Outdoor Activities in the Lompoc Valley
Lompoc offers fun outdoor recreational activities for everyone, with parks, beaches, golf courses and more. Lompoc is known for its mild climate, mostly sunny days with ocean breezes and cool marine layer, which usually clears by mid-day. In a typical year, Lompoc sees 286 sunny days.
River Bend Bike Park
Open to the public, free to ride at your own risk. Helmets are required. There are areas designated for 4 classes: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced and Mt. Bike. There is a small track dedicated to younger riders that is separate from the “Big Kids” area. There is a small modified trail for intermediate riders and there is an area for advanced riders with extreme jumps. The whole complex is surrounded by a trail that can be used by Mt. Bikes as well.
Located at 1 McLaughlin Road and open sunrise to sunset.
Skydive at the Lompoc Airport
The Lompoc Airport is home to Skydive Santa Barbara, which offers thrill-seekers the chance to jump out of an airplane and catch some amazing views of the Central Coast! To the south, take in the iconic view of Point Conception and the Channel Islands. Vandenberg Air Force Base is to the west, rockets are launched from here on a regular basis. This is a spectacular event just to experience from the ground. Sometimes skydivers are lucky to be in the air at the same time! While skydiving, Pismo Beach is in full view to the northwest, and also Guadalupe Dunes. It is the only Southern California skydiving school to offer 18,000ft tandem jumps 7 days a week.
Located at the Lompoc Airport at 1801 North H St.
Lompoc Valley Walking and Fitness Trails
Hike up to Lookout Point for a spectacular view of the Lompoc Valley - located at the end of South Z St and approximately 3/4 mile up to the top. Ryon Park is located at Ocean Avenue and O Street and its walking trail is 1330 feet, just over 1/4 mile. River Park is located at Highway 246 and Sweeney Road and its walking trail is 5138 feet, which is just short of a mile. Beattie Park is located at Olive Avenue and 5th Street and its walking and fitness trail is 2172 feet, 468 feet shy of a 1/2 mile. The Riverbend Multi-Purpose trail is approximately 2.25 miles.
Additional park information is available from the Lompoc Recreation Division.
Lompoc's mild weather makes for perfect cycling weather! There are several bike maps located around town, and you can download one here. Whether you're riding out to Surf Beach on Ocean Avenue or using the Riverbend Multi-Purpose Trail, you'll be sure to find terrain that meets your needs.
Cycling maps are located at the entrance to the Lompoc Airport at 1801 North H St. and near the Lompoc Valley sign at East Ocean Ave and 12th St.
Beattie Park Disc Golf Course
Beattie Park is a sprawling 50 acre park that is home to an 18 hole disc golf course. The course features a front nine that is wide open and a back nine that is wooded with a varying amount of topography. The course is maintained and upgraded by the Lompoc Disc Golf Committee.
Located at Olive Avenue & Fifth Street
College Park/Lompoc Skate Park
College Park is a 4.6 acre park located in central Lompoc off of West College Avenue adjacent to Lompoc High School. This neighborhood park features a 10,000 sq. ft. skate park facility, which is surrounded by mature shade trees and open grassy areas. The skate park is open to all ages from 8 am to sunset. The use of a helmet and pads are required. This is an unsupervised park and you skate at your own risk. The northern portion of the park is the home of the new Lompoc Aquatic Center.
Located at College Avenue & J Street
Jalama Beach County Park
Offers day-use, camping and cabins. Vehicle entry is $10 for day-use. Dogs are welcome, but are subject to a $3 fee, per dog. Day-use picnic areas provide tables and raised fire boxes. Additional activities include surfing, whale-watching, birdwatching, nature photography, and fishing the surf or rock outcroppings for perch, cabezon, kelp, bass, or halibut. Many protected California native plants like sand verbena, saltbush, and sea rocket grow within park boundaries. Be sure to visit the Jalama Beach Store and Grill and have a "World Famous Jalama Burger."
