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Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve

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Address: 39400 Clinton Keith Road, Murrieta, CA
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A great place for everyone!

This reserve is designed to accommodate everyone! Make your first stop the visitors' station. The staff is very knowledgeable. They'll give you a map of all the trails and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 7, 2015
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Murrieta
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229 reviews 229 reviews
37 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

This reserve is designed to accommodate everyone! Make your first stop the visitors' station. The staff is very knowledgeable. They'll give you a map of all the trails and answer all your questions. I have mobility issues, and they've steered me to the trails and areas I can handle. The visitors' station has many great displays that change frequently. And... More 

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Perris, California
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61 reviews 61 reviews
12 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We been in the Plateau more then ones and we really enjoy it, its wonderful place to have a good time with your fMily and do some exercise.Try to go before noon or after 3:00 the sun can be really Hot

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Riverside, California
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54 reviews 54 reviews
36 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

The Santa Rosa Plateau is truly a rare find. My wife and I hiked 6 miles there two weeks ago with friends. Our 4th hiking experience there in the past few years. It has a unique microclimate that is inland yet coastal due to the ocean breezes through the pass, so it has vegetation from every climate from the Mexican... More 

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Lake Elsinore, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Located just off of Interstate 15 near Murrietta, California (southern California), the Santa Rosa Ecological Preserve is a wonderful place to get away from the noise and hustle of the day. It is a favorite place to hike, birdwatch, and practice your nature photography. Choose between long, medium, or short trails as you feel the need. Maps, information, and guides... More 

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69 reviews 69 reviews
44 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

This is my favorite go to for a hike. it's a short drive to a whole different tranquil world. I highly suggest going her if you need to unwind, relax and appreciate nature. All of the trails are great, over the years I have hiked them all! You can go here year round and see something different all the time.... More 

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Murrieta, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

So close to the urban areas but it feels far removed once out on the trails.Such a nice escape to nature just 10 minute drive off the 15 freeway. Some short easy trails and some very long ones. You can pick up maps at the visitor center where there are also a couple nice short multiple terrain trails. We really... More 

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Murrieta
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229 reviews 229 reviews
37 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Whenever our grandkids come to visit, they always ask to come here! The Visitors' Center has fabulous displays, and many are designed especially for kids. For example, there is a bird box; the kids push a button below a picture of a bird, and the corresponding bird call chirps! The rangers and other staff are always helpful. Our favorite is... More 

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Orange County, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I am a Professional photographer and love to use the Santa Rosa Plateau as my backdrop for portraits. It is also a great place to hike, go for a walk or a quiet lunch.

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San Diego, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Even though I had to drag the kids, it was a good time. Any time you're out getting exercise it's good. Not challenging physically, but just a nice walk. Plus, we came upon a tarantula. Made the kids freak out a little. You should go. Yeah I'm talking to you.

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Murrieta, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

A beautiful area with meadows and oak trees; when we have a rainy winter in Murrieta the vernal pools fill up and that is beautiful. You feel hundreds of miles away from the city but you are only about 10 minutes from downtown Murrieta. Peaceful, lots of trails, quiet, animal sightings, and in the spring if we've had a lot... More 

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