Huntington Beach, California isn't just
about beaches. Right across the street from
the beach are several ecological reserves,
including the largest Bolsa Chica wetlands.
This is the primary user-friendly reserve
where tourists can visit daily, wander the
path around the wetlands, and observe the
birds in all their glory.
One of the largest and most dynamic birds in
this protected area is the pelican. The
huge, commanding birds steal the show. When
groups of them fly overhead and land on the
fences near the channel that feeds into the
reserve, you can't help but enjoy watching
them. They groom their bodies with their
beaks and large wings, scratch or clean with
their webbed feet, and watch for the
opportunity to pounce on fish in the waters
below. When you feel you need a break and
inspiring place to commune, or just walk for
exercise, visit this Huntington Beach
wetlands and discover the magic that's just
across the street from the beach.
Bolsa Chica Wetlands hours: Open daily from
6 a.m. to dusk. Parking is free. A
port-a-potty restroom is located on
premises. The wetlands is comprised of a
series of water bodies (inlets) that you are
not allowed to come into contact with. You
must stay on the trails provided in a 1.5
mile loop. No dogs, horses, pets and no
bicycles are permitted on the trails.
Across the street at Bolsa Chica Beach --Beach hours:
6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Parking: RV and car
parking available for a fee.