Two billion years in the making…Big Morongo Canyon Preserve is a natural and cultural site where the Mojave and Colorado Deserts meet. Suitable for outdoor and wildlife enthusiasts, birders, hikers, walkers, photographers, and even visitors who use wheelchairs, this family-friendly experience should be included in your desert itinerary.
Big Morongo Canyon Preserve contains some of the oldest rocks in California which are dated to almost two billion years. It's located in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties in Southern California where you will find two distinct ecosystems.
High Desert and Low Desert ecosystems are defined by differences in elevation, climate, native vegetation, and animal life. The Preserve elevations which are considered High Desert, range from 1,700 feet to over 4,000 feet. This desert oasis on the canyon floor is a fertile wildlife sanctuary for bighorn sheep, deer, and mountain lions to rare and usual birds, butterflies, and reptiles.
The canyon was used by nomadic Indians for centuries because water was available and food plentiful. In the 1800s the area was used by ranchers and farmers. Eighty acres was gifted in 1968