Santa Ynez Red Rock

Santa Ynez Red Rock


This beautiful getaway is nestled deep in the Santa Ynez valley at the end of Paradise Road. Take the 154 highway as if you’re traveling to Santa Ynez or Solvang and cut off to the right at Paradise, the road just before you crest the mountains. You’ll drive down Paradise Road for quite some time passing a market on the right. Keep driving for a while. You’ll drive over some rivers, and then over some creeks, and then you’ll get to the Red Rock trailhead. You’ll have to pick up an Adventure Pass to park here but once you’ve gotten one, it’s only about a two-mile hike to the glamorous oasis that is Red Rock. Your feet will get wet, because you’ll be crossing several creeks along the way. So let loose and have some fun.

You’re in for a real treat on this trip as Red Rock not only provides for great hiking and picnicking, but there’s some pretty incredible cliff jumping available as well. Some of the cliffs are pretty high and some of the pools are pretty narrow, providing ample opportunity for you to conquer your fears and get your adrenaline kick for the day. But be careful. You’re jumping at your own risk and a helicopter life flight out can get pretty expensive. Wade in the shallower pools and watch your friends as they flail and scream with laughter landing in the water just yards away from you. The show is just as entertaining as the jumping itself. In case you’re not one of those adrenaline addicts and like to keep your feet on the ground.

During the summer, Red Rock is a hot spot for drunken teenagers so the police presence has gotten a bit denser, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy yourself. The college kiddies provide additional entertainment as they fling themselves off the cliffs. Pack a lunch and head out to Red Rock for a refreshing day in the sun.




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