Listing of the Week: Las Piletas Ranch

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Cover of LAND Spring 2019
Las Piletas Ranch is featured in the pages of the spring 2019 issue of LAND magazine. Click here to find out more.

The stunning Las Piletas Ranch is a spectacular 13,570± acre, working cattle ranch situated in the hills that rise on the west side of the Carrisa Plain, ideal for cattle operation and teeming with hunting and recreational activities. Las Piletas Ranch is improved with numerous residences, barns and appurtenant structures, three sets of corrals, two cattle chutes, complete with cross and perimeter fencing and seven pastures. Water is abundant with 10 operating wells, springs, seasonal creeks and multiple storage tanks. Presently running 230 cow-calf pairs and 12 bulls, there are also 1,240± acres leased for dry-land farming and 3,000± adjoining acres of BLM and U.S. Forest Service land for cattle grazing.

Picturesque views stretch from the Carrisa Plain to the Temblor Range and from the La Panza Mountain Range as far southwest as the eye can see, with dramatic rock outcroppings interrupting the landscape. The landscape is a diverse topography of flat lands, unique rock formations, oak woodlands, canyons and rangelands rising into the La Panza Mountain Range. One of the most extraordinary features of this ranch is the presence of a large seasonal waterfall located on one of the creeks flowing through the property.

Positioned in San Luis Obispo County, the ranch is easily accessed via county-maintained road. Historically, the ranch has run 350 cows on a year-round basis. Cattle equipment includes two squeeze chutes, two sets of corrals and scales. The ranch is cross and perimeter fenced and improved with numerous residences, cabins, barns and other agriculture buildings including sheds and equipment storage.

View Las Piletas Ranch listing on Lands of America

Las Piletas Ranch is comprised of 37 legal, certificated parcels and is under Williamson Act Contract. The ranch consists of two, non-contiguous parcels connected by Bureau of Land Management land, currently under lease by the ranch. The northeastern parcel’s topography is primarily flat and includes rangelands and farm ground. The rock formations along this northern front are particularly mystical and alluring. The terrain gradually steepens as it moves southwesterly across the property, and there are a number of canyons descending from the La Panza Range into the ranch. The most predominate canyon is Piletas Canyon (for which the ranch is named), which is roughly in the middle of the southwestern parcel. Upper Piletas Canyon and Lower Piletas Canyon are segregated by a picturesque waterfall which plunges into a deep pool. With the exception of the open rangelands and farmland in the north, the entire landscape of Las Piletas is graced with the presence of California’s iconic oak trees. The westerly boundary meets the Los Padres National Forest.

Spanish for “The Pools,” Las Piletas Ranch is almost exclusively surrounded by large ranch holdings and large blocks of public lands, which include a mix of Los Padres National Forest, Bureau of Land Management and state lands offering privacy, peace and quiet. The Carrizo Plain National Monument entrance is located less than 15 miles southeast of the ranch with Soda Lake in between. Despite the remoteness of the ranch, numerous shopping, entertainment, amenities and services are within a 45–60-mile drive.

The ranch is located approximately 60 miles from San Luis Obispo County’s Regional Airport, which offers convenient access to and from the Central Coast, with direct commercial service daily to Phoenix, Seattle, Los Angeles and San Francisco. San Luis Obispo County boasts some of the finest wineries in California, and nearby San Simeon is home to the legendary Hearst Castle. A short drive to California’s coastline will deliver you to sandy beaches and the enticing Pacific Ocean where recreational opportunities and fresh seafood are plentiful. There are also a number of golf courses in the area.

Las Piletas Ranch is bursting with recreational opportunities including everything imaginable—from horseback riding and hunting, to fishing, hiking, four wheeling and more. Furthermore, there are over 16 miles of boundary shared with public lands, offering direct access to over 100,000 acres of additional lands for recreational use.

Wildlife is abundant and varied at Las Piletas Ranch. Populations of quail are plentiful and evident at every turn in the road. Ungulates include blacktail deer, pronghorn antelope and tule elk, with a herd of tule elk residing in the area surrounding the ranch. Wild turkey and boar are also present, and raptors soar overhead. There is also a five-acre lake on the property which has historically been stocked with bass.

Additionally, Las Piletas Ranch is adjacent to and contiguous with La Panza Ranch (cover story). Combined, these two ranches offer 88 legal parcels and over 28,000 acres.

View Las Piletas Ranch listing on Lands of America

13,570± Acres | San Luis Obispo County, California

Offered at $15,500,000 | Property ID: 6156394

Clark Company Ranch Real Estate | Pete Clark, Broker | (805) 238-7110 | | DRE# 00656930


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