Tilden’s South Park Drive Closed for Annual Newt Migration


It’s that time of year again. South Park Drive at Tilden will be closed to protect migrating California and rough-skinned newts – native salamanders five to six inches long – that migrate to water in the winter for breeding. For many newts, this means crossing busy roads like South Park Drive. This small detour ensures a safe habitat for the small, slow-moving newts who have made Tilden Park their home. The public is welcome to use the road during the closure for walking, cycling, and dog-walking. However, please keep dogs away from the newts as they are poisonous. Road is closed Oct. 31, 2021, through March 31, 2022.

Dave Mason, Public Information Supervisor