The Pismo Preserve is a stunningly beautiful outdoor nature preserve located 20 minutes north of Santa Maria, in Pismo Beach at the southern end of San Luis Obispo County. The preserve consists of 880 acres of untouched natural space, with plenty of opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, birdwatching and more. Guests will see native plant life, wildflowers and various wildlife. Visitors to the preserve can hike on more than 11 miles of trails that vary in terrain and scenery, from oaky woodlands to coastal ridgelines. The trails provide stunning panoramic views of the pacific coastline.
The Pismo Preserve is open year-round but does close after inclement weather or heavy rain. Weather permitting, the preserve is open to the public from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. from November to February; and from 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. March through October. Follow the Land Conservancy on Facebook or Instagram for updates on weather conditions and openness. The preserve is located off exit 191B from US Highway 101 in Pismo Beach. The parking lot and entrance to the preserve are located on the east side of the freeway at the southern end of Mattie Road. Please note that the parking lot gate is locked after the preserve closes.