Plan Your Visit
Natural beauty and a rich cultural history await discovery at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve (BCER). At 1,449 acres, the Bolsa Chica Wetlands is the largest saltwater marsh between Monterey Bay and the Tijuana River Estuary. Approximately 5 miles of trails can be explored from sunrise to sunset. Since Bolsa Chica is home to rattlesnakes, black widows, coyotes, and poison oak as well as many rare and endangered species, it is important that visitors stay on designated trails.
Wetlands are one of the most productive ecosystems on the planet! They support large numbers of plants and animals, and are highly dynamic.
With five plant communities, and its uses as a rest stop for migratory birds, nursery for marine life, and haven for rare and endangered species, the wetlands abound with a multitude of wildlife!
Birds are one of the most abundant and interesting sights you can find at the reserve.
Learn about the history of the Bolsa Chica wetlands and reserve from over ten-thousand years ago to today.
Visit our interpretive center to see animals, displays, and other exhibits to learn all about the reserve.
Equip yourself with resources and information to prepare for your visit to the reserve.