Trail Advocacy

Actions That Affect Where You Can Ride  The events below are your opportunities to support
and/or provide recommendations for new & existing riding trails.






County Recreation Needs Survey (i.e. Trail Riding)

Survey Responses will be used to Develop a County-wide Recreation Master Plan


We that live and/or ride in Santa Barbara County are presented right now with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to express our ideas on recreation, when, where and how we recreate, and what we think our needs will be in the future. 


Santa Barbara County Parks Department is preparing a Countywide Recreation Master Plan (Master Plan) and as a first step, to gather our in-put, has commissioned a Recreation Needs Survey.  This is a unique chance to let our County officials know of our trail needs as equestrians and to speak to the decision-makers of the future.  If we don't tell them, how will they know that we want and need more, safe trails for our riders???

Trails and open space are a huge component of the Master Plan, and we hope that trail riders will take just a few minutes to make their voices heard, and in huge numbers!  We are hoping to generate 1000 responses!

PLEASE take the Survey and emphasize that there is a need for: 

  • New and Expanded Trails for equestrian use.

  • Adequate trailhead parking and staging areas.

  • The ability to ride safely (such as at Live Oak Camp). 

Here is the link to the online Recreation Needs Survey:


Also, there is a brief Kids Survey with just 4 questions so the little ones can get involved too (

Both are available in English and Spanish.

**If you want to respond, but need a bit of assistance responding via your computer or phone, please send an email to along with your phone number and Kathy or David will respond and can talk you through it. Your response is that important!!!**

Please pass this on to those you ride with.  Let’s get everyone to turn out!

More information can be found at:
Happy Trails and Thanks ya'all!

Baron Ranch Master Plan

On the Beautiful Gaviota Coast


Join the County of Santa Barbara Public Works Department, Resource Recovery & Waste Management Division and the Community Services Department, Parks Division for a public presentation on the Baron Ranch Master Plan! 


The trail on Baron Ranch has been in progress and is a focus as one of the options identified and evaluated to develop increased public recreational opportunities on Baron Ranch - including equestrian trail riding.


The County of Santa Barbara is in the process of completing the Master Plan for Baron Ranch and invites you to an online presentation of the Draft Master Plan. Comments can be provided via email or during the Zoom meeting.  We hope you can listen in!

Date and Time:

Thursday, December 10, 2020

6:00 - 7:30 pm


Please register for the Zoom presentation by clicking on the link below or copying it to your browser. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Register in Advance!


County Website

The Draft Baron Ranch Master Plan and the Public Presentation will be posted on the County’s website on December 4th for download and review.

For more information, contact Jody Rundle, Senior Program Specialist at

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