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Magnesia Spring Ecological Reserve

Description

The Magnesia Spring Ecological Reserve is an approximately 3,800 acre property. The terrain is steep and rocky, and includes several narrow canyons. The dominant vegetation type is creosote scrub. The peninsular bighorn sheep is the species of greatest interest using the reserve. Other large mammals found on the site include coyote, bobcat, and gray fox. Avian species using the reserve include prairie falcon, golden eagle, Gambel's quail, and mourning dove.

The property was acquired in order to protect and rehabilitate habitat and a critical water source for the peninsular bighorn sheep. It was designated as an ecological reserve by the Fish and Game Commission in 1975. The site has historically been disturbed by human activities and off-road vehicles, but condition of the steeper portions of the site is good.

For more information, call the Inland Deserts Region's Bishop office at (760) 872-1171.


Recreational Opportunities

Wildlife Viewing Hiking Trails

PLEASE NOTE: For information on public use regulations for this area and other Department lands, refer to the link opens in new windowCDFW Public Lands Regulations. All visitors are responsible for knowing and following these regulations.

Closed from January 1 - September 30

Activities: wildlife viewing, hiking


Last update : 2/15/2017 4:11:54 PM


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


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Location

Inland Deserts Region (Region 6)

Riverside County

Directions: Hwy 111. The reserve is south of Hwy 111 in Rancho Mirage.

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