Fall is the perfect time to get outdoors and explore areas along the Santa Ana River. One such spot is the Hidden Valley Wildlife Area in Riverside. As part of the Santa Ana River Watershed – which connects the mountains of San Bernardino to the Pacific Ocean – the sprawling park is brimming with wonderful things to see and do.
This gem is set on 1,500 beautiful acres and has access to 25 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails. There are wetland ponds that serve as a refuge for migratory birds, so bring your binoculars. Bring the family and friends and have a picnic or gaze at the river from a bluff, or perhaps take a self-guided stroll on the nature trail.
There is a nature center that offers hands-on experiences with live animals such as snakes and other reptiles along with educational presentations on Native Americans, wetlands, geology, and the Santa Ana River Watershed. The center also hosts classes for kids throughout the year, summer camps and scouting programs. For more information about the Hidden Valley Wildlife Area, visit the link here.
Enjoy your visit and remember to always throw away your trash and pick up any trash you find along the way! Help us keep the area clean and healthy for future generations.