Jalama Beach is an approximately 45-minute drive from Lompoc. A sign 4.5 miles south of Lompoc off Highway 1 will direct you onto Jalama Road. Follow this scenic 14.5 mile road to the coast. The park entrance will be at the end of the road.
La Purisima Mission State Historic Park
History lives at La Purisima. The most extensively restored mission in the state, visit La Purisima Mission State Historic Park and explore California's heritage. In addition to the restored original buildings, the nearly 2,000 acre park is home to 25 miles of hiking trails, a modern Visitor Center and Exhibit Hall, and livestock.
Visitors are welcome to walk through the buildings and around the grounds or to hike the maintained trails. Equestrians are also welcome, though there are no local horse rentals. The Park is open everyday of the year except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. There is a nominal parking fee and the hours vary with the season. Frequently the park provides a re-creation of life here during the 1820's, when the residents engaged in weaving, pottery making, candle making, blacksmithing, livestock production, and leatherwork. Click here to check the Mission's website for details on special events. The Mission is Located at 2295 Purisima Road.
Multi-Use Trails at La Purisima Mission State Historic Park
The nearly 2,000 acre park is home to 25 miles of trails, which are enjoyed by walkers, hikers, cyclists and riders on horseback.
There is a nominal parking fee and the hours vary with the season. Trail maps are available at the visitor center for $1. Click here to check the Mission's website for details on special events. The Mission is Located at 2295 Purisima Road.
La Purisima Golf Course
A challenging test of skill and character, La Purisima rewards the bold and leaves the recently-hooked newcomer loving the game even more. It is beautiful in its naturally undulating landscape. Challenging in its hole design. And with tees never far from their preceding greens, a remarkably enjoyable walk. No more or less than it needs to be to make your round completely memorable. Golfers of all abilities come to test their game here. PGA pros, celebrities, amateur hopefuls - all those in-the-know about California's best courses.
Located just east of Lompoc at 3455 State Hwy 246.
Village Country Club
The Village Country Club features an 18 Hole Championship golf course, on site restaurant, swimming pool and tennis courts.
Located at 4300 Clubhouse Dr.
Return to Freedom Wild Horse Sanctuary
Return to Freedom is a 300 acre wild horse sanctuary located in the beautiful Jalama Valley of Lompoc. Home to more than 200 wild horses and burros, the organization is working to protect America’s remaining wild horse herds through sanctuary, education and conservation. You can visit the sanctuary May-October when they host a variety of tours and clinics for the public. The sanctuary also welcomes volunteers and offers a family volunteer work weekend each year in August. Visitors will get to observe wild horses living in their natural family bands and herd groups – just as they do in the wild. They will also meet “Spirit,” the Kiger Mustang stallion that served as inspiration for the DreamWorks animated movie “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron”.learn more >>
River Park consists of 45 developed acres and is a linear park which lies adjacent to the Santa Ynez River on the eastern border of Lompoc. The park includes a number of amenities including a new playground, individual picnic areas, horseshoe pits, sand volleyball courts, a popular walking/jogging trail, and large areas of grassy open space areas. River Park also has Kiwanis Lake --- a small man made fishing pond which attracts an abundance of wildlife. The park also has an RV campground with 35 campsites with full hook-ups. Park security includes several park hosts as well as a resident City Park Ranger.
The entrance into this park is located just east of Robinson Bridge on Highway 246 and Sweeney Road.
Hike in the Burton Mesa Ecological Reserve
The Burton Mesa Ecological Reserve consists of 5,368 acres between Purisima Hills and Santa Ynez Mountains and encompasses one of the last significant stands of maritime chaparral in the state. The Central Maritime Chaparral community is dominated by ceanothus, manzanita, chamise, California coffeeberry, black sage, Coast live oak and coastal scrub species. Badgers, bobcats, deer, mountain lions, packrats, snakes, and a variety of avian species may also be observed. The public is encouraged to visit and explore the reserve. Access for pedestrians and hikers is from sunrise to sunset. Users can walk or hike on designated trails, bring dogs as long as they are retained on a leash of less than 10 feet and view wildlife at a safe distance.
