Big skies, vernal pools and wildflowers at Santa Rosa Plateau


Last updated 4/2/2009 at Noon

Goldfields bloom on the Vernal Pool Trail.

If you are dreaming of a place where you can escape for the day, a truly placid place is the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve. Nestled in the southern Santa Ana Mountains are the reserve’s 8,300 acres abundant with various habitats, including bunchgrass prairies and riparian wetlands. Also abundant are oak savannahs with two species of oaks, the live oak and the Engelmann oak.

Check in at the Visitor Center, pay the two-dollar fee and you will be given a map of the various trails and a list of the currently blooming wildflowers specific to each trail.

Debbie Taylor, who has been a...

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