23 June 2015

Chino Hills State Park Bane Canyon Entrance Reopening This Saturday!

A portion of the newly-completed and vastly improved Bane Canyon Road entrance to Chino Hills State Park.  Click on any image to see them enlarged in a new window.  Photos courtesy of Hills for Everyone.
For the last couple of years, Bane Canyon Road, the only drive-in entrance to the heart of the 14,000-acre Chino Hills State Park and the access point to the ranch, barn and campgrounds, was closed for a major rerouting and repaving.

Now, the project is completed and a celebration is being held this Saturday, 27 June with visitors encouraged to come by anytime from 9 a.m. to Noon to mark the reopening. The free event is sponsored by California State Parks, the Chino Hills State Park Interpretive Association, and Hills for Everyone.  Sponsorship is provided from Toyota through the National Environmental Education Foundation.

A beautiful panorama of the topography embodying the oak and walnut woodland habitat found at Chino Hills State Park. 
After driving the three-mile route from the Bane Canyon Road entrance off 4721 Sapphire Road in Chino Hills, guests will come to the Rolling M Ranch, which serves as park headquarters, where the event will feature such activities as:
  • a native plant walk of the diverse palette found in the park
  • an interpretive hike of the park's natural and historic features
  • a bike ride through sections of the park
  • seeing a fire engine from the local Chino Valley Independent Fire District
  • crafts for kids
  • face-painting
  • light refreshments
  • informational booths from such organizations as
    • California State Park
    • Chino Hills State Park Interpretive Association
    • Chino Valley Independent Fire District
    • the cities of Chino and Chino Hills
    • Hills for Everyone
    • Carbon Canyon Fire Safe Council
The completion of this major project now allows for greater access to this gem of a local urban park, which provides so many opportunities to enjoy a significant portion of our remaining oak and walnut woodland habitat.

This covered picnic area is one of many new improvements from the Bane Canyon Road project.
So, come down and check out the new roadway and the improved access to the park!

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