Rock Ridge Park is a 2-acre park located on the outskirts of Moreno Valley, California. It has 2 playgrounds, 2 picnic shelters with barbecues, walking paths, and a green space. Let’s jump right into it!
The video above by Ullyses Enriquez shows the amazing view from Pettit Hill next to the park!
Since there is no parking lot, you will need to park along one of the streets or walk. There should be plenty of street parking along Waterford Way and Woodglen Lane - make sure not to block anyone’s driveway.
Next up are the two large gazebos. They are in pretty good shape since Rock Ridge Park was built on June 22, 2009. One is closer to Waterford Way and the other is next to the playground. Each one has four picnic tables, barbecues, water fountains, trash cans, and recycling bins. Moreno Valley allows you to rent one of these for a day for $86.60. These are Picnic Shelter #54 and Picnic Shelter #55.
If you have a kid who wants to play football, soccer, or anything else, there are plenty of grassy areas around the park. The grass is in decent shape. If you want to play some baseball on large fields, Morrison Park is only a couple of minutes away!
The walking trails inside of Rock Ridge Park add up to 0.19 miles. All of the sidewalks have lights - this makes things safer and more comfortable at night. You will see a couple of unshaded picnic tables with a small grill. This is a more isolated spot than the picnic shelters.
Past the playground on the eastern side of the park is a trail that goes into the mountains. You will need to traverse a little area to get past the houses and to get to the base of the hill. There are miles of trails in this area. Unsurprisingly, this is why they named the park Rock Ridge Park - there are a lot of rocky ridges, just like many places in the Inland Empire.
One trail is the Cold Creek Trail. It is 2.5 miles long with 226 feet of elevation gain. The trail to the top of Pettit Hill (the tallest peak here) will be about 350 or 400 feet of elevation gain - about an hour-long trip where you can watch the sunset. Many people will be hiking, biking, or running on these trails. Dogs must be on a leash.
Lasselle Sports Park is right next to a bunch of tall hills and the Lake Perris State Recreation Area.
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday are the busiest days in Rock Ridge Park; Tuesday and Sunday are the best days to go. As for specific times, before 2 PM or after 9 PM are the best hours to go. Around 6 PM will be the most active time in the park. People will usually spend 45 minutes here.
Dan Reade describes Rock Ridge Park as “A nice local park that blends playground and picnic areas with a trail through desert landscape. The playground has two play structures, one recommended for kids 2-12, the other for kids 5-12. There are covered picnic areas and grills. The park is surrounded by houses and feels safe. Parking is on-street.”
Rock Ridge Park Playground
The playground is located in the middle of the park (toward the hills). The surface of the playground is made out of mulch or wood chips, depending on what you call it. Make sure to wear closed shoes to prevent any cuts or splinters from happening. Next to the playground are benches (unshaded) and four picnic tables (shaded, which we talked about above) to watch your children play from.
The larger Rock Ridge Park Playground has a tall swirly slide, a jungle gym course (platforms to jump between) ladders of all types, talk tubes, stairs, ladders, and more. I recommend putting some sunscreen on your kids because the play structure has very little shade. This part of the playground is designed for 6-12-year-olds, but it doesn’t matter who uses it.
The smaller playground has a couple of slides, a rock climbing wall, talk tubes, games, ladders, and stairs. This one is designed for ages 2-5.
The center of the playground has some spinning chairs. Unfortunately, there are no swings in the park. Sunnymead Park is nearby and has some classic swings and bucket swings!
That about sums it up. Thanks for reading!
Rock Ridge Park Address: 27119 Waterford Way, Moreno Valley, CA 92555
Hours: Open 24 hours a day
Coordinates: 33.931501, -117.188674
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