. Pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians may still enter the park, even when the gate is closed.

Friendship Park Access Map

ENTERING FRIENDSHIP PARK

  • At the end of the vehicle road (and at the south end of the beach) you will find Monument Mesa, the westernmost mesa overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Atop the Mesa you will find a beautiful picnic area and bathroom facilities provided by California State Park.

  • You will also see the border wall, which is on U.S. federal property and under the jurisdiction of U.S. Border Patrol. A gate in this wall is your entrance to the binational meeting place.

  • The U.S. side of Friendship Park is open to the public year-round on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 AM-2 PM.

  • Border Patrol may request proof of U.S. residence from visitors to Friendship Park and the surrounding area, which is heavily patrolled.

  • Border Patrol rules prohibit passing items, including food, money, gifts, and even notes  through the fence between the U.S. and Mexico.