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Open Weekend at Arroyo Hondo Preserve
April 2, 2016 - April 3, 2016
Arroyo Hondo Preserve
Called the “Jewel of the Gaviota Coast,” the 782-acre Arroyo Hondo Preserve is a magnificent canyon located west of Santa Barbara between Refugio State Beach and Gaviota State Park. The old ranch is rich in early California history and has an abundance of outstanding natural features. Within its steep canyon walls is a hidden place of extraordinary beauty and serenity. Cool, stream-side paths through the bay and sycamore trees transition into trails past ancient oak trees, tall yucca blooms and aromatic sages up the high ridges of the Santa Ynez Mountains.
Advance reservations are REQUIRED by emailing our Preserve Manager or calling (805) 567-1115.
Everyone is welcome to visit the Preserve to hike, picnic, paint, volunteer or do research but advance reservations are required. The Preserve is open the first and third full weekends of each month, and every Monday and Wednesday for school and community groups. Free nature hikes with one of our knowledgeable docents are held at 10:00am on Saturday and Sunday of weekends that are open to the public.
Due to the sensitivity of the resources in the canyon, dogs, mountain bikes, horses, hunting, fishing and campfires are not allowed.
For individuals and small groups a suggested donation of $5 or $10 per person would be appreciated to help operate the preserve. To become a Friend of Arroyo Hondo and support the preserve and programs we offer you can make a donation on site or online. Annual family membership is $75 and individual membership is $50. Schools are invited at no cost to come out for a fun and fascinating Environmental Education field trip led by our trained docents.