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For the first time a guide to the outdoor activities in the Cuyama Valley has been compiled

There's a new guide for visitors to the Cuyama Valley
Bryant Baker
Los Padres Forestwatch
There's a new guide for visitors to the Cuyama Valley

Visitors to a remote and picturesque part of our region are getting some guidance

The Cuyama Valley straddles Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Ventura and Kern counties.

And a local non-profit has put together a guide to the area.

Jeff Kuyper, the Executive Director of Los Padres ForestWatch, who have teamed up with the Cuyama Buckhorn Hotel to put together the leaflet to guide visitors through the activities in the largely untapped region, says it's designed to answer the question he's asked most often: "What is there to do in the Cuyama Valley?"

Kuyper said the guide features information on various trails in Los Padres National Forest and Carrizo Plain National Monument, as well as local waterfalls, pine-studded mountains, wine tasting, and the best spots for viewing wildlife and wildflowers — as well as helpful safety tips and information about the area’s ecosystems, wildlife, Chumash culture, and resources to help plan a trip.

The guide can be paired with the free OpenTrails web app — which was also produced by ForestWatch — showing which trails in the region are open and which are subject to seasonal closures or longer-term closures due to damage from this year’s storms.

The Guide to the Outdoors in Cuyama Valley is available in both print and electronic formats and can be purchased in the ForestWatch Store online, or in person at the Cuyama Buckhorn.

Los Padres ForestWatch is a nonprofit organization that works to protect Los Padres National Forest and neighboring public lands including Carrizo Plain National Monument.

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