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Big Morongo Canyon Preserve Field Trip

April 20 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Big Morongo Canyon Preserve

(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.  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.

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 20
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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Gerry Baade

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