local activities


The Cuyama Valley, nestled at the border between Ventura, San Luis Obispo, Kern, and Santa Barbara counties, offers beautiful landscapes and many ways to explore it. The Buckhorn team is here to help you make the most of your trip. Order a picnic from our kitchen and plan your day out in the Valley, hiking, exploring, or biking.



Photo by New Times San Luis Obispo

Photo by New Times San Luis Obispo

carrizo plains national monument

Visit the Carrizo Plains National Monument, to explore salt flats, grasslands, and see the San Andreas Fault.

Feel free to take a brochure about Carrizo Plains from the front of the restaurant, or look through it here (courtesy of Blue Sky Center).

Photo by Jackie Wollner

Photo by Jackie Wollner

Bitter creek wildlife refuge

Birdwatch at the Bitter Creek Wildlife Refuge, a roosting and foraging habitat for the endangered California Condor.

Photo by Rider Planet USA

Photo by Rider Planet USA


Bring your off-roading vehicle and take a day to have fun at Ballinger Canyon.

Feel free to take a brochure about Bitter Creek from the front of the restaurant, or look through it here (courtesy of Blue Sky Center).


santa barbara pistachio

Tour a local pistachio farm, Santa Barbara Pistachio Company!



If wine isn’t enough (or you’re the designated driver) taste some delicious local olive oil at Condor’s Hope.


Stargaze at mt. pinos

If you want to fill your nights as well as your days, stargaze at Mt. Pinos, considered one of the best places to watch the night sky in California.


Johnston ranch

Saddle up to get in touch with the old west. Take a day ride, cattle drive, or pack trip with Johnston Ranch.



Catch us for our public farm tours or schedule a private one. Tours include in-depth discussions about growing food regeneratively in the high desert; tending a variety of healthy food-giving animals; creating sustainable & earthen shelter; and stewarding agricultural lands, watersheds, & wilderness.

Photo by Erica Ruch

Photo by Erica Ruch

Hike in los padres national forest

Hike in some of the most pristine natural surroundings this close to Los Angeles, Los Padres National Forest. AllTrails (app and website), Trails.com, and hikelospadres.com can suggest some routes, and there are trail maps available at the front desk. We suggest McPherson Trail, accessible via Aliso Park campground.


Take a scenic drive

We recommend Lockwood Valley Road or state scenic route CA-33. 


cave paintings

Take a self-guided tour of the cave paintings in Carrizo Plains National Monument.


ecological reserve

Visit the Carrizo Plain ecological reserve and keep an eye out for local wildlife! 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.

Photo by Kelsey Knight

Photo by Kelsey Knight

wine tasting

Visit a local winery for a tasting. Condor’s Hope and Sagebrush Annie’s make wonderful local wine--and both are less than 30 minutes from the Buckhorn!

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mountain bike

Mountain bike along designated trails and roads in the Los Padres National Forest. The closest to us is Bates Canyon Road / Sierra Madre Road.



Fly right into Cuyama! Small private planes can land at the small private airstrip just .5 miles from our front door.


Reyes Creek Campground

Spend your night under the stars at this stream side campground just off one of our favorite scenic routes to the Buckhorn.


To eat


Sagebrush annie’s

Dinner at Sagebrush Annie’s is reliably some of the best company food and wine in the area, you’ll be counting down the days til you can return. Reservations required.


the place

Eat out at The Place, where the home baked pies are just about the best thing you’ve ever tasted!

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asian experience

Asian Experience is is a short drive away in Taft, for when you've had one too many burgers this week.