RV campers looking for rolling hills and primitive-style camping will enjoy Chino Hills State Park. The park sits deep in the Southern California foothills surrounded by the communities of Brea, Yorba Linda, Corona, and Chino Hills. Because the park has many entrances, visitors can access the gates easily from many different city areas, making the park more accessible to more people.
Chino Hills State Park’s hilly location can lead to park closures and potentially hazardous weather conditions after heavy rainfall or during periods of drought and high wind. The park closes for at least 48 hours following rain of more than one-quarter inch. Additionally, the park closes during times of extreme fire danger. Please be aware of adverse weather conditions and always adhere to the park’s weather alerts and warnings.
Chino Hills State Park locks its gates nightly to protect overnight visitors and guests. Park hours vary depending on the season, but visitors staying in the campground must be aware that when the gates are locked, there is no vehicle access into or out of the campground. Information regarding the gate closure is available at the park and online.
Campers with pets should be aware of the pet restrictions inside of the park. The campground allows dogs, but many of the trails and most of the facilities inside of the park are not dog-friendly. The park website outlines the specifics relating to pet policies; visit the site if you have questions or concerns regarding pet travel at Chino Hills State Park.
RV Rentals in Chino Hills State Park
Transportation in Chino Hills State Park
Visitors must pay a day use fee when entering the park. Use the self-pay station if there aren’t park rangers present at the entrance.
The campground is located closest to the Chino Hills entrance located at 4721 Sapphire Road (Elinvar Road) in Chino Hills.
Visitors can also enter the park from the Brea Discovery Center entrance at 4500 Carbon Canyon Road (State Route 142) Brea, California 92823 or the Yorba Linda entrance at the Quarter Horse Drive Trailhead located off of Fairmont Blvd. in the city of Yorba Linda.
Campgrounds and parking in Chino Hills State Park
Campsites in Chino Hills State Park
Rolling M Ranch Campground
The Rolling M Ranch Campground in Chino Hills State Park is a small, primitive-style campground. Each paved site contains a picnic table, lantern post, fire ring, and grill. Although there is a fire ring, fires are prohibited inside of the park. The campground has flushing toilets and showers, but there are no hookups and no dump station. Pets are allowed in the campground, but most trails and public areas in Chino Hills State Park don’t allow pets. Be aware of gate closing hours. Campers are not allowed to leave or enter during these hours. Generators are permitted between 10 am to 8 pm.
Seasonal activities in Chino Hills State Park
If you have a bike and enjoy a challenging, hilly mountain bike trail, then try some of the 90 miles of multi-use trails in the Chino Hills State Park trail system. Bike riders should make themselves accustomed to the trails before riding. The park publishes a map and posts trail locations at many of the bulletin boards posted at trailheads or on the trails themselves. Most of the trails are open to hiking, biking, and horseback riding. Bikes are not allowed on the following trails: Gillman Trail, Easy Street Trail, Hills For Everyone Trail, Water Canyon Trail, and the cutoff between Bobcat Ridge Trail and Scully Ridge Trail in the Water Canyon Natural Preserve section of the park. All bikers should adhere to the speed limit which is 15 miles per hour.
You don’t need to be an experienced birdwatcher to venture out into the park to look for birds like the Western Tanager, California Quail, Red-tail Hawk or an owl. Knowing about birds and their migratory patterns can help novice bird watchers find the birds they are looking for. To get started, buy a bird guide and follow more experienced birdwatchers to learn about the sounds and markings that help indicate a bird’s location.
Park Interpretive Program
The Chino Hills State Park staff creates year-round educational programs designed to interest people of varying interests and ages. From Junior Ranger programs to field trip opportunities or environmental and cultural programs, the staff organizes events and activities that they hope will encourage visitors to become interested in Southern California’s history, geology, and much more. Contact the park’s Interpretive Programs office for more information.
Nature and Wildlife Viewing
Chino Hills State Park has a unique feature called a biological corridor. A biological corridor is a means for wildlife and plant life to keep from becoming isolated or cut off from large urban areas and prohibiting a habitat from thriving. This biological corridor helps wide-ranging species like bobcats or mountain lions move more freely. Animal lovers with patient eyes can spend time looking for some of the Southern California wildlife that inhabits the area. The park has more than 200 species of birds, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals as well as thousands of insects and invertebrates. As well as wildlife viewing, park visitors can also spend time looking for the diverse plant species of the area, to include some protected plant life.
Southern California has some of the best year-round climates in the region. The comfortable weather makes hiking enjoyable and fun. Chino Hills State Park trail system offers over 90 miles of multi-use trails suitable for almost all levels of hikers. Access the trails from the numerous trailheads in and around the park. Since dogs are not allowed in most of Chino Hills State Park, visitors should check the trail rules to determine if a leashed dog is allowed on the section of the trail you intend to hike. To learn more about all of the trails, pick up a Chino Hills State Park map or consult a Park Ranger.
Many California State Parks, including Chino Hills State Park, allow hidden geocaches to be buried inside the parks’ boundaries. Geocaching is a worldwide recreational activity where people, called cachers, search for hidden treasures using a handheld GPS unit. The activity has rules and parameters that encourage responsible and eco-friendly treasure hunting, and the state of California enforces and encourages the rules of responsible caching. For more information on this fun, and family friendly activity, check out the official geocaching website.