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Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve, 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 visit to Tenaja Falls, the drive back led us through the Santa Rosa Ecological Reserve, known simply as "The Plateau" to locals. There is more than adequate parking. There are self-guided tour...  more »
  • Easy to get to. Lots of trails. Beautiful location. Nice views. Great for all ages. What else can I say? 
  • The Santa Rosa plateau is beautiful most any time of year. Rolling hills, historical buildings (an old ranch you can explore), multi terrain trails and great vistas all combine to make this an interes...  more »