Park Rules

The posted hours for Placerita Canyon Park are Sunrise to Sunset. No person or vehicle is permitted in the park outside the hours of operation. The Nature Center building is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm, Tuesday through Sunday.

17.04.340 Park property and vegetation.
A person shall not:

  1. Dig, remove, destroy, injure, mutilate or cut any tree, plant, shrub, grass, fruit or flower, or any portion thereof, growing in the park;
  2. Remove any wood, turf, grass, soil, rock, sand or gravel from any park;
  3. Cut, break, injure, deface or disturb any rock, building, cage, pen, monument, sign, fence, bench, structure, apparatus, equipment or property in a park or any portion thereof; or mark or place thereon, or on any portion thereof, any mark, writing or printing; or attach thereto any sign, card, display or other similar device.

17.04.370 Motor vehicle restrictions — Parking.
A person shall not bring to or operate in any park any motor vehicle except at such times and at such places as permitted by the director in written regulations or permits issued by him from time to time, and any such operation of a motor vehicle shall be in accordance with the conditions contained in such regulation or permit. A person shall not park any motor vehicle in any park except in areas designated by the director for parking.

17.04.390 Overnight camping restrictions — Permit issuance conditions.
A person shall not camp or sleep overnight in any park except where a family-type camping area is so designated, and then only in accordance with the rules and regulations governing the use of such area. The director may issue a permit to any youth group of a character-building nature and to any special-interest group permitting its members as a group to camp overnight at a designated location in a park.

17.04.400 Animals — Prohibited when.
A person shall not bring into a park any cattle, horse, mule, goat, sheep, swine, dog, cat or other animal of any kind except as hereafter specifically provided or as otherwise permitted by the director.

17.04.410 Dogs and cats permitted when.
A person may bring and maintain, in any park exclusive of golf courses, a dog or cat if such dog or cat is kept on a leash or chain and under full control of its owner or custodian, or upon written permission of the director when required for authorized park programs.

17.04.420 Horses and similar animals permitted when.
A person may only lead or ride a horse, mule, donkey or other similar animal on designated trails or in designated equestrian areas subject to all rules and regulations governing their use, or in other park areas upon written permission of the director, subject to the regulations of such use permit.

17.04.435 Disturbances prohibited.
A person shall not disturb the peace and quiet of any park by:

  1. Any unduly loud or unusual noise; or
  2. Tooting, blowing or sounding any siren, horn, signal or noise-making device; or
  3. Any obscene, violent or riotous conduct; or
  4. The use of any vulgar, profane or indecent language therein.

17.04.440 Alcoholic beverages and narcotics or dangerous drugs.
A person shall not enter, be or remain in any park while in possession of any can, bottle, or other receptacle containing any alcoholic beverage which has been opened, or a seal broken, or the contents of which have been partially removed, or while consuming any alcoholic beverage except at a concession facility duly authorized by the board of supervisors and properly licensed or in connection with a special event duly authorized by the director of the department of parks and recreation for which the sponsoring organization is properly licensed by the State Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. A person shall not enter, be or remain in any park while in possession or transporting, purchasing, selling, giving away or consuming any narcotics and dangerous drugs.

17.04.450 Public intoxication prohibited.
A person shall not enter, remain in or be in any park while he is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or narcotic and dangerous drug.

17.04.470 Animals — Injuring or killing prohibited.
A person shall not molest, hunt, disturb, injure, shoot at, take, net, poison, wound, harm, kill or remove from any park or riding and hiking trail any kind of animal.

17.04.480 Nudity and disrobing prohibited — Exceptions.
No person shall appear, bathe, sunbathe, walk, change clothes, disrobe or be in any park in such a manner that the genitals, vulva, pubis, pubic symphysis, pubic hair, buttocks, natal cleft, perineum, anus, anal region or pubic hair region of any person, or any portion of the breast at or below the upper edge of the areola thereof of any female person, is exposed to public view, except in those portions of a comfort station, if any, expressly set aside for such purpose.

17.04.490 Washing dishes or polluting water.
A person shall not place in any park waters any edible matter, dish or utensil, or wash or cleanse in any park waters any such edible matter, dish or utensil, or commit any nuisance in or near such waters, or pollute any parks’ waters, or, except as provided in Section 17.04.530, bathe, swim or wade in park waters except at places and times designated by the director.

17.04.500 Rubbish disposal.
A person shall not throw, place or dispose of any garbage, refuse, waste paper, bottles or cans in any place in a park other than into a garbage can or other receptacle maintained therein for that purpose.

17.04.590 Fires.
A person shall not light or maintain any fire in any park other than in a stove, fire circle or area designated for such purpose, except upon written authorization from the director. All fires lighted or maintained pursuant to this section shall be in compliance with all applicable rules and regulations of the Los Angeles County Air Pollution Control District, United States Forest Service, and any fire department having jurisdiction over the respective park areas.

17.04.600 Harmful objects.
A person shall not place, throw, leave, keep or maintain any object in such a manner or in such a place that any person or animal may be injured or any structure or vehicle may be damaged thereby.

17.04.610 Firecrackers and other explosives.
A person shall not take or transport into any park, or have in his possession therein, or fire or discharge therein any firecracker, rocket, torpedo, fireworks or other explosive substance unless he first obtains a permit to do so from the director and complies with all other applicable ordinances.

17.04.620 Firearms and other weapons.
A person shall not bring into, discharge, or shoot any firearms, air gun, slingshot, or bow and arrow in any park except at areas designated for such purpose by the director.

17.04.1170 Operation of motor vehicles prohibited where.
A person shall not operate any motor vehicle on or over any firebreak or any fire protection roads which are posted against public use and provided with locked gates, or operate any motor vehicle on or over any riding or hiking trail, including a riding and hiking trail established under Article 6 of Chapter 1 of Division 5 of the Public Resources Code of the state of California, except as otherwise provided in Section 17.04.370 of this chapter.

17.04.260 Compliance with chapter provisions — Ejection of violators authorized when.
Permission to be within the limits of any park or park waters, as defined by this chapter, or to use any facilities, is conditioned on the person present in said park or park waters complying with all applicable provisions of this chapter or any other applicable laws, ordinances, rules and regulations. A violation of any provision of this chapter or of any order, rule or regulation authorized by this chapter, or of any other applicable law, ordinance, rule or regulation shall result in the person so violating being a trespasser ab initio, whether in incorporated or unincorporated territory, and the sheriff or director may eject any such person from a park.

Report violations to LA County Park Police (800) 834-0064 or Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Station (661) 255-1121.