October - March
8am-5pm 7 Days a Week
April - September
8am-7pm 7 Days a Week
Chino Hills State Park
As such, State Parks continues to ask visitors to plan ahead, avoid road trips and stay close to home, maintain physical distancing, wear a face covering when a physical distance of six feet from others who are not from the immediate household members cannot be maintained, and avoid congregating. This means no gatherings, picnics or parties. Visitors are being asked to leave if there are too many people to allow for the required physical distance. Full details on the guidelines are available at parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.
Here are some guidelines for people visiting Chino Hills State Park:
What is open now?
The following is open at the park:
- The park is open for day-use from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Campground will open June 22. For more information about camping, visit www.parks.ca.gov/COVID19Camping. To make a reservation, visit www.ReserveCalifornia.com or call 800-444-7275. Reservations must be made 48 hours in advance of arrival date
- No transactions at entrance station. APM or Pay by Phone only.
- Trails - all active recreation will be permitted such as hiking, running, mountain biking, and bird watching, and equestrian use rules and regulations are now posted at all trailheads and will continue to be enforced.
- Only restrooms in the proximity of the parking lots will be available.
- Picnic tables, and benches.
What is currently closed at this park and throughout the State Park System?
At this Park:
- Visitor center temporarily closed.
- Many campgrounds across the state remain closed until further notice. Some campgrounds have started to reopen with modifications. For more information, please visit www.parks.ca.gov/COVID19Camping.
- Many high public-use indoor facilities, including museums and visitor centers.
- Special events and tours continue to be canceled until further notice.
Are there any new visitor guidelines?
Yes, please see below:
- Stay Local: Stay close to home. Walk or bike into the park. Parking is very limited. Do not take road trips to parks and beaches or to neighboring states.
- Stay Active: Keep walking, jogging, hiking and biking. Watch for one-way trails.
- Stay Safer at 6 Feet: Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more. Gatherings, picnics and parties are not allowed. Visitors will be asked to leave if there are too many people at the park, beach or on trails to allow for the required physical distance.
- Stay Clean: Be prepared. Bring soap/sanitizer and pack out all trash
- Stay Covered: The state now requires you to wear a face covering in most indoor settings and public outdoor spaces when you cannot maintain physical distancing of six feet or more from people outside of your immediate household. For details, please visit CDPH’s guidance here. Visitors should also abide by their local county health orders.
Thank you for your patience and continued support of California State Parks as we work to limit your risk for exposure to COVID-19 in the outdoors. For more information, please visit parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.
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Trails are OPEN
Enjoy your day at the park!
Hills For Everyone Trail is currently closed
North Ridge Trail is closed between where it intersects at Telegraph Canyon Trailhead east to Gilman Trail.
You can find a FAQ sheet for North Ridge Trail HERE
The gates are locked in the evenings during the following hours:
5:00pm October 1st - 1st Sunday in April
7:00pm 1st Sunday in April - September 30th
Gates open at 8:00 am.
When gates are locked, there is no vehicle access into or out of the campground.
EMERGENCIES AFTER THE PARK IS CLOSED – CALL 911
Information regarding the gate closure is available at the park and online at the State Park website. While some campers may be inconvenienced by the nightly closure, an extra level of security is provided by eliminating vehicles driving in the park that are not associated with campers. Not having these vehicles in the park at night reduces the hazard to children and pedestrians, reduces noise and vandalism, and reduces opportunities for theft of camping gear.
The 2 most common rattlesnakes you will see here are the Southern Pacific Rattlesnake and the Red Diamond Rattlesnake. The Southern Pacific Rattlesnake is the one you will most likely run into in the park. If you do see a rattlesnake while hiking, stop and wait until the snake leaves the area. It has mostly likely felt you coming from the vibrations you've made walking on the trail. If it doesn't leave, turn around and notify a park employee or volunteer. Snakes are more willing to leave you alone and find something more manageable to strike and eat (unless you try to take a selfie with it). Notify a park employee so that the snake can be returned to a more suitable location to live. Do not try to relocate or pickup the snake yourself.
Tips to Safely Enjoy Chino Hills State Park Year Round
It is important for visitors to plan their outdoor adventure at Chino Hills State Park or any any other wilderness area appropriately. Simple actions such as taking plenty of water (1 gallon/per person/day) and food, and knowing that cell coverage is extremely limited or non-existent can help you be better prepared to safely enjoy the park.
Below you will find just a few tips to safely enjoy our wilderness park:
Cell Phone Use
- Cell phone coverage is spotty or nonexistent. Have a way to communicate if there is an emergency.
First Aid Kit
- Bring a first aid kit and become familiar with it.
- Leave an itinerary of your trip with a family member or friend with information such as name and age of hikers/campers, trailhead or campsite name and location, and expected return date.
- Make sure to have plenty of water and food for duration of your trip to avoid dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
- Check Weather. Weather can change instantly.
- Dress appropriately with layers of clothing and appropriate shoes such as hiking boots and close-toed shoes.
- Mark tents and ropes so they are visible at night.
- Keep it clean: pack it in & pack it out.
You can access the park and the trails from:.
Chino Hills State Park Discovery Center - Brea
4500 Carbon Canyon Road (State Route 142)
Brea, California 92823
Quarter Horse Drive Trailhead - Yorba Linda
Quarter Horse Drive is located off of Fairmont Blvd. in the city of Yorba Linda.
Fairmont Blvd. intersects Yorba Linda Blvd. between Imperial Highway and the 91 freeway.
Sapphire Road - Chino Hills
The park entrance located at 4721 Sapphire Road (Elinvar Road) in Chino Hills
From SR71 head West on Soquel Canyon Road turn left onto Elinvar Rd.
Nearby State Parks
California Citrus State Historic Park
9400 Dufferin Avenue
Riverside, California 92504
Lake Perris State Recreation Area
11 miles south of Riverside
17801 Lake Perris Drive
Perris, California 92571
Campfires - ARE NOT PERMITTED As of May 21, 2012
Park Closure - The park will close for at least 48 hours following rain of more than one quarter inch. High clay content in the soil causes “greased” trails and roads. Use during this time makes hiking, bicycling and equestrian activities hazardous and causes severe rutting of trail and road surfaces. The park is also closed during times of extreme fire danger, when the National Weather Service announces a Red Flag Warning.
Trails - For safety’s sake, stay on designated trails and don’t hike alone. Be aware of wildlife, especially rattlesnakes.
Dogs - Dogs are not allowed at Chino Hills State Park except at Bane Canyon Road, the Rolling M Ranch day use area, the Rolling M. Ranch Campgrounds, and day use areas at the Discovery Center. They must be on leash at all times and are not allowed in the backcountry or on trails. Pets must not be left alone at any time. Dogs are not allowed at any other locations.
Speed Limit - 15 mph for all vehicles and bicycles.
Vehicles off road - Motor vehicles may not be driven off road or in the back country. Vehicles are allowed on pavement and in designated parking lots only.
Drinking Water - Available at the Chino Hills State Park Discovery Center, the Rolling M Ranch area, and the Equestrian Staging area.
Smoking - Smoking is not allowed
Trash - Pack it in, pack it out!
Weapons - Weapons of any kind are prohibited.
Collecting - Animals, plants, rocks, dirt and artifacts are protected by law and may not be disturbed or collected.