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Morro Bay/Los Osos, Ca. - Montana De Oro

An equestrian Jewel!

Don't miss this chance to ride through bluffs and mountains overlooking dramatic vistas of the Pacific Ocean! The trails are multiuse and maintained beautifully by locals who care. The equestrian camping is spectacular with multiple trails in every direction leading out of corraled campgrounds. Beach access is available all the way to Morro Rock, views abound and varied terrain offers a well rounded equestrian adventure!View Larger Map

Improved MDO Trail map! PDF for printing

Directions to Montana de Oro and Horse Camp - Hazard Canyon Horse Camp

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Morro Bay, Ca. - Morro Bay State Park California State Parks would like to get the word out that the Cerro Cabrillo in Morro Bay Stae Park is open to equestrians. There is some room to park a few horse trailers on Turri Ranch Road off of South Bay Blvd. Morro Bay State Park is divided by South Bay Blvd. The relatively smaller area west of South Bay is known as Black Hill. The larger area to the east of South Bay is commonly referred to as Cerro Cabrillo.

These trails have only recently been opened to equestrians. Please obey trails signs, watch for mountain bikers and stay on the trails. Respect will keep the riding we have gained here.

Parking is minimal and not for long rigs on Turri Road. Turri can be accessed from Los Osos Valley Road at the east end of town as well as South Bay Blvd. Turning rigs around is not recommended on this road though it is not a very busy thoroughfare.

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Arroyo Grande, Ca. - Lopez Lake offers mountain riding trails with views of the ocean and dunes. The spectacular Duna Vista Trail is over 7 miles, looping through meadows and arroyos with an ascent to fabulous mountain, ocean and dune views. There is a lakeside picnic table for rest as well. The equine camping is full service with corrals, water and trail access. Just ask for the Black Bear Campsite when you call. This county park has it all at 6820 Lopez Drive, Arroyo Grande, Ca. 93420. Call 805-788-2381 to reserve Black Bear Equestrian Camp.

Reservations (webpage for Blackbear campground) Prices at this County Park Link are for groups. Individual use and camping is also available by telephone at the phone number above.

Lopez Lake Trail Map - print PDF



Lompoc, Ca. - La Purisima State Park

Founded Dec 8th, 1787 by the Fransiscan Padre Presidente Fermin Fransisco Lasuen, this was the eleventh mission of the twenty one Sapnish Missions established in what later became the state of California. This is a 2,000 acre park with 25 miles of trails.

Fabulous equestrian trails. Don't miss this opportunity to ride for hours through varried terrain. The views are delightful, parking is great. There is a $6 parking fee, public restrooms and it's open every day at 9am. This is a great place for endurance training or just for a nice ride through the valley. Great spot for group rides as well. The Mission is wildly beautiful and the trails take one back to days long ago. Truely a favorite for our local equestrians.

Purisima PDF


Santa Margarita, Ca. -

Santa Margarita Lake

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Santa Maria, Ca. - Los Flores Ranch Park - A wonderful trail system has been recently added just south of Santa Maria, at hwy exit 161 - Los Flores Ranch, which offers great equestrian parking and conveniences, picnic tables and good trails where several riders can meet, picnic and ride at their leisure among the rolling hills and oaks. Great Views!!

Please use this park! Already the lack of use has brought some concern about future availabiltiy to equestrians!!!! Link to Santa Maria Los Flores Ranch Park Info

Directions : Go South on Hwy 101. Until June 2018 Exit Clark Street, south of Santa Maria, travel east to end of Clark and turn right on Dominion Turn right at temporary signs for equestrian parking. After July 1st, access equestrian parking by passing Clark Exit headed south, go approximately 3 miles and get off at Exit 161. Turn left and go east under the freeway. Turn right and soon you will see the entrance to Los Flores Equestrian Parking on your left.

Call visitors center at Los Flores - 938-7618 when you get to the entrance if the gate is not open. If you are not registered to ride with the park, you may want to remind them to bring a liability form for your use when they come to open the gate. There have been a reduction in volunteer numbers for keeping the gate open. If you would enjoy volunteering let them know also!

Here is a blog detailing a recent ride at the Los Flores.

Los Flores map - print PDF




Nipomo, Ca. - Black Lake Canyon - At Willow Road near Hwy 1 you can park on Guadalupe and ride down into the canyon. You can also park on Zenon Road off of Halcyon Road at the east side of the canyon and ride in. Parking there is best on the side of Zenon road before driving down the hill to a dead end. This area is not for the faint of heart nor have we found a long trail. The hill down is steep, do not drive down. This is a rough area with poison oak, be aware! Recent exploration revealed short trails needing more clearing but beautiful. Recent fire in the canyon has doubtless changed the experience.

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Nipomo, Ca. - The Nipomo Regional Park

Nipomo offers riders the opportunity to ride through giant oak trees and chapparal, located at Pomeroy Rd and Camino Caballo corner, extending thru the park on horse trails off Osage. The views are fabulous. For a short but sweet ride, take your trailer into the park. Abundant wildlife as well lives there. Let's hope we can keep this small piece of wild area going.

