Join a virtual walking tour of the Santa Margarita River preserve trail, located in Fallbrook, CA, led by Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians Representative, Myra Masiel-Zamora, and CalTrout’s San Diego Project Manager, Elise Ruiz.
This site holds important cultural significance for the Pechanga Tribe and also provides crucial habitat to sustain anadromous steelhead populations. Check out the video below and follow along on the walking tour as Myra and Elise explore the land and the many aspects of our connectivity to it. They discuss the responsibility we should all have in respecting, preserving, and protecting these areas.
The trail is located on the site of one of CalTrout’s Reconnect Habitat restoration projects: the Santa Margarita River – Sandia Creek Fish Passage project. This effort involves removing a dilapidated bridge over Sandia Creek and replacing it with a new bridge that will re-open 12 miles of upstream habitat for juvenile and adult steelhead.
The Santa Margarita River is one of the last free flowing rivers in Southern California. Once the project is complete, the Santa Margarita River will be the first reconnected headwaters-to-sea river for endangered Southern California steelhead.