The beautiful southern California city of Santa Clarita is full of wonder. Residents and visitors alike marvel at the multitude of fun attractions, nonstop great events, and unique landmarks that fill the city. All types of shopping and dining experiences abound. Amusement parks, live performances, concerts, and nightclubs keep people of all ages entertained. No matter what you’re into, there is something in Santa Clarita to interest you.
Of all the amazing attractions in this suburb of Los Angeles, the natural wonders are some of the most popular — and for good reason. Consider the Gibbon Conservation Center. It makes for a great day trip where you can learn all about the majestic but highly-endangered Gibbon apes who live there under its protection. They live as they would in the wild, raising their families and socializing. The Placerita Canyon Nature Center shows its visitors everything there is to know about the flora and fauna of southern California.
If you like to get down and dirty with nature, there’s the Santa Clarita Woodlands Park, where hikers, bikers, and outdoor action buffs flock.
Nestled snugly on the northern side of the Santa Susana Mountains, this park is divided into four amazing recreation areas.
- Towsley Canyon
- Rice Canyon
- Pico Canyon
The Ed Davis Park in Towsley Canyon features a year-round creek and many fascinating rock formations created from the constantly running water. An oak woodland area is perfect for challenging solitary hikes or excursions for the whole family. The trail’s scenic viewpoints are awe-inspiring. Towsley Lodge, a historic institution, is available to rent for special occasions.
Lush, verdant plant life is most evident in Rice Canyon. Hikers, bikers, and equestrians use the dirt fire road to get through miles of oak, bay laurel, black walnut, and bigleaf maple to reach the summit and the glorious views it holds.
The first successful oil well in the western United States, Pico No. 4, once sat in Pico Canyon. Today, Pico Canyon offers its visitors a look back at California history along with its sun-dappled paths into its rugged depths.
Sitting snugly at the base of Pico Canyon, this area was a bustling oil town surrounding Pico No. 4. In the 1880s. A few preserved buildings still stand, including the mansion of the town’s namesake, Charles Mentry, the well’s driller. This area has been designated a California SateHIstorical Landmark.
Where to Stay When Visiting Santa Clarita Woodlands Park
There are myriad motels, bed and breakfasts, and hotels in the Valencia area. You will be able to find clean, suitable accommodations, no matter your budget or preferences. Hiking the Santa Susana Mountains is a mind-altering experience. It fosters deep introspection and psychological awakening. Nothing is better for that than a peaceful rest and good night’s sleep.
The Lavender Inn bed and breakfast can accomplish just that. Built in 1874, this historic bed and breakfast offers stunning outdoor views and a curated experience inside. If you are looking for a few more luxuries, the Hyatt Regency Valencia is a perfect choice, with Wi-Fi, cable television, and location convenient to popular area attractions. Here’s one final tip for your trip. These 4,000 acres of parkland take days to fully explore and enjoy. Don’t rush through it. Enjoy every moment.