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Bommer Canyon

Nestled in the heart of Bommer Canyon is part of the old Irvine Ranch Cattle Camp. Some of the original structures exist today, adding to the rustic feel of the Canyon. Bommer Canyon is also an important preservation area for many local plants and wildlife, including several endangered species. The cattle camp area is available for rental. Click here for map & directions.


Trails are open for hiking, mountain biking and horse-back riding. Please note that only some trails are open to the public for self-guided daily access while others are restricted to docent-led activities due to sensitive habitat. Please see trail map here.  

Bommer Canyon Trailhead
6400 Shady Canyon Drive

Trail Hours: 7 a.m. to sunset

Parking Hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.* Vehicles left in parking lots after posted hours are subject to citation.

*Please utilize nearby Turtle Rock Community Park at 1 Sunnyhill for parking if you expect to be on the trails between 6 p.m. to sunset.

Facility Rentals

Bommer Canyon is the perfect location for your next special event. This rustic, former Cattle Camp is a wonderful setting for parties, company picnics, weddings, family reunions and campouts. The fifteen-acre facility includes picnic tables sheltered by a lush sycamore canopy, a covered stage area, a barbecue pit, a large Chuck Wagon suitable for food preparation and service, a sand volleyball court, horseshoe pits, a fire ring and lots of open space.

For availability and pricing information call Facility Reservations at 949-724-6620.
Click here  for information regarding renting facilities and to complete an application.
For general information or to schedule a walk through of the facility click here.
Please note: Bommer Canyon's Reservation Season is April-October.  For the 2015 season, there is no weekend availability remaining.  Weekdays may be available.  For available date options, please contact Facility Reservations at 949-724-6620. This information is subject to change based on cancelations.
Photos of Events at Bommer Canyon

Open Space Permits

Access to Bommer Canyon Trails may is granted through an Open Space Permit process. For more information about environmental programs in Irvine's open spaces, click here. 

History of Bommer Canyon

In 1837 Jose Andre Sepulveda founded Rancho San Joaquin, land that contained Bommer Canyon. The Flint – Bixby Co., of which James Irvine was a silent partner, purchased a large portion of Rancho San Joaquin, including Bommer Canyon, in 1864. In 1867 James Irvine became sole owner. As part of Irvine Ranch, Bommer Canyon served as the center for the Irvine Company’s cattle operation for more than half a century.

The City of Irvine purchased Bommer Canyon from the Irvine Company in 1981 – 82 with state grant monies from the 1974 Bond Act. Since that time Bommer Canyon has been utilized for special events, including picnics, campouts and weddings.

Equestrian portrait of Don Jose Andres
Sepulveda by Henri Joseph Peneon.
Oil on canvas, circa 1856. Bowers Museum.

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