Nearly 40,000 acres of open space on the historic Irvine Ranch have been designated a Natural Landmark by both the State of California and the U.S. Department of the Interior. This honor recognizes the exceptional value of these lands to California and the entire nation. The Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks is part of the 50,000 acres of land preserved on the historic Irvine Ranch.
The Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks are not only unique in their biological and geological significance, but also in the level of partnership represented across the many organizations and agencies united by a single designation. Click HERE to view a list of Partners on the Land.
The National Landmark in Your Back Yard
The Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks contain important natural habitats and unusual geological formations. The landscape is home to hundreds of species of plants and animals, including eagles, badgers, mountain lions, Tecate cypress trees, and many rare species of birds, reptiles, amphibians and plants. Scientists have identified this region as one of the world’s biodiversity “hot spots” — an area with large concentrations of different species.
There are miles of hiking, biking,and equestrian trails with many diverse activities offered for young and old. Activities include bird watching, animal tracking, native farm harvesting, full moon hikes, stargazing, Yoga and Zumba in the wilderness, and butterfly counting. The many free activities offered to the public are led by an team of enthusiastic volunteers trained in wilderness safety and who are committed to preserving this most unique and beautiful natural habitat.
Click HERE to find out more about these lands, and what activities are available near you.