Santa Margarita County Preserve

37385 De Luz Rd., Fallbrook CA. 92028
(760) 728-2303

Hours: 8 a.m. – one half hour before sunset, daily
Pedestrian access is available from sunrise to sunset, daily. No public vehicle access or restroom availability on December 25.

Acquired to preserve the resources and picturesque scenery of the Santa Margarita Valley, this preserve offers an outdoor escape to residents of the Fallbrook area. The trails are open to hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders, with an equestrian staging area and horse corrals.

The 221-acre preserve is part of the County of San Diego Multiple Species Conservation Program, and consists of riparian and upland habitats. The lush river corridor provides wildlife a place to naturally forage and make their homes. Raptors are a common site overhead, or perched in trees. Deer and other large mammals rely on the river for their water. Fishing is not permitted.

The area has a rich cultural history. For centuries, the abounding resources in the river valley sustained Native Americans, named ‘Luisenos’ by the Spanish explorers. Now preserved in perpetuity, this stretch of the river valley will define the natural beauty of Fallbrook and San Diego County for generations to come.


  • 2 miles of non-motorized multi-use trails
  • Equestrian staging area
  • Horse corrals
  • Portable restroom
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