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Big Morongo Canyon Preserve Field Trip

April 22 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Big Morongo Canyon Preserve

(Thomas Guide:((SB 616-J5) / GPS:  34.050398, -116.570646)

Rating: Easy (Flat boardwalk)

(NOTE: Later Start Time due to travel distance)


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.

Since this field trip is quite a long distance from San Diego County, you may want to drive up there earlier on Friday, April 21. And perhaps, spend the weekend there.

I’m suggesting that you book your room at America’s Best Value Inn at 71829 Twentynine Palms Highway,  (760) 367-0070

You should do this as soon as possible, since we will be competing for rooms along with the people attending the Coachella Music Festival.

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.

Photos: Big Morongo

Further Information on Location – Here



April 22
8:30 am - 11:30 am
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Big Morongo Canyon Preserve
10967 Covington Drive
Morongo Valley, CA 92256 United States
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Jeff Ebright

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