Chimineas Ranch - TrailMeister added this area
Riders have logged 14.26 miles & 5.27 hours here.
Driving DirectionsClick the icon for directions in google.Trailhead is 32 miles East of Hwy 101 on State Route 166.Look for large turnout area that can accommodate a dozen horse trailers. Sign in at box. Horizontal pole gate restricts vehicle access. Water tank in field directly above trailhead.
The Chimineas Ranch is located 30 miles East of Santa Maria on Hwy 166, its 30,000 acres are an ecological reserve, acquired by the State of California, Department of Fish and Game with the assistance of The Nature Conservancy and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. The ranch is being developed as a center for ecological learning and the enjoyment of nature. It links the 250,000 acre Carrizo Plain National Monument with the 2,000,000 acre Los Padres National Forest, and hosts an extraordinary mosaic of habitat types and biological diversity. Many thanks to Pat Fish and Tobe for sharing this excellent mule riding area with us! You can read about Pat’s ride Here
- Land manager is California Dept of Fish and Wildlife and the Chimineas Ranch Foundation
- As a general rule the only area open to the public is the south ranch area.
- Access permits for the south ranch area are required for all visitors to the property. These permits are available at the main entrance kiosk on Highway 166 or can be downloaded from the CDFW HERE