Visitor Center Hours
Daily 8am-5pm (October-March)
This park preserves some of the rapidly vanishing cultural landscape of the citrus industry and tells the story of this industry's role in the history and development of California. The park recaptures the time when "Citrus was King" in California, recognizing the importance of the citrus industry in southern California.
In 1873, the U.S. Department of Agriculture forever changed the history of Southern California when it sent two small navel orange trees to Riverside resident Eliza Tibbets. Those trees, growing in near perfect soil and weather conditions, produced an especially sweet and flavorful fruit. Word of this far superior orange quickly spread, and a great agricultural industry was born.
In the early 1900s, an effort to promote citrus ranching in the state brought hundreds of would-be citrus barons to California for the "second Gold Rush." The lush groves of oranges, lemons and grapefruit gave California another legacy - its lingering image as the Golden State - the land of sunshine and opportunity.
WHAT TO DO AT CALIFORNIA CITRUS SHP
Fruit Tastings at the Visitor Center/Museum
Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, please come visit our museum/visitor center. You can roam the museum, and we will have fresh fruit to taste on the back patio! Tastings are offered from 10 am to 3:30 pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Entrance to the museum/visitor center is free, with paid parking fee.
Join us for a freeguided tour, or "History Hike," where you can learn about California's historic citrus industry. Our tours are offered Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 11:00am and 2:00pm. Space is limited so please pre-register by calling 951-780-6222 Monday-Thursday or 951-637-8044 Friday-Sunday. Reservations are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome as space allows.
PLEASE NOTE: The picking of any fruit, flowers, or other materials in the park is strictly prohibited. All things in the state park are protected.
Have you been by the visitor center to see our new exhibit Finding Ourselves in the Groves: Stories and Storytellers of Citrus in Inland Southern California? Check out this recent article to learn more about it, and we hope to see you in the park soon!