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Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve

39400 Clinton Keith Road, Murrieta, CA
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Ranked #1 of 9 Attractions in Murrieta
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Arroyo Grande, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Our son just moved to Murietta and during a recent visit to his new home we explored Santa Rosa Reserve with a 8month old and a 2 1/2 year old. We were delighted to hike from the Nature Center through several interesting native plant and tree communities. There were areas to stop and sit under dramatic Oak trees and rest... More

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yandina, Q Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is a wonderful place to walk and hike especially in the early mornings, late afternoons. Restrictions on dogs and bikes in the main park make for a pleasurable experience. Accommodation for dogs and horses, as well as bikes made on other areas of the park. All trails are well maintained and staff at the office are friendly, knowledgable and... More

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Wildomar, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Continue down Clinton Keith Road and onto Tenaja Road. Soon there are parking areas on both sides of the road. These give access to walking, riding, and biking trails that are particularly pleasant early in the morning before it gets warm. There are relatively few users on week day mornings.

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Murrieta, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This area has parking. Some of the trails are nice, but little shade on most trails. Large oak trees and grassy.

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71 reviews 71 reviews
33 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This is one of our favorite places for a nice morning hike. The trails are well maintained, the employees are very friendly and helpful in answering questions and giving suggestions. There are many trail options from short and easy to longer hikes of several miles. Be sure to bring water to drink and snacks for longer hikes.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

A great location for day hikes but is pretty busy, limitations on dog and mt biking trails but still many great opportunities

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Murrieta, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

The Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve provides a number of easy hikes. You can select to take short ones or longer ones. Nothing too taxing. Short ones for the family or with children and the longer ones for more active or experienced hikers. I generally takes two or three of the longer routes. I have hiked every trail in the... More

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Southrn California
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25 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

We've spent a lot of time over the years on the Santa Rosa Plateau trails...hiking, mountain biking, or taking in the lovely oak tree dotted hills from aback a horse. Though the equestrian trails are limited, they meander through a lovely area. In spring and summer, it is best to keep an eye out for rattlesnakes - they abound. Though... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

There's water in the vernal pools!!! I can finally say I've seen the pools. Nice peaceful hiking. Lots of wildlife, lots of trails. Hiking, biking. this place never gets old. Stop at the adobes and have a snack or lunch.

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El Dorado County, CA
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5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Every time I visit the Temecula area, I make a point of going to the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve. I take a back pack with me filled with fresh fruit and water and I walk a different hiking path each time I visit. When I stay in the area for an extended time, I visit Santa Rosa Plateau at... More

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