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Border Field State Park

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The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, concluded on February 2, 1848, provided for a Boundary Commission to establish the border between the United States and Mexico. The commission fixed the western end of the border here. A marble obelisk sits along the border, surrounded by a circular walk. The border runs up to the obelisk on each side and continues a hundred feet or so into the Pacific Ocean. The park contains much of the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve. A Visitor Center a few miles north of the monument interprets the Estuary.

I found a web site that described Border Field State Park as "California's ugliest state park." When I visited in the spring of 2006, the flowers were in bloom and it was quite beautiful. Another web site described it as dangerous. Well, I survived. The official park web site said to call 1-619-575-3613 to verify conditions. I was told the gate would be open, but upon arrival, the gate was closed and I had to walk two miles each way to reach the monument. The road was closed because a section had been flooded for some time with contaminated water from Mexico. While it was unsafe to drive through, I was allowed to walk around. Later I was told that the water had been dissipating and they expected it to be dry enough to open the gate, but a new inflow had raised the level again.

Location and Directions:

Border Field State Park is in three pieces, all at the extreme southwest corner of California and the US. The reach the monument, travel south on I-5 to the Coronado Avenue exit near Imperial Beach. Cross Coronado avenue and continue south to the end. Turn right at Monument Road and travel west. If the gate is closed, park and walk. If the gate is open, continue west to the sharp turn left, continue south until the road turned sharp right and continue. The monument is on top of the hill.

The Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center is in Imperial beach, a few miles north of the monument. Exit Coronado Avenue and turn right traveling west to 3rd Street. Turn left and follow the street to the end and turn left. Make a right into the parking lot.

Hill side on the road to the monument.

Bull Ring by the Sea from a mile south.

This road turns west just before reaching the border.

The monument sits atop the hill at center.

Looking east toward the border.

The road was flooded at this point with raw sewage from Mexico. This is about a half mile from the monument. The road was closed because it was unsafe for vehicles, but it was alright to walk around it.

The Bullring-by-the-Sea sits only a few hundred feet south of the border.

The Bullring-by-the-Sea.


There is new construction at the monument. Photo date: 5-14-06.

The border meets the sea.

Recent storms have destroyed the end of hte fence.

After walking an hour to take these photos, these Mexican gentlemen insisted on posing.

After about fifteen minutes, they allowed me to photgraph the monument without the glee club.


The monument and lighthouse beyond.
Plaque The Plaque says:

Near this site the initial point of the boundry between the United States of America and the Republic of Mexico was established October 10,1849.
Today the flag of the United States of America is again raised to symbolize friendship between the people of the United States and Mexico and to Commemorate the establishment of a state park adjacent to this point on the international border.

September 27, 1974
Boundary MarkerNumber 258 was placed
on the National Registry of Historic
Places September 6, 1974.

The path to the beach.

Looking north to the Tijuana Estuary.

The same flooded road on the way back.

In the spring, the vegitation was lush.


On my two mile walk back, this jack rabbit (the dot in the center of the left image) was my only companion.

Bullring-By-the-Sea from a mile south.

Looking out across the Tijuana Estuary.

New construction near the entrance. Photo date: 5-14-06.

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