Arroyo Hondo Preserve

Gaviota Coast,
Tajiguas Landfill turn off
Santa Barbara, CA

Rancho Arroyo Hondo was part of the original 26,530-acre Rancho Nuestra Señora del Refugio Mexican land grant to former Santa Barbara Presidio Commandant Jose Francisco Ortega in 1827. The adobe house was built in 1842 by the Ortega family and was used as a stagecoach stop on the route between Lompoc and Santa Barbara in the late 1800s.

As the railroad and highway were being constructed, the adobe also served as a bar and eatery for the workers. [more information on the website; see links]


From Santa Barbara: Traveling north on Hwy. 101, the Preserve is approximately 23 miles past La Cumbre Rd. overpass. Approximately 5 miles past Refugio State Beach look for Call Box #101-402 and then after that Call Box #101-412. Our driveway is adjacent to Call Box #101-412. Slow down when you see our call box coming up and make traffic slow down behind you as you signal your turn. Make a sharp right turn from the highway into the Preserve driveway. The gate will be open, come down the driveway, cross the bridge, and park by barn.

To Get Back to Santa Barbara: From the top of the driveway, wait for all traffic to clear, then turn right (north). Go 3 miles and exit at Mariposa Reina. Go over bridge and enter southbound onramp.

From Buellton: Traveling south on Hwy. 101, approximately 6 miles past Gaviota State Park and ¼ mile after the Vista Point Rest Area, make a U-turn at the Tajiguas Landfill into the northbound lanes of Hwy. 101. In a ½ mile, make a sharp right turn into the Preserve driveway immediately after CalTrans Call Box #101-412.

Gate will be open, come down driveway, cross bridge and park by barn.

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