Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve is the largest coastal saltmarsh preserve in the Los Angeles/Orange County metropolitan region, spanning 300 acres. It is a popular attraction for tourists and local residents, offering a 1.5-mile loop trail around a water inlet. There are also myriad opportunities to view resident shorebirds and migrating birds that populate the area.

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Away Travel Expert: Christine Loomis
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  • This 1,000-acre sanctuary is one of the state's most significant coastal wetlands. Stop first at the interpretive center near the corner of the Pacific Coast Highway and Warner Avenue (free parking).
  • This area was once hunting grounds for Native American tribes who lived in this area thousands of years ago. Another trail goes from the footbridge by the Pacific Coast Highway and parking lot—this one is really good for wildlife spotting. You might see heron, egrets, Grebes, ducks, lizards, and more.
  • Go on the first Saturday of the month when volunteers lead free tours starting at 9:00 a.m. Meet in the parking lot near the footbridge by the Pacific Coast Highway. There are other tours as well. Call for more information (714.840.1575).

Warner Avenue and the Pacific Coast Hwy.
Huntington Beach, California

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 714-846-1114
Fax: 714-846-4065
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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