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Circle Bar B Guest Ranch

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Address: 1800 Refugio Rd, Goleta, CA 93117-9761
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Go horseback riding on some of the finest trails and horses in the Central...

Go horseback riding on some of the finest trails and horses in the Central Coast! We offer horseback year round, with rides ranging from 1 1/2 to 4 hours!

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Amazing time. My husband and I wanted a getaway somewhere quiet and relaxing. Circle Bar B perfectly fit our needs. First and foremost, the staff is EXCELLENT. Honestly, by far... read more

Reviewed 1 April 2017
Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

Amazing time. My husband and I wanted a getaway somewhere quiet and relaxing. Circle Bar B perfectly fit our needs. First and foremost, the staff is EXCELLENT. Honestly, by far the most genuine people who go out of their way for you. From the bar to the stables to the serving staff, you will be treated like family. In fact,... More 

Thank rachel_dan
Eugene, Oregon
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Our annual "get out of the dark rainy Oregon winter" was mostly dark and rainy. We cancelled our ride in L.A. Griffith Park but decided to go ahead and do our planned half-day ride here, first time at Circle Bar B. As we wound our way off 101 up to the ranch, we could see where there had been slides... More 

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Gig Harbor, Washington
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2017

The ranch is very pretty. Particularly the lodge. The horseback riding was great. Overall however it was not worth the money we spent at all. The 2 bedroom cabin was $824 a night. We ended up having to bring my parents and were charged another $230 per night-- the cabin in theory sleeps 8 but they charge extra for every... More 

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CircleBarB, Manager at Circle Bar B Guest Ranch, responded to this review

We are disappointed that your stay with us did not meet or exceed your expectations. However, we are glad that you were able to enjoy the beauty of our property, your horseback rides, and various other aspects of your vacation. When you arrived, you were greeted and taken on a tour after you paid the remaining balance of your stay... More 

Madison, Wisconsin
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

My daughters, 15 and 10, and I really enjoyed the 1.5-hour ride. The horses were calm and sure-footed and our guide, Francis, shared lots of interesting info about the geography, wildlife and history of the area. The views are stunning, especially of the ocean. I recommend this for novices and experienced riders alike.

Thank mcglone1331
santa barbara, United States
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15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviewed 17 October 2016

circle bar b is only 25 minutes north of s.b. the staff is very friendly. the cabins are perfect for a couple or group get away. we live in s.b. and go there for the piece and quiet. love the bar area and the peaceful night skies

Thank Bart N
London, United Kingdom
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96 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2016

Great set up, beautiful ranch, great guide, stunning views, super unique experience. All standards catered for.

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Cape May, New Jersey
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102 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2016

Four of us (two grandparents and one 12 year old and an 8 yr old) took a 1 1/2 ride. First, the staff is so cordial and accommodating. Great horses, very casual approach and they put our youngest at total ease. Between the drought and the post-fire terrain we thought it might not be as fun but Granny said she... More 

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Beverly Hills, California
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253 reviews
99 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 May 2016 via mobile

I'm a novice and have only ridden my friend's horses in Santa Ynez; I'm kind of scared of horses I've never groomed or built a rapport with but the wranglers picked the right horse and helped me into the saddle. They did all the work, and all I had to do was ride, unlike on a real ranch. (There's brushing,... More 

Thank Miss C
Darlington, Wisconsin
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90 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2016 via mobile

It was a great experience from first contact by phone all the way through the ride. The views were amazing. Well worth the time and money.

Thank Mike O
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4 reviews
Reviewed 22 February 2016

Make sure you opt for on of their shorter trips. My boyfriend and I couldn't walk after. But the guide was excellent and really knew his stuff. He actually studied horses in college and seemed like the real deal.

Thank Jennifer M

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