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Vintage Train Trip along the Gaviota Coast

Enjoy a stress-free ride in a vintage railroad car along the Gaviota Coast, through Vandenberg Air Force Base and to San Luis Obispo.

Gaviota State Park

Gaviota State Park lies immediately to the east of Hollister Ranch on the bach and extending up Gaviota Pass.

José Francisco Ortega at Hollister Ranch

José Francisco Ortega was the lead scout for the 1769 Portolá expedition up the California Coast where he first encountered what was to be Hollister Ranch.

Wounded Warriors at Hollister Ranch

We are all so grateful for the service of our veterans. Our Wounded Warriors were treated to a day at the beach for surfing and fun at Hollister Ranch's Bulito Beach.

Why Dick LaRue didn't want Ronald Reagan to buy at Hollister Ranch

As noted in an earlier blog, the founder of the Hollister Ranch Owners’ Association, Dick LaRue, the primary directive when developing the HROA CC&Rs with attorney George Allen was the preservation of Hollister Ranch as it had been and still was. That goal has been realized as a result of that initial idea and the perseverance of the ownership over the years.

Dolphin megapod in the Santa Barbara Channel off Hollister Ranch

Dolphins will form a megapod of thousands of mammals that chase schools of bait fish, anchovies or sardines, in stampede-like behavior.

Refugio State Beach

Refugio State Beach is on the Gaviota Coast about 10 minutes east of Hollister Ranch (the coastline runs east & west similar to the Frech Riviera).

Mammoths at Hollister Ranch

Mammoths grazed the coastal plains at Hollister Ranch as recently as 10,000 years ago.

Buzzards at Hollister Ranch

Buzzards, or Turkey Vultures, keep the Hollister Ranch landscape free of animals that have passed on. Following a day of soaring and eating, they spread their wings to absorb the sun's warmth. 

Gaviota State Park Flood 1998

In 1998 an el Niño storm flooded Gaviota State Beach Park.


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