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Carlsbad Highlands Ecological Reserve


The 473-acre Carlsbad Highlands Ecological Reserve consists primarily of coastal sage scrub and grasslands. It supports California gnatcatchers, sharp-shinned hawks, black-shouldered kites, turkey vultures and golden eagles.

This property was acquired to protect native plants and special habitats. It was designated as an ecological reserve by the Fish and Game Commission in 2000.

For more information, call the South Coast Region San Diego office at (858) 467-4201.

Recreational Opportunities

Wildlife Viewing  Hiking Trails

Activities: wildlife viewing, hiking

PLEASE NOTE: For information on public use regulations for this area and other Department lands please refer to the link opens in new windowCDFW Public Lands Regulations booklet. Scroll to the Table of Contents. Locate the page number for general regulations for public uses on all Department lands. For additional regulations that apply only to certain properties, check the Table of Contents for sections that refer to additional or property-specific regulations for wildlife areas or ecological reserves. All visitors are responsible for knowing and following the general and property-specific regulations.

Last update : 10/31/2018 9:35:08 AM

Wildlife Branch - Lands Program
1812 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 445-0411

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South Coast Region (Region 5)

San Diego County


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