El Chorro Ranch

Preserving the heart of one of California Central Coast’s most scenic and historic valleys.

In March 2006, the Isaacson Family, California Rangeland Trust and the Wildlife Conservation Board secured a conservation easement on the 817-acre El Chorro Ranch. The conservation easement fulfills the desire of Esther Isaacson and her sons Bill, Deming and Bob to keep the land as a working cattle ranch in perpetuity. The Isaacson family purchased the scenic ranch at a public auction held on the steps of the Santa Barbara County Courthouse in 1939.

Located along Highway 1 in Santa Barbara County, the El Chorro Ranch possesses unique grazing, farming and ranching resources, remarkable wildlife habitat, and rich oak woodland and riparian areas. The project is one of several collaborative projects between California Rangeland Trust and the Land Trust of Santa Barbara County.