Indelible Mark

Despite Saddleback Park’s closing in 1984, you can still see signs in the landscape today of what was once America’s Best Motor Playground. From the original entrance at Peter’s Canyon Road (Red Star), to the small track (Aqua Star) where a lot of riders learned to ride their first bike to the famous National MX Track (Orange Star) near the Main Entrance Gate (Yellow Star) off of Santiago Canyon Road.

These recent Google terrain photos show the last bit of remains of the very popular 400 acre motor playground and the 241 toll road that divides the park. As you can see below, the land is still undeveloped prime real estate adjacent to Irvine Lake. The hillside between the park and lake is an active county landfill.

Saddleback Park maybe closed but the world famous motor playground left an indelible mark behind on the landscape and more importantly, in hearts of many off-road riders and race fans whom had the opportunity to enjoy the unique motor playground.

Saddleback Park aerial photographs
1981 National Geographic aerial photograph of the backside of Saddleback Park. Irvine Lake is at the top left.

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