Arroyo Grande Valley Visitor Guide

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Arroyo Grande Valley Visitor Guide

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Arroyo Grande Valley Visitor Guide

The Arroyo Grande Valley is the perfect climate for long bike rides and wine tasting among rolling hills. Just a short distance away is the Village of Arroyo Grande full of shopping, great places to eat, and CA’s only swinging bridge. The Lopez Lake Recreation Area offers a water playground with 22 miles of shoreline ideal for boating, fishing, sailing, hiking and mountain biking. Families can enjoy the Mustang Waterpark and Vista Lago Zipline Adventure Park.

Must-See Spots in Arroyo Grande Valley
Lopez Lake – Located just ten miles east of Arroyo Grande, Lopez Lake Recreation Area is one of the top choices for camping and leisure trips. Historic Huasna Townsite Drive – Roam the prime farmland with stunning views. Swinging Bridge —  Built in 1875, the 171 foot long bridge is the only one of its kind in California. SLO Wine Country Wineries – Just 5 miles from the Pacific Ocean, SLO Wine Country wineries produce some of the most award-winning wines in the world.


Bordering the Edna Valley region, this area boasts higher average temps than much of the rest of the south county. Winter temps can rarely have extremes from low 40s to low 80s, but average temps are in the 60s and 70s. Summers see most days with temps in the 70s and low 80s. The warmest month is September; the coldest is December. Average annual rainfall is about 18 inches with February being the wettest month. Humidity here is in the 65% to 75% range.

Packing List

Lots of sunny days make for great wine-tasting and equally great hiking, so pack your sunscreen, sturdy hiking shoes, and a wine map. And please, don’t forget your swimsuit; the summer months offer every water sport there is. While tank tops and shorts work well for daytimes, light outerwear is suggested for the cooler evenings.

Arroyo Grande means “wide riverbed” in Spanish, and thus this perennially sunny and fertile valley was then, and is still, a major agricultural land. You’ll feel like you are in a small European township in the heart of wine country, with winding back roads lined with vineyards, green rolling hills, wildlife and views for miles.

A burgeoning and highly regarded wine region spreads throughout the valley region, providing visitors with blissful afternoons of wine-tasting in pastoral countryside. The marine influence of the nearby Pacific Ocean provides a mild weather resulting in an unusually long growing season. The SLO Wine Country boasts that “combined with the region’s rocky volcanic soils, these growing conditions produce fruit with intense varietal character and complex flavors that are typically found in the world’s greatest wine regions.” So come tour and taste and I am sure you will agree.

The Lopez Lake Recreation Area, located just ten miles from the city of Arroyo Grande, is a great way to enjoy San Luis Obispo’s southern county. With 22 miles of shoreline and summer lake temperatures around 70°, there is something for everyone; camping, fishing, boating, skiing, sailing, windsurfing, picnicking, hiking and equestrian trails, mountain biking, canoeing, and bird watching.

Stewardship Travel: Getaway to ‘Ah-Ha’ Moments!

As you plan your rural road trip, add an hour or two of fun volunteer time to your day, or schedule a travel adventure to a natural, cultural or historic site. Whether you are an active doer, learner or donor there are plenty of dynamic opportunities to choose from:
Active Doers: Get involved, create unique memories, and engage with locals through beach cleanups that protect wildlife, and trail restoration to preserve natural habitats.
Active Learners: Expand your knowledge about eco systems, natural preserves, wildlife and the local heritage through citizen science programs, docent led hikes and historic tours.
Active Donors: Make a difference on vacation through charitable donation opportunities that protect wildlife, habitats, and cultural heritage sites

Check out these Stewardship Travel Activities in Arroyo Grande Valley:

Paulding Science Trail Restoration & Creek Clean-Up
County Creek Clean-Up Day for Salmon Enhancement
Lopez Lake
Natural History Boat Cruise on Lopez Lake
Lopez Lake Fishing & Outdoor Ethics Clinic
Casitas Estate Farm To Fork Farmers Market Lunch Tour