The Multi-Species Reserve has been a protected area for native species and the habitats they depend on since 1992. Some of these wonderful species which call the Reserve home include horned lizards, mountain lions, Stephens’ kangaroo rat, Southwestern willow flycatcher, and Quino checkerspot butterfly.
This natural gem was preserved as part of an environmental mitigation measure and encompasses nearly 14,000 acres of gorgeous oak woodland, sage scrub, riparian, grassland and chaparral vegetative communities nestled between beautiful Lake Skinner and Diamond Valley Lake east of Temecula.
Although the majority of the Multi-Species Reserve is not open to the public, there are three picturesque trails great for hiking and horseback riding. Also, nearby Lake Skinner and Diamond Valley Lake offer endless outdoor activities.
Park guides and more information are available at Riverside County Park District Headquarters or from the Multi-Species Reserve Office.
- Wildlife Conservation
- Lake Skinner Trail
- Goldrich Trail
- North Hills Trail
Lake Skinner Trail:
Open May 20 – December 31
(for equestrians and hikers)
Open December 1 – December 31
(for hikers only)
Closed to all use January 1 – May 19
This is a wilderness reserve: Enter at your own risk Natural areas can be dangerous. All wild animals may attack without provocation. There is a possibility that you may encounter mountain lion, coyote, badger, and/or poisonous snakes on the Reserve. Ticks, poison oak, unimproved trails and other hazards also exist. The trails are not improved and there is NO DRINKING WATER AVAILABLE on the trails. CHILDREN (UNDER 18 YEARS OLD) MUST BE UNDER DIRECT ADULT SUPERVISION AT ALL TIMES. Check with the Reserve Manager at 951-926-7416 for any special warnings or unexpected trail closures.
Enter only at the designated trail heads and stay on the designated trail. The trails may be temporarily closed, without notice, for safety or operational reasons. Camping is not allowed on the trail.
- Obey all trail signs, stay on designated trail
- No pets allowed on trail, in vehicles or at trailheads
- No collecting
- No firearms or other weapons
- Pack out everything you take in
- Use toilet facilities at recreation areas – no facilities available on trail
- No motorized vehicles and no bicycles
- Due to high fire danger, smoking is not permitted on trails
- No animals except horses are permitted on trails or at trailheads
- For your safety, Reserve staff reserve the right to close the trail without prior notice due to dangerous conditions including weather