Rancheros Visitadores

The Rancheros Visitadores or the "Visiting Ranchers" is a social club with members from all across the United States, most originating from the central and western United States. Ranchers throughout the 1860's would drive cattle to nearby Missions, where they would meet other driving groups, move to the next Mission, until all the cattle were brought to market. The first full ride of the Rancheros Visitadores occurred in Santa Barbara County around May 1930. The group meets each year on ranch land in Santa Barbara and embarks northward on a 60-mile journey across the countryside after receiving a blessing at the Santa Ynez Mission in Solvang, California. Viewers of this video might also enjoy the Santa Barbara Horseback Ride.