Visitor Information

Hiking1000 North Durfee Avenue
South El Monte, CA 91733
Telephone: (626) 575-5523
Open from Sunrise to Sunset

Nature Center Museum Hours:
Tuesday–Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Closed Christmas Day
Free Parking

The 320 acre Natural Area, previously administered by the Audubon Society, is currently under the direction of the County of Los Angeles. There are two areas; both are located south of Durfee Avenue, and north of the San Gabriel River Channel. The Natural Area contains five miles of trails. Additional riparian areas were restored in 1975, and 142 acres of land were added to the southwest of the original Natural Area. A small Nature Center is located in the northeast comer of the area. Self-guided nature walks or walks led by docents start from the Nature Center building. The Nature Center Museum has revolving and permanent exhibits of the natural history of the area. There is parking for approximately 40 cars and two buses. A Los Angeles County Police substation also occupies this site.

Meet the Discovery Center FamilyThe San Gabriel River Discovery Center will replace the existing Nature Center and provide an expanded venue for education and interpretation.

Current Site Amenities: Bird watching, Hiking, Picnicking, School and Group Tours (reservation required), Seasonal Special Events, Wheelchair and Stroller accessible Trails, Live and Taxidermy animal exhibits.

Bird Walks are led on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

Family Nature Walks are led on the 1st Saturday of each month from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.