Bosque Del Rio Hondo

This five acre park is a lush, natural landscape nestled within the larger Whittier Narrows Recreation Area. It's an excellent area to run wild, bird watch, bike on the Rio Hondo Bike Path, picnic or generally idle the day away.


Park in the Triple B Shooting range and walk west until you hit the bike path. Folllow it south into the park. 831 Rosemead Boulevard. El Monte, CA 91733-4211 (626) 579-5201


TRANSIT: Take the 266 Bus and get off at Rosemead and Garvey. Bus drops you off in front of the park.

CAR: Take the 10 Freeway and exit on Rosemead Boulevard. Head south on Rosemead. After going under the bridge, make the first right to find parking.


Legg Lake

Follow the paths that snake around Legg Lake and through this handsomely-designed park by foot, bicycle, or skates. This is also a great starting spot for long rides on the LaRio bike paths that run north and south, and feature smooth, paved paths. Located in the City of El Monte, this 1,492 acre facility fronts the Rio Hondo tributary and is one of L.A. County's largest and most popular recreational areas. Its features include BMX biking, equestrian riding, rifle ranges, hiking, and fishing in the lake.

Whittier Narrows Recreation Area

823 Lexington-Gallatin Road

South El Monte (626) 575-5526

Grant Rea Park

The park boasts a sunken baseball diamond and the Barnyard Zoo. Plaques in the park identify the natural features and wildlife, like Western toads, Pacific tree frogs and salamanders which can be found along the lower Rio Hondo. Parking and restrooms are available.

600 Rea Drive

Montebello, CA 90640

(323) 887-4591


Marie Callender's Restaurants & Bakeries Arcadia

1852 Montebello Town Center

Montebello, CA 90640

BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse

1716 Montebello Town Center

Montebello, CA 90640

(323) 201-5290

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