Celebrating Our Ranching Roots
California has very deep roots in ranching – and few know that some of the deepest ranching roots were once in Orange County, known better today for its posh beaches and Disneyland adventures. With rapid growth happening in our state, we believe it is important to remember where many of us began.
Today, Rancho Mission Viejo is the last remaining working cattle ranch in the County. They continue to support a growing region by overseeing responsible and sustainable development that not only creates quality homes for Californians, but also provides opportunities to connect them to the region’s natural spaces, Spanish and Mexican legacies, and cowboy heritage.
In 2020, California Rangeland Trust will gather on the land at Rancho Mission Viejo to celebrate our ranching roots and the pivotal role ranching continues to play in the growth of healthy communities.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2020
VIP COWBOY SUNDOWNER
Cow Camp, Rancho Mission Viejo, CA 92694
On Friday, April 17, 2020 we invite you for an exclusive VIP event at Cow Camp, an exclusive and secluded location known as the “spirit of the ranch”. From 5-8pm we will explore the unique history of Rancho Mission Viejo.
SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 2020
A WESTERN AFFAIR
Amantes Camp, Rancho Mission Viejo, CA 92694
Hosted Cocktails and Silent Auction – 5:00pm
Dinner and Live Auction – 6:00pm
Live Music and Dancing – 8:00pm
MAKING IT A WEEKEND TRIP?
Check out this list of other fun things to do in the area
Mission San Juan Capistrano
26801 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
P: (949) 234-1300
Mission San Juan Capistrano, historic landmark and museum, is the Birthplace of Orange County. It was founded more than two hundred years ago as the 7th of 21 missions statewide and features a chapel still standing where Saint Serra once celebrated Mass.
Today, it is a monument to California’s multi-cultural history, embracing its Native American, Spanish, Mexican and European heritage. Originally built as a self sufficient community by Spanish Padres and Native Americans, the Mission was a center for agriculture, industry, education and religion.
Famous for the Annual Return of the Swallows, Mission San Juan Capistrano is the “Jewel of the California Missions” and welcomes over 300,000 visitors each year.
Los Rios Historic District
31891 Camino Capistrano – San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
This historic gem can be found behind the El Adobe Restaurant. To walk the streets of the Los Rios District is to recapture the tranquility of the slower pace of life that existed before the turn of the century and before. You can find charming restaurants, a team room, shops, a coffee house, and a community park along the way.
It was not long ago that the streets were still dirt. Willow trees grow among eucalyptus and palm. Cactus and wildflowers grow beneath sprays of bouganvia. You can hear the hum of insects that a writer in the 1800’s wrote about and feel the haunting presence of those who lived in that time.
31786 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
P: (949) 493-3188
There is no better place in town to fire up your dancing boots and throw a couple back than the most iconic tavern in Orange County. The only place that might sell more beer than this little watering hole is the Angel’s Stadium. That’s how you know you are in for the night of your life.
Equipped with live bands and all the line dancing your heart desires, this is the perfect local hot spot to have fun, unwind, and boot scoot and boogie all night long.
O’Neill Regional Park
30892 Trabuco Canyon Road, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678
P: (949) 923-2260
O’Neill Regional Park’s 4,500 acres are situated in beautiful Trabuco and Live Oak Canyons. The park is heavily wooded with coast live oak and sycamore trees. The hillsides surrounding the park are filled with cactus, wild buckwheat, sagebrush and chaparral of scrub oak, buckthorn and mountain mahogany. Trabuco and Hickey Creeks also meander through the park, flowing in winter and early spring, dry in summer and fall.
More than 23 miles of scenic trails can be explored by foot, bicycle or horseback. Other day use activities include horseshoe pits, two large community turf areas and a children’s playground.
The Arroyo campground offers 79 campsites varying in size to accommodate RVs or tent camping for up to eight people per site. Reservations for individual sites can be made online, by phone or in person.