Our next ride:
November 11th through 13th, 2016
Trail Description: This ride will be held on the beautiful Rancho San Fernando Rey in the upper Santa Ynez River Valley north of Santa Barbara. This is an original Spanish land grant rancho of 37,000 acres looking much like it did 200 years ago. The terrain is classic central California rolling hills and valleys covered with oaks and grass. There was a fire this summer that affected about a third of the ranch, however it was actually a beneficial fire in some respects as it burned off the chapparel and didn’t effect the big trees. There will be a different trail each day. The trail should be considered moderately difficult since there will be some climbing. There will be plenty of water on the trail at spring fed stock tanks. The trail will mostly use dirt ranch roads and cow trails. Since it may still be very dry in mid November, hoof protection is advisable for riding on hard pack.
Early Arrivals: If you need to arrive before THURSDAY, John suggests you contact Rancho Oso, a private equestrian campground just a few minutes down the road from the ranch entrance. Ranch Oso has excellent facilities. Camp for Sesenta Anos will open on THURSDAY.
Entry Fees: $120 each day for the 50 mile and 25 mile rides which includes the increased camping fees for this years event. $65 each day for the introductory fun ride. Add $15 each day if not an AERC member. Lunch is included, but dinner is $15 extra.
Directions: From the south, drive through Santa Barbara on Highway 101, turn onto Highway 154 over San Marcos Pass, turn right onto Paradise Road a mile or so after crossing the bridge, turn left after a mile or so into the Ranch at our sign. From the north, drive through Santa Maria on Highway 101, turn onto Highway 154, turn left onto Paradise Road after passing Lake Cachuma, turn into the Ranch at our sign. If you are concerned about going up San Marcos Pass with a really big rig, then stay on 101 until Buellton, turn right onto Highway 246, and turn right onto Highway 154 to join those coming from the north.
Address for Health Certificates: Rancho San Fernando Rey, 166 Paradise Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 93105. If you are already IN California, you probably don’t need a health certificate. This is mainly for out of state riders.
XP Rides for 2016 Ride Season
Sesenta Años ~ November 11-13
XP Rides for 2017 Ride Season
Coso Junction ~ December 3 & 4
Death Valley Encounter ~ December 28-31
Laurel Mountain ~ January 28 & 29
Eastern Mojave ~ February 9-12
Bar H ~ Conflict with AERC convention
Cuyama Oaks ~ March 24-26
Lost Padres ~ April 8 & 9
Mt Carmel ~ April 26-28
Strawberry Fields ~ June 16-18
Grand Canyon ~ August 30-September 3
Virgin Outlaw ~ September 27-October 1
Sesenta Años ~ November 10-12
You can learn more about each of our rides by going to XP Rides and Dates on the menu bar and scrolling down to the one you are interested in.
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Over the years our family has made a lot of great friends along the trail. We always look forward to the new ride year to renew those friendships and to make new ones. We hope you will be able to join us on the endurance trails this year. Come ride with us, you will be glad you did.