Bane Canyon is the only entrance in which visitors can drive into Chino Hills State Park. Get ready for a driving experience that harkens back to the good ‘ol days. As soon as you turn off of Sapphire Road, a nice paved city street, you will encounter a dirt and gravel road.
You will have a bumpy ride ahead of you so the rule to remember is drive very SLOWLY. The speed limit inside the Park at all times is 15 miles per hour. The first part of Bane Canyon Road is very steep and narrow. Not only can you encounter other vehicles, but bikers, hikers, and horse back riders can pop up just around the next corner. Drivers heading up the hill should yield at appropriate pull outs for drivers coming down the hill.
After about a ½ mile up the first hill on Bane Canyon Road, you will see the kiosk. During weekends, a State Park staff member is available to collect the appropriate fees. If the kiosk is not staffed, there is an “iron ranger” that you can used to deposit your fees. Also, always be sure to take a look at the activity board to find out what events will be taking place at the Park.
Much of the Bane Canyon follows a wooded riparian area of willows, sycamores, and oaks. Not only does it provide for beautiful scenery, but it also provides wonderful habitat for numerous birds and animals. If you are new to the Park, we recommend that you take a walk down Bane Canyon to appreciate the plant and animal life.
It is hard to believe that at this part of Bane Canyon you are only about 1½ miles from the “hustle and bustle” of urban life. It is this rural atmosphere and the natural landscape that encourage many people to spend time in the Park. This tranquil setting provides a quick getaway for those of us who want a momentary escape from our everyday modern lifestyles.
Parking restrictions exist in this neighborhood, so be careful where you park. Normally, parking is available on the right side of the street as you approach the intersection with Windsong. This is about the closest intersection to the entrance. The Park entrance is located on a dirt road (no cars allowed here) and is adjacent to a home.
Look for the Discovery Center at 4500 Carbon Canyon Road. There is a big yellow gate on the right side of the road with a big cement sign for CHSP. We do not recommend parking along Carbon Canyon Road, it is extremely dangerous. Instead, we recommend parking at the Discovery Center to avoid a parking ticket.