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.