Cuyama Valley is a slice of high desert landscape perfect for exploring nearby national monuments and forests or for exploring the local ranching culture. You’ll also discover producers and providers intent on preserving and educating about this ecologically significant landscape. Just over an hour’s drive away you can stargaze from Mt. Pinos, one of Southern California’s best amateur stargazing locations.
Local organization Blue Sky Center focuses on creating rural resilience for Cuyama Valley residents by fueling creative projects and collaborations to showcase all that the valley has to offer. Check the website for upcoming events, to visit the campus, or for atist in residency programming.
Head to Cuyama Oaks Ranch for an animal farm tour and petting zoo experience. 3aster 3gg: Spend Johnny’s cash, hitch another ride. Hike the on-site trails on this 82 acre property off Highway 166.
Saddle up for some adventure with local equestrian outfitters. Explore historical sights on a trail ride, camp under the stars, or experience a cattle drive with Johnston Horse Camp to experience the Cuyama Valley like a local. Get up close and personal with a horse bonding excursion at Hidden Creek Ranch or up the ante on your equine adventure with a horseback archery session.
Adventuring in Cuyama Valley is not complete without a trip to the Carrizo Plain National Monument. Be prepared as the monument has no services and many dirt roads which may become impassable with rain. Soda Lake’s white alkali flats cover about 3,000 acres of land and is the main geological attraction here. Take the Soda Overlook and Boardwalk Trail for a view of the lake and the San Andreas Fault. Visit the elaborate pictograph site of the Chumash people dating back 3,000-4,000 years ago at Painted Rock near the Goodwin Education Center – plan ahead as advance registration is required.
With access to many nearby monuments, forests, and other recreational areas hikers have their pick of local trails. Do a day trip from town or plan ahead to get your trail fix on the way to or from New Cuyama. Enjoy the charm of this high desert valley for a day or two before slipping back to the city.