Pacheco State Park

PHOTO BY ADAM BLAUERT

PHOTO BY ADAM BLAUERT

Mexican land grant

This park preserves part of a large Mexican land grant given to the Pacheco family in 1843. 28 miles of trails are available for hiking, biking, and equestrian use. Thousands of acres of gently rolling oak woodland produces spectacular wildflower displays in the spring. The ruins of the Pacheco Adobe and a well-preserved line shack from Henry Miller’s ranching operation stand near the picnic area.

Photo by akshay
Photo by akshay

Location

 Accessed from Highway 152. Distance from Merced: 59 miles Distance from Los Banos: 23 miles Size: 6,890 acres

Facilities and Activities

  • Chemical/flush restrooms
  • An equestrian campground is available for special events; other campgrounds are available at the adjacent San Luis State Recreation Area
  • Picnic areas with tables
  • 28 miles of hiking/biking/equestrian trails
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Wildflower viewing
  • Dogs Allowed? In picnic area, but not on trails
  • Horses Allowed? Yes
  • Hunting Allowed? No
  • Fishing or Boating? No

Website information

http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/560/files/PachecoSP_2011.pdf

http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=560

 See for a trail guide

http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/560/files/PachecoTrailMap2006small.pdf

Photo by akshay
Photo by akshay

Special Events

Ranger-led wildflower hikes in the spring. A kite flying day is also held annually.

Nearby Parks

Camping is available at the adjacent San Luis State Recreation Area