Outdoor enthusiasts and visitors alike can sample all the Santa Ynez Valley has to offer through special trail events. The week begins on National Trails Day with a State Trails Day project on several spectacular Midland Ranch Trails, adjacent to Los Padres National Forest. Hikes will also be hosted by the Santa Barbara County Outdoor Foundation throughout the week.
Beginner and advanced hikers can download free hiking maps online at www.visitthesantaynezvalley.com or in print at local hotels, Buellton and Solvang Visitors Centers and Midland School. Sponsored by the Santa Barbara County Outdoor Foundation and Santa Ynez Valley Hotel Association, the two new Santa Ynez Valley Hiking Maps feature trails in the Los Padres National Forest and Midland School Ranch.
Other events include hikes, wild horses and wine. Return to Freedom, an American Wild Horse Sanctuary begins Santa Ynez Valley Trails Week with a sanctuary tour and ends the week with a volunteer work day and hike. Sanford Winery will also debut a new trails program, featuring a full day hike through their private estate vineyards on Saturday, June 9th or by reservation. Also available through Sanford’s trail program is a private wine tasting, exclusive winery and vineyard tour with a Sanford guide, a professional trail guide, hillside lunch with majestic views overlooking their vineyards, wine served with lunch or a private on-site chef option is available.
Each day of Santa Ynez Valley Trails Week features a different theme to encourage visitors to explore the many different activities available. The information provided online includes events, deals, trails and maps, making it easy to plan a trip to the Santa Ynez Valley any time of year.