Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve Murrieta
Visit Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve
This is the place you would like to visit when you want to see nature & green trees. The Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve, located at the southern end of the Santa Ana Mountains in southwest Riverside County near the city of Murrieta, is a tourist attraction & is a hidden gem that offers a fascinating glimpse into the history and ecosystems of the area. Consisting of 9000 acres, the Reserve protects unique ecosystems such as Engelmann oak woodlands, riparian wetlands, coastal sage scrub, chaparral, bunchgrass prairie, and vernal pools as well as more than 200 species of native birds and 49 endangered, threatened or rare animal and plant species, including mule deer, it is a place which you would not want to miss when you are visiting Murrieta as mountain lions, badgers, bobcats, western pond turtles, white-tailed kites and fairy shrimp. Of the two species of fairy shrimp that live in the seasonal vernal pools on the Reserve, one is found only here and nowhere else on Earth! This is the perfect place to get into nature & away from the densely polluted cities.
This is also a perfect place for Hiking trips. There aren’t many hiking trips in Southern California will show you both a rare natural phenomenon and some of the state’s history, but the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve does just that. There are people coming across the nation to trek here. Located near Murrieta in southwestern Riverside County, the park is one of SoCal’s most scenic, especially when the rain clears the air. If the visibility is good, the park offers great views of both San Gorgonio Mountain and San Jacinto Peak. This is not the same as other Hiking as it has many unique things. You are going to experience it when you visit.