Directions: Traveling on HYWY 101, exit at Teft in Nipomo. Travel west on Teft until reaching Pomeroy shortly (traffic signal). Turn right at the signal and turn your first left into the park. There is staging on the dirt at your first right in the park. Use caution in the sand if you do not have four wheel drive.
This area is scheduled to be torn down and replaced by ball parks. Efforts to save it are in process. Equestrian use encouraged!! Please use this park!




Nipomo, Ca. - The Trails at Trilogy - Trails follow the perimeter of the Trilogy Golf Course, around to Dawn, Camino Caballo, Viva and Mesa Roads. Exercise caution considering ongoing work for more homes at Monarch Dunes. No map available and the extensive work on the next phase has rendered some trails unsafe! Riding with those who know the area well is currently recommended.

A safe perimeter trail will be established. There is a partial beautiful trail so far, overlooking the ocean, and golf course; with inner trails through the butterfly preserve, where there's even a picnic table and tie-up for horses at the top of a hill.

Parking:The Woodlands Trilogy Golf Course has put in a staging area for riders just off Hwy 1, at Via Entrada. It links to the perimeter trail of the golf course and bluff trails which are currently open. Several riders have left manure behind when parking here - and in order to keep Woodlands happy and be able to continue to ride here - we ask that you Please pick up your horse's manure! The new Vineyard Trail cutting through and providing a loop around Trilogy is now open! Ride east on Mesa Road from Highway 1 to Viva Way, cross Kingston Road and ride up abut 20 feet to acess the new trail through the young vineyards and below new homes. The Bridle Trail is a real treat with wooded areas and ocean breezes.

View between the ears of the Vineyard Trail.
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San Luis Obispo, Ca. - West Cuesta Ridge - Up the grade on Hywy 101 there are some great ridge trails if you and your horse are in good condition. Trails in the West Cuesta Ridge area vary from dirt roads to rocky technical single track. The majority of this coastal chaparral riding area is in the Los Padres National Forest. However trails also cross through lands owned by the City of San Luis Obispo and The Land Conservancy of SLO County and Cal Poly State University. Trail conditions vary widely in each parcel of land, but typically feature abundant single track, hairpin turns, shallow water crossings as well as the occasional small heard of cattle in the lower areas. The upper trails offer abundant panoramic views of the entire county extending to the ocean.



Los Olivos, Ca. - Midland School Trails - Figueroa Mountain

Midland School Trails, Los Olivos, Ca - New to eqestrian public use! See article on the News page. Access to the property and permits are free and available from the Midland School, 5100 Figueroa Mountain Road. The permits are to be obtained prior to heading out on the trails. Equestrians must make a trailride reservation at least 48 hours in advance of their visit by email only; horseback@midland-school.org . Permission to ride will be granted via email with detailed instructions. Midland does not accept trail ride requests by phone. Ask for updated Trail maps as many trails have opened futher to equestrians! Some maps are provided at the trailhead as well. Updated maps are available with donation at Santa Barbara Trails . The GREEN GATE trailhead is popular with equestrians, as there is an excellent parking area a few hundred yards inside the gate.

Midland Map PDF


Gaviota Ca. - Off of Highway 101 north of Santa Barbara is a little known equestrian delight.

Gaviota State Park is located in southern Santa Barbara County, California, about 33 miles west of the city of Santa Barbara. It extends from the Pacific coast to the crest of the Santa Ynez Mountains, and is adjacent to Los Padres National Forest. Access at Las Cruces where highway 1 and 101 intersect,traveling west take a left at San Julian Road. The Las Cruces Adobe area closes at sunset. (There is also hot (warm) springs access in the area!) Another access is at the coast off of 101.

 Slideshow photos of Las Cruces access:


Gaviota State Park - Maps also available at trail head. Fee area.

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Nipomo, Ca. - Knollwood One and Two -

Knollwood One:A favorite equestrian ride here. Some riparian oaks, some hill work, water bars, woods and variety of views. Streetside parking on Dawn near intersection with Sundale Way. Plenty of room for tacking up. Please pick up after your horses as we have some trouble with residents regarding nuggets left behind. It would be much appreciated if riders could pick up after others who have left offerings as well. Thank you in advance!

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Knollwood Two:
This is a great training trail which has been accepted by the County -- Ride Nipomo maintains it.  The trail has water bars which are great for building strength in your horse's feet.  It is also near Highway One -- close enough to learn there are trucks but far enough away not to panic your horse.  Again as with all trails, if you see branches down or something that is not right, please contact Ride Nipomo. take Highway One to Callender -- turn on Callender - one block on right is Monadella -- two blocks street ends and there is room to park a couple of horse trailers -- water bars are steps made with old railroad ties -- they are installed to prevent erosion

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Santa Ynez Valley, Ca.-

Rancho Oso Riding Trails - Lower Santa Ynez Rec. Area

  San Luis Obispo Parks, Open Space Trails Foundation (SLOPOST)

TrailMeister - ride and camp with your horse or mule

Beach Riding at Monterey Bay! print PDF

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