California Citrus State Historic Park

This park unit is open at limited capacity. Please take the time to read the information contained on this webpage to find out what is open and closed, and what COVID-19 guidelines are in place. - (March 21, 2022)

What is open now?

  • 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.
  • Chino Sector Office.
  • Visitor Center will be open at reduced capacity.
  • All park facilities are now open at reduced capacity.
  • Special Events will be considered in compliance with county health guidelines.
  • Tours will be available in compliance with county health guidelines.

Phone Number

(951) 780-6222

Park Hours

Park Hours: 8am-5pm

Visitor Center: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday 10:00 am to 4:00pm 

Dogs Allowed?

Dogs allowed on the trails. Dogs not allowed in the visitor center/museum. 

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.

Online reservations are not available for this park.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

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

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Park Open

We will be open Thanksgiving

Preserving the Cultural Landscape of the Citrus Industry

Photo of Eliza Tibbets

This park interprets the industry's role in the history and development of California through the stories of the diverse groups of people who made it all possible. The park recaptures the complexities of the time when "Citrus was King," exploring the significance 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 ideal soil and weather conditions, produced an especially sweet and flavorful winter harvest 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 as well as thousands of migrant and immigrant agricultural workers to California for the "second Gold Rush."  This resulted in the growth of cities and communities throughout Southern California, most of which were segregated along class and racial lines.  On the surface, however, the lush groves of oranges, lemons and grapefruit contributed to California's legacy - its lingering image as the Golden State - the land of sunshine and opportunity.  

 Citrus trees, palm, and moutains


Interpretive Tours

Greeted by an old-fashioned roadside fruit stand, the “big orange, our park dedicates over half of 250 acres to what was once the universal symbol of California’s role in agriculture – the citrus grove. Led by trained park professionals, the tour includes an opportunity to tour varietal groves and focuses on the history of citrus in the Riverside area.

Large orange Display Fruit Stand

Our tour will start at 11:00 am & 2:00 pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during the winter season weather permitting*.  Tours are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.  No pre-registration is needed to join the tour unless your tour group is 8 or more people. Tour groups of 8 or more people must make a private tour reservation. For more information please call (951) 780-6223 Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. 

 Fruit availability for tasting during tours is dependent on the season.

*Tours will be canceled for inclement weather. (Rain, excessive heat, high winds, etc.) 

 Please take note:

  • Tour will be approximately 1 hour from start to finish.
  • Parking fees are required and can either be paid at the front self-pay station or paid with the attendant if present.
  • Wear comfortable shoes, and bring water and sunscreen

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Posted Orders

08/21/2021 Posted Orders

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