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Big Canyon Trail

Nature walk


See the diverse plants, birds and other wildlife of six distinct habitats at the Upper Newport Bay as you take a self-guided tour on a 1/2 mile nature trail. From San Joaquin Hills Rd, turn right on Back Bay Drive and park at the Big Canyon parking lot. After parking, walk north on Back Bay Drive. The sign of the nature trail will be on your right.

See the diverse plants, birds and other wildlife of six distinct habitats at the Upper Newport Bay as you take a self-guided tour on a 1/2 mile nature trail. From San Joaquin Hills Rd, turn right on Back Bay Drive and park at the Big Canyon parking lot. After parking, walk north on Back Bay Drive. The sign of the nature trail will be on your right.


The Upper Newport Bay is the largest of only a few remaining natural estuaries in Southern California. An estuary is a coastal wetland where salt water from the ocean mixes with nutrient-rich fresh water from inland sources, to provide a fertile feeding area for birds, fish and other animals. Upper Newport Bay is an important rest stop and/or winter home for birds migrating from Canada and Alaska, and up to 30,000 birds can be seen here on any one day during the winter months. During the spring and summer many birds that have migrated from the south nest here, together with other birds that are year-round residents.

  • Big Canyon Trail
  • San Joaquin Hills Rd & Back Bay Dr.
  • Newport Beach, CA 92660

Phone: (949) 640-6746

Website: Click to Visit

Monday, October 23, 2017 : 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Monday: 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Thursday: 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Friday: 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Saturday: 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Sunday: 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Suitable for: 2 - 17

$0.00

Street parking. From San Joaquin Hills Rd, turn right on Back Bay Drive and park at the Big Canyon parking lot.

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