Parks and Rec

Google Maps Gives Street View in County Parks

Video by Andy Tolley

You can now access 10 County parks and preserves via a new version of Google Street View that puts you right on the trail.

County Parks and Recreation teamed up with Google in 2017. The goal was to collect real-time trail data that could improve park experiences and educate people about locations they’ve never visited before.

Google provided a kit with a camera that snapped 360-degree photos every 2 seconds. Park rangers lined up to borrow the 40-pound pack, taking it to their favorite trail destinations.

Treks took place in spring and summer. Parks captured were: Agua CalienteBarnett RanchEl MonteGuajome RegionalGoodan Ranch/Sycamore CanyonLakeside LinkageLindo LakeLos PenasquitosOakoasisSanta Ysabel East and WestVolcan Mountain, and Wilderness Gardens.

Footage was reviewed and edited in the fall and winter. It recently went live 2018.

If you’re not familiar with Google Street View, here’s what you do:

  • From Google Maps, type in the name of one of the parks listed above.
  • Click on the little yellow man googlemapspegman, in the legend at the bottom right side of the screen.
  • Street view clips will appear, highlighted by a blue line
  • Click on the line to be transported to the trail.
  • You can drag the image with your cursor for a 360-degree view of that exact spot on the map. Move forward along the trail by clicking on the arrow on the ground.