Where we ride, its a horse lover's paradise!

posted Oct 12, 2009, 5:35 PM by Susie Crigler   [ updated Mar 26, 2014, 8:09 PM ]

The Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve is located at the southern end of the Santa Ana Mountains in southwest Riverside County, near the city of Murrieta.  
The Reserve consists of 9000 acres. The land has been set aside to protect unique ecosystems like Engelmann oak woodlands, riparian wetlands, coastal sage scrub, chaparral, bunchgrass prairie, vernal pools and more than 200 species of native birds and 49 endangered, threatened or rare animal and plant species, including mule deer, mountain lions, badgers, bobcats, western pond turtles, white-tailed kites and fairy shrimp. Two species of fairy shrimp live in the seasonal vernal pools on the Reserve, but only one is found here and nowhere else on Earth.

 (Horseback riding and mountain biking are restricted to the Sylvan Meadows Multi-Use Area of the Plateau.)
Visitors may pick up a Reserve brochure at the Riverside County Park District Headquarters, or can drop by the Reserve and check it out.

HWY 215 Exit Los Alamos to Mason (1st Dirt road past the Murrieta Sports Park) Follow it to the base of the mountain, and hang a right on Marys Place - Susie Q's Ranch serves Murrieta and the Dudette Ranch can offer rides, adoption, horses that need help!  We take a cut out of all our rides to help her feed the 35 - 40 horses that escaped the auctions!

Beginner to Expert Show Riders, Children & Adults, Riding Lessons for all Levels




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