Walker Canyon in Lake Elsinore is closed until further notice to ensure the safety of residents, visitors, and sensitive habitat.

Recreational Opportunities

At over 500,000 acres, the Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan managed by the Western Riverside County Regional Conservation Authority includes boundless opportunities for the public to experience firsthand the amazing natural landscapes, plants and animals of Western Riverside County.

Below are just a few places where you can explore some great natural environments: Click the reserve numbers below to learn more.

Our Locations


Hidden Valley
Nature Center
Acres 1,500
Notable Species Protected species include the Yellow Breasted Chat, White Faced Ibis, and Tree Swallow.
Recreation Opportunities Enjoy 25 miles of walking, equestrian, self-guided nature trails, and educational ponds. Take part in hands-on experiences with live reptiles and other animals in their natural habitat.
Location 11401 Arlington Ave. Riverside CA, 92505
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Sycamore Canyon
Acres 1,500
Notable Species Animals and wildlife include the Stephens’ Kangaroo Rat, Avian Raptors and Yellow-Rumped Warbler.
Recreation Opportunities Enjoy hiking, biking, and family-friendly nature center.
Location 400 Central Ave, Riverside, CA 92507
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Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve
Acres 9,000
Notable Species Over 200 sensitive species of native birds and 59 endangered, threatened or rare animal and plant species, including Red-Legged Frogs, California Newts, and Southwestern Pond Turtles.
Recreation Opportunities Use 40+ miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails ranging in difficulty, plus 2 adobe homes from 1846 that you can visit.
Location 39400 Clinton Keith Rd, Murrieta, CA 92562
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Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve
Acres 4,344
Notable Species This habitat hosts a variety of species including bobcats, Mountain Lions, and the Rainbow Manzanita.
Recreation Opportunities Visitors can enjoy docent-led hikes throughout or explore the trails on horseback.
Location 37385 De Luz Rd, Fallbrook, CA 92028
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Box Springs Mountain Reserve
Acres 3,400
Notable Species Several species of reptiles and mammals, including the Orange-Throated Whiptail and Wilsons Warbler.
Recreation Opportunities Seven multi-use trails for hiking, biking, and bird watching that range in difficulty.
Location 9699 Box Springs Mountain Rd, Moreno Valley, CA 92557
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San Jacinto Wildlife Area/Lake
Perris Reserve
Acres 19,000
Notable Species Notable species include the Bald Eagle, Great Horned Owl and California Ground Squirrel.
Recreation Opportunities Visitors can come for wildlife viewing and seasonal waterfowl and quail hunting.
Location 17050 Davis Street, Lakeview, CA 92567
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Diamond Valley Lake
Acres 14,000
Notable Species Quino Checkerspot Butterfly, Golden Eagle and Los Angeles Pocket Mouse.
Recreation Opportunities Visitors can hike around the 1.3 mile loop, featuring the season wildflower trail or use the equestrian trails with staging area.
Location 2615 Angler Ave, Hemet, CA 92545
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French Valley Wildlife Area
Acres 702
Notable Species Cactus Wren, Turkey Vulture, Amargosa Voles, Speckled Dace Fish
Recreation Opportunities Hiking, birdwatching, and hunting (Dove, Quail and Rabbit only).
Location 5 miles northeast of Temecula, south of Lake Skinner.
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