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  Atascadero
 Santa Margarita
 Santa Margarita is a taste of the
old west. This settlement, eas-
ily reached from Highway 101 or Highway 58 is the gateway to Santa Margarita Lake and the Carrizo Plain National Monument. The small
town quickly changes from the first impression of a sleepy western town to reveal surprising shops full of antiques, quirky garden art, plants, garden supplies, creative décor, restaurants serving up wholesome meals, and winery tasting rooms. The long history of Santa Margarita, from the ancestors of today’s Chumash and Salinas people through the Spanish and Mexican land grants and early American settlers until today, is being
researched and preserved by the Santa Margarita Historical Society.
Attractions & Tours
Santa Margarita Lake
Follow Highway 58 to Santa Mar- garita Park to find the lake located
in Santa Margarita Regional Park at 4695 A Santa Margarita Lake Road. Be sure to head out with a full tank of gas. The lake and park offer boating, fishing, hiking trails and picnick-
ing. The park is located on several thousand acres of land designated
as open space. Call ahead (805) 781-5930 to verify boat launches, swimming and camping.
The Carizzo Plains National Monument
The 250,000 acre Carrizo Plain National Monument is the largest surviving native California grasslands. The plains are reminiscent of Africa’s Serengeti, providing the highest con- centration of irreplaceable wildlife
in California. To reach Carizzo Plain, take Highway 58 south from Santa Margarita to 17495 Soda Lake Rd.
Santa Margarita Historical Society
The historical society takes local history online, with copies of research material held at the public library located on the corner of I & Murphy Streets. Ongoing projects include
documenting a number of the community’s historic buildings and recording the stories of “old timers.” santamargaritahistoricalsociety.org
Margarita Adventures
Zipline Tours
Margarita Adventures is the ultimate blast for the entire family! Here in the heart of San Luis Obispo County, you will embark on six ziplines spanning nearly 1.5 miles total, starting with a thrilling 2,800-foot tandem ride and finishing with an unforgettable 1,800-foot journey over Pinot
Noir vines. To book a tour or for
more information visit Margarita- Adventures.com or call (805) 438-3120
  San Luis Obispo County
ZIPLINE CANOPY TOURS
at historic Santa Margarita Ranch
                      805.438.3120
margarita-adventures.com
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