News about the District2018-03-01T21:46:56+00:00

On Wednesday, June 6, 2018 and Thursday, June 7, 2018, CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department, in cooperation with Riverside County Parks, will be conducting prescribed burns on different areas surrounding Lake Skinner. These scheduled dates are dictated by favorable weather conditions. A total of 400 acres of grassland will be burned. Smoke will be visible from nearby communities, but will disperse quickly and is not expected to be a health hazard.

The project is aimed at eliminating non-native grass as well as reducing the hazard posed by flammable vegetation. In addition to the ecological and hazard reduction benefits, firefighters from multiple departments are provided the opportunity to participate in valuable wildland fire suppression training.

This prescribed burn operation will utilize CAL FIRE engines and CAL FIRE Conservation Camp Fire crews in addition to other local department engines from throughout Southern California. Burning operations will typically begin after 6:00 a.m. and conclude by noon the same day. The burning operation will only occur on permissive burn days as determined by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) and CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department.

Please contact the CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Public Affairs Bureau at (951) 940-6985 with any questions.

We are excited to announce Lake Skinner’s freshly redesigned and updated splash pad and inclusive play area are now open for public use.

We invite families to come cool off during the hot Summer months at Lake Skinner’s Splash Pad. Break away from the daily routine, pack up the family and come beat the heat.

Our splash pad is over 12,000 square feet of splashing fun with a design that showcases the journey of water from rainfall to the faucet in your house, it’s not only refreshing, but educational too. Our new inclusive play area has features designed to accommodate everyone!

In addition to the redesigned Splash Pad, Lake Skinner Recreational Area offers visitors expansive natural vistas and invigorating recreational opportunities, including camping, picnicking, hiking, horseback riding, boating, and fishing. For day trips, Lake Skinner offers three reservable shade shelters, ample picnic benches and barbecues, and expansive grass areas throughout the park for guest use. Or, book an entire weekend and come camping at one of our three campground areas. More information can be found and reservations can be made on our website –

Lake Skinner’s Splash Pad hours of operation are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, and Holiday Mondays, and 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. on non-Holiday Mondays. Use of the splash pad is included in your day use or camping fees. Day use fees are $6 per adult and $3 per child.

Calling all explorers of the great outdoors! Our Hidden Valley Nature Center Summer Camp registration is taking place now.

Our Summer Camp is broken down into two sessions, week 1: June 18th – 22th and Week 2: June 25th – 29th. Our Summer Camp hours are Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. We are welcoming ages 5 – 11 to register for our camp. Adventurers can come explore Geology, Archaeology and Paleontology during the first week, then dive into exploring the plants and animals living in Hidden Valley Wildlife Area during the second week.

Camp attendees will get to learn and explore all the earth ologists while learning about the importance each one of them has on nature. Different hands-on activities will provide an opportunity for learning about all the plants and animals that call Hidden Valley Wildlife Area home.

Summer Camp registration fees are only $100 per child and space is limited. Our Hidden Valley Summer Camp is fun-filled with lots of hands-on interactive exploration and activities.

To register your child today, please visit: Once registration is complete, a staff member from Hidden Valley will contact you regarding payment.

For more information on any of our events, please visit or contact (800) 234-PARK (7275).

We invite you to join us this Memorial Day Weekend for our Wildflower Show at the Idyllwild Nature Center taking place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 26 & 27.

This two-day event will feature over 100 wildflower displays, guest speakers, naturalist-led walks, wildflower art, children’s activities, and much more. Entrance fees will be $4 per adult, $3 per child and $1 per dog.

Upcoming Events at Lake Skinner Recreation Area – Public access to the park will be limited during these events

Solar Cup – May 18-20, 2018

CLOSED: Launch Ramp 1, the East Bay of the Lake, Campgrounds A, B, & C, and portions of the Day Use areas will be CLOSED to public use.

OPEN: Launch Ramp 2, the Splash Pad, Boat Rentals at the Marina, and Day Use Area 2 will remain OPEN for public use.

Regular operations will resume on Monday, May 21st.

Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival – June 1-3, 2018

CLOSED: The Entire Park will be CLOSED to public access during this event. For more information about the event or to purchase tickets, please visit

Regular operations will resume on Monday, June 4th.

We thank you for your understanding and continued support.

In celebration of the county’s 125th anniversary, the Riverside County Historical Commission has created a free mobile app tour of the county’s designated historic landmarks and points of interest. With over 130 sites plotted on the interactive map, users can tour through the county from one landmark to the next, or just sit at home and browse through the photographs and descriptions. The Historic Riverside County Map Tour app is available now on the Google Play Store. Download the app directly from the store at

Each site featured in the app is a county, state and/or federally designated landmark or point of historical interest, many of which the Riverside County Historical Commission has helped register in the past 40 years.

For more information about the app, or about the work of the County Historical Commission, please contact Antone Pierucci, curator of history at

Fly on in for Hidden Valley Wildlife Area’s Duck Daze where we celebrate the wonders of wetlands and wildlife.

Duck Daze is fun for the whole family featuring: Nature walks along the Santa Ana River, Hayrides, live animal exhibits, 4-H petting zoo, children’s crafts and games, face painting, and more!

Admission is $4 per person, with children under age 2 admitted for free. Parking is free.

Location: Hidden Valley Nature Center
11401 Arlington Ave. Riverside, CA 92505

The 4th Annual Healthy Living Extravaganza will be taking place on Saturday, April 28th, 2018 from 10 AM – 3 PM at Rancho Jurupa Regional Park located at 4800 Crestmore Rd., in Jurupa Valley, California.

This year we will be joining forces with the Riverside County Superhero 5 K Run/ Walk which will commence at 8 AM the morning of the Healthy Living Extravaganza. Participants of the Healthy Living Extravaganza are encouraged to come early and participate in the Run/ Walk (Registration Required).

Event participants will get the opportunity to explore and take advantage of free health screenings, nutrition and meal planning, opportunity drawings, kid’s zone, food zone, entertainment and more! This event is beneficial for all ages and income levels, as we encourage all to come and bring the whole family to learn about available services throughout Riverside County.

Resources are brought to one central location where Riverside County residents are able to gain invaluable information on how to live a healthier and more active life.

This event is proudly brought to you by the Riverside County Regional Park and Open-Space District in collaboration with Riverside County Parks Foundation, Healthy Jurupa Valley, the City of Jurupa Valley, Jurupa Area Recreation and Park District, Jurupa Unified School District, Reach Out, the City of Riverside, Riverside Community Services Foundation, Riverside County Health Coalition, and the Riverside University Health System-Public Health.

For more information visit our Healthy Living Extravaganza website.

RivCoParks Reservations System Launch

We are excited to announce the launch of our new reservations system. It provides our customers with a seamless and more attractive design. Our new reservations system engages users with an enhanced search and navigation experience. When using this system you will notice improvements in performance and functionality.

Some benefits of our new reservation system includes:

  • Easy-to-use reservations (desktop and mobile device friendly)
  • Ability to purchase annual passes online
  • Transfer your reservation dates and camp sites online
  • Reserve campsites, cabins and shelters 6 months in advance
  • Interactive maps

We thank you for your patience throughout this process, and for your continued support.

For further questions or if you are having any difficulties, please call our Guest Services team at 1-800-234-PARK(7275)

RivCoParks Reservations Announcement UPDATE

Riverside County Regional Park & Open-Space District (RivCoParks) is proud to announce a new reservation system that will enhance your Parks Experience. We have shifted our launch date over to March 21st, 2018. We apologize for the inconvenience, and thank you for your patience.

We are anticipating to launch our new platform that will ease your reservation process.  While most of the changes will be transparent to you, you will see some improvement in performance and functionality.

Because of the transition to the new system, all reservations (both reservations made online and over the telephone) will be offline between 3/12/18-3/21/18.

Some benefits of our new reservation system includes:

  • Easy-to-use reservations (desktop and mobile device friendly)
  • Ability to purchase annual passes on line
  • Transfer your reservation dates and camp sites on line
  • Reserve campsites, cabins and shelters 6 months in advance
  • Interactive maps

For further questions please call 1-800-234-7275 or visit