Directions to the Preserve
Traveling northbound on the U.S. Highway 101: The Preserve is about a 30-minute drive from downtown Santa Barbara. Approximately 4 miles past Refugio State Beach, you will see a blue “Rest Area in 7 miles” sign followed closely by a yellow warning sign about falling rocks. The entrance to Arroyo Hondo is in 1/2 mile and will be visible on the right at the bottom of the hill. Make a right-hand turn into the driveway. Come down the driveway, cross the bridge on the right and park near the barn.
Traveling southbound on the U.S. Highway 101: Approximately 4.8 miles past Gaviota State Park and 1/2 mile after the Vista Point Rest Area, move to the left lane. Using the left-hand turn lane, make a U-turn onto the northbound lanes of the U.S. Highway 101. In 1/4 mile, you will see a blue “Rest Area in 7 miles” sign followed closely by a yellow sign warning sign about falling rocks. The entrance to Arroyo Hondo is in 1/2 mile and will be visible on the right at the bottom of the hill. Make a right-hand turn into the driveway. Come down the driveway, cross the bridge on the right and park near the barn.
NOTE: If you miss the U-turn, exit at Refugio State Beach in approximately 4 miles. Continue on the road to cross under the bridge and take the U.S. Highway 101 northbound on-ramp on the left. From there, follow the northbound directions.
Directions to return to U.S. Highway 101 southbound: From Arroyo Hondo, drive north 3.5 miles to exit at Mariposa Reina, then turn left at the stop sign. Turn left at the next stop sign to cross the bridge and take the on-ramp on the left to U.S. Highway 101 southbound.
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. Enjoy sweeping vistas of the Gaviota coastline and the distant islands of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. The watershed is home to thousands of plant and animal species, including several that are considered threatened or endangered.
HOW TO VISIT
Arroyo Hondo is open on the first and third full weekend of the month, weather permitting—reservations are FREE and required. Free docent-led nature hikes are offered at 10:00am on Saturdays of open weekends.
Guide to the Nature of Arroyo Hondo
School & Family Resources | Recursos para escuelas y familias
Aerial tour of Arroyo Hondo by filmmaker Rick Ray
EDUCATION & EVENTS
To book a free field trip for your school, contact Education Coordinator Sally Isaacson at [email protected] or make school group reservations here.
The Preserve is available for large events of up to 100 people for a fee, contact Preserve Manager John Warner at [email protected].
Questions? Call the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County at (805) 966-4520 during business hours Monday-Friday.