Artistically painted horses graze around Santa Ynez thanks to the work and collaboration between the Santa Ynez Chamber and community artists. Come take a look as you shop and dine in the Township of Santa Ynez. Please contact the Chamber at 805-350-8517 for more information.
Founded in 1882, the western township of Santa Ynez is situated just one mile from the historic San Marcos Pass stagecoach route over the Santa Ynez Mountains between Santa Barbara and Los Olivos. Just as in 1882, the town provides services to the surrounding ranches and farms, as well as to visitors of the region. The town’s turn-of-the-20th-century western false-front architecture boasts a surprising variety of shops, services, restaurants, and accommodations, benefiting both residents and visitors alike.
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Neal Taylor Nature Center at Cachuma Lake
“Founded in 1988, the Neal Taylor Nature Center at Cachuma Lake is celebrating 35 years of connecting kids and adults to discovering the wonders of their own backyard – Cachuma Lake and the Santa Ynez watershed.”
The Neal Taylor Nature Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that runs completely on donations and grants.
They are open Thursday through Sunday from 10am-4pm (Sundays until 2pm) and are located within the Cachuma Lake Recreation Area, a Santa Barbara County Park. There is a $10 per vehicle county fee to access Cachuma Lake.
Please consider membership in the Neal Taylor Nature Center, as a way of supporting their educational activities, they host hundreds of school aged children each year.