Moreno Valley is a city in Riverside County, California, located in the Inland Empire region of Southern California. The area that is now Moreno Valley was originally inhabited by the indigenous Serrano and Cahuilla peoples for thousands of years. In the late 19th century, the land was developed for agriculture and cattle grazing, and it was known for its abundance of fresh water from the nearby San Jacinto Mountains. The name "Moreno" comes from a Spanish rancher named Francisco Moreno, who owned land in the area in the 1800s. In the mid-20th century, the city experienced significant growth with the expansion of March Air Force Base and the construction of new residential and commercial developments. Today, Moreno Valley is a vibrant and diverse community that is home to a wide range of industries, including healthcare, education, logistics, and manufacturing
Moreno Valley and its surrounding area offer a variety of activities and attractions for visitors and residents alike. The Box Springs Mountain Reserve offers hiking and biking trails with stunning views of the city and the surrounding mountains. Lake Perris State Recreation Area is a popular destination for boating, fishing, and camping. The March Field Air Museum showcases the history of aviation in Southern California and the role of March Air Reserve Base in military aviation. For those interested in shopping and dining, the Moreno Valley Mall and TownGate Shopping Center offer a range of options.
The nearby city of Riverside also has a number of cultural attractions, including the Riverside Art Museum and the Mission Inn Hotel and Spa. And for those who enjoy theme parks, Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, and Universal Studios Hollywood are all within driving distance.