Los Flores Ranch Park is the first of its kind regional open space park in the Santa Maria Valley. At 1,774 acres (nearly 2.8 square miles), the property lies about eight miles south of Santa Maria in the Solomon Hills. The park offers the public a rare mix of environmental education, land preservation and recreation, with about eight miles of hiking/equest-rian/mountain biking trails. Guided docent tours are available. Beginning in February 2012, guided nature walks will be held on the second Saturday of every month from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Walkers will meet at the visitor center off of Dominion Road. Volunteer recruitment is also under way to fill critical park maintenance, docent and hiking guide roles. Training will be provided for all volunteers. For recorded park information, please call (805) 925-0951 extension 985.
Hours of Operation
Daylight Saving Time has begun and with the days growing longer, Los Flores Ranch Park is open later. Spring/Summer hours are now in effect through November 3. Patrons may now access their favorite trails Thursday through Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Guided nature walks will occur on the second Saturday of every month, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Outside in Nature Play Days begin Saturday, March 16 and will occur every third Saturday through November.
User Access Fees:
Daily access fee is $3.00 for adults (16 & up); $1.50 for seniors; youth 15 years and under are free. Single visit group rate is $10 for up to 6 persons at one visit. An annual pass good for one year from purchase that will allow access for up to 6 guests at one time, is $45.00.
City of Santa Maria residents and owners of businesses located within the City of Santa Maria area entitled to free access at the park. Address verification will be required upon registration at the park's visitor center. All non-City of Santa Maria residents holding a current access card will be allowed free access for one year from the date the card was originally issued.
The People for Leisure and Youth, Inc. (P.L.A.Y., Inc.) is a partner of Los Flores Ranch Park and is setting up a fund to maintain Los Flores Ranch Park. To Donate to Los Flores Ranch Park, please contact P.L.A.Y. Inc., Dennis Smitherman at (805) 925-0951, ext. 263 or click on the P.L.A.Y. graphic below: