Chino Hills State Park - California

US National Parks and Monuments Travel Guide:

Chino Hills Sate Park is unique 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 LA 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.

Chino Hills State Park, a premier natural open-space area in the hills of Santa Ana Canyon near Riverside, is a critical link in the Puente-Chino Hills biological corridor. It encompasses stands of oaks, sycamores and rolling, grassy hills that stretch nearly 31 miles, from the Santa Ana Mountains to the Whittier Hills. Chino Hills is vitally important as a refuge to many species of plants, and as a link between natural areas essential to the survival of many animal species.

Chino Hills is also a place where people can escape the pressures of urban life and find peace and solitude in a natural setting. 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. Sixty miles of trails and fire roads also offer excellent opportunities for viewing wildlife and native plants. Facilities consist of a picnic area, equestrian staging area, pipe corrals, a historic barn, water spigots and restrooms. Most of the trails accept multiple use. However, a few trails are designated for hiking only, because of safety issues or the potential for damage to habitat.

Location - Directions

Thepark 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.

4721 Sapphire Road; Chino Hills, CA 91709.

Please Remember

Hours—8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m Friday Saturday and Sunday

Fees—Day-use: $8.00 and camping fees: $15.00

Additional Vehicle (camping) $8.00.

Speed Limit—15 mph for all vehicles and bicycles.

Vehicles off road—Motor vehicles may not be driven off road or in the back country.

Drinking Water—Available at the Rolling M Ranch area, the Equestrian Staging area, and the Bane Canyon Picnicing areas.

Smoking—Because of the high fire danger, smoking is prohibited.

Campfires—Permitted only in designated fire rings, which are established in each campsite. not permitted during fire season.

Generally, fire season runs from May to September, but may change. Please see Rangers for more information.

Trash—Pack it in, pack it out!

Weapons—Weapons of any kind are prohibited.

Trails—For safety’s sake, stay on designated trails and don’t hike alone. Be aware of wildlife, especially rattlesnakes.

Collecting—Animals, plants, rocks, dirt and artifacts are protected by law and may not be disturbed or collected.

Dogs are not allowed at Chino Hills State Park except at Bane Canyon Road, McLean Overlook, the Rolling M Ranch and in the campgrounds. They must be on leash at all times and are not allowed in the backcountry or on trails. Pets must not be left alone at any time. Dogs are not allowed at any other location. Violation of this posted order may result in citation.

Park Closure—The park will close for 48 hours following rain of more than one quarter inch. High clay content in the soil causes “greased” trails and roads. Use during this time makes hiking, bicycling and equestrian activities hazardous and causes severe rutting of trail and road surfaces. The park is also closed during times of extreme fire danger. Please call 951-780-6222 ext 19 or 951-940-5600 for current park conditions and closures.

Nearby State Parks

California Citrus State Historic Park

9400 Dufferin Avenue in Riverside


Lake Perris State Recreation Area

11 miles south of Riverside


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