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Rich in history and tradition

The Ranch

Learn about the long history of Alisal Ranch, who we are today, and the diverse wildlife you’ll find here.

About Alisal Ranch

Stories from a luxury Dude Ranch.

Alisal Ranch’s roots reach all the way back to 1810. At that time, the land was inhabited by the Chumash people, who called the land “Nojoqui,” or “Honeymoon Place.”

Even then, the Santa Ynez Valley was associated with romance for its rolling hills and peaceful yet abundant wildlife. Settlers later moved into the valley to raise cattle for the Mission Santa Inés and the Mexican Government. They renamed the region “Alisal,” meaning “grove of sycamores.”

More than 200 years later, Alisal Ranch has evolved into a luxury dude ranch that celebrates the ranching culture of the Western U.S. As much as Alisal Ranch embraces horseback riding and ranch-style cooking, it also pays homage to the gentle foothills that gave the area its original “Honeymoon Place” name.

These are the stories of our luxury dude ranch. Though there are countless Alisal lores and traditions already in place, so many of our ranch’s stories have yet to be written. Maybe the next one is yours.

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Alisal Ranch is the infinite dream and promise of California. The open range, blue horizons, and timeless nature. A welcoming home to the natural way of life and living.
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Our history

The rise of the luxury guest ranch.

Our long, rich history starts with the Chumash people who inhabited this land in 1810 and found it productive for hunting and gathering. In the intervening decades, it has changed hands multiple times, with each owner embracing the vast promise of the land and leaving a unique legacy. In 1946, Alisal Ranch opened as the luxury working ranch it is today, welcoming those in search of adventure and renewal. We invite you to learn more about the heritage of this special place.

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The natural world around us.

Alisal Ranch is home to a diverse array of wildlife (and a great vacation spot for birdwatchers!). From deer and foxes, to bald eagles and wild turkeys, this land is a refuge for many species. Take a quiet moment at Alisal Lake and bask in the sights and sounds of egrets, herons, and other graceful birds. You may even spot a bobcat, coyote, or other wild animal in the distance during a trail ride adventure.

Explore the Ranch

Explore our interactive map below – select a building to get an overview of activities and amenities around the ranch. Viewing from a mobile device? Click the button to view a pdf of the map on-the-go.

The spirit of adventure.

At Alisal Ranch, we believe that true hospitality comes straight from the heart— and want you to feel a warm welcome throughout your stay. Our serene Western-style accommodations offer casual and comfortable luxury, designed to help you unwind and relax.


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