Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological, Murrieta

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The Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve 39400 Clinton Keith Road is located at the southern end of the Santa Ana Mountains in southwest Riverside County, near the city of Murrieta, 92562.

The Reserve consists of 8,300 acres and protects unique ecosystems like Engelmann oak woodlands, riparian wetlands, coastal sage scrub, chaparral, bunchgrass prairie and vernal pools.

Visitors to the Reserve can enjoy the oldest standing structures in Riverside County that once served as bunkhouses for cowboys dating back to 1846. These two adobe structures remain shaded by a 400 year old tree and separated by a relaxing, one-of-a-kind, picnic area.

Other recreational activities include hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and attending interpretive programs. (Horseback riding and mountain biking are restricted to the Sylvan Meadows Multi-Use Area of the Plateau.)
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  • After a few days of rain everything turns green up here. So nice to see and walk through. We are only a few miles away and had never taken the hike. Our neighbors recommended it and we were glad we... 
    After a few days of rain everything turns green up here. So nice to see and walk through. We are only a few miles away and had never taken the hike. Our neighbors recommended it and we were glad we...  more »
  • It is easy to get here. Right off the highway and has a trails. You can walk the trails or bike ride. Even trails for horseback riding. It is a beautiful area. 
    It is easy to get here. Right off the highway and has a trails. You can walk the trails or bike ride. Even trails for horseback riding. It is a beautiful area.  more »
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  • Beautiful before the fire. Some trails are open and others are still closed.
  • This is a great place to unwind and observe nature. It is a great place to see wildlife. In November 2020, I was walking along the Coyote Trail and saw a coyote; it appeared to be hunting for food. I took photographs and video, and then left.

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