san luis obispo botanical garden in el chorro regional park

San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden

450 Dairy Creek Rd.
San Luis Obispo, California 93405
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Local Phone: (805) 541-1400

When completed within the next decade, the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden will comprise 150 acres devoted to ecosystems and plants of the world's five Mediterranean climate zones.

Other planned amenities include 50 miles of paved trails; restaurants and cafes with a Mediterranean theme; a 3,000-seat amphitheater; demonstration and event gardens; public art, sustainable buildings for research; and creative modes of transportation to access views within the garden's 500-foot elevation variance.

For now, a 2-acre, dog-friendly Preview Garden (free admission) gives a taste of things to come. The garden is in El Chorro Regional Park, a hilly, 700-acre preserve with amenities including a campground  and a fenced, off-leash dog park.

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San Luis Obispo, home to California Polytechnic State University, is a quintessential college town nestled in a sea of hills just 10 miles from the Pacific coast. It has just about everything going for it so far as DogTrekkers are concerned, from dog-friendly hotels and restaurants to dog parks and historic sites including a Spanish mission dating to 1772 and an 1850s adobe home whose alluring gardens are open to canine visitors with people on the other end of the leash. Even SLOMA, the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, is happy to host leashed dogs and their owners during regular business hours.  more »
santa barbara botanic gardenIf you’re travels take you to the Central Coast, make time for El Chorro Regional Park between San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay. It’s home to a fenced, off-leash dog park as well as to the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden, a work in progress displaying the plant life of the five Mediterranean climate zones around the world. more »
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