Romero Canyon Horse Trail

The 43rd most popular equestrian trail in California.

Facebook Pinterest Twitter Email

Southeast of Santa Barbara in the Los Padres National Forest, the Romero Canyon Trail is open to horseback riding and is a rocky scramble up an old narrowing fire road into the Santa Ynez mountains. It’s a five mile switchback ascent over 2,000 feet to the crest by unparalleled ocean vistas towards the Channel Islands through Chapparel. At the top, either return via the same route or try a challenging singletrack bonzai down along the creek.

To reach the horseback riding trailhead from Santa Barbara, follow SR225 (E. Cabrillo Blvd.) southeast under US101. Turn left onto Hot Springs Road and right onto SR192 (East Valley Road). After several miles, turn left onto Ramero Canyon Road. Continue east for 1.6 miles staying right and park near the gated road on the left.

Overall, Romero Canyon Horse Trail is the 43rd most popular horse trail of all 81 horseback rides in California. Several of the better horse trails are nearby Romero Canyon Horse Trail including Buckhorn OHV Route, Camuesa OHV Route, Manzana Trail and Sage Hill.

Romero Canyon Trail near Santa Barbara (CA/US)

Romero Canyon Trail near Santa Barbara (CA/US)

Romero Canyon Trail near Santa Barbara (CA/US)

Romero Canyon Trail near Santa Barbara (CA/US)

Romero Canyon Horse Trail Horseback Riding Map



Local Contact(s):  Los Padres National Forest (805) 967-3481; Santa Barbara Tourism (805) 965-3023; California Tourism (916) 444-4429; Cycles4Rent (805) 652-0462; Velo Pro Cyclery (805) 963-7775.

Recommended Book:  "Mountain Bike! Southern California" from Dave Story

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  NFS Upper Oso Campground; Harbor View Inn, Santa Barbara

Luxury Loding:  Hotel Santa Barbara; Simpson House Inn (800) 676-1280; El Encanto (800) 346-7039

Breakfast Restaurant:  Brown Pelican, Santa Barbara; Sambos, Santa Barbar

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  34.4526, -119.5904

Date Published:  1/4/2016

Date Updated:  7/2/2016

ID:  15966

Romero Canyon Horse Trail Horseback Riding Map


Our one-step registration gives you instant, unlimited access to all of our printable trail guides for ALL sports in ALL regions worldwide.

For horseback riding the Romero Canyon Horse Trail in California, our printable trail guides offers trail descriptions, maps, lodging suggestions, driving directions, levels of difficulty and points-of-contact.