|Chino Hills Sate Park is a unique State Park in that it provides refuge for both biodiversity and solitude to the visitors who enjoy their outdoor experiences. There is no other location in the Los Angeles Basin were people can drive a short distance and be swept away with scenic vistas, hike, bike or ride a horse on over 65 miles of trails. At 14,102 acres the park is managed as an open space habitat where all plant and animal life are protected.Extensive grasslands blanket the slopes of the park. The hills are covered with wild oats, rye, black mustard, and wild radish. On south-facing slopes is the soft-leaved shrub community, dominated by several varieties of sage.Visitors can camp for a few days or simply enjoy a walk, horseback, or bicycle ride over trails that meander through valleys and along ridge tops through woodlands, sage scrub and grasslands. The 65 miles of trails and fire roads also offer excellent opportunities for viewing wildlife and native plants. A few trails are designated for hiking only because of safety issues or the potential for damage to habitat.Campfires, school programs, nature hikes, Junior Rangers and educational talks are all offered throughout the year.Wildlife Because of its great variety of habitats and microclimates, Chino Hills State Park is an ideal location for observing many wildlife species native to southern California. Red-tailed hawks and turkey vultures soar above. Coyotes, deer, bobcats and other mammals are often seen in the woodlands, scrub and grasslands. Visitors with good ears and sharp eyes will enjoy the many songbird species seen and heard foraging and raising young in the trees and shrubs.More than 200 species of birds and mammals, numerous reptiles and amphibians, and thousands of types of insects and other invertebrates live in the park. Some of these animals, including least bell's vireo, the California gnatcatcher, and the coastal cactus wren, are considered rare, threatened or endangered.|
|Facilities: Chino Hills State Park has a picnic area, equestrian staging area, pipe corrals, a historic barn, water spigots and restrooms. A family campground with 20 developed campsites is available within the park.|
Best Time To Visit: Chino Hills State Park is open year-round, from 8:00 am to sunset. High temperatures, often combined with heavy smog, suggest that a summer visit can be something of an ordeal. The park is much more pleasurable in the cooler months and especially delightful in spring.Campsites must be paid for in advance. To hold a campsite, it must be reserved or occupied. Checkout time is 12:00 noon. Camping limit in any one campground is 30 days per calendar year.
Fees: At most California State Parks, day use fees are charged for parking only. There is no charge to walk or bike into these parks. Most historical parks and museums charge a day use fee per person.
Accessibility: At present, this park is largely undeveloped. However, usable chemical toilets are located in at the park entrance station and at the campground. A generally accessible unisex toilet room is off the parking lot at the Rolling M Ranch Day Use Area. This park is closed during inclement weather.
Rules: Disturbance or destruction of natural scenery, plants and animals resources is strictly forbidden. Loaded firearms and hunting are not permitted. Park quite hours are between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. All vehicle travel must be confined to designated roads or areas. Please clean up after yourself so that others may enjoy the beauty of these parks.Fires are permitted only in facilities provided for this purpose. Gathering of down wood is prohibited. Portable stoves may be used in designated areas. All fireworks are prohibited.Animals may not be turned loose in park units. All animals, other than grazing animals, must be under immediate physical control. Dogs must be on a tended leash no more than 6 feet or confined in an enclosed vehicle, tent or pen. Dogs, other than those that assist the permanently disabled, are prohibited on trails, beaches, and wherever posted.
Directions: Chino Hills State Park is located 10 miles northwest of Corona. Take the 91-Freeway to Highway 71-North, turn left at Soquel Canyon. Proceed to Elinvar and turn left. Elinvar merges into Sapphire on the left, the park entrance is located on the right.
Map: Click here for a map to Chino Hills State Park
Reservations: Chino Hills State Park does not accept reservations.
|Chino Hills State Park|
|17801 Lake Perris Drive|
|Perris, California 92571|
|General: (951) 443-2423|