Bull Canyon Road - Santa Maria, California
Bull Canyon Road
is a winding, two lane, paved country road that sits down in a
narrow valley along the Santa Barabara/San Luis Obispo County line
between the Santa Maria River and Highway 166. It meanders between
several farms and hilly pastures filled with grazing cows.
northern portion of the road ends atop a hill at the
highway, and the southern section crosses over a bridge
where Santa Barbara County line begins, entering a community
of new housing developments, a new high school and regional
For many years
we've driven this convenient, scenic access road not far from
Highway 101, and have stopped to take pictures of birds, California
poppies in bloom, broccoli in the fields, and all sorts of things
not country things you won't find in L.A.
For city folks
and urban dwellers, the bucolic setting exemplifies a lifestyle the
Central California Coast has known for hundreds of years. While this
peaceful setting still remains in some parts of the region, the
landscape is rapidly changing, growing and the farming that Bull
Canyon enjoys may one day disappear.
But for now,
discover what it's like to enjoy beaches, wineries and farms
minus the intense traffic and crowds. Open space is something you
can still enjoy in Santa Maria Valley where Bull Canyon resides.
Slightly old-fashioned, kind of laid back and definitely
understated, this rapidly growing region of Santa Barbara County
recently overtook the city of Santa Barbara to become the largest,
fastest growing region.
Bull Canyon Road
is especially known for an annual 5 and 10K run aptly called, Bull
Canyon Run. First established in 1999, Bull Canyon Road was
chosen because it was easy to close the road, providing a nice run
through the countryside. The Bull Canyon Run is a Law Enforcement
Torch Run sponsored event that raises funds for Special
95 runners came
to the first event and by 2000, there were over 150 runners.
By 2002, the number doubled with 300 runners raising over
$6000 for Special Olympics. In 2006 there were 530
participants who raised over $11,000. Word has spread about this fun
event as participants from Connecticut, Florida, Texas, Colorado,
New Mexico, Montana, Hawaii, Illinios, Michigan, New York, London,
Brazil, Israel and Oslo Norway have all joined in to raise money for
Special Olympics. The event is normally held in the spring. For
current information, visit bcrun.org