Summer Star Gazing at Los Flores Ranch
Lose yourself in the grandeur of the skies at the City of Santa Maria’s “Star Gazing at Los Flores Ranch Park,” a free, docent-led nature hike for all ages on August 19 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Bring flashlights and warm clothing layers. Dogs on leashes are welcome.
At 1,774 acres, Los Flores Ranch Park is one of the largest of its kind in Santa Barbara County and is deemed one of the few “passive recreational areas” in the region, meaning an undeveloped space or environmentally sensitive area that requires minimal recreational impact. Comprised of trails through rolling hills, rocky outcroppings and an array of trees, plants and wildlife, the property lies about eight miles south of Santa Maria on the east side of Highway 101.
Outdoor enthusiasts including birders, photographers, equestians, hikers, mountain bikers and wildflower seekers are increasingly discovering the natural charm of Los Flores Ranch, which offers eight miles of trails on existing dirt paths and paved roads that were originally created for oil and ranch operations.