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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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  • If you're looking into a Real enjoyment HikeI highly suggests this area, Or if you're a mountain bike rider There are multiple trails for those options too. Trying to go in the morning. Might see wild...  more »
  • This place has short and long hikes, but more than ever, great for the entire family. We took our children, 6, 7, and 8, on an amazing hike that was VERY long, to the first house that was built at the...  more »
  • I have been coming to Santa Rosa Plateau for years. It is great place to go for a day hike, relaxing run or just to relax and enjoy the nature. Visit the nature Center or the historical buildings and ...  more »