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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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  • Santa Rosa plateau is beautiful. There are some jaw dropping trails on the plateau and some rare plants. This is a great place to hike regularly provided you take water. There are cougars and coyotes ...  more »
  • Easy, fun hikes. Mountain bike trails. Beautiful area. Can get cold in winter evenings and hot during summer days. Plan accordingly. Great for families and pets to explore the outdoors. 
  • My family has been hiking the Santa Rosa trails for years. We hike, bike and run the trails. Recently I took my son and his friend to the Visitor Center loop so they could take photos for their photog...  more »