Step back from the day-to-day grind and enjoy a relaxing outing to one of Riverside County Park and Open-Space District’s park locations, many of which have several miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails. Experience the beauty of natural creeks, seasonal vernal pools, native foliage and mountains vistas that surround the Inland Empire.

RivCoParks has a trail for every fitness level and personal objective. Experiences vary from casual strolls through picturesque parks to heart-pumping treks through wild nature. Capture stunning photographs of your surroundings, take in scenic vistas or bond with your friends on a journey through unspoiled terrain.

Fire Closures/Trails Update: 

All regional trails out of the Idyllwild Nature Center are open. Some regional mountain park hiking areas are still under fire closures.  This includes McCall Equestrian Campground trails, and some trails adjoining Hurkey Creek Park.  Hurkey Creek Visitors may enjoy a short hike to Idyllwild Park using the hillside perimeter trails. Hurkey Creek visitors are allowed to Idyllwild free of charge. US Forest Service trails in nearby Garner Valley are open.  They include Spitler Peak, Thomas Mountain, and Fobes.  Click here for the official US Forest Service map of current available area trails.  Please note these trails require an Adventure Pass.  If you have further questions, call the park office for updates on weather and trail conditions, and other important safety information.

If you would like to explore our trail system, download the Easy2Hike application! You can view trails in our parks, download maps, and receive trail updates in real-time.

RivCoParks encourages respectful dialogue and education between user groups to reduce the amount of incidents on multi-purpose trails.



Multi-purpose trails are a great way for trail users to have access to a large number of miles whether you’re on foot, hoof, or tread. It is the user’s responsibility to know and understand the rules and regulations of each park.


Do not create new trails for your convenience; this contributes to erosion issues and dangerous trails.


It’s a simple concept: if you offer respect, you are more likely to receive it. Education with friendly dialogue will diminish negative encounters on the trail for all users.

  • Communicate in advance
  • Observe park regulations & speed limits
  • Don’t block the trail. Allow room for other users to pass safely.
  • Stay alert

Yield to ALL other users

  • Control your speed
  • Slow down and use caution when approaching other trail users and blind turns
  • Avoid startling horses, dogs, hikers and joggers. Reduce your speed, speak clearly, and do not rush past other users.
  • Do not build jumps or create new trails

Have priority on trail

  • As an equestrian, you have a responsibility to manage your animals on the trail; it is not advised to bring “green” rides to multi-purpose trails unless they are comfortable. If your horse spooks easily, do not ride them on multi-purpose trails.
  • Keep an eye out for other users in front of you, behind you, and joining you at trail junctions.
  • Inform other users of safest way to pass. Not all trail users are familiar with a horse’s behavior. Some dogs and people can be frightened, communicate your needs clearly.
  • Be responsible, maintain control of your horse at all times.

Yield to Hikers and Equestrians

  • Dogs must be on a leash not to exceed 6 feet. When passing other users, maintain a short leash to avoid confrontation, and maintain control of your dog.
  • Aggressive dogs are not allowed on trails.
  • Yield to other hikers and equestrians. Because some dogs are unpredictable, step to one side of the trail with your dog to allow enough room for others to pass safely.
  • Pick up dog waste and haul off trail.

Yield to Hooves

  • Always yield to equestrians. If you are running, slow down or stop. Horses can spook when a runner approaches too fast.
  • Be alert
  • Don’t block the trail. Allow others to pass if you’re taking a break.
  • Keep at least one ear open. For safety and for communicating with others, wear only one ear bud when listening to devices.

It is your responsibility to exercise caution and to ensure your own safety while using trails. This includes knowing the limits of your own abilities, wearing a helmet when bicycling, and following the rules specific to the trail you are on.

By design, regional trails accommodate a variety of trail users. While this is generally one of the many benefits of multi-use regional trails, it also can lead to occasional conflicts among trail users. Everyone should take responsibility to ensure trail safety by following a few simple trail etiquette guidelines.

