Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve:
Nature, Wildlife, and Birdwatching
An exceptional destination for nature lovers and birdwatchers, Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach, CA is a protected wildlife refuge spanning 1,445 acres of peaceful and pristine trails showcasing indigenous SoCal wildlife. Dedicated to the hands-on restoration from decades-long efforts by local activists, this beautiful nature reserve in Orange County is home to nearly 400 bird species, a plethora of plants and habitats that include open water, mudflats, salt marsh, coastal dunes, seabird nesting islands, riparian, and freshwater marsh. Hike along the 5-mile trails and check out the wildlife, from coyotes, squirrels, and rabbits, to black widows, rattlesnakes, fish, and ducks. Ranked as one of the best birding sites in California, bring your binoculars and spy on Blue Herons, Snowy Egrets, Brown Pelicans, Hummingbirds, Kinglets, Loons, Owls, Swallows, and Terns.
Open daily from 6 am to 8 pm.
Expert Talk Series
Animal Feeding Day
How much is parking at Bolsa Chica?
There are two public parking lots at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. The north lot is on Warner Ave near Pacific Coast Highway, and the south lot is on Pacific Coast Highway across from the State Beach. Bolsa Chica State Beach also provides ample parking just for $15 per day, perfect for spending the day exploring the sand, surf, and wildlife of Orange County.
What's there to do at Bolsa Chica Reserve?
Spend a peaceful day at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach, CA, and enjoy 1,445 acres of pristine nature trails ideal for wildlife viewing and birdwatching. Bring your camera and binoculars and catch a glimpse of nearly 400 bird species and animals including coyotes, ducks, squirrels, fish, rabbits, black widows, and rattlesnakes. Take a guided tour through the wetlands on the first Saturday of each month to learn all about the birds, ecology, endangered species, and the early history of Bolsa Chica.