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California Citrus State Historic Park

Contact Information

(951) 780-6222

Park Hours

8am-5pm 7 Days a Week

8am-5pm Monday-Friday
8am-7pm Saturday, Sunday

The Visitor Center open
Saturday and Sunday 10am-4pm

Driving Directions to California Citrus SHP

The park is located in Riverside, one mile east of the 91 Freeway. In the Arlington Heights - Lake Matthews area of Riverside.

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Camping and Lodging

Online reservations are not available for this park.

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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.

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Join us for a free guided "Tour and Taste" through the citrus groves where you can learn about California's historic citrus industry and sample fresh fruit off the tree.

"Tour and Tastes" are generally offered Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30 am, 12:00 pm, and 2:00 pm when volunteer docents are available.   Tours are first come first serve and tour space is limited.

                                          Groves on Wheels - Special Tour
Come and join us for a wheelchair accessible guided tour through our citrus groves.

WHERE?   meet at the visitor center
WHEN?     Saturday, June 18th, 2016
TIME?       10 AM - 11.30 AM

For more information on tours, please call (951) 780-6222 Monday-Friday or (951) 637-8044 Saturday-Sunday.

Visit our visitor center, museum, and store for unique gifts and one of a kind items.

The Visitor Center and Museum is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays - 10 AM to 4 PM.

Park entrance:

                            9400 Dufferin Avenue
                            Riverside, California 92504 

The picking of any fruit, flowers, or other materials in the park is strictly prohibited. All things in the state park are protected.


                              Junior Ranger Program
Junior Rangers is a program for children between the ages 7 and 12 and is offered FREE of charge to visitors who have already paid park entrance fee.

       WHERE?            park's amphitheater
       WHEN?              Sunday, June 5th,  2016

       WHAT TIME?    9 a.m. - 10 a.m. 

       TOPIC?               History of Citrus  

                           Urban Campfire  

       WHERE?           park's amphitheater
       WHEN?             Saturday, June 25th, 2016

       WHAT TIME?  6.30 PM

       TOPIC?             Astronomy

No reservation needed. Please contact Cheryl Madrigal at or call (951) 780 6222 if you have any questions. 

V O L U N T E E R   O P P O R T U N I T I E S

Volunteers needed to work in the Visitor Center and to lead visitors on tours through the citrus groves. 

Please contact Cheryl Madrigal, State Park Interpreter at

Location - Directions

The park is located in Riverside, at 9400 Dufferin Avenue (at the corner of Van Buren Blvd.).
The address of the office is 1879 Jackson Street, Riverside.  In the Arlington Heights - Lake Matthews area of Riverside.

Riverside, CA

Available Activities and Facilities at California Citrus State Historic Park

RV Access
Bike Trails
Hiking Trails
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Vista Point
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Family Programs
Drinking Water Available