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Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve

Address: 39400 Clinton Keith Road, Murrieta, CA
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Ranked #1 of 11 Attractions in Murrieta
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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Sun - Sat 5:30 am - 8:00 pm

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English first
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62 reviews 62 reviews
41 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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181 reviews 181 reviews
25 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
3 helpful votes 3 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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Murrieta, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This is a wonderful place to just take a walk. I have seen deer and other small animals many times in this area. For me, during the winter and spring months seem to be best.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Love it out there, especially in the winter months! You actually forget your in California, a few miles from the freeway :)

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163 reviews 163 reviews
47 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

What a great place to take pictures !!! Amazing great place to hike. I love the vista and the drive up is one of the best. I have been up there with my family doing Christmas photos to just taking a nice walk!

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Oceanside, California
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11 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

A little known wildlife and nature preserve in the hills above Murrieta. A favorite school class destination. A presentation about the history of the area is available, along with a guided tour walk. Makes for a pleasant day in nature.

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