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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.

Bommer Canyon is the perfect site for your special event. Amenities include picnic tables, a covered stage, lighting, barbeque pit, sand volleyball court and horseshoe pits, all located on the rustic site of the original Irvine Ranch Cattle Camp.

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 barbeque 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, pricing information or to make a reservation call Facility Reservations at (949) 724-6620. For general information or to schedule a walk through of the facility contact Alan Aguirre at (949) 724-6251 or aaquirre@cityofirvine.org  


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.

The Bommer Canyon facility is available for rental and offers the following amenities: picnic tables, horseshoe pits, volleyball court, Chuck Wagon, small stage, barbeque, fire ring, and lots of open space.

Equestrian portrait of Don Jose Andres
Sepulveda by Henri Joseph Peneon.

Oil on canvas, circa 1856. Bowers Museum.