Pacific Coast Highway between Seapoint & Warner Ave.
Size: 300 acres with 1.5 mile trail
Free admission & parking Hours: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Restrictions: No dogs, bicycles or horses
If you love nature, critters, and water, then this place has it all. But it’s easy to miss the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve if you don't know what you're looking for. Bolsa Chica reserve includes over 1,200 acres of undeveloped wetlands, lowlands, and lower mesa operated by the California Department of Fish and Game, and is hidden along the east side of Pacific Coast Highway in the city of Huntington Beach from Warner Avenue to Seapoint Avenue.
Bolsa Chica is one of the last remaining wetlands in southern California, within the past 100 years the area has been used as a hunting ground, for gun emplacements by the United States military, and as an extensive oil production field. For several thousand years prior to those times, Native Americans inhabited the wetlands and surrounding bluffs.
Although there are still active oil wells on the wetlands today, the area has become the home to a large and diverse collection of flora and fauna, as well as a haven for an abundance of costal wildlife and is open to the public daily from sunrise to sunset. Best of all--it’s free.