Hiking Los Padres National Forest

Beautiful views of the Los Padres National Forest can be seen from many of the rooms in the Bates Ranch House. But the most stunning views can be found in the charming courtyard with original 1920’s brick fireplace. It’s a favorite among the families who have stayed at the ranch to sit by the fire, take in the view and enjoy quality time with one another. 

With 1,257 miles of trails on 1,762,400 acres, with 875,000 acres of protected wilderness to explore, you won’t soon run out of new territory to discover! Los Padres includes most of the mountainous land along the California coast from Ventura to Monterey, extending inland. Elevations range from sea level to 8,847 feet. About 88% are public lands; the rest are privately owned.


A Seaside Town

Carpinteria is a charming town with beautiful beaches, breathtaking mountain views and the laid back vibe you would expect to find in a quaint beachside community. Located only 15 minutes South of Santa Barbara, Carpinteria seems worlds apart from its neighboring  city. Antique shops and family owned restaurants  line the main street which runs through downtown. Surfing, hiking and biking are just as much a part of everyday life as going to work or driving your car. On almost any given night beautiful sunsets can be seen from “The World’s Safest Beach”. A few times a year this sleepy seaside town turns it up a notch with annual events like, the Avocado Festival in October. With over 80,000 people in attendance, four stages with over 70 bands, avocado ice cream, avocado beer and three days of peace, love and guacamole – what’s not to love! Rods and Roses in June highlights the classic American muscle car and pays homage to the outstanding flower growers that call Carpinteria home.

R.W.BatesMany families  settled the Carpinteria Valley area in the early days, among them Robert W. Bates. Together they started a tradition of extraordinary community service which richly extends today.  Citizens continue to take pride in their local town.

R.W.Bates built the Bates Ranch House in 1928. He served as Trustee of the first community elementary school, The Punta Gorda School. This school holds state recognition for being the first  desegregated school in all of California. As an example Of Bates generosity he paid for a student’s cleft palette repair surgery. This single example was repeated many times over by early settlers. Noticing road and freeway signs as Bates, Bailard, Bliss,  Franklin, Romero barely give a glimpse into the generous community spirit continued today. Carpinteria Natural History Museum is a treasure filled with  early day philanthropy.

Book the Bates Ranch House for your next vacation to enjoy the beauty of Carpinteria and California coastal living.