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provide free overnight camping to registered Trails Day partici- pants. “In recent years, with the fi res in our area and the drought too, there has been trail damage. The forest service’s resources are stretched and they cannot maintain as much as they would like to or as much as we would like to see them maintained.” Rancho Oso is one of four


California sites to date that feature horseback activities on the National Trails Day website with registration information, although more are expected. (Info: ht ps://americanhiking.org/ national-trails-day) Other locations will include


the City of San Marcos, which has an outstanding municipal trail system that accommodates horses, Idyllwild, and Burney, in Northern California. All of them off er rides that


vary according to the location, from two miles at Rancho Oso to 10 at the new Burney Trailhead. Krzyston also points out that


work being done is mostly light. “It won’t be heavy work,” he


said. “It will be brushing back trails, mostly, and maybe on a couple trails we will trim a tree or two. Because of heavy rains, we may have to look at reestab- lishing some trails that suff ered from erosion, but it will all be hand work.” He said the damage caused


by fi res can be direct—a result of the burn-through—or by subsequent erosion and slides. Also, there’s the fact that trail use lessens aſt er a fi re passes through. “When you have fi res in the


area, and the less people use trails, then the more mainte- nance they require,” he said. “Horses, generally, when trails are built well, are great for main- taining trails just naturally by using them. As you go by, the brush gets brushed back a lit le bit. Brush doesn’t grow because of the overall use of the trail.”


More online: http://bit.ly/805A_Trails


Trail riders enjoy Rancho Oso, which will host a special day June 2 and off er free overnight camping to participants. An RSVP is required.


Only 30 minutes to Santa Barbara and the Santa Ynez Valley


Horse Glamping, Cottages, RV & Tent Camping


• Free Trail Guide for Horse Campers • Open Year Round • Shady RV & Tent Campsites • Large Corrals, Arena, Round Pen • Weekend Meals • Bunkhouses & Covered Wagons • Campground Store • Heated Pool & Spa • Horse Boarding • Pet Friendly • Los Padres Nat’l Forest Trail Access


805-683-5687 • Visit www.1000trails.comand search “Rancho Oso” 3750 Paradise Road • Santa Barbara, CA 93105


Jennifer Meyer photo


Rancho Oso courtesy photo


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