Located on Highway 1 between Vandenberg Air Force Base to the west, Freeport-McMoran Oil & Gas LLC oil fields to the north, and the La Purisima Mission State Park to the south.
Ocean Beach Park
Ocean Beach Park is perfect for bird-watchers and nature photographers, as it is located at the mouth of the Santa Ynez River with a wide lagoon that attracts many varieties of birds. Beach access is closed to the public from March 1st through September 30 due to the Snowy Plover nesting season. South of Ocean Beach Park is Surf Beach which is open to the public, but check for seasonal restrictions for nesting birds. This park features BBQ grills, picnic tables, restrooms and a playground.
Located 13 miles west of Lompoc, take Highway 246/Ocean Avenue nearly to the coast, turning right on Ocean Park Road to the park entrance.
As you drive through the “Valley of Flowers,” you will see many patches of color which will be varieties of cut flowers. They include sweet peas, larkspur, stock, alyssum, delphinium, marigolds and others. Though it is true that fewer flowers have been planted in recent years, approximately 80% of US cut flower production comes from California, and over half of that comes from Santa Barbara County.
Please note that flower season runs from late May until mid August, peaking in late June. There may be isolated fields as late as October, but because crops are annually rotated, no guarantees can be made as to the location or quantity of the flower fields. Pick up a flower field map and informational brochure at the Chamber when you come to visit, or download one here in PDF format.
Lompoc Mural Walking Tour
"City of Murals in the Valley of Flowers" - Like beautiful flowers blossoming along a vine, Lompoc's mural surprise and delight residents and visitors alike as they stroll the peaceful and friendly downtown area. The Lompoc Mural Project was conceived in 1988. The first mural was painted in 1989 by Santa Monica artist, Art Mortimer and featured the valley’s “Flower Industry”. Today, Lompoc has 30+ major commissioned murals in its inventory. The murals are located in Lompoc's historic old town area.
Pick up a mural map for a self-guided tour at the Chamber when you come to visit, or download one here in PDF format. If you are coming in a large group, guided tours may be accommodated by prior arrangement by contacting the Lompoc Mural Society here.
Old Town Lompoc Heritage Walk
An approximately one mile walk - allow yourself about an hour. Take a walk through the historic heart of Lompoc on a self-guided tour and learn about the sites that date back to the 1870's. The heritage walk map was an eagle scout project completed by Ryan Andersen, Troop 66 in April 2000. Click here to download an Old Town Heritage Walk brochure in PDF format.learn more >>
Check out the Creative Crosswalks
Lompoc is home to six uniquely painted crosswalks in Old Town. The six designs selected were chosen from entries by local artists and include designs that represent the arts and culture of Lompoc: flower vines, artists' tools, grapes and glasses, Native American-inspired designs, seashells and animal footprints.
Located at the intersection of South H Street and Cypress Avenue and also at the intersection of North I Street and West Walnut Avenue.
Kids Moto Fun Park
The Lompoc Valley Motorsports Kids Moto Fun Park is an interim, no charge OHV facility for children up to age 12, operating on weekends at River Park. This volunteer-operated park is geared for motorcycles and ATVs up to 50cc. Open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am - 4 pm.
The entrance into this park is located just east of Robinson Bridge on Highway 246 and Sweeney Road.
The Lompoc Farmers Market is every Friday on the corner of Ocean Avenue & I Street, from 1:30 pm - Dusk. Fresh local fruit, vegetables, baked goods, flowers and more can be found at the market. During the summer months, it joins the Old Town Market in the 100 block of South H Street in downtown Lompoc. There is also a famers market in Vandenberg Village every Sunday from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm on Burton Mesa Blvd.learn more >>
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