Nestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and next to the San Gabriel River, Azusa has always been known as "The Canyon City." As a gateway to the Angeles National Forest, the San Gabriel Canyon receives over seven million visitors each year. This number rivals annual visitors to Yosemite National Park.
The mountains, with their extensive trails, and streams provide a variety of habitats for native plants and animals. Recreational opportunities for the growing population of Southern California abound in the canyon.