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Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve

Entrance at Warner Ave. and PCH, (opposite Bolsa Chica State Beach), Huntington Beach, CA
714 846 1114
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91%
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Birdwatching
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Birdwatching
Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 7:00 pm

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Huntington Beach, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Bird viewing at its best!. The trail is over a mile long filled with birds, coyotes, and wonderful sites

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Costa Mesa, California
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65 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Free parking available and usually you can see migrating birds in the area. You can also see the past history with the oil drilling that took place in the area. Seems like they're doing their best to keep the reserve but lots of houses are starting to creep into the area like some wicked blue dream. I love it when... More 

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Sacramento, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Well, we loved the birds. We loved the quiet and all the paths. Be sure to bring binoculars and a bird book.

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Olympia, Washington
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157 reviews 157 reviews
47 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

The parking area is accessible only from the northbound lanes and is not large. The walking paths are pretty flat and well done. There were lots of interesting birds, even though "regulars" said things were slow. Great place for photography, not only of the birds but also fish like stingrays.

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Huntington Beach, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

If you can find parking, this is an ideal location for walking and bird watching. There is a small trailer on one side of the reserve which explains the reserve and signs at key intervals on the expansive dirt path. Take a sweater as it is windy and gets a bit chilly.

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Houston, Texas
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88 reviews 88 reviews
57 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

If you like bird and nature walks, this park is for you. Free to park on north side of PCH. Many types of birds and small critters to see. Bring your binoculars and cameras.

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Huntington Beach, California
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94 reviews 94 reviews
4 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Great place for a walk in the early morning. Bring your bird book and binoculars. Beach is just across the highway.

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Henderson, Nevada
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293 reviews 293 reviews
100 attraction reviews
278 helpful votes 278 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

There are more pristine wildlife preserves than this one. However, it seems to be a favorite of Huntington Beach locals and has a rather large collection of docents who lead walks, staff the VC, and are otherwise available to help you on your little excursion. This Reserve sits across the PCH from the main section of Huntington Beach. Auto traffic... More 

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Huntington Beach, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

This area is a wonderful area to visit. Many species of birds and plants. You can walk miles of trails. You also see a number of "runners" as it's a great place to train with out the worry of getting hit by a car..

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Berkeley, California
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

I like to think of Bolsa Chica as Huntington Beach's hidden gem. Not only is the presence of a wetland essential to the local environment, but its history sets it apart from other attractions. On some of the trails you can see the gun turrets that were installed during WWII for defense against a possible Japanese invasion, and if you... More 

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