Visitor Information

Hours: Second Saturday of each month, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p. m, closed rainy days, Free admission, ADA accessible

Situated within a 12-acre natural habitat in the Iris Sankey Arboretum in Kit Carson Park on a parcel of land donated by the City of Escondido. The park’s entrance is located five minutes from I-15 (Via Rancho Parkway Exit).

From Interstate 15
• Take Via Rancho Parkway exit, go East. Via Rancho Parkway becomes Bear Valley Parkway. Continue Past Westfield    
   Shoppingtown North County (approximately one mile East of I-15).
• Turn left at Las Palmas Drive.
• Immediately after L.R. Green Elementary School, turn left into Kit Carson Park.
• Turn right at Iris Sankey Magical Trail.
• Park in the parking lot.
• Follow dirt road to the sculpture garden. It can be seen from the parking lot.

From Interstate 5
• I-5 to 78 East to I-15 South.
• Take Via Rancho Parkway exit and follow above directions.

Contact Us

Community Development Department

City of Escondido, 201 N. Broadway, Escondido, CA, 92025
(760) 839-4671, fax (760) 839-4313
Kristina Owens Public Art Program Administrator
(760) 839-4519,
Barbara Redlitz, Director of Community Development, (760) 839-4671, fax (760) 839-4313


Artist Niki de Saint Phalle, Queen Califia's Magical Circle, Escondido California, 2003
© Niki Charitable Art Foundation, 2003, La Jolla, California
Photographers Philipp Scholz Rittermann, Valley Center, California
Nanette Newbry, Richard Dowdy
Garden Photo © Phillipp Scholz Rittermann
Copywriters Ellen Fleurov, Ellen Fleurov and Associates, Escondido, California


Public Art Commission, City of Escondido
201 North Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025

Thank You

Thank you for viewing the Queen Califia's Magical Circle web site. We hope that you will be able to visit the magical sculpture garden. When visited, this remarkable cultural landmark will fully reveal Niki de Saint Phalle's extraordinary homage to California's mythic and historic origins.