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MISSION CREEK PRESERVE

Located in a transition zone between the Sonoran and Mojave deserts, the 4760 acre Mission Creek Preserve has a rich species composition, with flora and fauna representing both deserts. Visitors are surprised to discover the center of the preserve is a lush wetlands juxtaposed with extensively eroded painted hills and Mount San Gorgonio looming in the background. The wetlands and perennial stream are important habitat for the endangered least Bell's vireo and southwestern willow flycatcher. The preserve hosts deer, bear, big horn sheep and mountain lions and has spectacular displays of spring wildflowers in wet years. The preserve trail system leads onto the Pacific Crest Trail which is two miles from the stone house group campground.


FREE PUBLIC PROGRAMS

All programs are free! Donations are always welcome and apprecated. For more information and to RSVP, please call the Pioneertown Mountains Preserve office at (760) 369-7105.

Volunteer Days
Join us in helping maintain the preserve. Volunteers will work on a wide variety of projects including trail maintenance, preserve clean-ups, invasive weed removal, and more! Please come prepared with close-toed shoes, pants, a wide-brimed hat, sunscreen, water, and gloves.

Guided Hikes
Our staff provide seasonal guided hikes at our desert preserves. Most popular offered hike is from our Mission Creek Preserve to Whitewater via the Pacific Crest Trail.

Program dates and information to be avaiable at a later date.

HOURS

Dawn to Dusk

ADMISSION

Free

THINGS TO DO

STONE HOUSE PICNIC AREA

AMENITIES

  • Parking
  • Restrooms
  • Drinking Water
  • Picnic Area

LOCATION

The preserve is located to the west of Highway 62 near Desert Hot Springs, California.

Get Driving Directions

RESOURCES

SAFETY CAUTIONS

  • Extreme Summer Heat
  • Rattlesnakes
  • Flash Floods

COURTESY GUIDE

To enhance the quality of everyone's visit, please observe this summary of rules for your safety and protection of the preserve.

  • Stay on designated trails
  • Dogs on leash
  • Smoking prohibited
  • Drones prohibited
  • Hunting prohibited
  • A person may not pick, cut, mutilate, or remove plants or other natural resources.

GATEWAY TO PUBLIC LANDS


CONTACT US

Mission Creek Preserve
60550 Mission Creek Road
Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240
(760) 369-7105
desertpreserves@twc-ca.org


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