The Cuyama Valley, nestled at the border between Ventura, San Luis Obispo, Kern, and Santa Barbara counties, offers visitors many fun activities to choose from, and 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.
Bitter creek wildlife refuge
Birdwatch at the Bitter Creek Wildlife Refuge, a roosting and foraging habitat for the endangered California Condor.
santa barbara pistachio
Tour a local pistachio farm, Santa Barbara Pistachio Company!
OLIVE OIL TASTING
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.
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.
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.
Take a self-guided tour of the cave paintings in Carrizo Plains National Monument.
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.
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.
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.
Eat out at The Place, where the home baked pies are just about the best thing you’ve ever tasted!