About Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort
The Alisals roots reach back to 1810, when the valley was occupied by the Chumash people. The road between that peaceful valley and the luxury ranch of today is paved with Spanish padres, cattle ranching, and a novel irrigation system. In 1946, the Alisal opened as the luxury ranch it is today, welcoming families young and old to experience life on a dude ranch.
The land is nestled in the Santa Ynez Valley bound by a river on the northeast and a coastal mountain range on the southwest. The range barricades the coastal flow, producing warm valley days and cool valley nights. The adjacent river and seasonal streams that cross this land abound with annual runs of 10-pound steelhead trout. The rolling hills are dotted with valley oaks and coastal live oaks, many of which will live up to 300 years. The verdant glens and riverbanks, shadowed by the mountain backdrop, support healthy groves of western sycamores. Deer graze cautiously, fearing mountain lions, bears, and coyotes.