Driving Directions to SMER

NOTICE: All visitors to SMER must print out and complete the SMER Vehicle Permit and display it on the vehicle dashboard at all times. All visitors to SMER also must contact Pablo Bryant 619-507-0944 pbryant@sciences.sdsu.edu at least 2 days prior to arriving at the reserve.

Directions to the Northside Entrance

  1. Take the I-15 freeway to Temecula.
  2. Exit at Rancho California Road and go west (a LEFT turn coming from San Diego).
  3. Go 2.3 miles into the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains.
  4. Turn LEFT onto Via Santa Rosa (the first LEFT you can make after ascending into the foothills).
  5. Go 1.5 miles and turn RIGHT onto Via Tornado.
  6. Go 0.8 mile to the entrance gate.

Alternative directions on Google Maps.

The building at northside is 0.5 mile beyond the gate on a dirt road (make sure to stay to the left and go up the hill and not into the gorge).

Travel time is about one hour from downtown San Diego to the gate.

Directions to the Southside Entrance

The Southside Entrance has a street address: 2648 North Stage Coach Lane, Fallbrook, CA 92028

  1. Take the I-15 freeway to the Mission Road / Fallbrook exit. This is about 20 miles north of Escondido, and about 6 miles south of Temecula.
  2. At the end of the freeway offramp, go west (LEFT, coming from San Diego).
  3. Turn RIGHT onto Mission Road.
  4. Go 1.6 miles and turn RIGHT to Willow Glen Road.
  5. Go 2.2 miles and turn RIGHT onto North Stage Coach Lane (a dirt road).
  6. Go 1.7 miles on North Stage Coach Lane to the gate.

Alternative directions on Google Maps.

The building at southside are about 1/10 mile beyond the gate on a dirt road.

Travel time is about one hour from downtown San Diego to the gate.

Directions to the Rainbow Glen Entrance

  1. Take the I-15 freeway to the Mission Road / Fallbrook exit. This is about 20 miles north of Escondido, and about 6 miles south of Temecula.
  2. At the end of the freeway offramp, go east (RIGHT, coming from San Diego).
  3. Turn LEFT (north) onto Old Hwy 395.
  4. Go 1.5 miles and turn LEFT (west) onto Rainbow Glen Road.
  5. Go 3 miles and the road will turn into a dirt road.
  6. Continue 3 miles and the road will turn into a dirt road.
  7. Continue 0.5 mile to the gate (the road name at that point is Red Mountain Truck Trail.

Alternative directions on Google Maps.

The building at the center of the reserve are 1.7 miles beyond the gate on the Red Mountain Truck Trail.

Travel time is about one hour from downtown San Diego to the gate.