Salisbury Canyon Ranch


The captivating Salisbury Canyon Ranch is a recreational paradise and working cattle ranch encompassing 2,121± acres with stunning vistas of Salisbury Canyon and Los Padres National Forest and unparalleled views of the Sierra Madre and the Caliente Mountains of Carrizo Plain National Monument.

Easily accessed via public road, Salisbury Canyon Ranch offers unprecedented access to abundant wildlife, hiking, backpacking, and horseback riding in the adjoining forest and backcountry of the Los Padres National Forest.

Situated near the southern edge of New Cuyama, within the northeastern corner of Santa Barbara County, Salisbury Canyon Ranch is an outdoorsmen’s paradise improved with a historic 1927 adobe Ranch House, adobe laundry/office building, two guest houses, hay barn and appurtenant structures.

Water is supplied via one well which is underground fed to three 10,000 gallon storage tanks. Comprised of 15 certificated parcels, Salisbury Canyon Ranch is ideal for cattle operation, hunting, or a recreational retreat and offers the opportunity to own a piece of history in the picturesque Cuyama Valley.

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The enclosed information has been obtained from sources that we deem reliable; however, it is not guaranteed by Clark Company and is presented subject to corrections, errors, prior sale, changes or withdrawal from the market without notice.


Due to its rustic ambience, privacy, and pristine condition, Salisbury Canyon Ranch (considered by many to be the nicest ranch in the Cuyama Valley) is a working cattle ranch. Offering an average carrying capacity of 50± head, the cattle operation is leased to a neighboring land owner.

Without exception, Salisbury Canyon Ranch offers the very best access to Los Padres National Forest, San Rafael Wilderness, Sierra Madre Ridge and Potreros, Sisquoc River and the backcountry.  The Ranch also presents easy access to Rocky Ridge Trail up Lion Canyon, Bull Ridge Trail and Jumps Canyon Trail to Salisbury Potrero, as well as easy access to Castro Canyon, Horse Potrero, and Round Potrero.

It’s unique access to the National Forest and Sierra Madre Range, makes Salisbury Canyon Ranch ideal for hikers, backpackers, fishermen, hunters and horseback riders.  Rich with wildlife—quail, bear, bobcat, lion, badger, deer, rabbits, snakes, and toads—Salisbury Canyon Ranch is generally counted as the preeminent bird-hunting ranch in the region.  A quiet, peaceful getaway, Salisbury Canyon Ranch regularly displays a seasonal blanket of stunning wildflowers.


The Salisbury Canyon Ranch entrance is at the end of Bell Road, positioned approximately 3 miles south of Highway 166 and 5 miles from the small town of New Cuyama (named after the Chumash Indian word for “clams”), situated in the northeastern corner of Santa Barbara County.

A peaceful place for ranching and agriculture, the beautiful Cuyama Valley runs along the Cuyama River in Central California near where Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Kern and Ventura counties meet. Lush and fertile, Cuyama Valley also grows carrots, wine grapes, onions, pistachios, and apples commercially.

Salisbury Canyon Ranch is a 34±-mile drive from the Taft-Kern County Airport, a public, single runway airport. About 70 miles west of the ranch is the Santa Maria Airport, which offers daily, commercial flights to San Francisco, Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

The Santa Barbara County Airport is approximately 2 hours south west of the Ranch, offering commercial service daily from four major airlines to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Phoenix and Denver connecting to national and international flights. Direct national and international flights are available via the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), which is approximately 142 miles from the Ranch.


Water is supplied via one primary ranch well with 6”casing, powered by a 5hp diesel motor pump positioned at 80-100 feet.  Drilled in 1987 at a depth of 643 feet with a standing water level of 320± feet, the well produces approximately 23± gpm.

Additionally, there are three 10,000 gallon storage tanks fed via 2-inch underground pipelines connected to the main ranch well that distribute water to the farmstead for domestic use and to cattle troughs.  Two of the tanks are located near the farmstead and the other is located to the east of the main ranch well site.


In the past, oil exploration and extraction took place on Salisbury Canyon Ranch. Commencing around 2004, the Ranch’s prior mineral right owners, at their expense, completely and legally cleaned and capped all former oil well sites. Additionally, Santa Barbara County has issued “No Further Action” letters on all sites.


Though positioned just 33± air miles inland from the Pacific Ocean, Salisbury Canyon Ranch is surrounded by the Sierra Madre, San Rafael, and Santa Ynez Mountain Ranges which provide a barrier from the cool, ocean breezes and moisture-bearing, winter winds. Accordingly, summer temperatures reach a high of 110º and during winter months the average high is 75º.  Summer lows can get down to 40º and can extend to 10º in the winter.

Frost typically falls from the end of October to mid-April, providing an average of 200± frost-free growing days. Rainy season also runs from late October to early April, averaging 6 to 12 inches annually in the Cuyama Valley.


Zoned agriculture, Salisbury Canyon Ranch encompasses 2,121.36± acres, comprised of 15 separate legal parcels, not under Williamson Act Contract.

Positioned in Santa Barbara County, annual property taxes are currently approximately $27,300.


149-140-020 149-140-021 149-140-035 149-140-038
149-140-045 149-140-052 149-140-053 149-140-054
149-140-055 149-140-056 149-190-003 149-190-005
149-190-006 149-190-031 149-190-032  

The Salisbury Canyon Ranch offering also includes a five percent undivided interest in the 200± acre parcel at the Ranch’s southern border (APN 149-190-007).


Salisbury Canyon Ranch is improved with three homes and several appurtenant structures and outbuildings, fencing and ranch roads.  Together, these improvements comprise the Ranch Headquarters and rest on a 6±-acre, fenced farmstead, positioned approximately 1.5 miles from the front gate offering complete privacy.


The primary residence is a renovated, historic adobe home built in 1927.  A single-story, Santa Fe-style residence, the main home is comprised of 1600± square feet, with two bedrooms and two bathrooms.  The adjacent adobe building consists of a laundry room and office.

There are also two guest residences, one of which is referred to as the “Block House”. Comprising 671± square feet, the Block House is constructed of concrete-masonry block walls and consists of one bedroom and one bathroom.


Salisbury Canyon Ranch is complemented by several appurtenant structures and outbuildings. There is a carport/tack room, semi-enclosed shop, equipment storage shed and hay barn. The 115 year old barn, which features a cement floor and electricity, is the oldest of the Ranch structures, being built in the early 1900s. There are also corrals and pastures for horses, a covered tractor shed and several equipment items included.


Salisbury Canyon Ranch is perimeter fenced. There are also pipe corrals/fences around the headquarters complex.

The road leading to the Ranch entrance is publically maintained and semi-paved. From there, a graded dirt and gravel road runs north and south through the ranch, leading to the Ranch Headquarters and the start of the east and west valleys, then continuing  east up the canyon about one mile before crossing the Forest boundary. There is also a road up the west canyon approximately 2 miles beyond the headquarters to the Forest boundary.

The Ranch buildings are served by PG&E electricity. Servicing two parcels at the Headquarters, there are also two very large state-of-the-art septic systems to which all of the residential structures are attached.

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