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The Toll Roads’ Spring Tours

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Calling all nature enthusiasts!

It’s time for The Toll Roads’ annual Spring Tours!

Don’t miss out on the rare opportunity to join us for a beautiful 2-3-hour guided walk through some of The Toll Roads’ protected environmental sites – usually closed to the public. This year, we are offering a behind the "seeds" look at both our Upper Chiquita Canyon and Bonita Creek sites. The tours are led by a restoration ecologist, an ornithologist and a wildlife biologist who work with The Toll Roads to restore these sites to their native habitat and preserve them for generations to come. These guided walks offer a glimpse into Orange County habitats that few have ever seen.

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Bonita Creek

Newport Beach
May 18, 2024
8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Ages 10+ recommended
Difficulty: Easy

The 21-acre Bonita Creek, in Newport Beach, is the main wildlife link from Upper Newport Bay to the San Joaquin Hills. It was restored with construction of the 73 Toll Road from a narrow riprap lined ditch and underground culverts to a viable riparian habitat rich with wildlife. This easy 2-3-hour guided walk will be primarily on a paved path and will include a walk along Bonita and San Diego Creeks to a restored saltwater marsh. Bird watchers will see wetland and coastal sage scrub bird species. The hike will focus on plants and the methods used to restore the creek and riparian habitat. Closed-toe, sturdy hiking shoes, binoculars, sunscreen and a water bottle are highly recommended. 

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Upper Chiquita Canyon

Rancho Santa Margarita
June 1, 2024
8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Ages 10+ recommended
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

This 1,182-acre conservation area located near Wagon Wheel and Coto de Caza, in Rancho Santa Margarita, was set aside with construction of the 241 Toll Road. A moderate 2-3-hour guided walk gives participants a peek at an area rich with coastal sage scrub, oak woodland, grassland and natural drainage habitats. The tour includes some hills and closed-toe, sturdy hiking shoes are recommended, along with sunscreen and a water bottle.

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Ready to Explore?

Thank you for your interest! Our Spring Tours are now fully booked, and the waitlists are full. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. Be sure to follow us @TheTollRoads for future tour opportunities and conservation events. For questions regarding the 2024 Spring Tours, please email

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