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Big Morongo Canyon Preserve Field Trip
April 30 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
(Thomas Guide:((SB 616-J5) / GPS: 34.050398, -116.570646)
Rating: Easy (Flat boardwalk)
(NOTE: Later Start Time due to travel distance)
NOTE: This is a day trip or an alternate Saturday/Sunday Outing.
Big Morongo Canyon Preserve is always a spring hotspot and a favorite PAS field trip. In the caretaker’s yard, several hummingbird and seed feeders attract many bird species for your enjoyment. Birds often found here are Western and Summer Tanagers, Vermilion Flycatchers, Yellow-breasted Chat, and several other more uncommon species. Picnic tables and restrooms are available. Bring a lunch for an after-birding picnic at the bird feeders.
Directions to Big Morongo: (for GPS Users the address is 11055 East Dr, Morongo Valley, CA 92256): From Escondido, proceed north on I-15 approx. 36 miles to the I-15/I-215 split in Murrieta. Change to I-215 north and continue about 30 miles to Hwy 60 east. Take Hwy 60 east approx.18 miles and merge with the I-10. Then continuing east on I-10 approximately 40 miles to Hwy 62. Go north on Hwy 62 about 12 miles to Morongo Valley (a small town). About a mile or two into town, look for signs for Big Morongo Canyon Preserve. Turn right (south) on East Drive, a dirt road, to the Preserve. The parking lot is just beyond the caretaker’s house. Allow 2+ hours travel time from Escondido.
For those staying over Saturday night, we are recommending the Best Western Joshua Tree Hotel & Suites at 56525 Twentynine Palms Highway, Yucca Valley 92284 (760) 365-3555 at the upper price range (NOTE: this is not the Best Western Gardens Hotel in the city of Twentynine Palms) or we are also recommending the Super 8 at 57096 29 Palms Hwy Yucca Valley CA (760) 228-1773 for about $60 less. Note, due to music festivals, rooms are expensive and in high demand so book early. We will assemble in the lobby of the Best Western at 2:00 pm on Saturday, for a tour to Black Rock Canyon Campground in search of the Scott’s Oriole, the Pinyon Jay, and Gambel’s Quail. We will return to our motels in time to scrub up for a 5:00 pm happy hour in the breakfast area, followed by a 7:00 pm dinner at La Casita located at 57154 Twentynine Palms Highway, Yucca Valley, CA 92284. At happy hour, we can decide on the best destination for our Sunday morning birding, before heading back home.
Photos: Big Morongo
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