Santa Rosa Wildlife Area


Santa Rosa Wildlife Area is approximately 101,500 acres with very steep terrain. Vegetation consists of scrub and succulent plants. This area is habitat for the largest herd of protected penninsular bighorn sheep in the U.S., and was acquired to protect their habitat. It was designated as a wildlife area by the Fish and Game Commission in 1983. A refuge and ecological reserve are adjacent to this area to protect habitat and species. The golden eagle and prairie falcon can also be found here.

For more information, call (760) 200-9370 or the Inland Deserts Region Ontario office at (909) 484-0167.

Recreational Opportunities

Wildlife Viewing Deer Hunting Quail Hunting

Activities: wildlife viewing and hunting

Hunting: Deer, rabbits, and quail may be present.

Type C: Santa Rosa Wildlife Area does not require the purchase of a hunting pass for entry. Entry permits and/or passes or special drawing may be required for hunting on some Type C wildlife areas.

NOTE: Visitors are responsible for knowing and complying with all regulations pertaining to the use of Department lands.

Please refer to the Public Uses on State and Federal Lands section of the Waterfowl, Upland Game, and Public Use Regulations (PDF)Waterfowl, Upland Game, and Public Use Regulations (PDF)(opens in new tab) booklet for both statewide and property-specific regulations.

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Inland Deserts Region (Region 6)

Riverside County

15 miles southwest of Indio

Directions: Approximately 10 miles south of Indio on Hwy 86, take trail west to Martinez Canyon.

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