Communities

Paso Robles

Welcome to El Paso de Robles or Pass of the Oaks commonly known as Paso Robles. With a population of approximately 30,000, Paso Robles embodies "small town USA". Nestled in the coastal mountain range of Central California, it is located close to mountains, beaches and deserts. The topography of Paso Robles is open, rolling, oak covered hills and vast areas of open land. The air quality is superb with blue skies dotted with fluffy white clouds, sunshine and a dry climate. It is one of the country's great wine growing regions. The city of Paso Robles is located hallway between...

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Atascadero

Atascadero is located approximately 10 miles south of Paso Robles and approximately 15 miles north of San Luis Obispo. The cities of Atascadero and Paso Robles have approximately the same population. Atascadero is farther inland than most other cities in the county and as a result usually experience warmer, drier summers and cooler winters than other nearby cities such as San Luis Obispo and Pismo Beach. The main freeway through town is US Hwy 101. The nearby State Routes 41 and 46 provide access to the Pacific Coast and the California Central Valley. Atascadero is a Spanish word loosely translated...

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Templeton

Templeton is located 30 minutes from the coast, both to the west and south. In the center of Templeton there is a three acre, tree-covered County Park with a bandstand and municipal swimming pool. The Community Services District operates Bethel Park, at the corner of Bethel and Las Tablas Roads. The park currently contains parking, a soccer field and restrooms, and Tiny Tot area. Evers Sports Park offers several acres of soccer and ball fields and is located at the East end of Gibson Street. The Templeton Community Services District offers soccer, softball, basketball, and other recreational programs and activities....

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Creston

Creston was founded in 1884 on the Rancho Huerhuero Mexican land grant.  It is located approximately 10 miles east of the city of Atascadero and 13 miles east of Paso Robles. Flat farmland to rolling ranchland, cattle ranches, horse ranches and vineyards line the main road into the smallest town in San Luis Obispo County.  The town has a post office, an elementary school, 2 cafes (both popular spots for all in the North County) and a small town library.  The population in the town of Creston is under 100 people…small town living at its finest! Each September the town...

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Santa Margarita

Santa Margarita is a village nestled among the oak trees located off US Hwy 101 approx. 10 minutes from the town of San Luis Obispo. There is only one off-ramp for this charming country village. Just outside of the village is the privately owned 14,000 +/- acre ranch known as Santa Margarita Ranch where numerous special events, both private and public, are held each year. One of the newest "sporting" additions at the ranch is ziplining and it is open to the public. Another place you won't want to miss is The Santa Margarita Auction Barn where auctions are held...

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San Miguel

San Miguel is home to the Mission San Miguel Arcangel, founded on July 25, 1797 by the Franciscan order, on a site chosen specifically due to the large number of Salinan Indians that inhabited the area, whom the Spanish priests want to evangelize. The mission remains in use as a parish church to this day and is open for tour to the public. Located approximately 8 miles North of Paso Robles off Hwy. 101 San Miguel's countryside offers rolling hills, oak trees and rows and rows of vineyards, almond trees and horse and cattle ranches and the winding roads are...

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Shandon

The town of Shandon is located approximately 18 miles East of Paso Robles off of Hwy 46 East at the bottom of the San Juan Valley where San Juan Creek and Cholame Creek come together to form the Estrella River which flows West to meet the Salinas River west of Paso Robles. Grasslands and low hills surround the town with the area southwest of town being an agricultural region. This part of the county's economy is largely based in agriculture. Several large vineyard plantings including Arciero Farms, Sunview Shandon, Shandon Valley Partners, Red Cedar Vineyards and French Camp Vineyards represent...

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Nacimiento Lake Area

Nacimiento Lake was formed by the damming of the Nacimiento River to form a reservoir. When the lake is full it has 160+ miles of shoreline. At full capacity the lake’s elevation is 800 feet with 5,400 surface acres of water. The lake draws fisherman from all over the county in a quest to catch large and small mouth bass, crappie, catfish, bluegill and white bass. In addition to the fishing boating, water skiing, jet skiing, sailing and kayaking are popular on the lake. Nacimiento Lake is also known “the dragon” because when viewed in an aerial photograph the lake...

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