The Preserve begins about one-half mile southeast of the town of Morongo Valley in the Little San Bernardino Mountains and opens at the bottom of Big Morongo Canyon into the west end of the Coachella Valley northwest of Desert Hot Springs (see Map). Elevations on the Preserve range from 600 feet on the canyon floor to over 3000 feet at the ridgetops. Several trails, including boardwalks through the marsh and stream habitats, meander through the Preserve. The one-half mile Marsh Trail is wheelchair-accessible.
The Preserve is open daily throughout the year--from 7:30 am to sunset--but the ideal months to visit are in the fall, winter, and spring seasons (click HERE for climate). Admission is free but donations are welcomed. Click HERE to see the schedule for weekly bird walks and other activities.
All trails begin at the kiosk by the parking lot. Visitors may choose from a number of trails ranging from three-tenths of a mile to an 11-mile round trip hike through Big Morongo Canyon. Hiking is permitted only on designated trails. Hikes led by docents are available seasonally - click HERE to see the schedule and details for guided hikes.
Trail maps, trail guides for self-guided walks, information brochures, picnic facilities, and restroom facilities are available at the Preserve.
Please help us protect the plants and wildlife in the Preserve by adhering to the following guidelines during your visit:
The adjoining Covington Park is equipped to handle large groups for picnic and recreation outings. For more information call the Morongo Valley Community Services District at (760) 363-6454.
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