  • Travel in groups of two or more
  • Keep your speed down. Pass with care, and yield when appropriate
  • Be prepared for weather. Conditions and temperatures can change rapidly. Dress accordingly, carry adequate water and sun protection.
  • Stay on approved trails. Going off trail can damage park resources, accelerate erosion, and threaten other park users and wildlife. Respect the property of the land owners adjacent to trail boundaries and the vegetation that grows there.
  • Always carry water. Two quarts per person per two hour hike is recommended.
  • Dogs must be under control at all times.
  • Obey all trail-use rules posted at trailheads. You are responsible for knowing and following park rules and regulations.
  • Do not litter.
  • Do not drink or contaminate water sources
  • Use provided toilet facilities – If you are unable to find a facility, dig a hole six inches deep at least 200 feet from any open water.
  • Do not make fires. Use picnic areas and grills if provided.
  • No motorized vehicles are allowed on trails

Hiking Safety

  • Wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Long sleeves, pants, study hiking shoes, and hats are highly recommended.
  • Listen for other trail users and pass equestrians with caution. Hikers and should step to the side of the trail when meeting or being overtaken by cyclists or equestrians.
  • Stay on trail. Wandering off trail leads to increased erosion and threatens the natural environment.
  • Do not create new trails
  • Do not drink the water in streams and springs

Bicycling Safety Tips 

  • Wear a helmet. Nearly 75% of all bicycle related deaths are the result of head injuries.
  • Cyclists yield to all other trail users
  • Be sure your bicycle is in good operating condition.
  • Carry a spare tube and tools for minor repairs.
  • Wear high visibility clothing. It sets you apart from the scenery and makes you more visible to motorists.
  • Always yield, pass with care and keep your speed to a slow, safe pace.
  • Do not exceed the 15-mph speed limit. Approach each bend as if someone were around the corner.
  • Hikers and particularly horses are easily startled.
  • Calling out or ringing a bicycle bell to get the attention of other trail users can prevent accidents.
  • Being sensitive to how others perceive you will assure a positive image for your sport and minimize the restrictions that follow confrontations and negative encounters.

Equestrian Safety Tips

  • Travel at a safe speed. Be especially careful when visibility is limited.
  • Let other trail users know if your horse is safe to pass.
  • Don’t take short cuts. Stay on trail.
  • Don’t ride in the rain. If the trail is muddy, use an alternate trail. Deep hoof ruts are difficult to repair and make the trail hazardous for other trail users.

The Santa Ana River Trail is a multi-use trail complex that runs alongside the Santa Ana River in southern California. When completed, it will be the longest multi-use trail in Southern California, spanning 100 miles between San Bernardino and Orange County.

As envisioned, the majority of the 75-mile segment from Huntington Beach to San Bernardino County would be a dual-track trail consisting of 1) paved Class I and Class II Bikeways for bicyclists and pedestrians and 2) decomposed granite (DG) surfaced riding and hiking trail for equestrians, mountain bicyclists, and hikers.

Riverside County Regional Park and Open-Space District’s Trail Development Standard is available for download. You will need Adobe Acrobat (or a compatible PDF viewer) to view this document.

The RivCoParks Adopt-A-Trail (AAT) program was created by the Riverside County Regional Park & Open-Space District to bring community members and organizations together to protect and maintain the natural beauty of our trail system and open-space areas.

Here are some trails you might be interested in:

Box Springs Mountain Ecological Reserve

Box Springs Mountain Park and Reserve is located on 3,400 acres of beautiful chaparral covered land. The many miles of trail that vary in difficulty allow all to get out and enjoy the natural environment.

Hidden Valley Nature Center

Hidden Valley Wildlife Area is located along the Santa Ana River, east of Norco on Arlington Avenue, one mile west of La Sierra Avenue. It is set on 1500 scenic acres and has access to 25 miles of hiking and equestrian trails.

Check out what RivCoParks has to offer: